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Bullseye started off as a television show back in the 1980's and 90's, the show's host being the unforgettable, what's his name? that bloke with the glasses; the one that slightly annoys people who lose the game by stating 'look what you could have won...', now that's annoying.... That's him, Jim Bowan, together with that chap who does the scoring, no not Wayne Rooney in an OAP nightclub, I mean Tony Green, the big fella with the friendly voice.
Anyway, the show revolved around the game of darts, with three pairs of contestants, one dart thrower the other one answering the questions, all battling it out to get into the final round.
Sadly though, in the mid 1990's this original game stopped airing and has never been seen since, apart from the odd time on 'special' shows.
Playing the game...
The format is simple, three pairs of players consisting of a darts thrower and a question answerer play in the first round.
The dart player throws a dart at a board which consists of a selection of categories, such as sport, history, spelling and others, with each section having a cash value, £50 for the larger section, £50 for the mid section, £100 for the narrow section, with the bullseye offering £200. In this round there are three questions asked, a £30, a £50 and a £100 question, with a right answer going toward the value of the section the dart went into.
The second round involved the three throwers competing against each other on a standard dart board, with the throwers answerer who scores the most on the board having a go at the question first.
If a correct answer is given then the points scored on the board go into that players account. Then after three throws each the player with the most point goes through to the final round.
Around this time in the television game a 'star' guest, usually a darts personality, get the chance to try and get 301 or more in nine darts. If they do it the money is double and given to the charity of the contestants choice, but regardless of how much is scored the charity of their choice gets something.
The third round involves the winning contestant throwing at a special board called Bully's prize board, which has the numbered segment 1-8 around the bullseye together with some larger black segments. The contestants then took it in turns to throw darts at the numbered red segments which contained a prize of 'certain value', with the dart player having 6 darts whilst the none dart player has three.
Then the final round the players are asked if they want to risk the prizes that they have just won to try for Bully's star prize. This is where the player both throw three darts each to try and get 101 or more. If they do it they win their prizes and Bully's star prize, which could be a speed boat, or even a car or caravan.
Anyway, it's not really the television game show that I am going to tell you about today, it is in fact the 'board' game that evolved from the idea of the show and can be found in many good stockist around the country... and especially in charity shops.
Although when I say 'boards' game I don't really think you can call it that as technically there is no board involved.
The reason I gave you a bit of a run down on how the game is played is basically due to the fact that the television show and the board game are played in the same way, basically anyway.
So, the game of Bullseye itself contains a pad of questions, pencils, score sheets, card with prizes on them, a cloth dart board and three different coloured darts.
The darts have magnets on the end and are not pointed, with the magnets attaching themselves to the cloth dart board so the cloth doesn't get damaged at all and there will be no holes in the area around it either.
I'm guessing that the cloth dart board has got some form of metal stitched into it for the magnetic darts to attach to.
This game is best played by 7 people, that being 6 contestants splitting into pairs and one person asking the questions, although you can get away with playing as single teams if you've not got that many friends.
Playing this game...
As I said this is the same format as the television show, with round one throwing at the category board and answering questions to gain those points.
Then the second round is the standard dart board where the points can build up if the questions are answered correctly.
Then there's bully's prize board where you throw to try and win the prize on the cards, and finally there's the grand finale where you get six dart to get 101 or more points to win Bully's star prize....
I loved bullseye when it was aired on the television, I think it was one of the shows that I made a point of watching, which I thin k was the reason that I took up the game of darts, practicing with a board and my own special darts in my bedroom, then late in life joining pubs teams to show off my skills. In fact, I think when I was around 14 years old I applied to go on the show as I thought I was good enough as the dart player, hitting what I aimed for 98% of the time; but I never heard back from them...ow well, never mind.
So when I saw this game I thought 'why not?', and I have had many enjoyable family fun hours playing it ever since, and the good thing about this game is that the darts are as safe to use as those rubber scissors that I was always handed at school before being told to sit in the corner.
The darts have no sharp point on them as the ends have a small magnet embedded in them, which is how they stick to the board, which itself has a weave of metal to attract the magnets
But there is a slight downside to this and that is the darts can slip on the cloth board a little bit so don't expect the score you initially hit to be the one that you count up once all three darts have hit home as the first two dart can move with the vibrations.
The score cards look a bit complicated, with all the little boxes that have to be filled in when someone scores a point or two, but once you get the hang of what goes where, which takes a matter of minutes really, the scoring is as simple as throwing the darts themselves.
One thing I do have to say is that the questions are quite good, well most of them are anyway, being quite tricky indeed and making you have to think instead of answering questions like 'Where would you find the London eye?' or 'How many tyres does a unicycle have?'
I like questions that are a little more difficult as I don't feel as bad when I get the answer wrong, and it gives me the chance to get one over my kids, who think they're so clever.
The only thing this lacks is the oche guide, or the line that you're supposed to stand behind to throw the darts, but as long as you have a tape measure and a bit of chalk then you're laughing. The general distance from the face of the board to the oche should be 9ft and 7 ¾ inch, (or 2.931 metres), with the bulleyes, (centre) of the board being 5ft 8 inch, (1.74 metres) from the ground.
In all, if you remember the original game on the television then you'll love playing this one as it may just take you back a bit, and I'll bet that most people who asks the questions will try and do an impression of Jim Bowen.
I nearly forgot to mention the price; well, for this game of a fun filled bit of remembrance for us older ones, and a safe introduction to darts for the younger ones, this sells for around £15.00, which is not bad at all really.
Just remember, you will need a bit of space to actually play the game and a bit of intelligence to answer the questions.
© Blissman70 2012