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#MicroblogMondays 33: Board Games

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The twins and I recently spent the day at a board game cafe.  So it’s a cafe — you can get small salads and sandwiches and desserts, plus any coffee or tea drink.  But you can also pay $2.50 per person for unlimited access to over 500 board games.

The walls of the store are bookcases, and you walk around the different sections and pull down games and bring them to your table.  We started with Clue and then moved on to Life and Trouble.  Then we started the inevitable rapid cycling through games we didn’t know.  There was one that took us 20 minutes to set up but we ended up not playing once we realized we still had 4 pages of rules to read.

We own a lot of board games but being in there made me realize how many fun ones we’ve missed having at home, like Sorry.  And I am definitely purchasing a copy of my favourite game — Clue — this week because the twins loved it, too.

What is your favourite board game?  And do you own a copy?


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1 Persnickety { 04.13.15 at 5:44 am }

I love trivial pursuit, and my family plays (played) with a mixed box. Different countries questions mixed together.
I also like scrabble.
We have a couple of boxes of trivia pursuit in the garage, but I haven’t played in years.

2 Andy { 04.13.15 at 5:44 am }

We love checkers, and the Harry Potter version of Clue!

3 Shilpa { 04.13.15 at 6:21 am }

Mine is the INDIAN traditional board game called ASHTA CHAMMA , used to play it in school n would enjoy a lot

4 Middle Girl { 04.13.15 at 7:22 am }

We play Scattergories and Scrabble on boards and Words with Friends on-line.

5 Lindsay | Solo Mama { 04.13.15 at 8:35 am }

I LOVE board games! But my favourite of all time is absolutely Scrabble. I’m fiercely competitive – have been since I was a kid – and winning at board games is one of my life’s pleasures. I realize that sounds dorky, but I guess I am a dork!

6 No Baby Ruth { 04.13.15 at 8:51 am }

My favorite by far is also Clue! (And the relatively low-budget and unremarkable movie version is also a big favorite of mine!)

7 Daryl { 04.13.15 at 9:06 am }

On our first date, my husband and I went to a movie theater that chess boards, checkers, and some other games set up in the lobby so you could play while you waited for your movie to start. He tried (unsuccessfully) to teach me to play chess, but it ended up being a lot of him saying “I wouldn’t do that” every time I attempted a move. A couple of years later, they tore the theater down, which made us both really sad.

I love Clue, but I don’t own it. We do have the deluxe edition of Scrabble, but we never play it.

8 Kaeleigh { 04.13.15 at 9:15 am }

I LOVE Scrabble and Cranium. Also… not a board game but the Heads Up app is a killer at parties!

9 Suzy { 04.13.15 at 9:29 am }

We love card cames at our house, specifically UNO, Rummy, and Phase 10.

A board game cafe sounds glorious!!

10 Sadie { 04.13.15 at 9:29 am }

I love playing board games but my three brothers are very serious about theirs, and I have hilarious memories of growing up. I am very-not-serious about these things and non-competative to a fault, so no one ever wanted me to play ๐Ÿ™

11 earthandink { 04.13.15 at 9:34 am }


12 The bespectacled mother { 04.13.15 at 10:35 am }

Board game cafes appears to be interesting. I so wish this concept comes to India as well. In my childhood, I played chinese checkers, monopoly and scrabble. These days I play snakes and ladders with my 4 year old.

13 Kasey { 04.13.15 at 10:41 am }

My favorite game by far was Trivial Pursuit. So much so that I was part of a group that started a TP club at my high school and played once a week grades 8-12. I used to own all the versions. Sadly my current friends and family are not fans of the game, so I only have the one beloved box waiting for some day.
Simon is just now getting in to board games. We play Candyland and Connect 4 often.

14 Isabelle { 04.13.15 at 10:43 am }

I play a lot of board games with my therapy kids, especially those ones who are only working on their articulation. We play a lot of Sorry, Candyland, Connect 4, etc. For myself, I like Pictionary the most because I like drawing.

