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My best friend refuses to play Apples to Apples with me.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, Apples to Apples, according to Wikipedia, is a “party game.” Each player has a certain number of cards, each printed with a noun. A rotating judge places a card with an adjective down and all other players chose a noun of their cards they think best matches the adjective, and the judge chooses the best match.

The matches can be serious or funny. The classic example is matching “Helen Keller” with “Touchy-Feely.”

So why does my best friend refuse to play with me? She says I’m a budding litigator and that I feel the need to argue the judge down each and every round.

This is true. I have a competitive edge that comes out when I play board games. It’s hereditary. My mom hates playing games with my dad and I because we inevitably end up in a shouting match.

But besides this competitive side, or maybe because of it, I love board games. This Christmas saw the revival of the classics: Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. Being the word geek that I am, I love Scrabble. I also love Blurt!, the word racing game. Players race to see who can come up with the word matching the definition out loud.

I always remember this time a year just how much I love board games. We play Trivial Pursuit with my cousins on Christmas night and the game is intense. I also end up playing with friends while eating birthday cake every year.

During the rest of the year, games get lost in the shuffle, but when I find someone to play with, that competitive thrill comes rushing back.

Anyway, I’m not the only one who loves board games. The London Times just ran an article about the popularity of board games, especially during recessions (you can read it by clicking HERE. The upshot of the article is that board games are great for family time, are more memorable than video games and are just all-around awesome.

Favorite board games anyone?

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December 29, 2008
9:14 a.m.

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I'm afraid I can't agree with you. I call them BORED games.

December 29, 2008
9:29 a.m.

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Always play to win! Otherwise, what's the point?

December 29, 2008
9:57 a.m.

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Played this game over the holidays while at my caught cheating, I think I had 20 cards in my hand and I was sometimes submitting 2 cards to the "word judge". There were 11 of us playing so you could get away with it. I think I would of ended up "winning" had my methods not been discovered.

December 29, 2008
11:09 a.m.

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I got my sister Apples to Apples and Trivial Pursuit for Christmas, and we all played both.. and my parents somehow won both. They must have been playing with Jim's strategies (for shame!). But Scrabble is probably my favorite, not because I just about always win, I just love the strategy of figuring which letters to get rid of to set up for perfect 50+ point words. And knowing the 101 two-letter words ( ) is always essential to winning ;) .

December 29, 2008
6:27 p.m.

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That's so funny! I just got back from a party where all we did was play board games...let's see, we played Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Oodles of Doodles and Congo (I guess some of those aren't really BOARD games...)...anyways, I LOVE board games, especially Apples to Apples, Scrabble and Chinese Checkers(...great, now I know what I'm doing tonight....)

December 30, 2008
2:59 p.m.

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My neighbors and I spent the summer Scrabbling in between dunks in the pool.
I enjoy Monopoly if the players have the patience to get through it.
I also enjoy Risk. Same patience problem.
Pictionary. the bomb.

Ok, on the non board game but video game side, my sister and I love playing Nancy Drew on the computer together. :)

December 30, 2008
3:55 p.m.

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Wow! I turn around, leave this blog, come back and have 6 comments! How exciting!

Anyway, I played catchphrase last night. Another great game. I highly recommend it.

I'll just remind everyone: No one likes a cheater. Although my brother excels at changing the rules mid-game. It drives me crazy.

And I love Nancy Drew!

Happy New Year!

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