Game Night!

So my family has been really into games lately.

Blog--Magic the gatheringMr. Sey & our oldest have been playing MAGIC:  THE GATHERING a lot recently–I guess it’s sort of a role playing game.  Sort of like Dungeons & Dragons but with cards?  I don’t know.  It’s not really my thing so I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the fine points.  But when half of your family is into something, the rest of the family is along for the ride, regardless of whether they’re interested in the destination, you know?

Blog--4 aces on poker chips by Mr. GCIt got me thinking about my favorite games, the ones I love the best.  I grew up in a family of gamers, so I do have a few.  And here—in no particular order–are my top three favorites:

1)  Euchre.  I’m a Michigan girl, & this is a midwestern classic.  It’s a four hand, partnered, trick taking game that you play with only 8s & up.  It sounds weird, but that’s Michigan for you.  I think I was born knowing how to play.  It’s in my blood, so it’s number 1.

Blog--Playing Cards stock Photo by foto762)  Cribbage. My math skills aren’t great, but I can add to 15 with the best of ’em.  If you can do that, & count to 31, you can win this game.  My dad swears cribbage is the finest two-man card game ever invented & if you ever want to divert his attention from something–like a chore that needs doing or a walk that needs shoveling–you need only suggest that this might be a good time for a hand of cribbage.

Blog--Dice Game Stock Photo by Pixomar3)  Yahtzee.  This is one of those games you can play with anybody of any age at any time.  You need 5 dice, a pad of paper & that’s it.  I carry this one in my purse at all times & have successfully diverted many, many boredom-induced meltdowns with a quick roll of the dice.   No purse is complete with a deck of cards & five dice.

So what about you?  Are you a gamer?  What are your favorites?

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Susan,
    I’m a big fan of board games, so we like to play Clue, Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit. My family and friends enjoy Scrabble and Pictionary, so I sometimes join in with them.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh board games! We love those around here! Have you tried Ticket To Ride yet? It’s a train-related board game in which you try to build the longest route across the continent. It’s got a European version, too. Super fun if your family is into that kind of thing!

      • flchen1 says:

        We LOVE Ticket to Ride! We also have the iPad version, which is easier in that they calculate all the scoring for you 🙂 We’ve also played Settlers of Catan, which sometimes frustrates our youngest… he complains, “I NEVER win!” 😉

  • Mozette says:

    I’m not much of a gamer… I used to be, but now I’m not, it’s probably because I’m too impatient to play games unless I’m really, really in the mood to play them.

    … and to play them, they have to be really obscure and weird too… a little off in the left field for me to be interested. 😀

    • Susan Sey says:

      They’re definitely a time/attention committment, those board games. If you don’t have two hours to spare–and a desire to sit silently, plotting the demise of your good friends–you should probably take a pass.

      I often take a pass, in fact, & just do my thing while the rest of the group plays. It’s sometimes nice to just be with people without having to think that hard.

      • Mozette says:

        And more often than not, my brain is plowing on ahead with a book plot, characters are chatting to me and I’m often acting like a person with bi-polar who’s forgotten their medication and not paying attention… hahahaaa… you know the type, they can’t sit still. 😛

        I tried playing D & D once and ended up telling everyone what to do and how to end the game… how horrible of me! 🙁

  • Kaelee says:

    I’m not sure if I remember how to play euchre, it’s been so long since I played it . I learnt it in the seventies when I lived in Ontario. As a family we played canasta more often. I learnt how to play whist , bridge. old maid, crazy eights, go fish, cribbage and other card games at my maternal grandparents place. Since my parents passed away I haven’t played cards much. I love Yahtzee. We played Trivial Pursuit a lot when it first came out.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Ontario is close enough to Michigan that you were likely exposed to Euchre quite often. I bet you’d remember fast if you were ever pressed. It’s like riding a bike. You never really forget. 🙂

  • Shannon says:

    Yahtzee. I had not thought of that in years. My Dad loved it.

    I’d have to look at the rules. Given that it’s played with multiple dices, I don’t suppose it has a relationship to hazard (regency dice game).

    Magic was my ex’s passion. He had books and books of cards, including some worth hundreds of dollars. It can be a slow game given that you have to built up manna (a type of card) to pay for all the fancy tricks. If you didn’t have that in your cards that you drew, then you were toast.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I’ve been given to understand that it’s very complicated. There’s a big game shop up here that hosts Magic tournaments & dozens of people turn up to try their decks against each other. And for HOURS.

      Mr. Sey is meh on the idea of a tournament but Child #1 is positively rabid to have a go. I’ll have to look into age limits, or see if there’s a kid category…

      • Shannon says:

        Yes, my ex and I spent days (Fri-Sun) at tournaments. I did hobbies, read books, and chatted on AOL. Tells you how long ago this all was.

  • Laurie G says:

    We play board games: The Settlers of Catan, Cranium, Whoonu, Ticket To Ride, Bananagrams (tiles), Clue, Mystery Mansion, Rummykub

    Card games:: Sheepshead, golf, Texas Hold’em, cribbage, Tripoly, Uno, Phase Ten

    • Susan Sey says:

      Okay, you’re clearly a master so I’ve got a new one for you. We got it for Christmas & the whole family is addicted: Yottsugo.

      It’s a cross-word puzzle of a game & it’s really hard to explain but super easy to play & loads of fun. Google it & thank me later. 🙂

  • Becke says:


    Although I didn’t know how to spell it, we used to play Euchre, Bridge, Gin Rummy, Hearts, Spades, and Poker.

