Games, games, games
Posted by Susan Sey Dec 29 2012, 12:06 am
It’s been something of a tradition in our house that our kids give my husband a game for Christmas.
Now my kids are 6 & 9, so I’m using the word tradition lightly, but every year for the past few years–as long as they’ve been old enough to be conscious of Christmas & their role as gift givers–they’ve wanted to give my husband a game. This is because Mr. Sey is a game guy. If there are cards, dice, or playing pieces involved, he’s there. He’s equal opportunity, too. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. He’s as happy with Connect Four as with a fierce game of chess.
And he’s wonderful about playing games with the kids. Which is probably why they give him games & me pajamas. They have our personalities pegged.
We have this game store nearby –Flight of Fantasy–that’s always full of geeky white guys about my husband’s age. They’re inevitably engrossed in all kinds of games I’ve never heard of but they’re so stoked about gaming in general that they never seem to mind taking a break to talk to the clueless women folk invading their domain. ”What,” we ask them, “is the hot new game this year for dads & their girls?”
They drop their dice like hot potatoes & fall all over themselves to steer us in the right direction.
A few years ago they pointed us toward this game called Blokus. Have you seen it? Here’s a photo. It’s essentially a spatial reasoning strategy sort of game. But it’s utterly beautiful. Sometimes the girls take the board out & just put the pieces in at random because they’re so pretty. We risk game pieces attrition this way but I allow it because it’s just so darn fascinating to look at.
This year we were directed to this game called Ticket to Ride, in which the participants all compete to form railroad destinations all over the United States. Evidently there’s an Asian version as well as a European one. We played last night & tonight, & everybody from the 9 year old to the 70 year old played hard & was in the mix to win. (Grandma took home the victory tonight but it was a squeaker.)
Once again, the game guys came through for us.
What about you? Was there a game under the tree this year that rocked your world? Share! I’m always on the lookout for our next gift…
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