Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day 2~ Dad's Favorite Game

When I started thinking about this series, I polled the family to get ideas as to what games were actual favorites around here. So we are going to start the first few days this month with every one's faves.

My husband and I for the last 17 years, have played many board games.  By far one of his favorites is Hasbro's Risk.  He has played it for as long as he can remember, and has always enjoyed it.  This is also a game from my childhood, but I do not have quite the same fond memories as he. There are multiple variations on the game, The Lord of The Rings version (which you apparently cannot get anymore) being the favored alternative in our house. This is a long standing classic that is being played in our house by our children, despite my apathy toward it. So let's list the reasons why it is such a popular game around here.
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This game is by far suited for boys. It just goes well with their analytical minds, their grasp of strategy, and their need for domination. Or at least MY boys need for power and domination.  The boys have played this with their Dad, Grandfathers, and Uncles for a few years now. It is always a requested game when we travel to Heath's parents' house as the boys have been planning and dreaming of a rematch from the game the last visit.  It is played in our home nearly every week.

It is listed as being a game for ages 10 to adult. Our 9 year old started playing this game earlier this year with his older brothers, and won so many times that they vowed not to play again until he stopped winning everything.  Our seven year old son has began playing recently as well. While he really doesn't bring much competition to the table, he did  win his first game out, much to the bigs' chagrin. They enjoy playing together, and it gives the brothers time to bond together.

It really is fun watching them plan how to conquer the world in the game, yet still having some of the game left to chance with the roll of the dice. It is a lengthy game lasting a couple of hours, best enjoyed on a rainy day with lots of snacks and hot chocolate. Expect lots of yelling, laughing, and even some bargaining to go on as the game is played out. As I said, it's not my cup of tea, and Jeffie Jean, my 13yo daughter, doesn't really enjoy it all that much either. But, since up to six players can play at once, we will occasionally join in the fun and give them someone to target and conquer quickly.

Come back tomorrow, and find out what is MY favorite game to play!