MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)

Games [board or video]

  
By:  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  •  Just for Fun  •  2 months ago  •  22 comments

Games [board or video]
I never go easy on kids when I play board games. The sooner they learn what the consequence of entering a competition is, the better. If they win, I punch them in the face like any adult. Zach Braff

In my household, we like to play board games and the only one that doesn't like to play any kind of video game is my husband. My understanding is, he used to play some first person shooters [FPS] some time ago, but found himself doing nothing except that while he was laid off... so, he quit playing video games. Every Christmas, I buy at least one board or card game for the family to play. We frequently have family game nights; usually on a Friday or Saturday night. It's time together. It's time to talk. It's time to have fun. I don't know if there are very many teens or young adults that do that with their parents anymore. I'm very grateful that my husband and I have a good relationship with our kids and that they like doing things like that with us. It's rather inexpensive, but we have a blast. 

This year, I bought a new card game called "New Phone... who dis?" with a couple expansion packs. It's one that our 13 year old suggested. I'm kind of excited for it. I also bought a few expansion packs for Cards Against Humanity [CAH],... that's always a fun game. The more people you have playing, the better though. We also have a lot of traditional board games like Clue [old school and The Walking Dead versions], Monopoly, Chess, Battleship, Jenga, Rummikub, Scattagories, Indigo, Life, etc. We literally have stacks of new and old board games. We've taught the 13 year old how to play Euchre and Chess. 

The video games I really enjoy are kind of obscure. I like all of the Lego-based games like, "The Lego Movie," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Lego City," and especially the various "Harry Potter" games (there are so many more Lego-based video games and so far, I've loved them all, but didn't think you needed the complete list). I have been playing the crap out of "House Flipper"... yes, it's a video game. I enjoy playing "Minecraft" with the kids. My son loves to play FPS and the one he plays the most often is "Rainbow Six Siege" and he wanted me to try it. So, I tried it for a little while and did all of the training exercises and learning modules. He and the 20 year old claimed that I did really well for it being my first time playing a FPS and especially that one in particular. I don't know how well I actually did... they might just be trying to make this old lady feel good. I enjoyed it, but I think I would enjoy it more if I could get the hang of it. 

Back in the day, I of course loved playing my uncle's Atari, especially "Circus" and "Pitfall." Then, it was "Paperboy," "Super Mario" and "Duck Hunt" on Nintendo. And "Carmen San Diego" on the earliest PCs in school.

What kind of board games, card games, or video games do you or have you played and liked?

512 <-- I just thought that was a funny meme. I can't think of anything that I couldn't say to my boss, but could during a board game. Then again, I don't have a normal boss or team. jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif

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MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)    2 months ago

NO POLITICS, NO PRESIDENTS PAST OR PRESENT!

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
1.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @1    2 months ago

An addition to the card game list...

I enjoyed playing Pinochle with my mom and grandma... double Pinochle is a bitch when you have tiny hands though. I only played it a few times, so sadly, I don't even remember how to play.

 
 
 
Kathleen
Professor Principal
2  Kathleen    2 months ago

I like board games too. When I was growing up we played Monopoly. My grandmother taught me some card games, one of them was 500 rummy.  I just bought It's a Small World board Game at Disney, going to play it Christmas day. I also have The Titanic board game which looks really interesting, I have not played that yet.  

 
 
 
JaneDoe
Sophomore Silent
3  JaneDoe    2 months ago

My Dad and all his brothers would get together to play poker when we were growing up. It carried over and my brothers and friends would get together and play too. Now that I have moved I miss that.
Monopoly, Sorry and cards against humanity are some that we ( Son, DIL and hubby ) still get together and play occasionally.

 
 
 
Gordy327
Professor Principal
4  Gordy327    2 months ago

Board...games? I know these words, but together they make no sense. Lol

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
4.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Gordy327 @4    2 months ago

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I put card and video games in there too.

 
 
 
Gordy327
Professor Principal
4.1.1  Gordy327  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @4.1    2 months ago

If you say cards, kids these days will probably think Pokémon (or similar concepts) or Magic: The Gathering.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
4.1.2  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Gordy327 @4.1.1    2 months ago

But considering I'm the youngest one here, I'd say we're safe. jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif

My kids know card games as Euchre or Poker... CAH isn't a card game to us; it's simply CAH. 

 
 
 
Jasper2529
PhD Participates
5  Jasper2529    2 months ago

Hi, MsAubrey. Thanks for posting another fun article!

I've always liked board and card games. When I was very little, my grandmother taught me how to play the card games "War" and "Old Maid". When I was older, I liked Michigan Rummy, Parcheesi, Canasta, backgammon, the card game "Snap", and many others.

When my kids were young and lived at home, we had family game nights. Depending on their ages ... Candy Land, Home Alone, Clue, Uno, Game of Life, Scrabble, Rummikub, Yahtzee.

So many games ... !

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
5.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Jasper2529 @5    2 months ago

I have to beg anyone to play scrabble with me. jrSmiley_54_smiley_image.gif

Or boggle.

I really enjoy Yahtzee too. 

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
5.2  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Jasper2529 @5    2 months ago
Thanks for posting another fun article!

