A Game or Two

For as long as I can remember, my family was always into board and card games.  Following Sunday dinner (which was in the evening) we would sit down and play a game, that is if we weren’t going out for a walk which we did in the summer months.  Each Christmas I got a new game that always entertained us over the Christmas period and beyond.  After I left home, I continued the tradition of getting a new game to play each Christmas.

A few years ago, I found that the games on offer in the local shops had no new ideas or challenges and were uninteresting.  I wanted something slightly different so I did a bit of browsing on the internet and came across a website called the Board Game Geek’.  A board gamers dream!  This introduced me to a game called ‘The Settlers of Catan’ which I really enjoyed playing.  I went on to buy a couple more games that I discovered on the site, leading to a slight board game addiction and to me amassing a sizeable collection of games.

There are many types of board game including family games, educational games, strategy games, war games, “roll the dice” chance games and many more.  Out of all the genres my favourite type of board game is a strategy game, although I do like crazy family games too.  All of the games I choose to play finish in less than two hours.

At the same time as I was introduced to the ‘Board Game Geek’ I started to host regular board game evenings for my friends who, to their surprise, also loved the unusual games.  Some of those friends are gamers and others had never played games before.   We all had great fun and enjoyed the social gatherings.

The evenings have become less regular now and less people turn up at any one time, but we still have fun when we get together and reminisce with a smile those past wins and defeats, whilst looking forward to the next challenge.

When we first started playing I always seemed to beat the regular gamers which gave them a bit of a challenge.  I think this was because they are used to playing war games but I use different strategies when I play games.  One of my friends has made it a particular challenge to try and beat me and this is a standing joke (between us) no matter who wins.

Although most of my games don’t have them (too random for me), the urge to play board games together can be summed up with this regular comment from one of my friends,  ‘I always welcome the chance to rattle the bones’ (roll the dice).

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One thought on “A Game or Two

  1. Of all the games you mentioned, ‘The Settlers of Catan’ just happens to be one I played at my sister’s one year and was so addicting we played it night and day, all 4 of us. When you do it at holiday time, it is such a great memory of togetherness. Lots of laughs.

    What a fabulous image (did I say organized?) of hours and hours of fun. Take your pick! I play Rummikub every Friday afternoon with fellow residents where we live. The camaraderie is usually worth every minute…except when an old geezer gets cranky and just ups and leaves. Astrid and I have a chess game going all the time that can take a couple weeks to finish…a challenge of its own each time. We try not to get cranky. HA! Just like Life, right? You win some and you lose some. 🙂

    Can hardly wait to see you tomorrow. We’ll put our best game face on for you. 🙂
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    Board games seem to have gone the way of vinyl records and hard-covered books. Looking at your collection here brings me back to those days – as a kid – where we’d stay up late into the night playing. What fun!
    May 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    We are trying to get our grandchildren interested in playing board games. They do fairly well, but the ‘pull’ of the WII, iPad, and DS is pretty strong.
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    I loved board games as I kid. And card games too. But what strikes me most; How NEAT your closet is!!!!
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Roman

    I know another blogger, living in Washington state, who also is part of a “games group”. She has a closet filled with games, just as you do, and seems to get the same joy and satisfaction from playing.

    I’ve never been much of a game-player myself, although we played a lot of Monopoly when I was a kid, and I love Trivial Pursuit. I came from a bridge-playing family, and still have the cribbage board my dad and I used. I went through a chess-playing stage, too, and enjoyed that, until I moved to Texas and dominos became dominant.

    That stack in your closet amazes me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those games!
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershoreacres

    I need to start remembering to use “Linda” here rather than “shoreacres”. 😉
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    ipads be gone! bring out scrabble! i still have my parents board AND their felt covered turntable AND their scrabble dictionary, so i guess it’s over 70 years old. we still play it…and clue awaits grandchildren!

    thanks SO much for this fun image and delightful dip into happy memories.
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    What a wonderful idea. I LOVE games! I’ve had movie nights for my friends and we play games after holiday meals, etc.; but I never thought of hosting a game night. Thanks.
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    I am not very much into board games, but there is one game we love to play – “Carcassone”. It’s a strategy game – these seem to be our favorite ones. My husband and daughter also love to play “Labyrinth”. And of course there’s always “Trivial Pursuit” which my husband and I played almost every day when I was in the hospital for nine weeks during my first pregnancy. We still get it out every now and then.

    I love your picture – I recognized many games and was happy to see “Carcassone” in your collection.
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    I love board games too. Its a wonderful idea to organize board game evenings. Love that picture. I see a lot of games I don’t know
    May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    Many moons ago when I lived in a far flung country called Brunei, no English TV and very little available socially for us “expats”, board games and mahjong were the major source of amusement and we gathered often to play. They were always fabulous nights. Some folk more competitive than others. Great fun and your post brought back some lovely memories.
    May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    in adult life i have not been a board game player (funny because as kids we were always playing – especially with family over christmas). except…. i do love mah jong, even if it is played on a computer – i find it hugely relaxing and it helps me to concentrate. i would love to find a proper – real – mah jong set one of these days!
    May 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterEliza

    A wonderful walk down memory lane! thank you!
    May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    I remember playing all kinds of games as a young girl! Canasta was one of my favorites. I wish I remembered all the rules…I would love to get a game going!
    May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

    oh, i love board games! we still play scrabble, all of my kids love it, and our favorite family game is balderdash, which is suppose is more of a word game than a board game but we always have great fun.

    you have a fabulous collection there!
    May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    This shelves of yours seem to have entire weeks of fun on them 😉

    I remember hours of fun in front of those boards game as a child. We still play the occasional Monopoly with the children and Clues is also one of our favourites
    May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnyes – Far Away in the Sunshine

    I think I’m alone here but I can’t stand playing games. I watch other people play and they seem to have so much fun whereas I get extremely anxious. I must have had a traumatic experience playing Monopoly or something… But I’m happy for and a bit jealous of those who can enjoy this kind of playtime.
    May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

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