Monday, November 9, 2009

Question: Games People Play

Everybody likes playing games, be it Russian Roulette, Three Card Monty, Chicken, or Doctor. . . wait a minute, wrong list. Everybody likes playing games, be it Monopoly, Asteroid, Sorry or Hungry Hungry Hippo. . . so hungry. What were your favorite games growing up?

31 comments:

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: I always loved Monopoly. Considering my great success in my adult business life, I should have stuck to Candyland. LOL

My other favorites were Scrabble and Operation.

Tam said...

I'm a bad loser so I only liked games I won. I have been known to storm away from losing scrabble and hearts games in tantrums of frustration. Sadly, I seem to have passed my sportsmanship on to my son.

StanH said...

Risk, Monopoly, Battleship, probably in that order.

AndrewPrice said...

Lawhawk, I liked Scrabble a lot, except you always got into disputes about whether or not certain words counted -- never play with someone who wants to count greek letters.

I enjoyed Life and Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit. We also had a German game with these sticks (like large toothpicks) that you would drop in a pile and then try to pick them up without distrubing the pile. I have no idea what it was called though.

AndrewPrice said...

Tam, Losing stinks.


Stan, ooooh, I forgot about Risk. . . love Risk!

Also, from the computer age: "Civilization"! That game is more addictive than crack.

patti said...

barrel full o' monkeys. fun then, fun now with a twist. (a lime twist with a splash of rum)

AndrewPrice said...

Ah, drinking games. . . another excellent category! Thanks Patti!

Di said...

Being Tam's older sister, I remember her storming away from Scrabble games where she was losing. Hmmm, I liked playing Scrabble.... Boggle, Pit, and a really cool, fun game called The Inventors.

Tennessee Jed said...

Risk was the number one game growing uo . . . and by a wide margin. As a real youngster, Clue was probably my favorite; Colonel Mustard in the dining room . . . with a candlestick, etc.

Writer X said...

My family really got into (and I'm talking all-out wars) over Monopoly and Yahtzee, mostly because my brother always cheated. It was the only way he'd win. Ah, the good old days.

AndrewPrice said...

Di, LOL! Scrabble can bring that out in people!

I've never heard of the Inventors?

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, Our home computer used to cheat -- especially at Yahtzee. I still hold a grudge. ;-)


Jed, I loved Clue, good stuff!

Tam said...

http://www.cyberattic.com/stores/veraf1955/items/778751/item778751cyberattic.html

I loved the inventors. I must have won a lot.

BevfromNYC said...

I LOVED RISK!!! No one ever wanted to play with me because I would make treaties and immediately break them! Bwahahaha! The secret - Pink tiles. No one ever suspects the pink tiles...

I loved Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and a very short lived board game called Masterpiece - to buy and sell art (That's where I saw the Rubens painting from the last Question:)

Patti - All the best games are made even better with a twist...of lime...

AndrewPrice said...

Tam, Thanks for the link. I rings a bell, but I don't know that I've ever played it. Looks interesting though. I really like a lot of the older games so much better than todays games -- too much bling.

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, LOL! You're right, no one would ever suspect the pink tiles of treachery! Remind me to double check the locks on the Commentarama safe! ;-)

I remember Masterpiece! A friend of mine had it and we played it a couple times. I seem to recall liking it very much.

USArtguy said...

I still have my copy of "Masterpiece"!

While not a board game per se, I guess the original Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots would be my favorite.

Other favorite board games: Life, Sorry, Risk, Chinese Checkers, Booby Trap, Mousetrap, Sub Search, Easy Money, Headache and its various "pop-o-matic" cousins, Hands Down... there were others but that's all I can think of at the moment...

Now toys on the other hand...

AndrewPrice said...

Toys. . . good question! We may need to do a second question based on toys -- maybe at Christmas time!

98ZJUSMC said...

Definitely Risk and Stratego. Monopoly was the game we played at Grandma's downtown Chicago. My thieving liberal brother always embezzeled from the bank (congress stealing from taxpayers?)so we usually ended up in a fistfight. I remember that German game with the toothpicks but, for the life of me, cannot remember what it's called.

Cheryl said...

I have a list like USArtguy's. I still have them all in a hutch in my basement. Even Masterpiece.
(My faves, Parcheesi and Battleship)
Board games were obviously a big part of our childhoods. Kinda makes me sad to think what today's kids might say in 20 years??
My 20 somethings would say Scattergories and Catch Phrase.
Do kids play honest to goodness board games anymore?

AndrewPrice said...

Stratego! I remember the television ads for that one, though I never did get my hands on it.

AndrewPrice said...

Cheryl, It's depressing to see what passes for games and toys today. It's all about stimulation without effort. There is no brainpower -- intelligence or creativity -- required. Sad.

Writer X said...

98ZJUSMC, I think you're referring to "Pick Up Sticks"? At least that's what we called it--foot long sticks that came in different colors. Wasn't the point to pick up as many sticks without dismantling your opponents'? OMG, thanks for the trip down memory lane. I'd forgotten about that one. I think my older brother used to cheat at that one too.

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, I'm sensing a pattern. LOL!

It may have been called Pick Up Sticks. I honestly can't recall, but it was a great game!

Tam said...

dirty rotten cheating older sibs.

Writer X said...

Tam, LOL! My brother and I are actually very close but when we were kids it was a constant competition! We were very much the dysfunctional Brady Bunch, minus the two brothers (I only have one brother and a bunch of sisters). We did love board games, though, but they never ended well, for obvious reasons.

AndrewPrice said...

On behalf of older siblings, let me say that we provide a necessary service in preparing younger siblings for the dangers they will encounter in the real world! :-)

Writer X said...

Andrew, hah! As the misunderstood middle child of a large family, let me just tell you that my brother made my life a living hell until I left for college.

AndrewPrice said...

That would explain the title to your latest book -- "10 Horrifically Violent Ways To Kill An Older Sibling". . . good read by the way.

Writer X said...

Andrew, how'd you know? It was supposed to be a secret. And I used a pen name. Dang...

AndrewPrice said...

Lucky guess?

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