I grew up challenging my mother to games like checkers, backgammon, reversi, and scrabble. She always thought the best way to make me good at games was to be ruthless in playing. It took me years but I finally managed to start beating her at games, so now we're just about equal with certain games. I've always been better at chess though. We played a lot of board games; Trivial Pursuit was my favorite. But over all it was strategy games like those I listed above that were my favorite. Game night was always Sunday and we would play those games for hours!