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Post# 971333   12/3/2017 at 18:24 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I have been thinking recently of board games like Clue and Monopoly. When I was growing up, we had a good supply of games...and Christmas or birthdays often brought a new addition or two. One supposes games made an easy gift choice for relatives we had only occasional contact with. Also I'm thinking my mother might well have bought into an argument that games could improve my mind. (Obviously, that didn't happen...but one can't blame her for trying her very best. LOL) I can remember playing games with my family (mostly my father--my mother, herself, had very limited interest in board games). I can also remember the fun of visiting one set of grandparents and playing Monopoly. We had a set, of course, but their set was old enough to have wood houses and hotels, not the cheap plastic in our set.


In my life, games have fallen by the wayside. It's been at least 20 years since I regularly played anything. I just don't have anyone to play games with anymore...


Indeed, I wonder sometimes how about the popularity of games these days. There must be someone buying them--I noticed just the other day a selection at Target. But I get the feeling that they aren't the entertainment choice they once were for most people...


Even though my board game days are--at best--on hold, and maybe over, I've acquired a few over the years. All found used and cheap, and most of them are ones I remember from when I was young. Some photos:


  1. Pegity--a 5 in a row game. I seem to remember playing a version that had wood pegs when young.
  2. Inside of Pegity box
  3. 221-B Baker Street. A detective game. IIRC there are several cases included that one can solve just like Sherlock Holmes. Additional cases were IIRC available separately.


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Post# 971336 , Reply# 1   12/3/2017 at 18:31 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I have a weakness for Clue sets. It was probably one of the most commonly played games in my family. It was around for many years--it was something I was able to play when fairly young, and that was tolerable for older people, too. It was also one of the few games my mother was reasonably willing to play. (She never had much interest in games--I think the only board game she really liked was Scrabble.)


I have one vintage set, but I can't get to it right now. This is a modern set with a modern board. It doesn't feel right having a Clue mansion with a living room instead of a lounge. Or a theater instead of a library... Skimming the rules, it looks like other changes were made...and one wonders if the game didn't suffer as a result...


I'm not sure about this, but I think this version replaced the classic version--but it appears the classic version may be back.

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Post# 971337 , Reply# 2   12/3/2017 at 18:33 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Finally, a game with no personal history. But I'm guessing it has history for the 1970s when it was apparently published:

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Post# 971342 , Reply# 3   12/3/2017 at 19:15 by cuffs054 (GA)        

Sorry, but SORRY was the game to play!

Post# 971343 , Reply# 4   12/3/2017 at 19:20 by johnrk (Houston)        

was a favorite with my sibling and me. We rediscovered it by playing for years with her daughter as a child. I have no idea what Monopoly is like now on the computer, but the version in the 90's was actually quite fun to play alone and it moved so much faster than the board version. We also grew up in the 60's so the Game of Life was a real favorite. I bought a version in the 90's to play with my niece but they'd done so damn much to make it PC that it was a bore. We also used to play Careers back in the 60's.

My parents were bridge, various card games, and domino players. By the time I went to college--no more board games. Spades was the game that was hot at the Univ. of Texas. I also learned Clubs, which I liked better than Spades. I also played a lot of hearts. I can play poker, but never liked it that much, same for Bridge. I used to play an awful lot of Solitaire besides the usual Canfield, but don't play that much now.

Like Lord Kenmore, I live alone and so it's not like I can get my 22-year-old cat to face off with me...

Post# 971345 , Reply# 5   12/3/2017 at 19:24 by cuffs054 (GA)        

John, Spades is the reason my four year degree took five years! There was always a game going on in the student center.

Post# 971346 , Reply# 6   12/3/2017 at 19:27 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I know we had a copy of Sorry and played it, but don't really have too many memories of it.


I remember Game of Life, but don't think I ever played it. But it was a title still semi-common when I was growing up in the 70s/80s.


