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11/19-25 is National Games Week - whta's your game?

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  • 11/19-25 is National Games Week - whta's your game?

    Forget Bars -- Gathering Around Boardgames is Today's Social Mixer;

    National Games Week is Nov. 19-25


    National Games Week is November 19-25, 2006.
    The site FunandBoardgames.com helps people connect with the best games
    to celebrate the holiday.

    Concord, NH (PRWEB) November 16, 2006 -- Want to have fun with friends? Shell out 20 bucks each for tickets and tubs of popcorn and soda at the movies. Or go to a bar -- but what about the kids?

    Or keep costs down, include everyone's kids in the fun, and have a great time by playing a boardgame. National Games Week (November 19-25) is the perfect time to start.

    "The world of boardgames extends far beyond Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit," says W. Eric Martin, editor of the boardgame review site FunandBoardgames.com and writer for such magazines as GAMES and Knucklebones. "Hundreds of board and card games are published each year by companies in the U.S., Germany, France, Japan, and elsewhere."

    The hottest trend now is European-style boardgames, which are notable for short playing times (generally 30 to 90 minutes), a lack of player elimination (unlike Risk and Monopoly), and reliance on strategy rather than die-rolling luck.

    These aren't typical games: In Bohnanza, for example, players are farmers who grow and harvest different types of beans. Ticket to Ride, winner of the German Game of the Year award in 2004, requires players to claim routes and fulfill tickets by placing trains between American cities. And Carcassonne is a tile-laying game in which players build cities and settle them with "meeples" -- that is, miniature people tokens. "Even Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com are now selling Eurogames," says Martin.

    Boardgames can fit every personality and interest. Science buff? Try Primordial Soup. Animal lover? Walk the Dogs will fit. If a player likes making business deals, they'll be sold on I'm the Boss and Take Stock.

    To celebrate National Games Week, invite friends over to try out a new boardgame or two. On FunandBoardgames.com, players can search for games according to type (such as "push your luck" or "negotiation"), age range, number of players, and price. Choose a game that's appropriate for the least experienced or youngest player, serve finger foods for snacks, and learn the rules beforehand to explain them like a pro.

    National Games Week (November 19-25, 2006) is an annual celebration of all forms of socially interactive games. In 2005, boardgame enthusiasts held 4,437 events with nearly 119,000 people playing together and having fun.
    http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2.../emw478865.htm
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    Checkers/Chess
    7.69%
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    Clue
    7.69%
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    Scrabble
    30.77%
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    Monopoly
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    Chutes and Ladders
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    Last edited by ALIASd; 11-16-2006, 11:44 AM. Reason: sp
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    Sequence!

    We can't get enough of it as a family--it's the most tried and true board game in our house. The other themed games (Disney, Harry Potter, 80's) come and go, but the rattiest most-played game we own is Sequence.

    We always talk about having a board game party but we never do it! Maybe we will after the holidays.

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      Boggle and Scattergories for our family please!

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        My 6 year old got Disney Princess Monopoly for her bday and she loves it. Its also helping a lot with her adding and subtracting
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          Hoping for a Scrabble tournament after Thanksgiving dinner! That's IF I can eat Thanksgiving dinner...not sure how i'll be feeling day after the surgery.

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            Originally posted by Disneyland Daddy View Post
            Hoping for a Scrabble tournament after Thanksgiving dinner! That's IF I can eat Thanksgiving dinner...not sure how i'll be feeling day after the surgery.
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              Originally posted by Disneyland Daddy View Post
              Hoping for a Scrabble tournament after Thanksgiving dinner! That's IF I can eat Thanksgiving dinner...not sure how i'll be feeling day after the surgery.
              You're having surgery? Good Luck dude. You should start a thread about it.
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                Board game? Candy Land. It was the only game I was good at while growing up.

                Card game: Apples to Apples
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                  In high school it was all about Monopoly. One day a friend & I played for nearly 12 hours straight!

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                    I would have said Monopoly because I can sell my friends at anything ("I'll give you $5000 for Boardwalk"). But that game takes forever (Dane Cook put that game in perspective perfectly). I went with Clue. I love playing detective.
                    -Jack :geek:
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                      What a perfect week for National Games week! We have cousins coming in from Mississippi for Thanksgiving. And that means one thing, Tripoly! Technically it is a card game...but it does have a game board.
                      Originally posted by aashee
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                        Well, we had a game night last weekendfd! A week too soon! :lol:

                        Man, I love all the new ones.... Taboo, Acttergories, Cranium, even UNO... there are very few board games i won't play!!

                        BTW, there is a board game "club" called plei... I know there's one in L.A. i think there are others? They have a MySpace page. My friend has gone before but I just haven't had the chance.
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