Diary

Good news for competitive planners. Described as a cross between Risk and Monopoly, Rufopoly is the world's first interactive planning board game, or at least the first that Diary has heard about.

Student quiz winners: cash woes no more
Student quiz winners: cash woes no more

Developed by Birmingham City University researchers, players "journey through the fictitious county of Rufshire", which we are told is constantly changing to accommodate a growing population.

Its creators hope it will help foster a wider understanding of the rural-urban fringe and are touting it to students and communities around the country. Order early to avoid disappointment on Christmas morning.

Take a room full of students, add a free bar and in the normal course of things chaos ensues. Add the Scotland and Ireland Planning Student Quiz and a potential prize of £500 (courtesy of quiz sponsors, planning consultancy RPS), however, and the picture is somewhat transformed.

While still clocking up a respectable tab, competing teams Grim REPR and The Un-winners from the University of Glasgow and the Return of the Geddins Quadrangle from the University of Dundee impressed with their general and planning knowledge in equal measure. However, there can only be one victor and ultimately the members of Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (don't ask) from Queen's University Belfast were named champions.

Without wishing to indulge in any more student stereotyping, Diary strongly suspects that financial concerns may have provided the extra incentive needed for Chicken Dinner to secure victory. Team member Alan McCarten says: "The university paid for us to come here and our lecturer told us that if we didn't win we'd have to pay back the money. So there was a bit of pressure."

Happily clutching their oversized cheque, McCarten and team mates Neil Galway, Aisling Murphy and Stephanie Palmer headed out into the night to continue celebrating in one of Glasgow's finest watering holes. Diary was invited but pleaded fast-approaching middle age and headed home.


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