Northcote pupil invents lockdown boredom buster

A pupil at Northcote Lodge designed a new card game which went on sale to provide an antidote to boredom during a third lockdown. "Fame or Forfeit" involves a series of challenges and promises hours of fun and a much-needed break from screens.

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5th February 2021 — Entrepreneurial Northcote pupil, Thady Lillingston, has invented a new card game called Fame or Forfeit.

After becoming popular amongst his family and friends, Fame or Forfeit was chosen by Thady’s grandfather William Beckett, who previously produced the cult Cluedo-inspired classic, Foul Play, for wider production.

It hit the shelves just in time for Lockdown 3, providing an entertaining family activity to play after a busy day of online school and work.

The game is simple to set up, only requires pen, paper, a lemon and a bottle of ketchup and up to six players can take part.

It involves a series of challenges and promises hours of fun and a much-needed break from screens and electronic devices.

Fame or Forfeit is one of the few games created from a child’s perspective, but it’s aimed at children of all ages – its packaging can be customised to say “Dad’s Game” or “Granny’s Game” making it the perfect gift for children and adults alike.

Thady Lillingston commented: "I love my new game and so do all my friends, so if you want to make each other do silly challenges like drink ketchup or spell your name backwards in 15 seconds, you should definitely play – it’s great!"

Rupert Hawkins, Thady’s tutor confirmed its appeal: “I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to play the game and it’s a lot of fun."

Clive Smith-Langridge, Headmaster of Northcote Lodge, added: “I’m so impressed with Thady’s entrepreneurial spirit.“

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Northcote Lodge is a day preparatory school for boys aged 8 to 13.

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