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It seems like most people are more interested in playing Wii, PlayStation, or Guitar Hero these days. Which I’m sure are all enjoyable, but I miss old-fashioned board games. As illustrated in this blog, I can be quite a dork, so this should come as no surprise.
Sitting around the table with the board game spread out in front of everyone. Everyone choosing which piece/color/character they’re going to be. Drawing cards, performing tasks, making decisions, physically moving your piece around the board. The physical exertion, the actual touch of game pieces, and interacting with other human beings face-to-face are all aspects that make game night and board games an enjoyable and nostalgic feat.
It should come as no surprise, either, that I love words. I play Scrabble-esque games on my phone with friends, but it’s just not the same. I love the board. I love the clink of the letter tiles. I love the feel of the tiles between my fingers, and their smell. I love placing each tile on a square on the board. I also love actually adding up the score of the word(s) I play. It’s convenient that the phone or online versions do most of the work for you, but I do enjoy using my brain and miss that aspect. Playing the game in real life also makes you think more about your letters and the words you can play. In the phone and online versions you can place letters on the board and it shows you if it’s an acceptable word or not. In real life, you have to know the word, and you have to be sure before you place it on the board. More brain muscle is used in the real life version. There is no automation to lean on.
I accuse you, sir, of murder! The ultimate “who done it” game, Clue, has always intrigued me. Maybe it’s the little weapons. Maybe it’s the colorfully named characters. Maybe it’s the idea of being in a big gloomy mansion with a murderer. Maybe it’s the ridiculous 1985 movie starring Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd, among others. Whatever the reasoning, I love Clue. Here is another game that let’s you use your brain, a game of reasoning, deduction, and strategy. Trying to outsmart your opponents, accusations, and racing to be the first to figure it out are all a part of this role playing and fun game. And how cool are those mini weapons? I thought it was worth mentioning again.
The chance to make decisions and take risks, all while your plastic pegged little person enjoys the ride in his or her plastic car, that you might not normally take in real life is one of the great aspects of The Game of Life. You grab your colored car, snuggly fit your person in to start the journey, and start choosing which paths to take. Do you go to college or get a job right away? When will you get a raise? Do you buy a bigger home? Do you take the family path or the risky? The one thing about this game that I find amusing (and a little irritating), is that it MAKES you get married, you have no choice. Toward the end of the game, you may have a car full of children pegs, you may be a millionaire, you may be a best-selling author, you may run for Congress. . .wait, I just remembered how depressed this game makes me. It exposes just how unexciting my life is, and the things I haven’t accomplished. Thanks a lot, Life.
Twister (maybe not exactly a board game) might be considered a child’s game, only for the young and limber, but I still love this one. This one stretches your ability to, well, stretch. It is silly, it is absurd, and it can induce fits of giggling. Everyone may collapse on top of one another, but that is just one of the highlights of this game. You might have your right hand on red, your left foot on green, and your left hand under your left leg on another green when the spinner whirls around and lands on right foot red, this could cause you to perform your best pretzel imitation. Can you handle it? My gangly monkey arms and giraffe legs make me a natural at this game. I will accept anyone’s challenge in Twister!
These are just a few of the games I love playing and wish I had the opportunity to play more. Monopoly, Dominoes, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Masterpiece, and Sorry! are ones I would love to partake in, as well. But if anyone really wants make me happy (and I do have a birthday coming up in a few months), I would love to have the Fraggle Rock board game. I remember my great-aunt Helen had this game at her house. We would play it every time we went to visit her. And yes, I know it says it’s for ages 6-12, but like speed limits, that’s just a suggestion. Who doesn’t love the Fraggles!?
So grab your dice, your favorite colored game piece, and let’s get gaming! Who’s going first?