Sorry! You’re Obsolete

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.


Written for today’s Daily Post prompt: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/going-obsolete/

Also written because a few nights ago we were able to sit down and play a round of Sorry! which isn’t something that we’re always able to sit down and do. I miss the family game nights of board games…

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Rules of the Game

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.

For example:

  • 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.

There’s more, but I’m too tired to write anymore.