What are your favorite "old school" games and board games?

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  1. multiculturalsoul profile image71
    multiculturalsoulposted 11 years ago

    What are your favorite "old school" games and board games?

    We live in a world of electronic gizmos that require game systems and batteries--lots of batteries. My wife and I have found, however, that the games WE grew up with still have merit, and our kids will play them with us. What "old school" games do you still play? Do you plan to buy any non-electronic games (card games, board games etc.) as gifts for the holidays?


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    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    The game I would have to say monopoly. The gadget that I really got addicted to was the Rubic's cube.

    1. multiculturalsoul profile image71
      multiculturalsoulposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I learned to count money playing Monopoly. The new versions have kids swiping a debit card. I never solved that cube. I could get a side the same color and that was it.

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      JThomp42posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly. I was never able to solve it either, I think 3 sides. lol

  3. NornsMercy profile image60
    NornsMercyposted 11 years ago

    Me and my husband still play rummy and scrabble, like, all the time. we're pleasantly boring like that. smile

    1. multiculturalsoul profile image71
      multiculturalsoulposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I like rummy, but my wife plays something called Rummy 5000 where there are wild cards and the number of cards you get at the beginning change with every hand. Scrabble! We have four different versions including the HUGE one that takes hours to play.

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 11 years ago

    I always loved Monopoly, and Aggravation.  Used to love to play the latter with my daughter - and she won every time.

    1. multiculturalsoul profile image71
      multiculturalsoulposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Children are supposed to win every time, well, most of the time. It's our job as parents. I remember how aggravating Aggravation was.

  5. lburmaster profile image71
    lburmasterposted 11 years ago

    The game Clue. My father and me always faced down at the end because we were the two who had figured it out. When my brother became older, he joined us in the race as well. smile

    1. multiculturalsoul profile image71
      multiculturalsoulposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Clue is supposed to help teach deductive reasoning ... and I never won. I could never be a detective. See, some games we fail at help us figure out our future careers. Operation taught me I could never be a surgeon.

    2. lburmaster profile image71
      lburmasterposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Haha! I always hated the game Operation. The loud noise irritated me and I always wanted to smash the game with a mallet!

    3. IslandBites profile image90
      IslandBitesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Love Clue!

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    calculus-geometryposted 11 years ago

    The physical version of a boardgame is always better than the electronic version because with an actual board and pieces you can make up your own variations and add extra rules and penalties.  With the computerized version, you're stuck with the preset rules, which can make some games too boring or easy.

    My favorite old school games are strategy-based like Connect 4, Othello, and Mancala.  I also like dexterity games such as Jenga.  How could you play Jenga electronically?

    1. multiculturalsoul profile image71
      multiculturalsoulposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If they think they can make a buck out of it, they'll make electronic Jenga. I had forgotten about Othello and Connect 4. Thank you for reminding me!

  7. Ann810 profile image49
    Ann810posted 11 years ago

    Well Scrabble is at the top of my list for favorite "old school" games. I'll say the next board game that's my favorite is Yahtzee.

    1. multiculturalsoul profile image71
      multiculturalsoulposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We still play both, and the games have to be at least ten years old.

  8. msdanarenee profile image61
    msdanareneeposted 11 years ago

    When we were kids we always got one "family present" from Santa.  It was usually a board game, puzzle or something along those lines.  We have quite a collection of board games but we always go back to Sorry and Parcheesi.

    1. multiculturalsoul profile image71
      multiculturalsoulposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We have several dozen board games, and though the boxes are tearing at the corners and some of the pieces of missing, they still get played. We provide "game gifts" at every Christmas, too.

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    RTalloniposted 11 years ago

    Scrabbles rules, old-school being the best fun with another Scrabble lover!

  10. SimpleJoys profile image68
    SimpleJoysposted 11 years ago

    As a kid, I loved "Go to the Head of the Class". I haven't seen of heard of it in decades. But it always made me feel smart if I could win it. Today, I still enjoy a good game of "Parcheesi" .

  11. Billie Kelpin profile image84
    Billie Kelpinposted 11 years ago

    I loved the card game, "Authors," so much that I published a card game called "American Authors" in 1985.  Coincidentally, a person my age had the same idea, only he re-published the original game and you'll find it, along with a whole line of card games of that type in game stores all over the US.  Here's a hint for those who might have the same idea of republishing a game like I did.  Don't be foolish like me.  If a lawyer tells you that you CAN publish this beloved game by changing one feature, do it!  I thought that lawyer couldn't be right, so I had a student re-draw the original pictures.  I could only afford a one-color output, so thus, my game of "American Authors" could not compete with the other person who republished it WITH the original images except for one.  (If you change ONE image in a game that's out of publication, it's possible to re-publish that old game.) BE SURE TO CHECK THIS OUT WITH A LAWYER to make sure, however.  Because "Authors" made me love learning through games, I ended up publishing a unique solitaire game, "Presidential Solitaire," which is both a physical card game and a very challenging online solitaire game.  I also created other online games on topics using classic games we all love. I ADORE learning through games!

  12. greencha profile image62
    greenchaposted 11 years ago

    Chess,Risk Ludo,Draughts,..I think board games without dice are always the best,as then its more a game of skill rather than chance.

  13. Thief12 profile image91
    Thief12posted 10 years ago

    Probably Clue. I also enjoyed Life a lot. Operation and Perfection were other cool ones.

  14. Tygher41 profile image61
    Tygher41posted 10 years ago

    I love Clue, Battleship and Scrabble and still play them often. Most of my friends won't play along...unless Words With Friends counts as Scrabble! Ha!


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