My list is completely made up of board games. The first and favorite for me, of course, is chess. I'm quite addicted to playing online chess games, but nothing beats the one on one, board in the middle, ability to SAY checkmate. Why is it my favorite? My dad taught me the game of chess when I was quite young. He NEVER let me win. After years of trying, when I finally won, I felt like I had climbed a mountain! Now, my children have learned the game and the same rule applies for us. When you beat me..... you really beat me, and we play a LOT of chess in our house. We have four chess boards, but this is the favorite board at the time.
That's right.... it's a Super Mario chess set!
My second favorite all time game was a game from 1975...... JAWS. Load all the junk in the sharks mouth, set the rubber band, and try to take out each piece before the mouth snaps shut and makes everyone playing scream. Why is this a favorite? It was delightful fun for all of us who actually saw the movie that year in the theaters! Plus, when we weren't playing the game, Barbie was swimming for her life!
(I can't believe I found this picture online.)
Last on the list is Aggravation. It's a long game or a short game. It all depends on the roll of the dice, but no matter what it's great fun and the winner feels quite accomplished. The fabulous four and I play this one a great deal. We have a version where six people can play so no one gets left out. Why is this a favorite? My daddy made a board for us when they were building an addition to our house. He took the circle of marble that was cut out to make the sink in his bathroom out to the garage. I remember him drilling all the holes for the board, and my sister and I colored in the circles to match the marbles. It then became one of our favorite family games.
I could list 10 more, but I'll stop there. I still love board games and my kids enjoy them too. We've even made board games a tradition for our New Year's Eve. We start after breakfast and we play games all day and all night. It's not just games to us. It's time together laughing and the time for making great memories.