Oh No! Larry the Creeper! + a Contest

November 4, 2013

in the generous life

Go through your game closet (drawer, chest, whatever) and pull out all your favorite games. Make sure they have all the pieces and are ready to go. (Discreetly remove rarely played games or games that have missing parts.)

There you go. You’re ready for the holiday season. You can play at a moment’s notice when friends drop in or when you and your sweetie have a quiet evening.

My family and I like:

Settlers of Catan – a fun board game of discovery, settlement & trade (12 yrs and up)
Zombie Fluxx – watch out for Larry the Creeper!
Mexican Train – a domino game

And because we need a contest in November, please tell us all about your favorite games as a comment to this post. On November the 18th, I’ll pick a random number and the poster in that spot will win a copy of Grace Filled Marriage by Tim Kimmel (my review).

Life is more fun if you play games.  Roald Dahl

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Becoming His Eve: Give Yourself Permission to Be a Sensuous Woman I love all the little homework possibilities.

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Calm Healthy Sexy: 3 Words That Can Transform Your Sex Life Nice perspectives on changing things up in your bedroom.

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We got first snow at my house. I’m snuggled up inside with a hot cup of Heavenly Special Tea ~ Orange Spice. (When you order, please put “Lori Byerly” down as the consultant. Thanks so much.)

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Jayme November 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm

My husband and I love to play cribbage. We both learned the math-based card game from our parents and have taught a few friends along the way, so now we have a lot of people we can play with.

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Diane November 8, 2013 at 4:40 am

We really like Blokus – there is more than one version (different shaped boards) which changes things up a bit. Fun for the whole family! We also love playing card games together too!

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K November 10, 2013 at 3:45 am

Ticket to Ride is our current family favorite!

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Karen November 10, 2013 at 4:02 am

We play Triominoes the most. It was a game I grew up with, and my parents enjoyed, and I was delighted to find it available a few years ago.

Also since I have school-aged children, we enjoy http://www.bananagrams.com/our-games/bananagrams/.

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Becky November 10, 2013 at 4:35 am

My favorites are Settlers of Catan and Scrabble, but it’s been months since I’ve played any game. I miss it.

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Lisa November 10, 2013 at 6:01 am

My husband is currently teaching our 9 year old to play chess. We really like Set and Coloretto and Forbidden Island. More kids games, but simple and fun for us too.

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J (Hot, Holy & Humorous) November 10, 2013 at 6:14 am

Being a word girl, I’m still in love with Scrabble. I recall playing the board game with my grandmother at her dining table. She’d also prepared the area, including a lazy Susan for the game board to rotate around–making it easier for each player to see the game area and make their play.

My whole family enjoys Settlers of Catan, Bananagrams, and most especially, Killer Bunnies. Yes, that’s the name of it: Killer Bunnies.

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Alexis November 10, 2013 at 6:25 am

We both have family histories of playing cribbage, so that’s been fun to continue in our marriage. We are also fans of the Dominion series.

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Lauri November 10, 2013 at 6:29 am

My family loves to play Scribblish. There is a boxed board game you can purchase but we prefer to keep a stack of small pieces of paper and pencils ready and just play without the boxed game. There are no winners or losers, just a lot of laughter and bonding! Great memories and family “inside jokes” have been made.

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Lora November 10, 2013 at 6:42 am

Scrabble, Yahtzee and Dominoes. Simple, fun, easy, and few pieces.

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KatieD November 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

Oh which ones to pick! We like to play Sequence, Phase ten, Operation (we have youngins), Candy Land, and Yahtzee!

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Tammy November 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

Rummikub! Problem is, my 10 year old son can beat me almost every time!

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Kathy Rivera November 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

Our favorite games include Chicken Foot and Skip Bo. They are both fun and easy games so everyone can play.

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Kaila Pettigrove November 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

We love to play 221B Baker Street with our kids. Players visit different locations on the board to find clues and solve the mystery presented at the beginning. It’s harder than it sounds. There is a lot of information to sift through and sometimes your opponent will lock a room! It’s great for critical thinking and you can still carry on conversations while you’re playing.

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Joanna November 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

My husband and I thoroughly enjoy cooperative and strategy-building games. We like Dominion (a card game where you build your own deck), Lords of Waterdeep, Escape, Forbidden Island, and crossword puzzles. My husband loves to play games, so this is a really important area for me to enjoy with him. Since we have a young son, we play pretty short stints now. We bought an extra counter-height table so we can leave a game in progress and come back to it.