15 a { 04.13.15 at 11:25 am }

We love Sorry around here! We also like Beat The Parents, which has two different mundsets of trivia questions for parents and kids. We play Monopoly once in a while, and Uno.

My favorite game when I was a kid was Masterpiece – you would buy and sell 4×6 reproductions of great artworks. I only remember looking at the art, though, not how to play.

16 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 04.13.15 at 11:32 am }

What a fun concept!

When I was a kid, I loved Monopoly, but I’m not sure it holds up as an adult. Now I like Scrabble and anything word-related. Also, my board-game-connoisseur BIL and SIL gave us one called Don Quixote where you build roads with tiles, and that’s a lot of fun too.

17 Savannah { 04.13.15 at 12:34 pm }

We really don’t play a lot of board games, but my all time favorite is Monopoly.

18 Shail { 04.13.15 at 12:42 pm }

I wish we had some such place over here. I’d have loved to spend time with the children playing new board games. I used to play a lot of Chinese Checker. My fav is still Scrabble though what I now play is the online variety ๐Ÿ™‚

19 nonsequiturchica { 04.13.15 at 1:10 pm }

We don’t play a ton of board games right now so I think one of the only ones we have is Scattegories.

20 JustHeather { 04.13.15 at 1:25 pm }

We have quite a few board/card games but haven’t played in a few years. However our boy likes to “play” with them right now (we get one out at a time and he pulls out the pieces, puts them on the board, etc and then puts them away).
Some of my favorite games (and good/fun/semi-educational for kids too) are TransAmerica, Bohnanza and Tsuro. Along with some of the normal ones Uno, Phase 10 and 10,000 (dice game).

21 Mary Francus { 04.13.15 at 2:13 pm }

Buccaneer! My brother had it fir Christmas sometime in the fifties. There were oirates,,and masted shios and burued treasure! The ‘treasure’ was as precious as real gems to us!

22 Katherine A { 04.13.15 at 2:23 pm }

Scrabble – my husband and I are fairly evenly matched. I have the better vocabulary but he’s better at the strategy part. It’s fun to see who comes out the winner.

Also Uno, which my whole in-law family plays together and it’s just a blast. It’s sort of a tradition that funny/silly things happen during family Uno games. My BIL rigged the deck the last time the family played – he bought a couple new decks and shuffled all the wild-draw-4 cards into the regular deck without anyone noticing until most of the way through the first round. Everyone thought it was a pretty good one!

23 Rachel { 04.13.15 at 2:35 pm }

I love Scattergories, and Life and Clue and Pictionary….and plenty more. Apples to apples is good too. Cranium is fun with the right crowd. We like to have a Board Game night every so often to just kick back and relax with some of our favs!

24 Jennifer { 04.13.15 at 2:53 pm }

A board game cafe sounds fantastic! I love board games – my absolute favorite is backgammon. My mother bought me a gorgeous board maybe 10 years ago, but alas my husband hates playing with me because I win every time. He’s more of a card game person – or Scrabble. He always beats me in Scrabble. ๐Ÿ™‚

25 Catwoman73 { 04.13.15 at 3:08 pm }

Cribbage, which is really a card game, but at least there is a ‘board’ involved. But I also adore Scrabble and Monopoly.

26 Lori Lavender Luz { 04.13.15 at 4:28 pm }

I’m getting so many great ideas from this comments section, and I’m realizing I need to get a Clue.

27 loribeth { 04.13.15 at 5:27 pm }

I think there is a board game cafรฉ in Toronto. ๐Ÿ™‚

We played a lot of board games when I was a kid; not quite so much these days. All the classics — Monopoly, Life, Sorry, Chinese checkers — and I had Mystery Date!! which my friends & I LOVED, lol. Never owned Clue but enjoyed playing it at friends’ houses.

When we are visiting my family, we play a lot of cards and dominos, & sometimes Yahtzee. We also like a game called Sequence or Double Series, which is sort of a combination board & card game. We have dominos & Sequence & Yahtzee at our house, and Monopoly and Scrabble, and several different versions of Trivial Pursuit (which I haven’t played in quite a while but was pretty good at).

