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Judith Browning
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We don't have reliable winters here so if we get ten inches of snow then a little ice on top we take advantage of it to hunker down in front of the woodstove reading, playing records and get out the board games. Scrabble is it this week (at least until I win again). Other winters we play backgammon, nine men's morris, wari. Some, like Pente, Go and chess are not my favorites, my brain just doesn't work that way.
When our boys were home we played a lot of card games and some of those "on the table for days" games like Monopoly and Risk. My husband made ancient and foreign wooden board games for a number of years so we were always learning new ones like "UR" and senet.

Do you play any of these? any others?
 
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I used to play Euchre for hours. I love the old board games.
 
Judith Browning
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We played Euchre every night quite awhile ago...fun game but I don't remember how to play...have to dig out the Hoyle.
I got my husband and two teenage sons to play my old Barbie game one winter...hilarious.
 
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Barbie? Oh, you have to post a picture of that one! I never knew there was a barbie game.
 
Judith Browning
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Rion, I am on a kindle, no computer, so no way to post pictures. The game was a typical board game...dice, stack of draw cards, etc. Definitely added a new twist from when I played it with my sister.
 
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They're selling "Settlers of Catan" at Target these days--highly recommended. It may be the best board game ever. Enough chance to give everyone a chance to win and enough strategy to keep it very interesting.

All games are a trade-off between strategy and chance. Chess is pure strategy, and CandyLand is pure chance.
 
Thea Olsen
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I really like Labyrinth. Recently I've been playing the jr. version with my kids, and while I like the regular one better, the jr. one is still fun for adults. I'm going to try playing the original version with the kids soon. I think the 10-year-old is ready for it, and her sister, who is 6, is so good at Jr. Labyrinth that I suspect she'll be able to handle the more complicated one.
 
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We play Scrabble and card games like Spades and Rummy. Sometimes we'll play Scategories. We love family time playing games and will have tournaments when we all gather on holidays.
 
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I second Julia's recommendation for The Settlers of Catan. Awesome game.



We've been playing poker and a card game called "9-hole golf."

My son also likes Liar's Dice, though we have yet to get it out this winter.



 
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Oh, it might be on permies in a different forum or thread (I looked and couldn't find it): Wildcraft An Herbal Adventure Game.



It's a cooperative game suitable for families with younger kids, though we made alternative, competitive rules for it, too.
 
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Well, We've never bought a new game but now I want to go looking for the Settlers of Catan, Labyrinth and The Wildcraft one. Our grandchildren play a lot of board games and cards...I'll have to see if they already have any of these...I know they have scategories and probably Labyrinth.
I am on a losing streak playing scrabble...time to move on I think.
 
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I love Wildcraft too!
 
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Hi all-

Our favorite family game (after scrabble) is a card game we call Peanuts (aka Nerts or Pounce or Squeek, I guess):

http://www.pagat.com/patience/nerts.html

My grandmother brought it back from Florida in the 70's. And we just played it here last week.
It's a form of multi-player solitaire, with no turns, and it's a riot.

It takes a lot of decks of cards: one deck for each player.

The only thing about winter play, is that it's much more fun to play if you have at least 4 or more people, which may not be the norm on a snowy day.
I laughed out loud when I read the rules web page (above) that says that it "gets out of hand" if five or more people play!
Because that's the way our family REALLY likes to play it (a fast free-for-all with no turns and lots of competition!)

I especially recommend it if you have a group with small kids (5 years old and up) and adults, total group about 6 to 8. Then you can pair each kid with an adult partner. The kid partner has the responsibility of watching for a chance to play just the one card off the pair's Peanuts pile (aka Nerts pile), while the adult does all the rest of the demanding fast work of trying to play out cards. This makes for lots of teamwork. The kids have one of the most important jobs, and there's lots of opportunity for the adults to help, coach and joke with their kid partners. And the adults can help the kids to reach down the long dining room table, to play their cards.

One thing we insist on, that makes it more fun, is how we turn over the cards in the stock pile, 3 cards at a time (just like in solitaire).We do this using a "flip".
That is: hold the stock pile in your left hand, slide the top card off with right hand's thumb into your right hand; then repeat with the next 2 cards, and flip the resulting 3 cards in your right hand over, to reveal the card you can play. (Please forgive the right-hand bias). You'll get why this is more fun, once you play.

You can see the whole thing demonstrated as "Squeek" on Youtube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6ssLI51RZ4
This family is faster than mine, and there isn't as much good-natured yelling as there is at our house. And they play the Peanuts pile face up (what's up with that?!).
Watch the player to the lower right of your screen -- it's easy to see him doing doing the "flip".

I guess you can tell by now that I REALLY like this game! And that this post definitely belongs in the meaningless drivel forum!

Have fun!
Mariamne
 
Judith Browning
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Mariamne, I've got to figure your game out before we visit our grandkids...it sounds like something they would love. My grand daughters taught us to play "spoons"...too speedy for me but fun...a card game where at a certain point you race to grab the spoon..I don't remember the game very well, it's been a long time since we played it, but It is probably on you tube also.
 
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Hi Judith-

Great, re: Peanuts with the grandkids, in future!

Thanks for reminding me of spoons: yes, it is fast, and similar hilarity ensues.

For those not initiated to spoons, here's rules:
http://boardgames.about.com/od/cardgames/a/spoons.htm

Here's actual play: a youtube video of a nice-looking bunch, inciting each other to questionable behavior. (This has some high production values!)
Note this fam says you wait for "three of a kind" to grab a spoon, rather than four, as stated in the rules page. But I think this would still be legal in most states.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1nUkMgG558

Looking forward to trying out the board games mentioned!
Mariamne
 
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We also love Settlers of Cataan. Great introduction to what a good board game can be like.

Lately we've been playing Ticket To Ride. Its a bit lighter, easy and fun to play a quick game. 521 5-star reviews on Amazon haha.


I got the family Agricola for Christmas, but we haven't started it yet. Its supposed to be a really great game and its about farming, lol. I picked that up at Barnes and Noble for a good price.



 
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Carcassonne is a great tile-laying euro-style (http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Eurogame) game for 2 to 6 players and when you get used to playing the main game you can get additional tiles and extra expansions which take the game to new levels.

This is about the only game we play repeatedly and there are not a lot of rules to learn, it gets a bit tricky at the adding up stage in the end but it is easy enough to get the hang of.

BoardGameGeek is a good place to go for ideas and reviews
 
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Yes, Carcassonne is a marvelous game as well. FYI, there are kids' versions of both Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. They are simpler than the originals, but still fun, with the same high quality physical parts as all European style games. (If you haven't played a game made for German consumers, you may be surprised at the richness of the color printing, the thickness of any cardboard and the heft of wooden playing pieces.)
 
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so, don't laugh, this is only coincidence but our favorite game with the grandkids lately has been "Apples to Apples" the junior version because some are younger but still lots of fun. It covers a lot of words and meanings and has just enough competition to keep it interesting.
Playing "Skip-bo" with another grand.......junior version also.
 
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