Some of my fondest memories as a child include playing Monopoly, Risk, Yahtzee, Stratego, Chess, and the list goes on. Sadly, board games are on the decline. I had overlooked the trend until recently when it was brought to my attention. Perhaps video games and some other forms of entertainment have taken their place, but still there are wonderful opportunities for families to build memories, interact, and get to know each other by playing board games together.
If you’re interested in something new with your kids or family, some of the more recent games that I’ve played and heartily recommend are Blokus for four players (or travel edition for one-on-one) and Settlers of Catan (for up to four players, six with expansion). One of the reasons I mention them tonight is that ironically I’ve been introduced to Settlers online either here for the basic game or here with all expansions.
A note of caution: Be careful not to waste time on it, but every now and then it could be fun to get people together to play who aren’t physically together. Also, my brother reminds me that games, like sports, should be an avenue for getting to know others rather than an end to itself, and hopefully we can use it wisely.
If you want some other ideas for games, check out this ranking. I purchased Power Grid and Ark of the Covenant for gifts, and hopefully they are as good as the reviews.