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Summertime

     
 

It’s mid-July and the lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer are upon us. The weather this summer has been pretty fantastic and I hope that it will continue through January or February!
Obviously I am a fan of warmer weather, but what do you do when stormy weather comes through and everyone is stuck inside?
How about some no-electronics fun? Maybe a good old-fashioned board game?
I happen to love board games. From kid-friendly — Life, Sorry, even Monopoly every now and again — to the adult-only game like Cards Against Humanity and What Do You Meme?
So what are some modern and fun board games for kids and adults right now? Here are few to get you through the rainy days of summer…
First up is Pirates vs. Pirates. Wage war on your Pirate friends to steal the treasure! This is a strategy game that is easy to learn and fairly quick to play (around 30 minutes) and is great for the 7 and up set.
Next we have one for the whole family! Beat The Parents brings kids and parents together for a head-to-head, fun-filled family trivia game. Adults answer questions about kids’ stuff, and the kids answer questions their parents should really know. Be careful of landing on wild cards, they can send you flying forward or a long ways back. The first team to get both mover pieces across the board wins.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Game is a fun board game for preschoolers that helps to teach them social skills. The pigeon is looking to take control of your bus to drive it, and it’s your child’s job to stop them from doing so. If the pigeon lands on the same space as the player, the player has to go back to start and try again. It’s playable with up to 4 characters.
These are just a couple of the newer kid-friendly, fun-sounding games I’ve found. Of course you can never go wrong with classics like Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders or Operation.
What’s new and exciting on the adult end?
Pandemic is a fun game if you have a bit of time. Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. It plays a bit like Risk but you are working together. Again, a bit time consuming as a game will take around an hour.
Sheriff of Nottingham is a social game of bluffing, bribery and negotiation. In this one, you are a merchant trying to deliver your Goods to market. Players take turns assuming the role of Sheriff, who must decide which merchants’ bags to inspect and which to let by. As a merchant, your goal is to convince the Sheriff to let you in — by any means necessary! At the end of the game, the merchant with the most wealth wins!
Disturbed Friends is the last game on the list. This is a go-to game for my friends and I, but I gotta warn you — this is a really adult game so be warned. But essentially it goes like this. Player ‘A’ asks a horrible question and the others have to guess how they think Player A would answer. ‘A’ then reveals their choice. We always make it clear the asker has to be honest! No lying to throw the others off. This is a fun game and plays quickly, but again, it ain’t called Disturbed Friends for nothing. Consider it your final warning!
In a world driven by smartphone, tablets and Wi-Fi, it’s nice to unplug for a bit and take the ‘media’ out of being social. Grab the kids, your friends (or both!) and take a night off with some games!