Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?

In an era of the high speed video games (e.g., Wii, X-Box 93, etc.) and a myriad of television options, I'm inclined to think today's children grow up missing out on one of the fondest aspects of my childhood: Board games.

So, for you kids out there ...
Gunny's Top 10 Board Games:
  1. Chess
  2. Axis & Allies
  3. Backgammon
  4. Risk
  5. The Game of LIFE
  6. Stratego
  7. Monopoly
  8. Trivial Pursuit
  9. Scrabble
  10. Battletech
After review, I realize my Top 10 may be daunting for some younger ones, so I'd suggest the following 5 primers before you're ready for the big leagues:
  1. Candyland
  2. Chutes & Ladders
  3. Sorry
  4. Checkers
  5. Chinese Checkers
Others you'd suggest? Different order?



At 02 June, 2009 07:29, Anonymous Anonymous said...


It would be a little difficult for small children, but 9-year old enjoys it, as do his mom and dad.

At 02 June, 2009 09:06, Anonymous Nate said...

No suggestions, but I will say that one of the real joys of working with the middle school and high school ministry in my congregation is the times when we get a bit of down time and I can teach them some of the rudiments of chess strategy. It's nothing structured enough for me to call it a chess club, but the ones who play with me most have already gotten more sound in their opening strategies and their endgame.

At 02 June, 2009 09:16, Blogger Oilcan said...

Global Thermonuclear War

Would you like to play a game?

Nice reference from War Games.

Some of those from your list Gunny truly are bored games. However, you are close to the truth in that Axis & Allies is the greatest board game of all time.

At 02 June, 2009 12:57, Blogger samurai said...

Dude - i knew there was a reason i liked your blog so much!

Battletech rules! Remember the old Shadow Hawk, and Warhammer mechs! Too cool for school! LOL

At 02 June, 2009 15:28, Blogger GUNNY said...

Samurai, you'd love it. On occasion we'll take over the fellowship hall on a Sunday night at church when Monday's a holiday. We'll play Battletech into the wee hours of the evening.

It's nice to have a massive board spread across a few tables for all the mechs and big teams.

Barry, would you believe I have never played Parcheesi?

Nate, once before we had a chess tournament at church. It's been more than a few years and I think we're due for another.

Oil, after the many times you've met your demise at my hand, I'm surprised you still think of Axis & Allies so fondly. ;-) I think we're due for another round.

At 02 June, 2009 19:51, Blogger Rev. said...

No 'Global Thermonuclear War'?! Actually, I'm a fan of Parchesi. I often play Sorry with my kiddos. They also enjoy Stratego.

At 03 June, 2009 06:58, Blogger Mama Hen said...

My 9 year old son just discovered Chinese Checkers and he loves it!

At 03 June, 2009 09:08, Blogger samurai said...

Gunny - i think i just found a reason to uproot my family and move them to Texas... it has several pluses... close to the in-laws, nice state, and now Battletech... LOL

I mean, why would anyone move for a church? (read with sarcasm :D )

At 04 June, 2009 15:15, Blogger Young Wife said...

Guess Who? is great for younger kids. And my favorite board games are Cranium and Would You Rather.

At 14 June, 2009 08:06, Blogger Lance said...

My son used to ALWAYS win at Candyland, until one day, I won. The boy was in tears. Didn't play much after that.

For all Scrabble lovers, you might just love "Bananagrams," a fast-paced Scrabble-type game. Simple concept. Easy to play. Jeni and I play several rounds at least once/week.
It's also lightweight and portable--can fit in a decent-sized purse (not mine, of course).


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