Thursday, March 19, 2009

Random Question Thursday

What is your favorite AND least favorite bored board games?

Annabel dug up these old boards (but not the game pieces) from the back of her closet recently. And although I am familiar with the game "Parcheesi" (the board barely visible on the bottom of the pile) since my parents had a set, I'm almost certain these didn't come from their house. I have never heard of "Camelot" the game, nor do I recognize the colorful, cat fancy number with the playing card motif.

It's been a while since I've played a board game that didn't contain a licensed character (Dora! Candyland and Chutes and Ladders; Little Pest Pet Shop - though on that last one, I'm still not sure of the game's object.)

I think I enjoy word games best; though I'm not sure these technically count as board games. Last night I got sucked in to play Apples to Apples and it was a simple word comprehension game based on card prompts from cards. It's nothing like Boggle, but it's just as fun and not nearly as noisy.

Mmmmm. ... and tactile games. Backgammon. To me playing it was always a bit of a zen experience. The roll of the dice, the feel of the round tiles under my fingers as I dragged them over the velvet board, and the satisfying click when stacked together. Yeah, I like backgammon.

Of course the games I like least are ones that take eight years to play (Monotony Monopoly) resulting in the financial bankrupsy of some players and the moral bankrupsy of the filthy, conniving player who ALWAYS wins. (I'm not bitter, though).


jasi said...

I like Uno. I like Kill Doctor Lucky (Cheap Ass Games). I think Clue is my favorite though I hate the tons of pieces. They need to make that a card game, really.

I really dislike anything with a ton of pieces. Hi-Ho-Cherry-O is evil-ness as it comes with precisely the correct number of cherries (which are lost almost as soon as the plastic is off). Also they look tasty to new pincer grasper brother. Sharp edges, little pieces, yum.

saradgoldberg said...

My favorite is probably Yahtzee.

Least favorite is Scrabble. I'm horrible at thinking of words. I aspire to like Scrabble, but it just makes me feel doomed...and dumb.

toyfoto said...

I agree. Zillions of tiny pieces ... and ELABORATE games to set up ... drive me bonkers.

Someone gave us "Don't Break the Ice" and for about 15 minutes I was all mushy in remembering it as a childhood favorite ... of course then I spent 5 minutes putting the blasted blocks of ice in the frame so that my toddler gould bust them out in five seconds .... for the next hour!

After that I hid the game until she was old enough to put it together herself.

toyfoto said...

@saragoldberg: Yatzee! Love that. I think I really like dice games.

And I'm going to go back on the little pieces game a tiny bit. Someone gave us "Feed the Kitty" and I like that game, too.

David said...

If you want to hear the "the satisfying click when stacked together", go to and try one of the great backgammon games.