As for card games, I remember my paternal grandmother often playing cribbage. I think she also played--or once played--bridge.


Post# 971347 , Reply# 7   12/3/2017 at 19:39 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Spades is the reason my four year degree took five years!


There is a Stephen King story "Hearts in Atlantis" in his book Hearts in Atlantis. In this story, a Hearts craze hits a college dorm--and some students flunk out or barely survive the term... (IIRC, there is no supernatural elements, but other stories in the book are more typical Stephen King.)

Post# 971357 , Reply# 8   12/3/2017 at 21:04 by johnrk (Houston)        

Lord Kenmore-have you ever played Clubs? Much less well known and actually I enjoy it more than Spades.

Post# 971359 , Reply# 9   12/3/2017 at 21:14 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        
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I have been getting interested in board games again.

It started when I found Monopoly on special at Big W (like Kmart) for $20. Bought the Classic (London) edition. They also had an Australian edition, but I stuck with the classic.

Soon after I found an old Scrabble set at Lifeline opp shop for $2. It was tatty but is the same version we played as kids in the 70s so I had to have it. Wooden tile trays.

We have several versions of Cluedo. (Called Clue in the USA, Cluedo in the civilised world :) ) A 1970s version, which I had forgotten we still owned when I bought a slightly later one at an opp shop. Later still I found Cluedo Simpsons Edition at a recycle centre. The people are Simpsons characters and the weapons are things like nuclear fuel rod... Still haven't played that yet...

I used to love Backgammon but haven't played in years.

On a recent holiday in New Zealand, we stayed at the YHA in Wellington. They had a few board games so Stephen and I played Scrabble. The scrabble set contained the letter tiles from the remains of 3 scrabble sets, way too many letters but we played on till the board was full and it was way past time for bed. As I am a bit OCD I sat up sorting the letters into one correct Scrabble set and one bag of spare letter tiles. got to bed about 1 am. When I handed back the Scrabble set the next morning I told them what I had done and got "one of those looks" from the young woman behind the counter. Though she did say "Oh, cool..."

Post# 971361 , Reply# 10   12/3/2017 at 21:39 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Lord Kenmore-have you ever played Clubs?


No. I never even heard of it before now. I have a vague recollection of playing some card games of some sort with my father. The one game I definitely recall is cribbage.


Then, of course, there was the uncle who trapped me into 52 Card Pickup, once...

Post# 971362 , Reply# 11   12/3/2017 at 21:40 by johnrk (Houston)        
One of My Cousins

was a nationally-ranked Scrabble player and played countless times over the years when we'd get together. She had a PhD in library science and had the largest vocabulary of anyone I've ever known.

I forgot totally about Scrabble! I have the deluxe edition with the turntable but my favorite set is the travel set in bright blue shells. I have an even smaller one but it's hard to play.

Post# 971368 , Reply# 12   12/3/2017 at 22:09 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Both of my parents liked Scrabble. I recall them playing it together when I was young. Later, we played it as a family game when I was a teenager. I can't say for sure, but I am thinking that it might have been quite frustrating, simply because the chances of me winning were about zero. (My father was almost certainly the winner. He was addicted to crossword puzzles, which undoubtedly helped.) Later on, though, I came to like it when it was just my mother and me. Strangely, we went through at least 3 of the standard sets--the first set was my father's, and he took it when he moved out. That was replaced with the second set (technically IIRC mine). The third set was acquired at a point near the end of my mother's life when set #2 was unavailable, and we really wanted to play Scrabble.


I'm thinking I may have one of the ones with a turntable base in storage. I certainly remember that style, which seemed like a nice idea. Although I like the old plain version out of sentiment.


I don't remember my grandfather's Scrabble set, unfortunately, but it's possible he had one sets made in the early years.



