I love playing board games. Really. You can go ahead and judge me for that (I know at least one person who reads this blog thinks games nights are lame. . . 😛 ). So when I moved to Newfoundland and made new friends here I was pretty pumped to find out they partook in Pants Family Games Nights.
Our usual game of choice? Cranium.
And we get pretty ridiculous when we play it. Some of my most hilarious Pants Family Memories involve Cranium. Which is a game I actually never played until I moved here. We also play Scene It! From time to time, but Cranium is the go to game. I can’t even tell you how pumped I was to have a group of friends who love to play games! I could occasionally get a game of Trivial Pursuit on the go back in Guelph (Trivial Pursuit is my favourite, I have three versions. . .), but that was a special occasion kind of event. Maybe once a year I’d be involved in a game of Risk. Now if there’s four or more of us in one place, it’s almost guaranteed a game of Cranium will happen!
I’ve actually been finding more and more people who enjoy staying in and having fun playing games – maybe it’s the often crummy weather in Newfoundland that inspires us to stay inside? I’ve been introduced to a few games I had never tried, or never even heard of, before I moved here: Killer Bunnies (which will probably get its own blog post..), Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, Partini, some weird futuristic Risk . . . and a few new card games as well. (Okay, most of the card games have been drinking games. . . but not all, I swear!!)
I still don’t get to play Trivial Pursuit very often, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. . . One of the versions I have is almost as old as I am, so no one really knows a lot of the answer. Another version I have is the 80s one, and somehow I’ve managed to mostly have friends who are too young for that. I do have the Disney Trivial Pursuit, I think that is my best bet for people knowing the answers. I think I might start adding some none TP games to my collection though. . .
Something about playing board games just makes me happy. . . not just because of the side splitting laughter that tends to be involved when I play with my friends, but I think also because I have so many great childhood memories of playing games with my brother. We used to play a lot of Monopoly, and a lot of card games. Also the occasional Battleship, checkers, chess, Snakes and Ladders . . . all the classics! Video games weren’t a rainy day option for us for a lot of our childhood (we spent a good deal of time at a cottage with no electricity, besides not actually owning much in the way of video games), and I think it’s better than way. There’s a certain kind of social interaction you just can’t quite achieve with video games. . . though as we got older, my brother and I were more likely to play video games together than anything else, we’d still play a card game every now and again. Recently I’ve introduced my brother to one of the games I heard about after I moved away (Killer Bunnies), and he LOVES it. So now whenever we do get to see each other, we try to fit in a game.
I can remember a lot of random games from my childhood. . . Ants in my Pants, this ice block game with a guy on a chair and you knock out blocks and try not to let him fall, Jenga, Candyland, this Safety First teach-kids-a-lesson-about-saftey-while-they play game. . . Connect Four, Guess Who, this sticks and marbles game. . . I could probably go on and on and on if I tried!
How about you guys? Any favourite games from your childhood I’ve missed? Anyone play boardgames now, got any favourites? Have I become inforgivably lame in anyone’s eyes? Anyone want to come visit and play some Trivial Pursuit?