Saturday, January 20, 2007

Games Galore!

I'm a big fan of board games, and love nothing more than sitting down with someone or a group of people and playing a friendly game. Natasha isn't quite as into it as I am, but she likes a few of our games and we try to play every once in a while.

For years I've been collecting interesting games which you don't find on the shelves at Toys R Us. Most of them are good games, although because they are a little more obscure, it's more difficult to find people to play them.

We did a reorganizing project today and cleaned up the closet where we keep the games, to store a few more things and generally tidy it up. When I got all the games down, I was surprised at how many we had, and decided to take a picture of them.

All of our games

Here are a list of the games, and some details. Now that you know what our game collection is like, perhaps you'd like to play one next time we see you!

Game NamePlayersDetails
Abalone2-32-3 player strategy. Board uses large marbles as pieces. Haven't played this game for years.
Axis & Allies2-5All serious gamers have this one, but I wonder how many actually play it. This game is like Risk but more complicated (and more interesting).
Backgammon2We play this often as it's fun, fast paced, but requires some thought. Bought it at a garage sale years ago for $3. Great investment.
Battle of the Sexes4+We haven't played this game since we got married, but Natasha played it prior to that. Need a group!
Carcassonne2-5Our latest purchase. Tile game for up to 5 players where you get points for building cities, roads, and farms.
Chess2I play Chess often, online and with others. Can be played by all skill levels and is a lot of fun.
Chinese Checkers2-6Very common game, and great with up to 6 players. We're missing one of the black pieces.
Composite Index2-6Like Stock Ticker only more in depth. Bought it right from the maker who I got in contact with during my last job.
Cranium4+Really fun trivia game. Acting, drawing, spelling, this game has it all.
Dominos2-6Not a bad game, but better with a few more people. Overly heavy.
Farming Game, The2-6This one is a fun one that we played years ago. Try to grow your farm and make the most money. Might bring it out again when we have kids.
Jenga2+Played it once in the last 10 years. The falling tower is less appealing once you get older.
King's Cribbage2-4This game is like Scrabble, but with cribbage hands. We bought this at a garage sale for $1, never played it.
Kuuduk2-6Starbucks sold this card game for a while. Not bad, but not well known.
Monopoly2-8A classic game of real estate trading. Can't play it much because it's a long one.
Oodles of Doodles4+Similar to Pictionary, but you draw multiple related objects in one session.
Pente2A cousin of the game Go. Place stones on a grid and try to connect five.
Pictionary4+Got this for $1 at a garage sale. This game is pulled out anytime we get ten or more people together. Gets everyone involved and makes for a loud evening.
Quarto2Line up four pieces with a common trait to win. Fast paced two player strategy.
Risk2-6This world conquest game is a long one, and hard to get people together to play.
Rook4Really great card game for four players. Need more people who play this. We'll teach you!
Rummikub2-4Number tile shifting game. Used to play it a lot, not much these days.
Rush Hour1This is a puzzle game. Try to get your car out of the gridlock!
Scrabble2-4Everyone knows this one. We pull it out now and then. Spell BRAVERY on triple word score for big points!
Stock Ticker2+Stock trading game. Good with a small group.
Stratego2Fun strategy game for two players. Seek out the flag to win!
Terrace2,4This is a chess-like game but with all similar pieces. The nice thing about this game is that it's good for two or four people.
Uno2-6Popular card game that tons of people play.
What were you thinking?4+Bought this one at a garage sale for $1. Looks good. Has to do with guessing common answers. Waiting for a group to play it.

Phew! And there are a few more I'm sort of interested in too! Hope to meet you all over the board sometime!

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Blogger nursingblog said...

Wow you have a lot of games. We had Dan and Meda over last night and we played a bunch of games (Taboo, Scrabble and Phase Ten). I didn't win one game :( If we ever get out your way we will play Rook with you guys (Dave is a little obsessed with that game. We played it tons over the holiday. Anyway, happy playing.


5:52 AM  
Blogger Bro Trevor said...


I think I shall have to do an answer post to this one, to display my fine collection as well.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous heather said...

Nice collection of games! We'd love to play games with you. But how are we going to get together? Hmmm I think we need to move to Canada!

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Ruth said...

Wow Heather!
After being so anxious to marry and
move to the USA....are we hearing
right? You want to move back to

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I love board games!!! The Farming Game brings back good memories! I would like to play it with Esther when we come to BC! :)

Our Collection is slowly increasing: Rack-o, Operation, Oodles of Doodles, and Uno!

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Susanna said...

I would love to play Stock Ticker with you guys next time we're together!

7:55 PM  

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