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You Sunk My Cribbage

posted Dec 6, 2011, 11:11 AM by Peter Burke
  Let's talk games.  Games are an integral part of my daily routine.  Games help me get through long arduous tasks, break the ice in new conversations, or provide endless entertainment with friends.  While I do appreciate the intricacies of complex board games with fun moving parts, some of my favorites require simpler or none-at-all hardware. 
  At work, I enjoy the  open ended and long lasting question games, like the movie game.  In a group of people, like a bottling line, one person rattles off any movie.  The next person says an actor or actress in that movie, the next person another movie that actor/actress was in, and so on.  There are challenges, rejects, and all sorts of minor side rules, but you get the idea.  Another all day play is the name game within a certain group of people, say pro football players.  I give an athlete's name, you have to say another whose first name starts with the first letter of the last name of my entry.  Those games never really end, it's always on the back burner.  You can't beat the classics either, 20 questions, I spy, or the favorite with rambunctious nieces and nephews - the quiet game.  Who can stay the quietest the longest? Prizes will be given out after everybody has a nap.  
  I've always been a fan of active games, what most of us call sports I suppose.  In college I played nearly every intramural I had time for - racquetball, broom ball, flag football, indoor soccer, softball, floor hockey, dodgeball, whatever.  Exercising isn't really my thing, because I have trouble making a game out of it, but I'll play a sport until I drop.  
  For board games, I grew up with a big game closet.  Battleship, Checkers, Stratego, Monopoly, Life, Balderdash.  The one motorized game that I had - Loopin Louie.  Yea it's a great game with a CRAZY rogue pilot that dive bombs your farm, and your only defense against losing chickens is to deflect the kamikaze airplane with a see-saw type paddle.  It's pretty wild.
  Card games are just the best as well.  A deck of cards is always in my carry on luggage.  Cards are a great way to dodge out of some yapping co-aisler conversation, or to pass time and re-focus nervous travel companions.  I have yet to perform the bait and switch on a fellow unknown traveler, but this is what I have in mind.  If I should find myself in uninspiring dribble communication with a fellow traveler, I would kindly invite them to a challenge of speed solitair.   One person plays at a time.  You shuffling the deck, and flip one card over at a time, on top of each other.  As you flip, you sound off "Ace-Two-Three....." and so forth.  If you flip over a card that you are naming, you lose.  It's not suit specific, yet it's still harder than you think.  So I'd explain the rules and give an example round.  Then I would pass the deck and give my nemesis a shot at it.  After a few rounds I'd suggest a long round of 3 tries each.  After my 3, I'm certain I could "doze off" and voila! I'd be free!  I also enjoy Rummy, clock-solitare for solo events, and a few others.  I'll play poker, but I'm not really a gambling guy, and poker doesn't mean a lot if you don't gamble.
  Just last weekend I was strolling about Ram Pasture with the best of company and competed in a frisbee golf esk game involving a tennis ball and the info sign posts scattered along the trails.  Par was set, the tennis ball was thrown, and however many tosses it took for you to hit the post was your score.  A tremendous way to move through those fields.  
  There isn't enough space on this blog to get into all the games, and you'll notice I conveniently left out all drinking games.  That might be material for another blog, but I do encourage you to invent new games, and if they are good share them with us.  Thanks to Sean O, David M, Anne C, Randy H, and a few others for their contributions to my gaming and schweet gaming blog.