Meet the Spalding inventor who has created a new board game inspired by potholes
An inventor near Spalding has created a new board game which is inspired by potholes in his area. John Ward, from Moulton-Seas-End, thought of the idea while driving to his nearest Tesco one day. He explained: “It came when I was going down the road dodging pot holes, I have no idea how anyone could sell a Ferrari in this day and age with these around, and it was clear that you just could not go down the roads at the legal limit.
“For some reason we are spending all this money on a High Speed Rail system yet we cannot even get our roads mended so there is clearly something wrong, somewhere. “I, myself, had previously fallen victim to a pothole and it cost me nearly GBP300! “Anyway, I was driving down to my local Tesco at the time and I just missed one but then hit another.
I thought to myself, ‘what a game’ and it was literally in that sentence when I decided that we should turn this into a board game. “So the board game itself is my way of taking the piddle out of the council for not sorting the pothole problem.” Currently a two person game, players choose either a sports car, pick-up truck or tractor as their piece to navigate around the board with.
The board, which depicts a road, is covered in assorted potholes with the objective being to fill each pothole in – one at a time – to get to the end. The player with the most potholes filled is the winner. However, it is not quite as simple as you may think because if you land on a pothole with a star on it, the player must then pick a card from a pile which will tell them if they can progress or forfeit their next roll.
The Pot Hole board from above (Image: John Ward)
Mr Ward hopes that once the game is up-and-running the cards will be updated by people online with different reasons for why a pothole has not been treated.
“The feedback I have had so far from people who have played the game has been quite good,” he added. “Everybody has experienced this if you have driven a vehicle and that is where I think the appeal comes from. “I am currently copyrighting the name, Pot Hole, and the actual game itself but it is taking a little longer to do this due to the virus.
“So I am in the midst of the legal stuff at the moment but whether I decide to progress any further with it, I do not know, I will just see what the feedback is.” This is not the first time that Mr Ward has invented something though as he has spent most of his life inventing as a hobby. From a bra warmer to a motorised hospital bed and everything in between, Mr Ward’s inventions have seen him appear on television shows in Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA, to name a few.
Not to mention a host of appearances he has made on British television shows including Richard and Judy, This Morning and The Big Breakfast.
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