    I loved Trivia Pursuit, Facts in Five. Actually, anything. My dh and I were also addicted to Mario and company back in the day.

    Now I struggle with Lumosity!

    • Susan Sey says:

      I have always–but always–wanted to learn to play bridge. My folks used to play & it always seemed so grown up & intellectual. I tried a time or two over the years but have never really committed, so haven’t gotten the hang on it. One of these days….

  • Cassondra says:

    Susan, I LOVE games but only certain kinds. I’m just weird that way.

    I like Rook. And I’m told by a Michigan friend that it’s basically along the lines of Euchre or Spades–a four-man trick-taking game. But I was taught by my grandmother to play Rook with a blind hand, so you can play with two people, and that’s a little rare. I don’t know Euchre or Spades, of course. My family used to gather around my grandmother’s table after the meal at EVERY holiday and play Rook. I still love it, but it’s hard to find anybody to play with.

    I love poker, but I’d turn into an addict and so cannot bet, which takes a lot of the fun out of it.

    As far as other games–I’m not much into board games, though I always wanted to get good at Monopoly, and I’m just..well..I’m not. There was nobody around to play with when I was a kid, and I never figured out the point until I was an adult. It is my opinion that the world’s best Monopoly players learned their cutthroat styles while they were still in diapers.

    I love love LOVE games like Time’s Up or Catch Phrase that get everybody involved and make you laugh until you hurt at another person’s antics. I think I would love Charades, but that seemed to have fallen out of favor by the time I was old enough to play, and nobody ever wants to do that.

    Scrabble takes too long and I get bored waiting for the other person to take a turn.

    Never played Yahtzee. I think that would be a good one to learn.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Cassondra, the next time we’re all together in real life, remind me to teach you this mash up of Pictionary & Telephone I just learned last night. I swear, I laughed until I was about to wet myself, & all you need is paper & pencils. I think you would be AWESOME at this game for some reason…

  • catslady says:

    I love games of any kind. If I could do that all day I’d love it. We have a card club that plays a game called sock and shoe – it’s fairly close to canasta but you play with more cards. Once a week we get together with friends at our American Legion and mostly play tripoly for pennies or a game called Screw You lol. It’s a simple card game that any amount of people can play and we play with quarters, either 3 or 4. I enjoy so many board or card game and it’s always a fun time. We use to play every sunday with our grown kids but sometimes schedule don’t permit it.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I would love to live close enough to my family for game night to be a possibility. Every time we’re all together, the cards & dice ALWAYS come out. When I’m with the other side of my family it’s puzzles but when it’s my people? It’s cards. And I would LOVE a family game night with all my people more than once or twice a year!

  • Helen says:


    As a kid we played lots of family games and dominoes was top of the list we also played euchre canasta and uno we also played board games like monopoly and scrabble and we played lots of yahtzee these days I don’t play a lot of these but uno and yahtzee are played a lot by the kids

    Have Fun

    • Susan Sey says:

      Uno & Yahtzee are classics for a reason, right? Kids love ’em, but there’s enough going on to make them interesting to adults, too. And raising your kids up to the point that they can independently join in on game night? So rewarding! It’s too bad they get better than the adults so darn fast…

  • Hey Susan!

    I never played Euchre until I got married. Everyone played Euchre in Cleveland. At the other end of the state we played Hearts and Casino for card games – and, of course, solitaire.

    I loved playing Monopoly growing up. It would take HOURS. I made my son play it as I thought it would improve his math skills. He liked it, but thought it took too long. I’ve played my share of Clue and Sorry and Parchesi (old board games). We played Uno and Pictionary at family reunions. Used to play Trivial Pursuit but we don’t anymore. In fact, now that the kids are gone, we don’t really play a lot of games anymore. (sigh). Hmmm…wonder if I could get friends to come and play a game night sometime. That would be fun.

    • Susan Sey says:

      My mom & dad play a couple hands of this card game my family loves called 65 almost every single night. They keep a notepad in the table drawer & keep track of points. I swear they keep totals by the YEAR. And they never let each other forget a particularly spectacular win. Or loss. Or whatever. My dad is maddening to play with because he likes to not only beat you, but replay every hand afterwards, showing you what he had, what his plan was, what you then played & how he responded. You’re like, “I know, dad. I was there.” But you can’t stop him. I don’t know how my mom does it, but they play every single night.

  • Susan, how fun! Magic: The Gathering is serious stuff. They have a big tournament at DragonCon every year.

    My friends and I played Yahtzee in high school, and I liked it at lot. The dh used to like something called Pente, with stones on a grid, but we’re not heavily into games, these days.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    When I was growing up I played a lot of games with my cousins and aunts as we all lived close together. I remember starting out with games like Candyland and Easy Money (a version of Monopoly) and later went on to card games and Yahtzee (my grandmother’s favorite – she cheated a lot! 🙂 ) In the summer my aunts and I used to play rummy almost every day. I married a man whose family also were rummy fanatics, although they played by slightly different rules, so we all adapted. We still have epic rummy games every time we get together.

    When my kids were young we used to have game nights about once a week, and we still like to play whenever nobody’s working and nobody has other obligations. We still have the epic rummy games, as well as various card games my son learned in college, and also play a lot of Scrabble, UpWords, Pit, Mille Bornes, and Trivial Pursuit. We also have a videogame version of Life. Nobody will play Monopoly against DH anymore because he is the Monopoly master and can’t be beat!

    I used to write scripts and modules for Dungeons & Dragons and other roleplaying games in my 20’s, until the market tanked and there was no money in it anymore. I never could get the hang of the new card-style games like Magic after that.