Jul 25

REVIEW Addicting Board Games (For the Bored)

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I don’t remember being bored that often as a kid, but I do remember addicting board games.  I am forty years old now.  Board games are both addicting and fun.  Friends and families should play them more often.   They are an excellent value as well because they can be used time and time again.

My favourite activities as a kid were playing street hockey, riding my bike and acting like we were the characters from CHiPs (everyone wanted to play Ponch; no one ever wanted to play John), playing hide and seek and/or tag, and playing board games.  Most of these activities were outdoor ones, board games were an excellent option when it was raining outside or if it was too cold. I miss board games.  I miss opening up a new board game, separating all of the pieces, reading the instructions, and choosing my playing piece (almost invariably having to negotiate with someone else who wanted the same piece that I wanted).   This enjoyment seems to be lost on many kids these days.

Video games are fun, I just think they are relied upon too much as a source of entertainment.  Kids just don’t seem to go outside much these days to play.  The strong preference seems to be sitting inside and playing video games.  I feel nostalgic about board games.  I think many kids today are missing out on an activity that is fun, promotes good sportspersonship (at least at its best), develops both negotiation and strategy skills, and gets people (including families) spending time with and interacting with each other.  I digress …

So, what are the most addicting board games for the bored?  Here are a few of my favourites:

Monopoly

#1 Monopoly – This is a classic, addicting board game.  With that being said, people either love it or they hate it.  I love it.  Who wouldn’t love buying up properties and railroads and utilities and getting rich in the process?  There are so many different versions available now (country versions, city versions, talking versions, etc) that the fun level should be even better than I remember with the classic version (the one I still use).

#2 Chess – A highly addicting board game of strategy and conquest.  It develops the mind by having it explore potentialities and developing its ability to look several moves ahead.  A lot of really high IQ people love this game.  Even regular people like me also love playing it.  I have never been really good at it, but there is a great deal of satisfaction that comes with the words “Check Mate!” (I have only said this a couple of times in my life, but it sure felt good when I said it).

#3 RISK – The ultimate in global domination games.  You start off with a few armies and place them where you want on a world map.  Then you try to take over the world.  You battle with other players by rolling dice and earn RISK cards if you win a battle.  These RISK cards can then be cashed in (you need to use three) to add an ever escalating number of armies to your battle juggernaut.  Hint:  Take Australia and North Africa first unless you are playing with me (in that case let ME take them).  This is, perhaps, my favourite board game of all time.  Yes they have online versions (as they do all of these games), but try blowing on those dice when you are staging an attack and letting them roll for real.  You will not be disappointed.

#4 Scrabble – I’m sure all of you know about Scrabble.  There are Scrabble competitions all around the world (some that pay big money!).  It is a classic (and addicting) word-building and strategy board game that is a great deal of fun to play.  Brush up on your “Q”, “X”, and “Z” words before you go an retrieve it from your “junk” closet.  It is a lot of fun and a great game for building vocabulary.

There are lots of other great and addicting board games out there as well.  Please MAKE A COMMENT below if you would like to add to the discussion.  If you are under twenty years old, just ask your parents if they have these board games – you may very well see them jump out of their seats in excitement as they run to the “junk” closet.  You could, very well, end up having one of the best times with your family that you have had in a long time.  If you are my age (or older), why not dust off those board game boxes and have some fun?  You may find that these games get used more and more.

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