So I have this problem with the game Risk. I spend two hours systematically destroying all but one of my opponents until there are only two of us left (usually my youngest brother) and we’re these titans on the board and it’s going to be a glorious battle to see who will be the ruler of the world. We both have mighty armies and vast resources at our disposal.
There’s also a 50-50 chance at that point that I’m still super aggressive and willing to take my rival down or go all passive and capitulate before we have another pass at the board.
This is why my younger brother likes it when it’s just the two of us left for the final battles in Risk, because there’s a 50 percent chance that I’ll go passive and he’ll win by default.
Out of everything she’d ever seen come and go, the thing she missed the most was the ability to simply sit around a table and play board games with her family. The advent and spread of video games, both on the computer and it’s smaller cousins or on the television. She missed having her husband at the other end of the dining room table with their sons on either side.
Mary entered her apartment and was greeted by the sounds of her youngest playing…something…on the small handheld that he had received from his older brother for Christmas. With a glance, she saw that Terry was sitting at the sofa working on some homework or maybe something else. She wasn’t entirely certain as he was working on those tablets that had become popular in her early years in this world.
If she was lucky, they’d agree to a quick family night tonight and do something together. If she was even luckier, they’d agree to a game of Sorry! as long as she was able to keep it a quick game.
Her eldest was often called in to work strange hours at his job.
Games in my family are more than just spending time with one another. They are there for us to find new rules that apparently were needed, but somehow were omitted by the original makers of the game.
Monopoly – You’re not allowed to donate property to ‘Free Parking.’
Risk – If you bump the board at all you automatically lose (even if none of the little armies move.)
Charades – You can’t be ‘the fireman’s dog’s vet’s cousin’s little sister’s cat,’ etc.
Pillow Death Match – You can’t tag for a time-out and have a stunt double take your place.
Hide and Seek – You can’t volunteer to count to 50 and then start reading a book instead.
any game with die – If it falls off the board/box/wherever the designated place to roll die, it doesn’t count and you get an automatic zero.
any game – Before modified rules can be used in a game, they have to be explained clearly and all parties have to agree. (Any rule not in the printed booklet/pamphlet that came with the game or found online is a modified rule.)
When playing, it is fine to play as mercilessly as possible, but always remember that it is just a game and trash talking is not allowed. Be courteous and polite while winning, it makes it more annoying.