June 11 08

I love games. I always have. I guess it’s my competitive nature. And since ‘playing sports’ to me involves a big-screen television and a big-ass beer, I need to be competitive beat someone somewhere.

Risk. Monopoly. Scattergories. Balderdash. Backgammon. Battleship. Trivial Pursuit. Clue. Scrabble. Boggle. Blokus. You name it. I’ll play it. And I’ll do everything in my power to beat you. And I’ll lie and say that I won’t care if I win, but I do. I care. I want to win. Seriously, i even get annoyed that my 7-year-old can kick my ass at Blokus.

So, when Jack and Ilana brought over their new fancy schmancy Canadian Monopoly…with brand new electronic banking (oooh! ahh!)

I, of course, was thrilled. With the Lakers and Celtics playing in the background, and some cookies in front of me…(yes, i made them. to play mind games with my opponents. distract them with homemade cookies!)

my segway piece and I were good to go.

that was, until, THIS happened…

yes, that would be me. ON FREE PARKING. only with electronic banking…there is NO money to be gotten on free parking. total. scam. (especially since i landed on it, um, about 500 times)

We had a lot of fun despite the fact that not having any paper money in our hands SUCKED. it’s like reading the newspaper online. it’s just not the same as having the actual thing in your hand. there’s just something about it.

and we were thankful that the kind people at Hasbro gave us full warning…

this was NOT a real VISA card.

lest we be tempted to call up Visa and be all like “HEY! the machine said i have insufficient funds! insufficient funds! it’s not possible! i just passed go! i have got to have at least $200 in there!”

I didn’t win. but i didn’t lose either. we stopped the game early because my brother had to catch his 4:30 am taxi to go back to NYC, and i had to watch the end of the Lakers/Celts game (only to be disappointed, of course).

but i totally would have won.

just saying.

survey says…

game is a little assiniboine…hahahaha. but, still fun. all it needs is a little of this…

what about you? like games? what’s your favorite???

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  1. “Hey, I know… let’s take the one redeeming quality of Monopoly (the math part) and make it computerized! That’ll benefit the next generation!”

    Idiots. Sorry, but that’s how I feel.

    As for me… Risk and Stratego were two favourites.

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  2. Electronic banking??? I had no idea it would come to this. We can’t even pretend to have cash anymore???

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  3. Have you ever played Apples to Apples? It sounds like the lamest game ever (the instructions involve things like “read the ADJECTIVE…” and “Choose a NOUN…”) but it is hilariously fun. Especially when you have a bigger group (I’d say 6+ people) and there are adult beverages involved. Given your competitive spirit, this game would be right up your alley – it gets pretty heated once people start trying to defend their cards!

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    Comment by Christina on June 11, 2008
  4. Electronic banking would SUCK. I want bills in my hot little hands.

    I like board games…but don’t play them as much as I used to.

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    Comment by Angella on June 11, 2008
  5. I just about died laughing when i read the visa comment. Seriously. Who would assume it was a real visa card?
    I think id lose in the no cash version imply because i sometimes cheat.

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    Comment by laural on June 11, 2008
  6. I LOVE GAMES. Board games, card games. Of course neither husband nor daughter will play with me. I play the computer version of some and that does kind of tide me over.

    My all-time favorite iS YAHTZEE. Also love me some RACKO, MONOPOLY, CHINESE CHECKERS. Card-wise, love CANASTA. I play that online at POGO.

    My sister and I used to make long island ice teas and play PENTE. Can’t remember who ever won, though…

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    Comment by Kathy on June 11, 2008
  7. Without a doubt “Settlers of Catan” is THE BEST boards game I’ve ever played. It has awesome replay value and has entertained us many, many evenings for the last 7 or so years. We always tell people it’s like the best of monopoly and risk, but waaay better than either of them.

    We also really like Apples to Apples as a party game (it’s only fun if you have at least 5 people, better with more). Phase Ten is a fun card game that only costs a few bucks at Walmart. We play a lot of more unusual games like Carcassonne, Tigris & Euphrates and Giza that are all fun as well.

    But Settlers is still our all time favourite. :) Highly recommended!

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    Comment by Shannon on June 11, 2008
  8. What happens when you run out of money? Are you SOL and out of the game? Or can you beg/borrow/steal/hide money like you could with the paper kind…and what about IOU’s? Naaa, give me some paper Canadian money…

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  9. NO FREE PARKING?! No freaking way. That blows.

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  10. we don’t play games anymore but when we did my fave still is is was twister.hahaha!nothing like a couple of drinks and somne twister and i love trivial pursuit and other games with lots of ? …

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    Comment by LAVENDULA on June 11, 2008
  11. ohh sorry my fave online game is mah-jong.

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  12. I love games that make you use your brain…or more specifically, showcase useless knowledge…since I’m full of it. Every time my sister visits, it results in a week long trivial pursuit tournament (that I must WIN!) Scrabble is a big hit with my mom and I, but the rest of the family just doesn’t get it. I wish we had friends who liked board games! This once every other year thing gets old.

