It’s been pretty damn hot around these parts during the last week or so. We spent most of the weekend at The Surfer’s place. It was the last week of school holidays and I took Thursday and Friday off after the public holiday for Australia Day on Wednesday.
I took the photo above after we’d been for a walk on the beach. Incase you didn’t notice the Male toilet sign it’s there in the top left corner. I liked the artwork on the building’s wall, and that’s my shadow too.
As it was hot and we’d been to the beach early we setup the Monopoly board and had an epic game in three sittings. Silly JJ didn’t want to join in so he had to find something to do that didn’t involve anything electronic. Sometimes the kids just spend too much time on the Xbox, DS, computer etc. You get the picture.
I didn’t land on anything very good real-estate wise in Monopoly but I was second out of the game. Towards the end I never quite know how it works trying to sell off properties either to other players or the bank so we probably broke some of the rules.
I’d like to know what board games people play that can involve the whole family. Perhaps ones that can be played in a shorter time frame than a full Monopoly game.
Gil C. Schmidt says
I’m going to define “family game” here as a game children 7+ can play, for at least 3-4 players and playable in an hour at most. My first two suggestions are “Puerto Rico” and “Settlers of Catan,” two multi-award winning games in Europe and the U.S. Game mechanics are fairly simple (if “Monopoly” is a 6, I’d say both these games are a 3) and offer a challenging variety of strategies. You can find copies on eBay in the $40 range. A more abstract game is “Blokus,” which can be learned in about 5 minutes and played by 4 in about 20-25 minutes. And for quick fun, it’s hard to beat “Mille Bornes,” a race-to-1,000 (or 700)card game with a venerable history. It can be played by up to 6 players (3 teams) and a game lasts about 15-25 minutes. Explore and enjoy!
Oh we still love board games…play them all the time. Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Pay Day…so many. I guess my kids and I have never grown up. With all the electronic things out there today for kids…DS, X-Box, computers…I still think you can’t beat a good board game. ~Joy
Monopoly Online says
One of the best board game is Monopoly.Yes it is a real estate game.