And you're welcome. That's what I like to do!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

Board Games.  When I was a kid, my older brother and his best friend and I used to play Monopoly, but we also combined it with a game called Stock Ticker that also had dice and a standing board with 6 rotating wheels on it for stock market stocks to lose and gain and if I remember right we had to throw 3 dice, and it had much higher money than Monopoly, like $1000 paper money   We would throw all 5 dice together and be able to buy and sell properties and stocks at the same time.  My mother was part of a Mah Jong group and taught me how to play it (EVERYBODY plays it here in China) but I've since forgotten how, but Rummicube is much the same..   My brother also taught me to play Chess and I was good at it, but to this day regret something I did to my best friend while his sons were watching - I beat him 3 times in a row.  I hate myself for having humiliated him in front of his kids.  When I spent my childhood summer vacations at my grandmother's cottage and her whole family stayed there, we used to play pennyante poker using pennies but if we didn't have enough then used toothpicks for money around the dining room table.  My brother is mensa, and way back before the days of Star Wars he created a board game he called Star Wars with many planets and pieces to move around depending on dice and card picks (like Monopoly).  Recently I told him that if he had actually patented and produced it he could have sued Lucas for a fortune.  As I grew a little older I used to play Gin Rummy with my father.  He was a card game wizard, played in a weekly Bridge game with another excellent partner and played against two of Canada's prizewinning Bridge champions, Eric Murray and Dr. Fraser Hamilton.  I think my brother inherited my father's brilliance, but I didn't - I'm probably more like my mother.  My daughter and I, and my wife and I loved playing Backgammon, and when Trivial Pursuit came out my wife and I and both kids would play it.  Then when Scrabble came out, THAT was my game and I challenged anybody.  But when I came to China I could only play that with my nephew who was already here, and when I moved away only my wife's daughter spoke enough English to play (but I let her use the Scrabble dictionary all the time in order to increase her skill, but she's in Germany now).  So with nobody to play any games with, the only game I can play to keep my brain working is computer Solitaire.  So much for board games.  As for video games, Pac Man bored me I don't play ANY video games.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
7  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 months ago

My kids like to come over with their hubbies and play board games. One of my favorites is a new one called "Ticket to Ride". A lot of fun! 

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
7.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @7    2 months ago

I'll have to check it out.

 
 
 
Ronin2
PhD Quiet
8  Ronin2    2 months ago

Board games and card games usually require people- being isolated isn't conducive to doing those.

As for video games- Fallout 4- which admittedly I haven't played in some time due to work. After you beat the game 4 times- even with modded increased difficulty levels, and add on adventures and quests, the desire to find time to play diminishes. Really want Fallout 5 to come out; but with Microsoft buying Bethesda I don't know if that will ever happen for the PC. I will not buy an Xbox. Gaming controllers and my arthritic hands do not get along.

Online Sudoku, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and search words it what I do when I have a few minutes to kill now.

If I want to socialize with my friends, who are scattered all over the US- we play "Among Us".

 

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
8.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Ronin2 @8    2 months ago
Board games and card games usually require people- being isolated isn't conducive to doing those.

I suppose that is one advantage to having 5 people in our household.

I will not buy an Xbox. Gaming controllers and my arthritic hands do not get along.

Understood. My 13 year old bought the XBox One and years ago, we bought him the XBox 360. We also have a Wii, PS4 [the 20 year old bought that one] and a PS2 that my husband had when we got together. My arthritis isn't bad enough to prevent me from playing them... yet. I'm only 42, so I think I have some time.

Online Sudoku, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and search words it what I do when I have a few minutes to kill now.

I love Sudoku. My husband loves crosswords [and I help him when he's gone as far as he can]. Jigsaw puzzles are what my dad and stepmom do those... we don't really have a place to do them right now. No one is really into word searches in my family, but I know there's a lot of people out there that love them.

If I want to socialize with my friends, who are scattered all over the US- we play "Among Us".

That's fun. Are you ever the suspect? jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif My two boys played that for awhile. 

 
 
 
zuksam
Junior Silent
9  zuksam    2 months ago

I've never been much of a game player and certainly not "Bored" Games. I've only liked three video games, Asteroids, Super Mario Bro, and Crystal Castles. I don't play most card games I only like Cribbage. When I was a kid I was either outside playing or reading a book.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
9.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  zuksam @9    2 months ago

During warmer weather, we're usually outside. Sometimes we'll play Euchre out on our patio table. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
10  JohnRussell    2 months ago

I have never played a video game in my life, although I have on occasion for a few minutes watched other people play. (Wheel Of Fortune video game doesnt count does it?)  

I dont feel like I have missed out on a thing. 

I like the board games where a bunch of people play and they have to match answers or words with the other players . Cant remember the names of them offhand. 

Used to play Monopoly a lot as a kid. 

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
10.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  JohnRussell @10    one month ago
(Wheel Of Fortune video game doesnt count does it?) 

Why wouldn't it? If my "House Flipper" counts, why wouldn't "Wheel of Fortune"?

 
 
 
Dragon
Freshman Silent
11  Dragon    2 months ago

My family was big on board and card games. Sitting around kitchen table playing games was standard growing up, even as adults when we were back at parents. Lots of laughter, accusing each other of cheating (some of us did cheat), eating finger foods, enjoying each other. We played Clue, Life, Monopoly, Dominos, Golf, Mexican Train among others, someone was always showing up with a new game. Must add, there was no alcohol involved, no one drank at my parents, we were completely sober when acting crazy!

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
11.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Dragon @11    one month ago

We act pretty crazy even though we don't drink [except for my husband and his beer] here. 

My parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. were always similar... only my dad and my grandpa [dad's dad] drank. With my mom's family, it's always been coffee or tea. My mom's family are the crazy ones. jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif

Mexican Train was one of the games I bought last year or two years ago for Christmas.