28 Jenn { 04.13.15 at 6:29 pm }

Othello, skip-bo, and mille borne are my favorite games!

29 Laurel Regan { 04.13.15 at 7:03 pm }

What a fun idea for a cafe! I love board games, but lately it seems as though I’m more into card games – right now, it’s Cards Against Humanity (as well as its more family-friendly Apples to Apples counterpart). And of course Dutch Blitz is ALWAYS number one with me.

30 Mali { 04.13.15 at 8:36 pm }

Loribeth made me laugh (and groan “we’re so old!) because I had Mystery Date too! We had Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, and Scrabble, which was my favourite. My husband likes chess, but I never learned it young enough, and he’s an engineer, and so not into words, which of course I want to do. So board games are not really my thing. Though I did start playing one with my niece – maybe if I introduce her to Scrabble young enough, I’ll have someone to play with!

31 Justine { 04.13.15 at 9:15 pm }

We have a LOT of board games (finally got rid of the new Chutes and Ladders, which was SO poorly designed … too cluttered for anyone to count spaces). We like Sorry and Battleship, Scrabble and the Great Train Game. The boys like chess. There’s Bob the Builder Uno. At some point, we’re going to need Apples to Apples and Bananagrams. ๐Ÿ™‚

32 Dawn from the frozen north { 04.13.15 at 9:20 pm }

Now that we have a cabin, most of the board games have moved there. When it rains, the games come out. We enjoy lots of the old Parker Brothers games… Avalanche, Moviemakers and Inventors. A few games stay at home, and every Christmas we take them to the hall where we host Christmas dinner. After our potluck dinner, the tables are set up with different games such as Trionimos, Mille Bourne, Waterworks and poker. Everyone enjoys coffee and moves from table to table playing the different games. I had no idea that my dad was a shark when it came to Triominos

33 Jamie { 04.13.15 at 9:23 pm }

Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne and Bananagrams! Love Cranium, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

34 Queenie { 04.13.15 at 9:52 pm }

I love Clue! I think it might have led to some career choices somewhere along the line. . .:) I also love the idea of a board game cafe–you’re going to have to share the location, so I can take T on a date there! It’s funny, we own a million board games, but never play them (the grown up ones). Our oldest LOVES board games, but completely freaks out when she loses. Where does the need to win come from, when you are only 5? Current favorite is a Disney game called Eye Found It. It is surprisingly fun, and totally geared for the younger crowd.

35 Linda { 04.13.15 at 10:39 pm }

Trivial Pursuit! Clue! Mastermind (if I correcly recall)!

36 Corinne Rodrigues { 04.14.15 at 2:37 am }

Mmmm…sounds like my kind of place, Mel. My favourite game is scrabble – which I play often online. However, it’s never the same as playing with a ‘real’ person. Pictionary used to be a hot favourite with us cousins when we were young, as was a crazy card game called ‘Hail Hilter’ (no Nazi connections, I promise!). I’ve played a fair bit of canasta and mahjong too.

37 conceptionallychallenged { 04.14.15 at 2:46 am }

That sounds like a great place! I love board games, the top of our big bedroom shelf hosts piles of them. My favorites are Elfenland and Pandemic. My husband loves the Magic cardgame, and since most boardgames aren’t great for 2 people we often end up playing that though. Can’t wait for SB to get old enough to join ๐Ÿ™‚

38 apluseffort { 04.14.15 at 10:55 pm }

That sounds like my dream cafe! My favorite game is Balderdash but I love all word and trivia games. I was also a big fan of Clue and Risk when I was younger.

39 Tiara { 04.16.15 at 9:56 am }

I sure wish we had a cafรฉ like that here!! Brilliant!

My favourite game is Life & a friend gifted me his childhood set that was in mint condition!! I still have it & can’t wait to play with E!

BTW, Clue is one of my all time favourite movies!!

40 Kathy { 04.20.15 at 9:01 am }

All time favorite is Scrabble.

But we are playing with my and teaching my 5 yr old son to love games too. So new favorites The Secret Door and Race to the Treasure.

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