Post# 971374 , Reply# 13   12/3/2017 at 22:45 by johnrk (Houston)        
Lord Kenmore-

As you probably know, tournament Scrabble is played with timers. I got used to playing this way with my competitive cousin. In my younger years I wasn't very patient to begin with, and it'd drive me apeshit if I had to play in college with someone who would just stare at the board and make silly noises.

Post# 971383 , Reply# 14   12/3/2017 at 23:37 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I know about Scrabble timers, but never used them. Indeed, I like a more leisurely pace with a chance to think. But, of course, if someone is too slow too much of the time, it's annoying for his or her opponents... (And if there are several players, and each takes too long, one may fall asleep before it's one's turn again. LOL)

Post# 971385 , Reply# 15   12/3/2017 at 23:49 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Another memory is my chess phase. I got interested in the idea in sixth grade. My mother obliged with a learn chess book, and, IIRC, at some point a cheap chess set appeared. I don't really recall doing more than learning the basics of the game at that point. Then, the next Christmas, I got a small electronic chess game. I played with that a lot...but I pretty consistently lost (even though it was set to the lowest possible skill level for the computer opponent). The only time I remember winning was when I invoked the change side feature so that my hopeless position became the electronic game's hopeless position.


I played my father once. He had little background with chess--he only barely knew how to play IIRC. And yet he won. The only other time I recall playing with another person was with some guy I knew at college. Again, I lost.


For some reason, I lost interest in chess. May it have been my lousy ability?!? Although chess sets are interesting, and could be fun decoration...

Post# 971386 , Reply# 16   12/3/2017 at 23:56 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Spades was big at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo when I lived in the dorms there.   We'd play bridge too, but I'd just make my partners angry with dumb moves.  Spades was a lot easier.


I remember games like Pit, which was based on being in the pit at the commodities exchange.  Lots of yelling in that one.  We also had a game called "Dig" where you had little mallets with sticky ends to pick up cards with letters on them (face down) and then try to use them to spell something.  The mallets lost their tacky surfaces fairly quickly, and that was that.  Another one I liked was "Across the Continent," which used small metal charms shaped like streamliner trains in various colors.  Roll the dice and make your way from one end of the country to the other.  It was a good geography lesson, and probably the first time I heard of many U.S. cities.


Our Scrabble game would probably be worth something today to a collector.  The "X" tiles were double stamped.  I don't know whatever happened to that set.  I only know one or two people who would want to play Scrabble. 


Backgammon was a big deal in the late '70s.  You could find sets everywhere.  I bought some kind of designer set at Marshall's, and also had a small travel set with magnetic pieces.  I've forgotten how to play, but it's easy to pick it back up.  I have friends who play, but in what they call the "acey ducey" version.  I have no idea what that is.


We never had "Sorry" or "Careers," but friends did.

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Post# 971388 , Reply# 17   12/4/2017 at 00:21 by johnrk (Houston)        
You're Right!

I also forgot about backgammon! We played it addictively in the ER in a hospital where I worked 40-hour weekends in college. When it was quiet we would play behind a curtain on a stretcher. I haven't played it since the 80's.

I also knew a version of Mahjong with a set of beautiful tiles. I still have it. Haven't played that either in 30 years...

Post# 971395 , Reply# 18   12/4/2017 at 01:32 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Yes,remember board games as a kid.The Pegity game was used a lot by my brother.On one of our car trips he was playing with his Pegity game-I was sitting by him in the back seat of my Dads Packard.Youger brother and Mom up front-Dad driving.Then Don got carsick and techni-color yawned on his Pegity set.We stopped cleaned up my brother barf covered Pegity was left by the road.Remember Monopoly-Don didn't barf on that one-ours was old and had the wood houses and metal game pieces.Also someone gave us a Twister game for Christmas.We were all Twisted up over that one!Bet we couldn't play that today-when you are younger you can twist into more positions than now.

Post# 971536 , Reply# 19   12/4/2017 at 18:04 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

We had the following games: Life, Sorry, Clue, Bingo, Mouse Trap, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Parcheesi, Hungry, Hungry Hippos and a some others I can't recall the names.

