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What traditional board or card game is your favorite? Tell us a favorite story about playing the game with friends or family.

As a child, I had several favorites that I would play with my cousins.

Monopoly
Careers
Sorry
Teeko
Tactics II
Stratego
Stocks and Bonds
Blue Chip (Can't find a picture of this - it was an intriguing game with three sliding bars representing market sectors)
Go to the Head of the Class
Chutes and Ladders

Later, the family added Life and Risk, and a few others came and went over time. I have some of the originals, and have gathered others from thrift stores over time, preferring the original versions rather than the re-worked modern boards.

Monopoly with my cousins was cutthroat, and we played big and hard. We would combine sets, increase the money supply, and used the Stock Exchange add-on which increased the potential for amassing wealth exponentially. Games would last for days.


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carlfoxmarten
May. 2nd, 2012 08:06 am (UTC)
We've got a very old copy of Monopoly, battered edges and all.

Careers is now a rather cheesy game to me, at least.
It hasn't aged terribly well, though it's still fun to play.

Have you ever played "Admirals"?
I loved playing it due to the strategy involved, but quickly tired my family out.
(almost but not quite as bad as my love for the game called "Input"!)
marmoe
May. 2nd, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
Why do I get funny looks, when I say: "Skat and Go"?

As for modern games, I like to play Carcassone or Small World.
deckardcanine
May. 2nd, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Trivial Pursuit dominates my memory of family togetherness. As a word man, my next favorite would be Scrabble (if it counts), followed by Clue and The aMAZEing Labyrinth. I'd put Monopoly higher if not for the fact that I've rarely played it to the end.

In my childhood, nothing topped Fireball Island, tho Tornado Rex had a similar if toonier feel. The Grape Escape was fun only when someone happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and my sister and I didn't bother to play Mousetrap by the rules.

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