Whether we like to admit it or not, most people spend a lot of time and money seeking for ways to entertain themselves. Sure, we should be nothing but productive all the time, but where’s the fun in that!? It’s because of that longing to be entertained that people pay over $100 a month for television service, $50 for internet service, and $10 per person to go see a movie at a theater. People like to be entertained; we like the escape from reality that it provides. But, finding ways to entertain ourselves can get expensive. Taking a family of four to the movies can easily end up costing $50 for two hours of fun, and that’s not even including popcorn. So it begs the question: how can we entertain ourselves and our families and not have to sell pints of blood on the weekends to finance it? To answer this question all you have to do is look back to your childhood.
Most kids play games growing up. Be it tag, foursquare, or red rover, kids love to play games. That’s why most people have memories of playing board games as children. Usually, those memories provide some of the fondest of our youth. That is because board games are a communal activity; something that we do together. They require interaction and communication. They also provide a little dose of healthy competition (or an unhealthy dose, if your dealing with some people!) But, as you get older, it’s easy to forget just how fun board games can be. Do yourself a favor and check out these helpful tips for bringing back the board games and bringing back some good old-fashioned childhood fun.
Pretty much every family I know has the same closet in their house. Maybe it’s a coat closet, or a cupboard in the garage. Sometimes it’s hiding in the basement, or tucked back in the guest room. I’m talking about the game closet. The place all of the old copies of Monopoly and Clue are hiding. And while those classic games are a lot of fun in and of themselves, sometimes after years of enjoying them, they can seem a little stale. Here’s where the Boardgame Remix Kit (http://boardgame-remix-kit.com) comes in. The guys behind the Boardgame Remix Kit know that every house has the same basic games in the closet: Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit. Using the boards, cards, and pieces of those games, the Boardgame Remix Kit creates new games from those old pieces. Don’t want to spring for the shipping costs of the Kit? They even have an app for iOS with all the rules to their new games.
Sometimes even repurposing old games isn’t enough to make board games interesting again. Luckily, board game manufacturers have been busy at work making new games every year. Sometimes its difficult to hear about these new games and know which are worth putting down your hard-earned money for. Here’s where Table Top comes in (http://tabletop.geekandsundry.com). Table Top is a web-based show where geek favorite Wil Wheaton gets together with some friends and demonstrates how to play a variety of “new” games you may not have heard of. Some of these games have been around laboring in obscurity for years just waiting for discovery. Some of the games Wil and friends have highlighted include Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Munchkin. Not only are the videos entertaining and funny, they make you want to go out and schedule your next game night post haste. Want to know where to find all of the games highlighted on Table Top? Starting on August 1, 2012, and continuing for three months, Target stores will carry and sell games highlighted on Table Top. Now you have no more excuses to upgrade your game collection.
While board games are a ton of fun, sometimes you want to do something that is still communal, but more passive. (It can be hard to have good conversation while you’re plotting how you are going to take over the Risk world.) It’s times like these you need to break out a jigsaw puzzle. I love puzzles. They are challenging and fun, but they also provide opportunities to converse with friends or just watch TV. They are also super cheap and provide a lot of bang for your buck. Plus, there is no greater feeling than perfectly inserting the last piece of your completed puzzle.
So friends, any other board game fans out there? Any other old-school recommendations for cheap entertainment? Any game recommendations? Sound off in the comments.
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