When I was at my sister's for Thanksgiving, She, my nephews kids, and I played Garfield Monopoly, Free Parking, and Hungry Hippos.

Post# 971548 , Reply# 20   12/4/2017 at 18:58 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

I didn't play board games all that much as a kid, but I did make up some of my own. I remember we made some for a school project and I made a spinner out of a plastic spoon.

As far as actual games, I remember us having Chutes and Ladders, and vaguely remember Monopoly, but not sure we had it or someone else did. In later years I remember having Mouse Trap, which was my favorite because of all the moving pieces.

Not really a board game, but I did play Connect Four as a kid also. And that game that had fish mouths with magnets inside that sat in holes and spun around in a wind up wheel and you fished for them with a little fishing rod with a magnet on the string.

Oh and this is from the 90s, but some may appreciate "Dizzy Dryer" a game with a battery powered dryer drum with no door, that you threw foam clothes in and whoever had the least clothes spun out won.

Post# 971550 , Reply# 21   12/4/2017 at 19:07 by jakeseacrest (Massachusetts)        

Every other Saturday night my sister, her boyfriend and I play board games and have a few drinks. Our go to is Monopoly but we also play Clue, Trivial Pursuit and Life. My mother bought The Golden Girls Monopoly for Xmas so in a few weeks we'll play that

Post# 971560 , Reply# 22   12/4/2017 at 19:43 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I got dozens of Board games, but I dont think I can get my dog or cat to play with me as this place is now turned into a ghost town until the summer when people come back on Memorial Day. All my neighbors now are gone from the cold to either Florida or Arizona.

Post# 971569 , Reply# 23   12/4/2017 at 20:30 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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LordKenmore:  Another memory is my chess phase.
I taught myself to play chess by reading the article in our Compton's Encyclopedia set.  Got pretty good but haven't played in ages.  Have several chess sets, including a Star Trek and Dragon's Realm from Franklin Mint, and a cheap 3-D set from a Sears Christmas catalog.

Mom had a Wa Hoo board back in the day, don't know what happened to it.

We had the ubiquitous Monopoly.  Didn't otherwise much play board games.

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Post# 971579 , Reply# 24   12/4/2017 at 21:05 by johnrk (Houston)        
What Happened to Chess?

I played chess growing up. For decades, back when young people actually enjoyed school, we had a chess club at our local junior high and also at the high school. I think it was good because it forced active young people like me to have to actually sit and be still! I loved it for the mathematical side of it. I'd probably actually join a local club if I knew about it, and they'd re-teach it to me.

And thanks for sharing that photo of your beautiful set!

Post# 971593 , Reply# 25   12/4/2017 at 22:34 by cornutt (Huntsville, AL USA)        

When I was in college, in our building we had Risk parties. We'd take two or three boards and place them side by side, and you could move armies from one board to another at the edges. We sometimes had 20 people playing.

We played spades until sufficiently drunk. At that point, we played spoons. If we got really drunk, we substituted steak knives for the spoons.

Post# 971595 , Reply# 26   12/4/2017 at 22:35 by johnrk (Houston)        
Battlefield and Stratego

I'm surprised no one mentioned these two games; both were really popular with boys back in the 60's.

Post# 971602 , Reply# 27   12/4/2017 at 22:59 by mikael3 (Atlanta)        

I remember all the games mentioned, also Chinese Checkers.  Remember that one?  I think Monopoly, Parcheesi, and Chinese Checkers are the board games we played the most—certainly an odd collection.  We also played Clue and Battleship and Othello, but I don’t remember those as well.  I don’t think I every played Sorry or Life, which is kind of crazy, considering my age.


