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    Happy Game and Puzzle Week! Yes, it is...just looked it up. Does your family like non-tech games? What are your favorites?

    I remember trying so hard to make sure game time was educational as well. In hindsight, I could have backed off a bit on that--just have fun. When the kids were younger, we did a lot of Monopoly, Dungeon Dice, Made for Trade, Bananagrams, and Chinese Checkers. For Monopoly, we would replace the regular dice with either 12-sided or 20-sided dice I had picked up somewhere.

    Currently, dh and I like to play card games or Tri-Onimoes, or once in a while Othello or Ticket to Ride. I've also discovered an enjoyment of jigsaw puzzles. (Okay, okay...I will go and put on my official old person hat now....) When we get together with DS and his girlfriend, we tend to play some pretty intense games of Risk. For a pretty easy-going girl, his girlfriend takes THAT game pretty seriously!

    Our local library stocks dozens and dozens and dozens of games, which I think is a great feature. I've donated some that we don't play much anymore and checked out others I had heard about but had not tried yet.

    Share your favs, and why. In the past, I often found some great ideas for xmas gifts from these kinds of discussions.
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    My husband’s been buying Hanayama puzzles (from Amazon) lately... hes long outgrown the more generic ones that populate Barnes n Noble and similar shops.
    (You know, like the “fit the wooden pieces into a cube”, and “separate these two bent curly nails from each other”.) (He advises that Hanayama puzzles are ranked 1-6 difficulty, and he finds 4 pretty challenging.) The ones he buys are too challenging for me to figure out, but they are nice looking. (He also watches Mr.Puzzler on youtube.)
    Im more of a jigsaw kinda girl, I like the meditative qualities of it. But havent done any in what seems like forever. I havent done many board games lately either... but we have all the standard ones. Probably can get rid of Candyland now, thank goodness!

    Im interested in what others play. A new game could be a fun family activity over the holidays.
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    DH grew up in a game household. I hate playing games with them, they are extremely competitive, and I am not. They recently have stopped insisting I play games. I'm pretty sure I have a reputation as a bit of a party pooper, I'm ok with it .

    I will on occasion play a few card games with my immediate family, as that is a more chill experience. My favorite is probably Dutch Blitz - it is easy to learn, quick paced, and enjoyed by all ages. I also like games that don't take up a lot of space.

    My MIL loves puzzles and almost always has one going on her table. I think I'd be more into puzzles more if I had a dedicated table - I don't like doing them in one giant sitting, but enjoy popping in to work on them for 5-10 minutes throughout the week.
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    Our favorite is Monopoly Deal, which is the card game version of the board game. More compact/portable and I think it is actually more fun. DD11 has been playing it with us since she was 3 years old, and she usually wins. We also like Professor Noggin's card games (we have earth science, wonders of science, space, insects, horses, and ancient civilizations), Valence (a chemistry card game), and a bunch of other card games. Then some puzzles (quick kids ones up to about 500 piece as I can't stand them being left out for too long). My kids like playing charades (we have—surprise, surprise—a card game version of it), but I can't stand it. They also like a board game that we have called Beat the Parents, which is just rigged for the kids to win.

    My mum loves Othello. She is super competitive and always wins and crows about it. So I don't like playing it.

    When I was a child, I loved playing knuckle bones but I have not been able to get either of my girls into that. I also liked edge match puzzles where you have to get the pieces aligned correctly to make the pictures match up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    My husband’s been buying Hanayama puzzles (from Amazon) lately... hes long outgrown the more generic ones that populate Barnes n Noble and similar shops.
    (You know, like the “fit the wooden pieces into a cube”, ....
    I love those cubish sort of puzzles....it's the mathie person in me. Nobody else here likes them.

    I think I'd be more into puzzles more if I had a dedicated table - I don't like doing them in one giant sitting, but enjoy popping in to work on them for 5-10 minutes throughout the week.
    The perks of being an empty nester--I work on puzzles on a table in one of the kids' rooms.
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    I love these game suggestions. I'm going to check them out.

    Right now, all the rage is the 3/4 size arcade machine I got DH for his birthday. It has Galaga and Galaxian on it. DH and DS keep trying to outdo each other's score. Our house is small and we really haven't found a place for it yet, so right now it's sitting smack in the middle of our living room where you can just walk by and turn it on for a quick game.

    We also play Checkers and Chinese Chess (DH & DS play this one).
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Roll Call, 11/18 - Games & Puzzles