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    Comment by AJ on June 11, 2008
  13. I love Yahtzee, yet I have never won it in all the years of playing. My partner and I also get some mean game of double bubble bubble gum ante poker going on in the house on a regular basis, but my 2 year old tends to run off with the gum :(.

    Overall I al all about WORLD DOMINATION RISK. Boo-yeah. Stewart says I am good at it becuase that is the obsessive way I run our house.

    GO figure.

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  14. I love games too. We used to do game nights back when I lived in California. It was SO much fun.

    I love Taboo, where people have to guess a word, but you can’t use the words on the card to describe it. Seeing people try and say things without saying things is awesome!

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  15. I love board games! Jon and I registered for all of the old classic games at Target that look like books. I love any trivia game :)

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  16. Woah, Monopoly done got all pimped out, eh?

    My favourite board game is Yahtzee! I HEART it.

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    Comment by mamatulip on June 11, 2008
  17. I would say…
    Apples to Apples
    Dreamphone (um, it’s a classic)
    Clue…
    but I’m really not a good gamer. I always lose. Oh well. Somebody’s gotta be the loser!

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  18. I am a Catch Phrase addict! Love, love, love that game!

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  19. Ali, seriously, when are you and that lovely family of yours moving to San Francisco so we can have game nights every weekend??!?!

    My absolute favorite is Beyond Balderdash, but if I’m not feeling that creative, I’ll opt for Catch Phrase, Taboo or Cranium. Apples to Apples is way fun, too. Oh, and when I went on a girls’ weekend recently, we played Trivial Pursuit, the ancient version from 1981, and damn, was that hard! Scott recently brought home a game of Sorry, and do you know how excited my inner 10-year-old self got??

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  20. Oh I just wish they would leave a good thing. No money at free parking?
    I was ms Milton bradley-parker brothers as a kid… Clue, Risk, Masterpiece, Sorry, Payday…
    nowadays we don’t play much, but I do like Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Balderdash.

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  21. I bought the American version of the new monolopy for my husband for Christmas, he like you in a total board game junkie, and man he gets brutal, especially if he is loosing, which is the case most time, but I remember seeing that on the back of the card, and I had already had…. hmm maybe a few glasses of wine, and I thought I was going to pee my pants!

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  22. It pisses me off that the rules don’t allow for the big wad of cash to be doled out when you land on Free Parking. It’s so unrealistic.

    Because whenever I find a free parking space anywhere in San Francisco I usually also find a few hundred bucks there. Then I go build a house with the money.

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  23. omg!! I’m just like you. Absolutely love monopoly! My family hated playing with me because I always won. lol. so now no-one will play with me :(

    I can’t imagine monopoly without the cash. it needs it!

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    Comment by Bronnie on June 11, 2008
  24. Blokus? Wtf is Blokus. Have to check that out…. Cookies look goooood….!

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  25. So is that like the Canada version?

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    Comment by Miss on June 11, 2008
  26. LMAO… not a real VISA.

    We haven’t gotten into games. Yet. Perhaps I should ask everyone to bring a board game as a gift to Jay’s bday. I think I just figured it out.

    Thanks Ali!

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  27. I think you need to go to your nearest Wal-Mart and try to use that thing. Make sure you’re wearing your nightgown under your coat and maybe put your hair in rollers.

    I loved Facts Five. I think it was the original Scattegories.

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  28. And how exactly is this “new-opoly” supposed to be played on holy Sabbaths?

    My brothers, so obsessed with Monopoly are they, bought Tri-opoly, a multi-level version that takes seven or eight years to complete. Which might have something to do with it no longer being available except on EBay…

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  29. clue is my favourite. and trivia pursuit is good too. andddddd, i like the new scene it games, some versions anyway. ahha.. and i like winning, though i don’t mind not winning and not losing.

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  30. I was never big on games … but I’ll take some of those cookies!

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  31. I am disturbed by the credit card. Disturbed! And no one should endorse the usage of a Segway.

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  32. I love monopoly – who doesn’t?! But I also love love love (can you tell I love it) Balderdash – it is just too hilarious! I have not played it in a couple of years…now I am just going to have to play it!

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  33. I love Monopoly and I also love playing Mad Magazine Board Game. I played this when I was 10. So crazy, we had to splurge all our Mad money and whoever still have lots is the loser. Not only that but it also got loads of surprises and dares that goes around with it. :D

    Well…now, don’t challenge me in Chess ’cause I won’t be playing that one even if my life depended on it.

    How about you, have you played this too?

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  34. I always liked old-school Scrabble. I always lost everything at Monopoly.

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    Comment by Chris Cactus on June 12, 2008
  35. Assiniboine, ha ha ha, I am laughing, really, I am. Too funny.

    I am super competitive when it comes to board games. My husband was shocked when we started dating and I got all crazy over a game of Sorry. I am not competitive normally so I get it out of my system with board games.

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    Comment by Chantal on June 12, 2008
  36. I couldn’t play Monopoly without cash. It’s just wrong somehow.

    I love Clue… that game is just awesome. The new electronic version is pretty cool too!

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  37. I’ll meet you in Trinity Bellwood Park for a stash of cookies, okay?! Ha1

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