Occasionally annoying during my introverted moments, but a source of pleasure during my childhood. I have fond memories of playing games with my parents, siblings, grandparents and friends.
Yes, folks, this was a time before video games and smart phones and, left to our own devices, we got creative. I remember many a Kick the Can game where inevitably someone would modify the rules and mutiny would ensue. Or the time when we got bored with ordinary ping pong and created a team-based game where the goal was to blow the ball across the table edge goal line. My grandmother was a pro.
As I sift through the games, I’m wondering whether they too are in your closets and what memories they hold for you. Here are eight. I would love to see what you come up with!
I was in sixth grade and all I wanted for Christmas was Battleship. Okay, so I was a nerd, but I loved this two-player game and enjoyed the hit and sunk moments with my own children. My brother used to aggravate me by not placing his ships on his board and my frustration would rise as I couldn’t locate this vessels.
This go-to game was one of my earliest memories of group board games. Everyone loved Aggravation, so when no one could agree on which game to play, it represented common ground.
No game collection was complete without Monopoly. It was the all-afternoon game or the game played in segments with someone yelling no one touch this at break time. This game originated in the U.S. in 1903 and, according to Wikipedia, was created to demonstrate that an economy that rewards wealth creation is better than one in which monopolists work under few constraints. Who knew?
My unwavering goal was to snag Park Place and Boardwalk and was willing to kill for it. Through the years our collection expanded with several themed variations like Monopoly: Junior, Monopoly: Garfield and Monopoly: New England.
Scrabble was a perennial favorite, producing fierce competitors that still play the game today. My father and grandmother were known as avid, competitive players. I smiled that day at our lake cottage in 1988 when my soon-to-be husband beat them and my grandma quipped that was fun. It still provides us with a good laugh.
What it Professor Plum with a lead pipe in the conservatory? Clue was a favorite growing up, but my kids would rarely choose this game. I always thought Miss Scarlett was cool.
Nothing could get under my sister’s skin more than hearing my voice yell sorry! When my son was little, Sorry! was one of his favorites, despite his crying jags when his pieces got sent back to start one too many times. We still joke about this.
My maternal grandma loved playing Kings in the Corner and Pokeno. I remember watching her carefully placing her kings and holding her cards, and the snap of the little red discs on the Pokeno board. My husband and I both come from families where cards are played. Our current loves are Euchre, Gin and Spades.
Games bring people together and build relationships in a way that few mediums do. That’s why I like them and get excited to ask who wants to play a game?
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What memories do you have of playing games? What are your favorites?