Board on the 10th of July

187812085_a38b0277fa_m Don’t know about you all, but board games were an Olympic sport for my family growing up. We all have quite a competitive streak in us, so it wasn’t uncommon to get involved in some family Scrabble smackdowns, Monopoly melees, or Trouble … well, trouble. But it was all in good fun and it was a great way to get in some real quality family time.

And all of this hot weather is really making me long for those lazy summer vacation days where me, my brother, and our friends would play games all day long in our backyard, only interrupted by occassional dips in the pool or visits to the ice cream truck.

Have no fear, though: My family’s competitive streak is alive and well even today, as we often pull out a game or two at family birthday parties or holiday dinners. (The niece and nephew are quite fond of Balderdash and making up those wacky and silly definitions!). Guess Who? and Candyland, along with the classic checkers and chess, are also popular choices.

So what board games rule in your house? And what more obscure games do you remember loving as a kid? I remember a board game based on the Disney animated film, The Rescuers, that I used to love. (The two main characters in the film—adorable mice, I believe—were voiced by Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor!!!) And a Benji Detective board game too. Anyone else remember playing these, or something equally as bizarre and random?

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  1. by Jim

    On July 10, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    If you like Balderdash, then you’ll love Wise and Otherwise. Same basic mechanics except instead of making up definitions, you make up endings to real ancient sayings.
    Fun stuff.

  2. by Ron

    On July 10, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks, Jim. The ancient sayings sounds like a fun, fresh spin. I’ll have to check it out!

  3. by Melanie

    On July 10, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    My husband & I are always playing Trivial Pursuit or, as we call it, Pursuing the Trivial. As a kid, my sister and I always played Sorry! and I used to love an old game called Careers.

  4. by Ron

    On July 10, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    Trivial Pursuit is great. For some reason, I don’t know many people who like playing it, though. But any game in which you win “pies” is okay in my book!

  5. by Tara

    On July 10, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Hubby and I adore Trivial Pursuit but 1) he won’t play against me (doesn’t like to lose) and 2) won’t play on a team opposing me. So, we hardly ever play anymore. :(