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April 5th, 2002

Board Games

As a kid, I played a fair amount of board games. Our family would occasionally have “game night,” where we’d break out one of the games from the basement and play instead of watching TV. I had a bunch of favorites… Scotland Yard, Balderdash, Life, Pente, Uncle Wiggly, Trouble (with the Pop-O-Matic bubble!), and another one similar to Trouble that had little Bugle-like cones that I would always put on my fingers to pretend I had long nails…

Share with us some of your favorite board games… I know I’ve forgotten a bunch and will have to update the Ping the next time I visit my parents’ house. One I think I’d like to try sometime: Driveway Deals.

I’m worried that the board game is going the way of those 976-Santa Claus numbers I used to call as a kid. Occasionally at a party, someone will break out a party game of some sort, but tell me, when was the last time you actually played Monopoly?

Perhaps I should arrange a Northern Virginia Scotland Yard night (or maybe Life as a Blackman night)…

Posted in Board Games

FROM: Barbara
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 8:11:15 am
Does Twister count as a board game?

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 9:04:15 am
I am the Boggle guru. I love Boggle. Boggle loves me.

I also enjoy Scrabble quite a bit. Trivial Pursuit, Outwageus, and Monopoly which - I admit - I haven't played in a long time.

FROM: Josh
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 1:18:05 pm
Ryan, that Trouble-esque game with the bugles was Headache. That game, along with Sorry are the main reasons why my brother and I don't talk alot to each other nowadays... ;)

FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 2:14:51 pm
We still do game night frequently. Usually my kids would much rather play board games than watch TV. We tend to go in phases - right now Battleship and Sorry are big. My son and I also frequently play APBA Baseball - only sports geeks will know what that is... We also have played a bit of Risk - however I bought him Risk for the PC to spare me - Risk with just two people is only marginally fun.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 2:23:40 pm
I just added another game that my sister reminded me of: Ungle Wiggly. That's how I learned what "rheumatism" was.

Josh -- right on... it was Headache.

Chris -- very cool. That's good to hear.

DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 2:44:54 pm
I was a huge fan of Electronic Battleship. I wonder if my parents still have that lying around in the basement. I never got too old for that.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 2:49:04 pm
We have both electronic and traditional battleship - we all prefer the old school game.

FROM: Maria
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 5:55:05 pm
I got into board games when I was living in the dorms and now my apartment has the best selection of games, so all of my friends from the dorm always want to play games when they come over. My favorite is Trivial Pursuit, but we also have Scattergories, Taboo, Yahtzee, Clue, Oodles and a few others.

DATE: Saturday April 6, 2002 -- 1:56:00 am
I used to play a boardgame called TWIXT. Anybody remember this one?


FROM: Josh
DATE: Saturday April 6, 2002 -- 1:59:18 am
Oh, I forgot to mention...One of the games I really got into in my college days was a card game called "Lunch Money." Basically, it was a schoolyard fight with all the taunting and without the violence. My friends and I would play that game until four in the morning...Heck we still get together and play that game every now and then...

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday April 6, 2002 -- 11:40:24 am
We used to play Life a lot. And Monopoly, though that game can drag on and on forever. We also really got into Stratego and Risk a lot. The Risk games could get ugly. I also fondly remember Dark Tower, though trying to get a board these days would require selling a kidney. Or at least renting one out.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday April 8, 2002 -- 12:02:02 am
This weekend we had a Balderdash and Taboo Party in Harrisonburg. MY favorite games usually are ones that you can play with a large group of people. Twister, Balderdash(Beyond), Taboo, Scategories etc. I also love Life, Scrabble, and Sweet Valley High.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday April 8, 2002 -- 12:06:15 am
Last year friends at college would play Battleship at the benches on campus. Nothing beat watching the Papal States dominate.

FROM: Nancy
DATE: Tuesday July 2, 2002 -- 10:24:51 am
Yes I remember headache, Everytime I go visit my mother ,My girls want to play it. She still has all our childhood games. But I can't find it anywhere?

DATE: Wednesday July 3, 2002 -- 4:12:01 pm
Chutes and Ladders all the way!!!

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