Since we're leaving today for a week at the lake I have doing a whole bunch of nothing on my mind. Of course I need to do nothing and keep three kids amused at the same time, which presents problems. I'm sure this shows my age, but the first thing I think of is board games. On a real board and everything. No computer needed. So the topic today is...
My Three Favorite Board Games
#1. Backgammon. I've been playing since I was a little kid and I still haven't improved much. I love it in spite of myself. Logic and strategy games really appeal to me, even though I can be spotty on both. This was my dad's favorite game and he taught me to play pretty early. He had been playing since he was a kid and was an excellent player. He died suddenly a few years ago after a lifetime of us struggling to connect and the sight of a backgammon board always makes me think of him in a very nice way. This besides the fact that in my entire life I never beat him. Not once.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
#2. Apples to Apples. This is a relatively new game on the market, and it is absolutly fab. If you've never played it you owe it to yourself to look into it. It's hard to describe but very easy to play. Every player gets cards that are descriptors and you have to play them in response to a subject card. You can play it funny or straight, but either way you learn a lot about the people you're playing with. I've played with a group of people ranging from 7 to 50 and everyone had a blast. As a matter of fact my set keeps getting lent out because everyone who plays it wants to borrow it. Too. Much. Fun.
#3. Monopoly. If I had a dollar for every hour of my misspent childhood I spent huddled over a Monopoly game...I could buy three hotels on Boardwalk. My best friends and I would have these marathon sessions that only ended when one of us got caught embezzling money from the bank in a fit of financial despair. To this day I can tell you (by heart) the purchase price and rental charge on every single property. My kids didn't believe me and insisted on testing me on it. Let's just say they're believers now. As an adult I haven't played as much. Who needs a board game to go around and around in circles never having enough money? Really. For quite a while there it was a real drag. Lately though we've been getting back into it. It's fun to play with my kids and whip their butts. And I always know when someone is trying to take the bank for a ride. It takes one to know one.
Honorable Mention - Scrabble, Clue and Boggle. It really is awfully hard to pick just three.