I had a kitchen full of teenagers on the weekend, they had come for a swim but the weather turned wicked and they decided to play a board game instead.
There are some things that never change and teenagers and board games are one of those things.
How easily they slip back into the liveliness of childhood, the playful bickering over rules, the teasing, the exaggerated dismay over unfortunate plays.
Board games are a favorite way to spend time with friends and family but they can cost a lot of money if you have to buy them new.
Here are some ideas to help you build up your board game collection.
It is amazing on how many great board games there are and how they continue to be played from generation to generation. Monopoly was patented in the 1933, Yahtzee in 1954 and The Game of Life in 1960 based on a game Milton Bradley invented in 1860.
- Bought new these games can be a bit pricey but board games seem to be a staple for sale at church bazaars, garage sales and thrift stores so look for them there.
- Make sure that they have all their pieces and that they are in good shape, if a card is damaged on the backside everyone will easily remember what that card is and the game will be spoiled
- If cheap enough you can buy two used board games of the same game (produced the same year) and combine the piece so you will have one perfect game
- If the boxes are a bit weak re-enforce them with wide, clear tape
- For a dollar or two you can pick up a used classic game that will give your family hours of fun.
Crowded around our kitchen table this group laughed and quibbled, disputed rules and joked at each other misfortunes. As a storm passed overhead and the summer heat and humidity grew there was a fever pitch of excitement as the game progressed.
There is so much to laugh at when you are playing with friends, mis-spoke words and mis-played turns, gossip, innuendo, ribbing and jokes. In the end when the winner boasted of their skill and expertise the rest of the players teased that it was only luck.
It was a classic summer moment that has been played out in kitchens and rec-rooms, cottages and cabins.
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