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Stacey November 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Good two player games we enjoy are Carcassonne, Scrabble, and Rack-O. If we’re playing with others, we really like Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Hand and Foot (card game), and Bang.

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Miranda November 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

We like Dutch Blitz, Scattergories and Guesstures–have had some hilarious laughs playing the latter two!

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Julie November 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I like the game “Name 5”. You have to name five items in a category (like name 5 types of trees, or name 5 flavors of ice cream) in a set amount of time. We played a home-made version of this at a gathering at my house this year and I came up with about 150 questions and it was a blast! It keeps your mind active and that is always a good thing!

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Cindy November 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I like cooperative games. I’ve never been a big fan of one person wins and everyone else loses. What kind of message is that for marriage, family, or friendship? So we play more cooperative games than anything. Lord of the Rings, Forbidden Island (or Forbidden Desert), Pandemic. We do sometimes play competitive games, but more casually than most people (more friendly than competitive). Pirate Fluxx is my favorite so far, even though I lose a lot of the time. : )

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Karen November 13, 2013 at 6:39 am

My husband and I really enjoy playing “Ticket to Ride.” We have the board game and a digital version. It’s one game that we can both relax and play without getting too competitive. :)

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Kerry November 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

Bananagrams/Speed Scrabble, Rummicub, Scattergories, Mexican Train. LOVE this post as I’m always looking for new games to pull out when my adult children come home for the holidays!

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valerie November 16, 2013 at 5:00 am

My hubby doesn’t like games. He will tolerate cards, but in reality I think tharhe’d rather not play them. It took me twenty years to figure ths out.

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Bonnie November 16, 2013 at 5:23 am

My husband and i like to play card games. On our recent vacation we played Phase 10 every day and both enjoyed the time we spent together over our daily card games. Great memories and quality time – win/win for our marriage!

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Christy November 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

For two-player games we like Carcassonne, Dominion, and Cribbage. Our favorite group game by far right now is 7 Wonders (though we also like Ticket to Ride, and Settlers).

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Leslie November 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

For a rollicking game time, my family enjoys Mexican Train! What fun!

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Mel November 16, 2013 at 7:55 am

We love dominoes

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Kim November 16, 2013 at 8:04 am

My fave is a word game called Upwords. It’s kind of like Scrabble except you can build on the letters to change the words. I don’t think they make it anymore, but there’s an ap for that! My husband hates games and I love them. It’s one of the few things we don’t have in commen.

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Amy Field November 16, 2013 at 8:45 am

My hubby and I love Settlers of Catan. I can only win against my younger siblings though because I’m not very good at it!

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Katie November 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

I am the game player in our family and I have more than 50 games. My husband plays with me occasionally just to show me he loves me. :-) The ones I love are too many to list but some that he enjoys as well are Alhambra, Bohnanza, Stone Age, Settlers of Catan, and Samurai.

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Grete November 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

We used to play pinochle, and we recently moved and don’t really have anyone to play with, so we’ve been trying to rediscover good two-player games. Cribbage is at the top of that list for us!

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Vanessa Blaney November 17, 2013 at 6:18 am

My husband & found a new game we like to play called Heads Up. It’s a mobile app where you put your phone on your forehead with the screen facing away from you and then everyone else has to act out what’s on the screen while you try to guess. Very fun with teams!

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Jennifer November 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

We love card games and Scrabble. We also enjoy puzzles. I am excited to try some of the new games I saw other readers post.

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Laura S November 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

We love:
– Ticket to Ride
– Puerto Rico
– Duch Blitz (when we are playing with other couples)
– Blokus

But really, any game as long as there’s a cup of tea involved and a fireplace :)

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Debi - The Romantic Vineyard November 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Oh yes, I love Scrabble the best. And ever since I came up with the Romantic Scrabble idea, my husband loves it too. A win, win for both of us.

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Christy F November 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm

We’ve always enjoyed “Guesstures” and “Cranium” as group games. There are always lots of laughs and allows us to get to know each other. We also enjoy playing “Stratego” or checkers with just the two of us. Game nights have created so many great memories for us with other couples and families.

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Roy November 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

My wife and son have always loved to play board games, but for me they were always bored games. My childhood memories of board games is not one of fun and enjoyment.
But recently, I have realized that the distance in my family is my creation – I want to be more active, maybe finding a new game to play as a family will be the trick.

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