I’m so thankful that I’m part of a family that enjoys board games. Lots of families don’t play games, I’ve learned, but our crazy clan loves to get together for an entire afternoon or evening of fun and games.
This weekend it was one of my all-time classic favorites.
We now have the 1987 edition because our original 1970 edition was so worn out we finally replaced it. Yes, the 1987 version is getting well-worn, too, but the game is no longer available except through collectors wanting lots of big bucks for it, so I think we’ll just hang on to what we’ve got…and keep on going.
That last line was one I heard from a friend’s great-aunt Becky who uttered those words when she celebrated her 100th birthday and someone asked what advice she had to offer the younger generation.
Hang on to what you’ve got, and keep on going. Yeah, I like that.
Board games are fun, and in many ways they offer a look at our society and our values, although we might not notice until years later. Games evolve. They change, and they’re re-printed with new ideas and new concepts. What was popular in one era might not work in another.
But I’m not going to go into a lengthy dissertation on board games today. I’m just going to share my love for them and encourage others to play a few games with family and friends. There are some great ones out there.
Our collection includes: Masterpiece, Apples to Apples, Cranium, Scattergories, The Ungame, Sorry, Parcheesi, Clue, Reminiscing, Quip It, The Logo Game, Imaginiff…and our once-a-year yuletime delight, The Christmas Game.
And more. There’s also Mid-Life Crisis, Monopoly, The Wizard of Oz Monopoly, DIY Monopoly, and a turkey-hunter’s version of Monopoly.
And yet more…too many more to mention. Of course there’s chess and checkers, and Chinese checkers. Plus puzzles. Lots of jigsaw puzzles.
Yeah, we love games, and you know it’s true: The family that PLAYS together, stays together.
- Play Is More Important Than You Think (roomtogrow.co.uk)
- Ancient Board Game Pieces Puzzle Archaeologists (escapistmagazine.com)
- Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble and other Hasbro board games coming to consoles (games.com)
- Gaming and your child: Why it’s important to play games (roomtogrow.co.uk)