“You’re a lousy pirate, Mom.”Given all the things a 14-year-old could accuse a parent of being, I got off easy with disparagement of my abilities as a pirate. Still I held my ground. “I’m raiding your port.” I grabbed the dice and shook vigorously; I rolled too low a number and was defeated.”See?”My son had already won top honors in the game, which among other things allowed him to put a flag on his pirate ship and to use three dice for every move instead of my meager two. He sailed on to his next conquest in his steady march to defeat me.I remember board games from my childhood, when a snowy Sunday afternoon meant games of Parcheesi at the dining room table. Yes, it was a quieter, simpler time when there were no dehumanizing electronics in every corner, but focusing on that misses a greater point. Playing board games evens up the score in the parent-child relationship. It’s a welcome break from being the supreme lawgiver and authoritarian deluxe, sometimes benevolent and other times not so.As a parent, I establish and uphold rules and consequences that are safe and fair for all, with appropriate expectations and accompanying consequences (to the upside and the down). Without those boundaries how can we guide our children toward good decision-making and responsible behavior? Still, every so often, I think it’s good to level the proverbial playing field.There is nothing more effective than a board game for doing that. When we play, we are equal opponents. Since Pat is no longer at the young age at which he has to win most of the time (I became a master at throwing Chutes and Ladders to preserve a five-year-old ego), we can really battle it out. My son can beat me, showing me that he is the boss for once, and there are no consequences. I can be sent back to square one (grounded, as it were) for making a wrong move.On a slow Saturday night, while my husband looked on with bemusement from the living room sofa, Pat and I hunched over the board game called The Dread Pirate. It involves strategies such as plundering ports or trading gold coins for treasures, and when and how to take on your opponents to force a surrender of some of their pirate booty.As a pirate, I am decidedly a wimp. I had to borrow a gold coin so I could make a trade. (“Pirates don’t give loans, Mom,” Pat said, until I pitifully pleaded for mercy.) As soon as Pat “sailed” to my corner of the playing board, I’d high-tail it away.Need I say the obvious that he won – beating me something like 48 to 12 (counting treasures, that is)?I took my licking, endured some trash-talking about my inferior pirating skills, and helped pick up the game pieces. On those few occasions when I actually do win, there is usually a round of good-natured needling about the overall score of all the wins and losses, which is about 4 trillion to six (Pat’s favor).As the game was put away, I wondered how much longer we’ll have these little rituals. They are already becoming rare. Teenage years, as expected, have made his friends the center of the universe, while parents orbit the exterior in the far, cold reaches of the galaxy (except when it comes to allowance and transportation). Electronics take precedence over something with a cardboard surface and wooden or plastic dice.Each time we play a game, I am grateful for this one-on-one time with Pat, or two-on-one when we can coax my husband to join the fun, especially if we are playing cards. Whether as pirates or Monopoly tycoons, we all play by the same rules. Everyone has to face the consequences of landing on the wrong square (and ending up in jail) or getting sent home for the twelfth time (as happens in Parcheesi).The dynamic changes between parent and child as we become friendly opponents. Then someone wins (usually Pat) and someone loses (usually me). We take our licks and tease each other.And then we have a rematch.
Though marble board games are still popular even up to these days, the birth of the Internet transformed these activities into plays. The true essence of playing the real marbles and the feeling of touching these beautiful round objects have been substituted by the mouse or keys of the keyboard. The marble-related activities have always been enjoyable fun-filled recreational activities for centuries.The enjoyment of playing marbles has been shared by the members of the family. These activities have also been one way to entertain visiting guests and friends. This is also one way of developing sportsmanship and enhancing relationships. Not so long ago, before the Internet has come into the picture, marble board games have been the focus of recreation in any household.These activities of the past are now virtual subjects of the web. In the present times, the popularity of the marble board games has been slowly fading because of the current technological advancements. However, there are still some people who turn to these activities for pastimes. Other people have found the boards to be perfect collector’s items and no longer a plaything because of their amazing designs and styles. Several wholesome family-related and relationship-enhancing activities have obscured because of the online virtual recreations.One thing advantageous with these marble board games is the fact that these can be played anytime of the day in any place you go to. These are not disturbed by any power interruptions unlike the Internet games. Rain or shine, anyone can play with these things anytime of the year regardless of the season. Some of these marble-related activities are still circulating these days like the Aggravation, Sorry, etc.There are various web sites which are into these types of products including their accessories. You can also find in their catalogs some of the most unique designs, awesome colors, and unusual sizes of accessories for these stuffs. Some of these marble-related activities are still circulating these days like the Aggravation, Sorry, Chinese checkers and a lot more. For those who want to know more about these, you can find online a large selection of the real things, the real marble board games.
Who doesn’t like Monopoly, Risk, Battleship or Candyland? Keep the kids entertained longer. Make parties and events more fun by having a few game favorites around. Nothing livens a party like Pictionary or Scene It. If the kids are having a sleepover what better way to entertain them then with a game or two. Keep them happy and out of trouble with a game of Trouble or Risk.More often than not a good game can really liven up the party. Everyone remembers Battleship and loves to play. What were some of your favorite games? Do you remember playing board games with grandma or grandpa. Playing Yahtzee with grandma or Monopoly wit mom. Brothers and sisters can do battle without going to war. Board games are a great way to bring a busy family together. How about some family time? I know it brings back a ton of great memories for me. Playing Yahtzee with grandma or Monopoly wit momHaving a few games around for the holidays and for the holiday company is a great idea. Playing Clue with uncle Norman is a blast! Bunco makes a great game if you have a few folks that are willing to have a good time.Don’t forget those great card games as well. Rummy, go fish, and of course Uno and Skipbo. If it’s been a while since you’ve played, grab a game and a buddy. It just as much fun as you remember! Try it and you’ll see. Have fun!