Jamie Gibbs at Mithril Wisdom and Allison at Geek Banter are hosting the Level Up! Blogfest. The object of this blogfest is simple. In Allison's words:
Share your favourite game with us! It can be a video game, a board game, a party game, a card game, a childhood playground game--you name it. Let us know how it works and why you love it.
So, I know I'm only technically supposed to talk about one game, but I love so many board games that it's ridiculous! I'll briefly mention three of them that have been important to me over the years.
|Three of my favorite games.|
The first game is Parcheesi (or Pachisi). I've seen the name spelled both ways. This board game is simple but fun. You roll to get your pieces out of start, and the goal is to get all four men around the board and to the home space first. You can kill your opponents and take bonus spaces as a result. It can be a cutthroat game, especially when people set up blockades to prevent you from moving. Believe me, it gets frustrating after you spend ten immobilized because of your fellow players. Still, that's half the fun.
This game is important to me because I grew up playing this game with my parents, especially on New Years Eve. Some families party on New Years Eve. We played board games and ate a ton of snacks.
|The Pachisi board my dad bought me|
for my 22nd birthday.
Another staple of New Years Eve fun was dominoes. I love the versatility of dominoes. You can build with them. You can line them up and demonstrate the Domino Effect to your drunk friends. My family usually played Matador or Mexican Train. You can go HERE to find the rules to those games as well as many other games you can play with dominoes.
|One of a few sets of dominoes I own.|
You can only play Matador with double six
This last game I play more nowadays than I did as a kid. My husband and I have really gotten into playing Trivial Pursuit lately. The object of the game is simple. Most versions of the game have six categories: Arts & Literature, Science & Nature, Geography, History, Sports & Leisure, and Entertainment. In order to win, you need to correctly answer a question from each of these categories and collect the corresponding wedge. I'll admit it's cool (at least for me) that the pieces of this game look like miniature pies. Colorful miniature pies! I also love trivia. I love knowledge-based games. They make me think.
Though, most importantly, I love this game because it's a good way for me to spend quality time with my husband.
|One of our Trivial Pursuit Games,|
along with our Trivial Pursuit book containing
thousands of extra questions.
What games do you love to play?