I can’t say I was ever a big fan of board games, though, other than Backgammon.  I was a whizz at that game, back in the day.  As Ralph mentioned, it was a huge craze in the ’70s and ’80s.  But I liked card games, especially Gin, pretty much the best of the 2-player card games.  If we had a crowd, we played Rook, if anyone remembers that one.  And I LOVE to work puzzles—I had an unnatural attraction to puzzles, and I was unnaturally good at them.


These days we play dominoes (Mexican Train) or Rummikub, since there are three of us left for family get-togethers. 

Post# 971605 , Reply# 28   12/4/2017 at 23:09 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I forgot all about Spoons.  I'll have to look that one up to remind myself how to play it.  I think the grandkids, or at least the older one, would like it if she could get the hang of it.  One Thanksgiving when we were away at a beach cabin we taught her Crazy Eights.   She required a lot of repeat prompting and/or correcting.  She might be old enough for Spoons now, but today's kids' minds don't work the same so we'll see.  Right now she's into pig latin, which I'm having a fun time with.


I was never good at Chess.  Just like Bridge, I couldn't think that far down the road and still can't. 


We didn't have Battlefield or Stratego, but we did have one called "Conflict."  I can't remember the premise, but the name of the game probably said it all.

Post# 971606 , Reply# 29   12/4/2017 at 23:19 by johnrk (Houston)        
Flash Cards

When I was in primary school in the early 60's, flash cards were a constant in school. I think that's why we loved Crazy Eights, Old Maid and the like.

And I agree--I think little kids' minds are wired differently for the computer generations.

Post# 971615 , Reply# 30   12/5/2017 at 00:36 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I forgot Scrabble-My Grandmother liked this game.Played it at her house when we visited her for the summer.Sometimes a Scrabble game would go on for most of the night!She would put the game board on a lazy susan turntable to make it easier to use.

Post# 971628 , Reply# 31   12/5/2017 at 01:53 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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She would put the game board on a lazy susan turntable to make it easier to use.


There is--or at least once was--a version that board with built-in turntable IIRC.


Although I've sometimes thought that having a large Lazy Susan might be better, since it could also be used for other games (and other applications).

Post# 971629 , Reply# 32   12/5/2017 at 02:04 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Had quite a few board games as a kid. My friends and I would play for hours!

Never did learn how to play cards, though--with the exception of Crazy 8's and Old Maid. As Ralph mentioned upthread, I, too, was not great at strategizing and looking ahead. Have never played poker or bridge, etc.

We played Yahtzee with close family friends almost weekly. The wife would always serve slices of round pinwheel bread smeared with cheese spread and dotted with sliced green olives. She also introduced me to Colby cheese. I loved both of those appetizers.

Perhaps these games will trigger memories for those among us old enough to remember the Ed Sullivan Show, LOL.

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Post# 971630 , Reply# 33   12/5/2017 at 02:09 by johnrk (Houston)        
Thanks, Frigilux!

I'm sixty-two and played every one of these games as a kid. 'Operation' came out when I was in junior high. The Game of Life was just one of my favorites back then, with those little plastic cars and pegs for family.

I think one thing that you and I can count as a benefit from that time is that these games required more than one child. Today, children sit like zombies interacting with computer games. It's already been documented that those coming along now lack certainly skills that you and I learned and now take for granted.

Thanks again!

Post# 971633 , Reply# 34   12/5/2017 at 02:18 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I agree: Although kids have amazingly (frighteningly?) real-looking video games to play, they seem, for the most part, to be more isolated than we were. They don't play outside most of the day with the "gang from the block" the way we often did.

Of course, much of my childhood was spent in a town of about 2,000 with many other tail-end baby boomers. We'd head out in the morning on our bikes, have lunch at someone's house, then take off again for the rest of the day. All our parents required was a phone call to let them know our plans.

It was time to head home when the street lights came on.

Post# 971637 , Reply# 35   12/5/2017 at 02:30 by johnrk (Houston)        
You are so right-

I was wedded to my bike in the town of 10K where I grew up. As it was a relatively new city then (about 15 years old) the streets and sidewalks were all excellent. It started a lifetime love of cycling that only died when I had my spine ruined in an infection several years ago.

