Does anyone play board games anymore? I have very fond memories as a child growing up playing board games with my sisters, my parents, and my neighborhood friends. We spent countless hours playing checkers (both regular and Chinese checkers), Sorry, Monopoly, Trouble, Aggravation, Hurry Up, Game of Life, etc. Two very memorable games I played in my childhood were Pop Yer Top and Hide-N-Seek.
As a teenager and while dating my husband, we spent many a date sitting in the living room playing board games. We still joke today that doing that kept us out of a lot of trouble. Backgammon was our game but we played checkers and lots of other games too. When we were dating, Atari came out and was oh so popular and we did spend countless hours playing Pong, Centipede, Asteroids, and Space Invaders. When we married and before having kids, we spent many an evening with other couples playing fun board games like Taboo, Scrabble, Scattergories, and Pictionary. We laughed until we were spewing our beverages out our mouths and nostrils. I recall with fond memories, a good friend who even wet her pants due to laughing so hard during one of our games of Taboo (if you’ve never played that, you really ought to give it a try sometime).
When children came along, we introduced them to board games too. Hi Ho Cherry O, Guess Who, and Hungry Hippos were always favorites when they were younger. As they grew a little they enjoyed Aggravation, Sorry, Trouble, Trivial Pursuit, Apples to Apples, Scattergories, checkers and chess. When my oldest son was in his second year of college, tornadoes struck very close to campus knocking out the power for several days. This happened during final exam week and exams ended up being cancelled. My son and his friends enjoyed playing board games during the power failure (by emergency generator lights) and from his description, they had a lot of fun. I think Settlers of Catan is a favorite with the college kids today as is Apples to Apples.
With the popularity of video games and internet games, I’m not even sure kids play board games anymore. To me, that’s a little sad. I still have a closet full of board games and I told my husband recently, that we needed to start having some “board game date nights.” So we plan to dust off our many games and let the fun begin!
Question: What are some of your favorite board games (either from childhood or in the present)?
- Game of Life
- Kerplunk (not really a BOARD game but fun all the same)
- Jenga (not really a BOARD game either but great fun and good for lots of laughs)
- Trivial Pursuit
- Apples to Apples
What are some of your favorites?