When I was a kid, we didn't have no stinking MMOs.
When I was a kid we didn't even have a Gameboy Advance.
We still played a lot of games. We played board games! I can think of many happy afternoons when I beat the pants off my friends. I can also think of many less happy afternoons when the beat me. We liked to play:
Oh gosh. I was a champ at Monopoly! One time I had to give money back to the bank! Hehe! When I say Monopoly, I mean the classic version. None of this "New York", "Star Trek", "Chocolate" business. Honest to goodness Monopoly. With the dog and the horse and rider and thimble!
I loved Clue! Granted, after about the tenth time it got a little old, because there's not that much to it. That's when you make up the confessions. "I did it. I killed him because I've always hated him since he stole my bike when I was four years old. When I entered the Library I saw my chance. I grabbed the candlestick and smashed it over his head!" (What makes you think I was a morbid kid?) If you'd like something that's a little more substantive, try Harry Potter Clue. I got it for a friend's birthday and we tried it out. It was much more involved and more fun for us. Plus we get to play as HP characters. I always play as Neville.
Is Candyland the most annoying game ever, or the most fun? Yes. You have to get an older version with all the slightly creepy characters (I had one from the 80s for many years until it fell apart, that one is my favorite version). Like Plumpy. It's really simplistic game, so it's great to play with younger kids/siblings/cousins. I don't know, there's something magical about following the brightly colored squares to Candyland.
If you haven't played the card game Uno at least once in your life, you haven't lived as far as I'm concerned. You would think that Uno would be really boring because it's so repetitive but it's not. Just when you think you're about to win, three players give you draw two cards. Then the wonderful verbal sparring begins. We've had Uno matches that have gotten so loud... I'm surprised nobody called the cops! Then you get all the funny different versions. I had Hello Kitty and Harry Potter versions. They all have their own special ability cards. But no one can ever remember what they mean! So it's really all the same. Good loud fun.
We have this super old one from the 80s (although it might be from the early 70s). I would recommend getting one that is slightly more modern, unless you happen to know a lot about the 1974 olympics! I really like Trivial Pursuit, it's like my life, in a board game form! So much random useless trivia. Then there's always the fun of picking a really obnoxious topic when you're friend is about to win the game. "Name the swimmer who broke the world record for freestyle in 1967." "...Bob Hope! WHAT THE HECK DO I KNOW?!" "Heheh!" "Shut up."
(Here are some games that I've been introduced to more recently, but if I was a kid today, I would totally jump all over because they are SUPER fun)
This is actually a card game that is ridiculously fun. It's kind of hard to describe, but it involves dragons, magic potions, and cookie kings. If that doesn't make you want to try the game I don't know what will.
Ticket to Ride Europe
This game is not based on the Beatles song (but you could always play it in the background!). It's about connecting railroad lines from destination to destination. My friends got it for me just a few years ago. I love this game! It has the right blend of concentration, competition, and imagination. It's kind of like the better version of Castle Risk. You know, the one that doesn't take four hours to play, and involve many tiny pieces that end up getting stepped on.
It's the not-extremely-annoying version of Scrabble! I don't even really remember what the rules are, I just like to plop a bunch of tiles on my desk and try to make the words I can with them. But when you play with the rules, it's fun too. It's also achievable, unlike Scrabble. I can make words! Short words! Words that I know! Plus it comes in a pouch that's shaped like a banana, which is awesome.
It is so odd for me, who grew up playing the actually games to now be able to play everything on my mobile device. I have my Monopoly app with me wherever I go, no need for counting out paper money or little plastic houses. My friends often say, "Hey let's play Monopoly!" "Sure! I'll get the board--" "Oh, let's play the app. It takes to long to set up the board." But in all honesty I like playing with the board game. I like sitting around the card table with my friends. I like having to clean up all the pieces when somebody bumps the table with their elbow. It's fun. It's a way of connecting.
So, with all that said, I have a challenge for you. Spring break is about to start, why not invite your friends over and play some board games? If you do, please comment and tell me:
What game you played (it has to be a board game, a real one, not an app or computer version)
If it was a new game for you or not
Who you played it with (example: my friend Cassie, or my little brother, or my mom, etc.)
What you liked about playing it
And finally who won the game!
One of the people who comments with all the correct information will receive two Evil Magma Pea seeds! I will use a random generator to decide who gets the prize, so everyone has a chance. I'll end the contest on April 2nd at 12pm PST.
I hope you all have a great break and try some new games. Old school style!