Tuesday, May 27, 2008

the germans are coming

I love playing games. When I was a kid, my brother and I could stay up for hours playing Monopoly. Most of the time, when we didn't finish the game, we would leave it out and the game would last a couple of days. Then came along Phase 10, which turned into a family reunion tradition (I have no doubt that other families share that tradition as well) and Skip-Bo. My mom LOVED playing Skip-Bo because she could pretty much rake me over the coals with that game. BUT the world of gaming has done a 180 since we were introduced to German board games. Right after we were married, way back in 2001 (yeah, truly...we are old!), we were introduced to The Settlers of Catan:For those of you who have not yet been introduced to this trading and building board game, beware! I have heard it referred to as The Settlers of Satan. This game has the power to turn old friends into new enemies, and from sisters to your worst nightmare. I won't even get started on how many additions there are to this game. A new leaf has been turned and Zug-Um-Zug is now the "it" German board game or better known as Ticket to Ride:There are a few different versions of this game as well. There is the Europe one, America, Germany and also a Switzerland addition. This is a game of taking over the board, from one city to another, with your little colored train pieces. One has to pick a route and try to achieve it without being cut off by another or running out of pieces. Has anyone else been sucked in by the Germans? They put an addictive chemical in these games so you crave it fort-nightly. ;)

8 comments:

Brian and Courtni said...

We are with you -- on both games!!

dayna said...

yup, same addiction to both games, though they are much more fun with more than 2 playing.

wendyberd said...

oh nells - i love these games.
i was just recently introduced to them - but my family LOVES these games!
good times to be had when these babies are brought out.

The Winder Family said...

we're addicted! rick and i just played trains last night...it is better with two than settlers...embarassingly, the most contention we've ever had in our marriage....settlers. we decided we had to either play nice or not play...we're still playing.

Jeff said...

Here is a link to play online...they call it Xplorers though. Now you can get together with friends and family wherever they may be. And Janelle, you know I'm always down for a game.

Jeff said...

http://games.asobrain.com There is a link to play online. They call it Xplorers though. Now you can play with friends and family wherever they may be. And Janelle, you now I'm always down for a game.

Jeff said...

oops....i thought it didn't post.

Brittany and Adam said...

oh how i know how those games can turn friends into enemies. Or even sister-in-laws into monsters. If you know what i mean. but i sure love ticket to ride.