No, I’m not apologizing for some addiction. I’m talking about board games! Games from your childhood, games that you still play, games you wish you could find.
My friends and I thoroughly enjoy a good board game. Unfortunately, decent board games seem to be hard to come by these days. When I was a kid, I played the classics: Monopoly, Life, Sorry!, chess, backgammon, checkers, Connect Four, Guess Who. You know what I’m talking about. These days, Monopoly comes with credit cards and comes in a thrilling Sponge Bob edition…really?
Recently, though, I’ve been having a hard time finding game shops. Perhaps its the über-suburban area I live in, but Toys”R”Us just doesn’t cut it for board games anymore. The last time I found a fun game, it was in a store that specifically sold board games, imagine that. Sadly it has gone out of business, but I’m always on the lookout for innovative games with staying power.
Here are my top 5 favorite board games:
#5 Battleship – It’s a classic. I must admit I prefer the cheesy sounds of the electronic version, though.
#4 Can’t Stop – For those of you who have never played this game, I highly recommend it to would-be gamblers. If you can win this game, you deserve to go to Vegas. It’s a great lesson in knowing how to stop when you’re ahead.
#3 Mad Gab – Maybe it’s just because I’m a word person, but this game is so much fun!
#2 Curses – This is a great party game. If you have friends who don’t mind making idiots out of the themselves, you must try this! In one round, you could watch your friend try to pick up a card while his wrists are attached to his head, he has to sneeze every time he talks, and every time someone claps, he has to shout the name of a lunch meat. Yeah. It’s awesome.
#1 Solar Quest – What game is this, you ask? It’s a Monopoly-esque game of property and power from 1987, but it takes place in space. Space makes everything cooler. What makes this game so much more fun that Monopoly is the fact that you can get stuck in an “orbit” around a planet. This can be very inconvenient if one of your opponents owns the moons in that orbit. So you begin bartering gas for your spaceship and rent on various moons. It’s very cutthroat. Oh and whoever owns Venus is usually the most hated person in the game. Rent is like $1400. Sheesh.
What are YOUR favorite board games? And where did you find them? I’d really like to know!
**Update** I almost forgot to include a vocabulary word for this post!
Exuberant: 1. extreme or excessive in degree, size, or extent
2. joyously unrestrained and enthusiastic
I feel most exuberant when you are about to land on one of the many moons I own, and must now pay me lots of money (see Solar Quest, above).