Glegg is a family/community/company game that combines scavenger hunting & observational skills with golf (sort of).
Each player (known as a “glegger”) has an official scorecard with 18 baskets, and each basket has 1 to 3 uniquely decorated gleggs in it. Gleggers (exploring the play area in groups of any size) travel through their neighbourhood, campus, or other territory looking for “flags” (windows decorated with gleggs).
When the group encounters a “green” (a house or building) that has one or more flags, each glegger compares the gleggs in their basket on the scorecard with the gleggs on the corresponding window. The objective is to find the closest match for each of the gleggs in your basket with the gleggs on the flag.
Anybody can be a “sponsor” by decorating their windows with gleggs printed at home. Regulation play requires that each flag displays no more than 7 gleggs, although other decorations are not a problem. A flag with more than 7 gleggs is considered a mini-putt, and will be enjoyed for its decorative qualities.
To prepare for the game, each glegger should have an official scorecard, something to write with, and perhaps a clipboard, story book, or piece of rigid cardboard to make scoring a bit easier.
The group (as small or big as you like, no limits!) decides on the route before leaving.
A route can be any length, take any direction and either lead the group back to the beginning or to a different destination. It's ok to double-back or repeat a short route (like going around the block a few times). The same flag can be played more than once during the same game as each of the 18 baskets depicted on the scorecard is unique.
The route can be travelled on foot, snowshoes, skis, stilts, bikes, in a car, truck, golf cart, a parade float … no rules (except for traffic regulations, of course)!
The flags are played in the order that they are encountered along the pre-agreed route. For example, the first flag on the first green the group encounters on the route will be Basket Nº 1 on everybody’s scorecard. The next flag will be Basket Nº 2 on the scorecard, and so on.
If a green has flags on more than one side of the house or building, start with the side with the front door and play clockwise around the building. If there are multiple flags on one side of a house or building, start with the top left, moving right, then one story down and from the left again, as in reading.
Each glegger counts the similarities between the glegg(s) in his or her basket and the flag, calculates the final score for that basket and writes it down in the space provided on the scorecard.
Each glegger uses a scorecard based on their handicap and this allows players of varying abilities to compete against one another. Junior players use scorecards that have 1 glegg in each basket, average gleggers play with 2 gleggs in every basket, and the master gleggers play with scorecards that have 3 gleggs in each basket. All gleggers start as juniors and move into the next category after winning three consecutive matches. To pass from average to master, a player must win 7 consecutive matches (not necessarily with or against the same gleggers).
Each glegg has a combination of 7 elements that ideally is an exact match (an “ace”) to one of the gleggs on the corresponding flag. The next best option is the closest match, meaning there is only 1 difference between the two gleggs (“eagle”), followed by 2 differences (“birdie”), 3 differences, 4 differences, 5 differences, and 6 differences. A “rotten glegg” refers to a glegg in a basket that has nothing in common with any of the gleggs on the flag.
Matches occur between the elements, but the size, colour and pattern do not matter. For example, an ace exists between two gleggs with 5 stripes and 2 dots, regardless if the stripes are horizontal on one glegg and vertical on the other and if the dots are different sizes. Elements can appear on top of other elements.
Adding the strokes from each glegg results in the total strokes for that basket.
When 2 or 3 gleggs in a basket are aces, eagles or birdies, it is called a double/triple ace, double/triple eagle or a double/triple birdie. A double or triple ace is scored as 1 stroke, a double or triple eagle is scored as 2 strokes, and a double or triple birdie is scored as 3 strokes. In other words, the strokes from each glegg are not added, as the two or three equally ranking gleggs are considered as one.
When 2 or 3 eggs in a basket are rotten gleggs, it is called a double/triple rotten glegg which incurs 2 or 3 extra penalty strokes to be counted to that basket.
Each glegger's final score is calculated by adding up the strokes from each of the 18 baskets. The glegger with the lowest score wins.
The total number of differences between each glegg in the basket and the best match on the flag (y) is multiplied by two (y x 2) and results in the number of strokes for that glegg, except in the case of an ace, birdie, eagle, or rotten glegg, which count for 1, 2, 3, and 17 strokes respectively (no calculations needed).
An glegg in a basket that is exactly the same as any egg on the corresponding flag.
One set or combination of gleggs on a scoreboard, which is made up of 1, 2 or 3 eggs.
A glegg in a basket that has exactly the same elements as any one glegg on the flag, except for 2 differences.
Those who do not play as a glegger, but participate with the group in some way (be on the lookout for the next green, clarify the flag order at greens with multiple flags, settle disputes, carry supplies, drive the vehicle, for example).
Two aces in one basket, equals 1 stroke for the pair.
Two birdies in one basket, equals 3 strokes for the pair.
Two eagles in one basket, equals 2 strokes for the pair.
An glegg in a basket that is exactly the same as any glegg on the flag, except for 1 difference.
A window decorated with up to 7 gleggs.
A shorter version of the game.
Similar to a golf ball, but not necessarily round.
Those who play glegg.
The route a group takes to play.
A home or business that has one or more flags (windows decorated with gleggs).
A measure of difficulty to accommodate differences (age, for example) in competition. As in golf, the handicap in glegg helps keeps gameplay enjoyable and challenging for players of all ages and abilities.
A window with more than 7 gleggs, or otherwise decorated: for observational pleasure and practice (e.g., “I spy”), not for regulation game play.
As in golf, the par in glegg is a reference point: especially when playing the game against yourself, or setting an extra goal within the group.
An glegg in a basket that has no similarities to any glegg on the flag.
A paper depicting 18 unique baskets, each containing 1 to 3 gleggs.
A person who has posted a flag (decorated a window with up to 7 gleggs).
The number of differences between an glegg in the basket and the closest match on the flag. This number is multiplied by two when there are more than 2 differences, and there are additional penalty strokes for rotten eggs.
Three aces in one basket, equals 1 stroke for the whole basket.
Three birdies in one basket, equals 3 strokes for the whole basket.
Three eagles in one basket, equals 2 strokes for the whole basket.
Describes the player’s ability to spot similarities and differences, accurately perform appropriate mathematical operations, and record data, and also known as the player’s handicap (e.g., least skilled players are "uni-gleggers," average skilled ones are "double-gleggers," and most skilled ones are "triple-gleggers").