We have been blogging about boardgames for a while now and thought you might like to know a bit more about our gaming history. So here are some gaming memories from my childhood – Tamz
I once stayed at our neighbours house for a week whilst my parents went on holiday without me. During this week I played an epic game of Monopoly with my friend. We broke it out one evening and played it a little bit each night. We sat on the floor watching TV at the same time. I think it stopped me going insane watching a whole load of soap operas in a one TV house. We took our time playing the game, enjoyed each other’s company and there were no arguments or hard feelings. I do not even remember who won, just that we had fun whilst playing a boardgame 😄
I am an only child. Growing up I would have to entertain myself so boardgames were not really the best toys. I remember pestering my poor mum to play Save Your Bacon with me, more often than not I would just see how many pigs I could stack on the tower before they fell off! I also had the game Downfall. Again, I would just fiddle about with it on my own, getting the tokens to the bottom. These days the gaming scene has improved and there are lots of games with a solo variant. In the nineties I only had Screwball Scramble. Boy was I good at that thing! It was not all bad though, I had a Gameboy and a PS1. In fact I was the reigning champion at Bubble Bubble, nobody could beat me at that computer game!!
My worst gaming memory, surprise surprise, also involves Monopoly. When I was very young I played it with my cousins. Now, being an only child I was still getting to grips with playing boardgames with others. I was trying to remember all the rules and what to do on my turn. So when my cousin landed on one of my properties and I didn’t say anything, they didn’t have to pay. It’s in the rules, it was indeed my responsibility. What hurt was when they started laughing in my face saying I couldn’t do anything about it. I just remember how unfair it all felt. Of course being an only child I flew into a sulk and the adults just decided I was being a brat. It is a memory I keep in mind to this day when playing with someone new to a game. I help them, point out mistakes and let them re-take turns if wanted. They need to learn the game before I can whip their butt in a fair fight 😆
I am older in age if not maturity and I really enjoy playing games with my partner Mike. We have a few “house rules” to ensure we do not fight because of gaming. We really enjoy a relaxed atmosphere as we want gaming to be a fun experience to share together. We recommend not playing confrontational games with with loved ones and to help each other during the learning phase of each game. Re-take turns, point out better ways to take a turn even if it means you loose. It does make for a much happier time when playing with loved ones.
What boardgames do you remember playing as a child? Let us know in the comments below. Better yet, share pictures on social media with us, we would love to see them!
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I may not have gone on holiday with my parents that time, but they did take me to Disneyland numerous times. So technically, yes, I was a spoiled little brat!! Chip and Dale were two of my favorites. I remember watching Rescue Rangers as a kid. The photo on the left is in Florida in the 80’s the photo on the right is in LA in the 90’s. I cannot believe I had the same haircut, lol!