It was such a blessing to have those friends, a couple of guys who grew up on my street now go to my church since I moved back to that town (now 30K), and though our looks have all changed, we are still the same. We played together, swam together, cycled all over the city together, and grew up together.

I truly can't conceive growing up in some huge-ass anonymous city without green grass and trees, without seeing friendly people who knew me, and having to worry about getting kidnapped. Even today, though people are more careful here today (even locking cars now!), it can be an idyllic place to raise children.

Post# 971640 , Reply# 36   12/5/2017 at 03:43 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Well, it's not just the youth of today who are isolated... I was pretty isolated when I was growing up in the 70s/80s. I had a few "friends" here and there...but the relationships tended to be shallow and flawed. Most interaction was at school IIRC. When our paths diverged, most often that was that.


My experience was different from what kids might experience today, of course--we didn't have the video games that they have now. (And my exposure was very limited to video games. I only knew about Pac Man by reputation!)



Post# 971649 , Reply# 37   12/5/2017 at 06:16 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Trivial Pursuit was my favorite.


Funny story about the Operation game that involves me.  When I was little I was terrified of the dark and frequently had nightmares as well as sleep paralysis.  I don't know why (to this day I can't sleep in a room with the closet door open even a crack, nor will I allow any body part to stick out from under the covers..childhood fears run deep).  Well, my sister and I had an Operation game.  It was under my bed, and the lid was off the box.  Batteries were in the game.  It was cold weather as I remember a blanket being on the bed and it hung down almost to the floor.  I turned over in the bed and that game started buzzing.  I screamed bloody murder thinking the Devil was coming up through the floor with a chainsaw!  I laugh at myself now that I'm 46.5 years old, but back when I was 3 or 4, it was a traumatic experience!

Post# 971655 , Reply# 38   12/5/2017 at 06:39 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

That Concentration game rings a bell. I reckon my childhood friend Colin had it and we played it often, but I can't remember it clearly.

Some sort of memory game, wasn't it? Didn't you have to remember where pairs of things were behind a face card? You scored points by collecting pairs?

Post# 971666 , Reply# 39   12/5/2017 at 07:13 by johnrk (Houston)        

The Concentration board game was a take-off of the long-running TV quiz show of the same name. Go to YouTube and search 'Concentration'. It made a household name of Hugh Downs.

Post# 971763 , Reply# 40   12/5/2017 at 16:49 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
John mentioned Chess

There's a man who comes to this library several evenings a week to give chess lessons to children. I've noticed all his students are foreign, mainly from India, about equally split between boys and girls. Most are between ages 8 & 14.

Post# 971810 , Reply# 41   12/5/2017 at 21:32 by johnrk (Houston)        
It Would Figure

That the students would be from other countries, unfortunately. I've casually asked around among the teenagers with whom I come into contact, and I'm amazed how many have never held a pack of cards or played any games. The cheapest, most flexible game concept the world's ever known, and they have no clue. It's really sad to me.

Post# 971828 , Reply# 42   12/6/2017 at 00:04 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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We used to play cards on Saturday nights when daddy was home.  He liked Rummy, Tonk, and Rook.  Later on we liked Uno.

Post# 971919 , Reply# 43   12/6/2017 at 10:38 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Have played many games of Sorry, Touring, and Backgammon growing up.

At our house, dominoes is the game of choice these days, chicken scratch and Mexican. Lots of good times!!

Post# 971936 , Reply# 44   12/6/2017 at 11:43 by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

Anyone for Monotony?



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Post# 972009 , Reply# 45   12/6/2017 at 18:32 by washabear (Maryland)        

I love playing board games. A favorite that a friend and I like to play is called Park and Shop. You draw cards of items you have to buy, then you have to park your car in a garage, go to the various shops to buy the items on your cards, make your way back to your car, and get back home. My kind of game!

