With everybody home, some of us in more crowded conditions than we’re used to and all of us feeling cut off from a lot of our social activities, I want to talk board games.
Wickeds, tell us–
What was your favorite board game as a child?
Edith/Maddie: Clue, because I could sneak looks at my siblings’ score sheets and add to my own knowledge. When my older sisters accused me of cheating, I told them the whole point was to be a detective. No surprise I now write crime fiction.
Liz: Clue was mine too! My dad and I played it all the time, and I remember when it came out as a video game. Loved it. Monopoly too!
Jessie: I was never a huge board game person but I did like Scotland Yard, a detective game.
Julie: Jessie, I’ve never heard of Scotland yard, but would have loved it. I had different games for different eras. Trouble was a favorite, Clue (of course) and Masterpiece.
Barb: My family wouldn’t play Clue with me because I always won. My favorite game was Monopoly.
What is your favorite game as an adult and why?
Edith/Maddie: It’s not exactly a board game, but I have to say Wise and Otherwise, where each person makes up the end to an international proverb and tries to bluff against the real ending.
Sherry: I still love the original version of Trivial Pursuits — I’m not that good at it, but have always loved trivia games. I also like Rummickub — I need to pull it out of the stack of games in the basement.
Liz: I still love my old favorites, although I recently discovered a really fun game called Mysterium. It’s kind of like Clue but the ghost talks to you!
Jessie: I love a game that I play with one of my sons called Quip Qubes. It is a sentence building game made of dice with words printed on each side. You try to make the longest sentence possible with the multiple dice in each roll. My son and I are very loose with any grammar rules and instead try to create the most poetic or imaginative or simply the most ridiculous sentences. We write them down in a small notebook with each turn and have a delightful record of play going back for several years.
Julie: Liz, we’ll need to play Mysterium at the next Wicked retreat! All of these games sound like fun. And Sherry, my friend Amy has tried to get us all to play Rummickub for years. I live Trivial Pursuit, but Apples to Apples is a favorite these days, since everyone can play.
Barb: Yes, definitely Mysterium at the next retreat. My favorite game as an adult by far is Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. The board is a map of London. The players work collaboratively to solve a mystery consulting clues all over the city. We used to vacation with friends and I have such happy memories of playing it on summer nights.
The board game I won’t play no matter how much people beg me is:
Edith/Maddie: Risk. Just…no. Everyone is out to get me. Which is literally true!
Sherry: Scrabble — I still have trauma from playing it with my older sister and getting beaten so badly.
Liz: I still can’t play Cribbage.
Jessie: I don’t know how to play cribbage either, Liz! I guess I will play just about anything if I am able to knit between turns!
Julie: Jessie and Liz, I’ll teach you how to play Cribbage. My grandfather taught me. I haven’t played in years, but love it. I won’t play Cards Against Humanity. It just sounds…mean. But lots of people I know love it.
Barb: Any version of Trivial Pursuit aside from the original. I am a purist. ( I would like to get in on that Cribbage lesson, btw.)
I think the prettiest board for a board game is:
Edith/Maddie: Scrabble. So simple and elegant. Plus…words.
Sherry: I think the old tin Chinese Checkers games were pretty even though we never had one. Also, Candyland — it was so cherry and hopeful.
Liz: Oh, Candyland was another of my favorites!! I also love the Chutes and Ladders board.
Jessie: It isn’t really a board game but I love my Mah jongg set! All of the carved pieces are just lovely.
Sherry: Liz, I almost said Chutes and Ladders — it was a fun board and game.
Julie: Did any of you play Masterpiece? I barely remember how, but do remember reusing some of the paintings in my Barbie house between games.
Barb: Julie, I can just see the pictures in your Barbie house. I have to agree with Edith on Scrabble. My mother-in-law had a beautiful edition.
Readers: Same questions to you!