(Tilly giving up on a game of Carcassonne.)
There is, quite frankly, only so much
worrying about obsessing about home- and renovation-work one can do. So, every now and then, we take a break.
Which brings me to a little confession. We play a lot of board games. Not video games, mind you. (Full disclosure: I am pretty anti-video games, and Manny’s just not super interested in them.)
I’m talking good old old-fashioned gaming.
To be fair, Manny is the one that really drives this. Our friends will attest to it. And he’s very discerning. He’s really not into the games everyone has heard of like Monopoly, Clue, Life, Battleship, etc. Even Settlers of Catan is a little… um, pedestrian… for his taste.
(A quick look at our ever-growing game collection. This isn’t all of them, btw, as some are still at my mother’s house from when we stayed with her while we were waiting to close on our house.)
For our wedding, more than one of our friends got us games as a gift. Manny gave games to his groomsmen as part of their gift. Each of them got a different game that he felt best matched the groomsman’s personality.
(Pandemic Legacy — one of Manny’s current favs on the board game front.)
When we started the kitchen reno, by far our largest project to date, I said to Manny in passing one night — during one of those moments of weakness we all get sometimes, in which you’re stressed but you want to say something nice because you think your partner might be too — that I promised I would play Pandemic Legacy with him as many times as he wanted while we got through all of this.
This was a big deal because Pandemic is not my favorite game (I don’t love so-called co-op games in general). Anyway, two days later (thank you Amazon-prime), we had the following haul:
Manny interpreted what I said to mean “I will play all of the games all of the time from now on.” So we ended up with Pandemic Legacy and a whole lot more in this most recent haul. I opened a can of worms, I think…
We try to take turns picking out games, and as often as not when I pick, I want to play my all time fav, All Creatures Big and Small:
(A mid-game shot of our boards during a rousing game of All Creatures Big and Small.)
This is a two-person game and is, in essence, a simplified version of a hugely popular game — in the board-gaming-world, anyway — called Agricola, which, in contrast, can be played with up to five people. It also has a much simpler set-up than the full version of Agricola, which makes it a superb mid-week, post-work game.
Betsy’s current list of top-five favorite games:
Manny’s current list of top-five favorite games:
Tilly’s current list of top-five favorite games:
- Tales of the Arabian Nights
- King of Tokyo
- Isle of Skye
- Ca$h n’ Guns
- Five Tribes
- No Thanks
- Lost Cities
Ah, geez — we could go on all day. But we’ll stop there…
Do you play board games? What are your favs?