Post# 972010 , Reply# 46   12/6/2017 at 18:44 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
I was trying to find one that challenged my intelligence

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...but I guess Mr. Potato Head doesn't count as a board game, not even the one from my childhood that used a real potato.

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Post# 972019 , Reply# 47   12/6/2017 at 19:14 by johnrk (Houston)        
I'm Old Enough

to remember when we had to use a real potato for those! Like the smell of Play-Doh, some memories are just etched on our hard drives forever...

Post# 972027 , Reply# 48   12/6/2017 at 19:35 by cuffs054 (GA)        

Washabear, I had forgotten about Park and Shop, I loved it.

Post# 972045 , Reply# 49   12/6/2017 at 21:27 by cornutt (Huntsville, AL USA)        

We had several home versions of TV game shows. Concentration and Password were popular ones. In fact, I've still got a Password set somewhere.

Some oddball ones:

King of the Hill was a child's game. It came with a board shaped something like a volcano. There was a path that wound around it, with indentations for the playing pieces, which were marbles. Some of the spaces were holes; if you landed one one, your marble dropped into the hole and re-emerged somewhere further down. The idea was to get to the top and drop your marble into a crown-shaped thing. One thing I recall was that instead of a spinner to determine how many spaces to move, it came with a small tip table.

Dealer's Choice was a sort of card game, around the theme of used cars. You could buy and sell cars with other players, inflict them with various sorts of calamities (crashes, theft, fire, etc.), and buy insurance. I don't recall what the object of the game was.

Tripoly was sort of a cross between spades and poker. It came with a vinyl mat marked with various sorts of hands (such as a flush, a straight, etc.). You dealt a certain number of cards, and anyone who had a certain type of hand got to claim the pot for that, from off the mat. Otherwise, it carried over to the next round.

Oh Hell is a simplified version of bridge. You deal cards, and then each player bids how many tricks you think you can win with those cards. You can bid any number including zero. The tricks are then played. If you win the exact number of tricks you bid, you get 10 points plus your bid, unless you bid zero, in which case you get 5 points plus the total number of tricks in the hand. The first hand is played with each player being dealt one card, the second with two cards, and so on until the last hand, which uses the entire deck. My mom still has a set of the cards, and we play whenever we go visit her.

I also recall having a three-dimensional Aggrevation game. There were two levels, and pieces could jump from one level to the other at certain points. The top level also rotated.

Post# 972058 , Reply# 50   12/6/2017 at 22:42 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        
Anyone for Monotony?

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An interesting video on why one should NEVER play Monopoly. I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say "never"...but the video makes some good points.


Post# 972135 , Reply# 51   12/7/2017 at 11:51 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Someone was anxious at ca$hing in the Hatchimals trend, to make a board game out of something that after the only fun of it is when (sometimes IF) it hatches, just to become an ordinary stuffed animal...

So, unlike that, this is something to endlessly play, but maybe, me, being several decades older than my daughter, just couldn't see any fun in this...

I had found the directions misleading & after me being too withdrawn to figure out how to play this, she accordingly lost all interest, as well... (So, BORED game is what you call this!)

Doesn't help that we lost the die, (which we found) and after the photo was taken, I found a couple more cards, and I believe we are now short a token...

-- Dave

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Post# 972169 , Reply# 52   12/7/2017 at 15:39 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        
Mr. Potato Head

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The Mr. Potato Head concept has met the digital age in KTuberling. Although I'm guessing most people here won't be able to run it, since KDE software is designed for "Unix family" computer operating systems. I've run it with Linux.


Still, some might enjoy seeing this page about it. Quote:


KTuberling is a game intended for small children. Of course, it may be suitable for adults who have remained young at heart.


It is a "potato editor". That means that you can drag and drop eyes, mouths, mustache, and other parts of face and goodies onto a potato-like guy. Similarly, you have other playgrounds with different themes.

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