5 September 2005
It's your thing
Do what you wanna do.
By which is meant, I'm busy this morning, so here's another open thread. The last one wasn't abused, so I expect this one should work similarly well.
Posted at 8:59 AM to Blogorrhea
Ok, what's your idea of a fun board game?
Why do you hate board games?
I hate board games, too. Except I like Trivial Pursuit.
I like Scrabble, mostly because I'm fairly good at it. On the other hand, I like Monopoly, and I'm not especially good at it.
There was a game circa 1976 called Mr. President, in which you picked a party (one of only two, alas) and a Presidential slate from a group of candidates, each of which had strengths and weaknesses. (It's like Dungeons and Dragons with Republicans and Democrats, really.) Debates occur; you have to overcome built-in demographic issues even then, it was hard for a Democrat to carry Kansas and issues seize the public. You have a stack of vote cards; you have to decide where they'll do you the most good to win the Electoral College.
Avalon Hill (I think) once had a Shakespeare game, which was basically Parcheesi enhanced with soliloquies.
I never play Trivial Pursuit anymore. (Actually, I'm never invited, for reasons which I'd like to think are obvious.)
I swore I would never attempt Pente until I got good at backgammon, and, well, I never got good at backgammon.
The reason I asked had to do with Life magazine suggesting that folks try a new board game this past weekend. A new game like Monopoly, a reworked version of Jeopardy, another version of Scene It, blah blah blah blah.
The world of Board Games is rocking & rolling now, but you could never tell it by looking at MSM. Almost all Hasbro (they own Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley, & even the new revamped Avalon Hill) can do is come out with 'new' versions of Risk, Life, Clue, Monopoly, Stratego, Operations, Trivial Pursuit.
I would suggest that folks try something that is really new like Ticket to Ride from Days of Wonder, or maybe Settlers of Catan from Mayfair Games. If you like video games, you could even try the board version of Doom. I urge folks to try new games, seek them out at boardgamegeek.com, & if all else fails, drop me a line & I'll come over & teach you some.
We now return to your regularly scheduled dustbury.
Mr. President sounds fascinating. In 5th grade at lunch, a group of us budding politicos played Parker Brothers' Landslide, another game based on the Electoral College, which is why, 30 years later, I can still tell you how many electoral votes each state got following the 1970 census.
A few weeks ago, my son and I played Bowl Bound, an Avalon Hill / Sports Illustrated college football game, which uses team stats from the best teams of the '60s.
Haven't played it in years, but Diplomacy was a favorite from junior high and high school into college. In almost every game, the first order of business was to team up and drive Austria-Hungary into the Adriatic before tearing each other apart.
I understand what you mean about Trivial Pursuit. Maybe a Trivial Pursuit tourney could be part of the 2006 Okie Blogger Roundup. Based on what I saw at the bash in January, that would be some tough competition. Any group that can belt out the B. C. Clark Jewelers jingle at the drop of a hat obviously has a knack for retaining information of doubtful utility.
If it gets down to negligible utility, I'm a shoo-in.