by Brandon Loo
Learning from its widely successful Arcade Night last Fall, on
March 23rd ChinaBlue held a bigger and better one. Dumplings.
Music. Games. Prizes. Friends. Elements of a relaxing night. Not only
were there more prizes but also more room for more games.
Held in the GLS/HDV Center in Roosevelt Quad, nearly 15 tables were set
up holding a variety of games including Blackjack, Chinese checkers,
Chinese poker, mahjong, and Jenga. A new Korean game was added this time
known as Gonggi (공기), which
involves throwing and catching five small objects.
Players participated in games to win tickets. Each game yielded a set
number of tickets to the winner with the more time-consuming games
yielding larger amounts. Winning a game of mahjong scored 20 tickets
while winning at Chinese poker was only three tickets.
However, losers are not left out and received at least one ticket just
for participating. After acquiring enough tickets, they could be
exchanged for prizes or dumplings. Dumplings cost two tickets, while a
paper fan went for 30 tickets, and the emoji pillows a whopping 100
There was a good turnout with nearly 160 people attending, going from
table to table playing. It was the perfect night to take a break from
studying to have a little competitive fun with friends.
Gonggi Rules and How To Play
Gonggi involves throwing five plastic pellets onto a surface. You pick
one up and throw it in the air and while it is in the air, you try
grabbing another one. This process is repeated until the person has
caught all the gonggi.
The next round involves throwing them on the surface but this time, the
player must pick up two pellets at a time. Again, this is repeated until
all pellets are picked up.
The third round involves two phases: picking up one, and picking up a
cluster of three.
The fourth round involves throwing one stone in the air, while placing
the others on the surface, and catching the airborne stone. Then the
player tosses the same stone again, but this time, picks up the four
clustered stones on the playing surface and catches the airborne stone.
The fifth round involves the player tossing the stones from the palm of
their hand into the air.
While airborne, the player switches his hand backside up. The stones are
then caught on the back of the hand. Then, the player throws the stones
in the air and catches them. The number of stones caught amount to the
And then the next person gets their turn and repeats the steps.
Each round must be completed before moving onto the next one. If the
player fails one round, the opposing player gets a chance. This is
repeated until one of the players successfully completes the fifth
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