A Few of My Favorite Things, Board Game Edition
by Barbara Early
Yes, I like the Julie Andrews’ song, but that isn’t where I’m going here.
One thing I really enjoy about holidays and weekends is the chance to get together with friends and family. After we eat our fill of yummy foods, we tend to watch movies and play games. I think I enjoy the games more because of the interaction. Yes, sometimes we’re trying to beat each other senseless, but it’s all in fun. Most of the time.
Over the years, I’ve assembled quite a collection of board games. These are a few of my favorites, that we tend to reach for time and again.
Liebrary. This might be the perfect game for writers. There’s a board you move around, but the gist of the game is that one player reads the title and description of a book, then players write a first line for it. Someone reads all the first lines—and the actual first line of the book—and players need to guess which is the genuine article. It’s a nice blend of creativity and logic, and can inspire an occasional laugh.
Pandemic. The objective of Pandemic is to work together to save
Settlers of Cataan. I was so confused the first time I played Settlers. If you’re going to play this game, I’d really recommend a trial run or two on a Settlers App--available for Apple and Android. (I can even play it on my Kindle Fire.) There are a lot of pieces and variations, and the board is different every time you play. The goal is to acquire five different types of resources, which you can use in various combinations to expand your roads and settlements. It takes a while to learn the rules and then develop strategies, but it’s a nice game once that initial learning curve is over.
Apples to Apples. This is a great party game, and a great one to pull
Word on the Street. The game board resembles a multilane highway. “Driving” on this highway are tiles with letters on them. Using those letters in words moves those tiles across those lanes toward your side of the board. But your opponent will be tugging them in the opposite direction with every move they make!
Question: Do you have a favorite board game?
Barbara Early grew up buried in the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, NY, where she developed a love for all things sedentary: reading, writing, classic movies, and Scrabble. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, but her penchant for the creative caused her to run away screaming from the pocket-protector set. Barbara cooks up cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance. Her holiday novella, Gold, Frankincense, and Murder was released in e-book and audio format from White Rose Publishing. Barbara also writes the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries as Beverly Allen, including Bloom and Doom, For Whom the Bluebell Tolls, and Floral Depravity from Berkley Prime Crime. You can learn more about her writing at www.barbaraearly.com