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Cherished and old fading memories, triggered by games?

I was inspired by a silly joke about #Monopoly in another thread.

The game itself doesn't do much to me or many others but I cherish one warm, fuzzy memory about it though

When I was 8, I learned myself to play Monopoly at my grandparents house.
It was a young boy, free of worries and had tons of time on my hands.
They had an old monopoly with woorden houses and hotels, being nothing more than green and red triangles make of wood. The deeds were old worn by 100's of plays.

Whenever I grab a monopoly house, no longer owned by my deceased grandparents and possibly renovated beyond recogniztion. I still see me in the hallway on the 2nd floot, everthing layed out in front of me, the scent of fresh soup reaching my noise, the radio downstairs with my grandmothers favourite radio station and classic songs...

I'm a nostalgic person and mourning isn't something I do for an intens period.
I'm always happy for the memories we shared but when the memory triggers, it's warm and fuzzy but always with an edge of melancholy and even a bit of mourning. 

While the game itself means little to me; the recall of a memroy it can trigger is worth a lot.

Do you have similar triggers that take you to an old, cherished, perhaps fading memory?

 

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2 months ago

I don't own #Betrayal at House on the Hill, but my friends do and it has a special place in my heart. It was my gateway game into the hobby. My friends that had it the first time they invited me over to play, I only kind of knew them from church, but that day when I was introduced the board game world, that was the start of my favorite hobby and the friendship of my best friends. I don't really have any specific memories from that time, but it is a very special day for me.

I have a cherished memory from #Scythe too. It was my 14th or 15th birthday, and my parents got me Scythe, my first hobby board game. I remember opening it up next to my brother who also knew about the hobby(before I knew of it, and the bastard never told me about it!). The miniatures and overall quality blew me away. I've played it a lot with my friends, especially my one friend who almost always beats me at strategy games because I hated that he kept on beating me at my own game and I kept on declaring a rematch until I realized he was burnt out on Scythe lol.

2 months ago

I have similar memories for #The Game of Life. My grandparents would have us over for a few weeks in the summer and they had a cellar filled with classic games, most of them from the 1960's and 70's. The whole room had a very distinct smell, like dusty books or an old library. It's hard to describe but the smell alone still brings back good memories. The game I enjoyed playing as a kid the most was The Game of Life. I think it was just the fact that it was colorful and I could spin the wheel for movement. Whenever I see the game nowadays I think back to those summers.

Supporter2 months ago

Awesome stories. Smells can bring back some of the most powerful memories. 

Premium User2 months ago

Thanks for sharing !

A more gamer-y version of The Game of Life #The Pursuit of Happiness, is out on KS for a big box with a ton of content. I was thinking about backing as The Game of Life was also one of my childhood favorites. Pretty dang expensive though.

2 months ago

Oh I remember that game. I think it's still around somewhere

2 months ago

No surprise, smell can bring back the oldest memories, buried the deepest and which I though I forgot. They can halt me in my tracks. 


Thanks for sharing! 

Supporter2 months ago

#Deep Space D-6 for me.

It is a bit more recent than your story but I only had a print and play copy of the game. My best friend had backed the game on kickstarter. Two years ago he died from cancer and after he passed, his wife gave me his copy of the game. He had never even played it. It was a year before I was able to bring myself to play it. Some day when his son is older, I plan on returning the game to him.

2 months ago

Aw, that's wholesome

2 months ago

that's a wonderful story to cherish indeed! 

Supporter2 months ago

#Axis & Allies Europe. My friends and I played that so much in middle school and high school. We would stay up late on Friday nights and have these epic conflicts and awesome play sessions. Such fun. Really puts a smile on my face. 

2 months ago

Nice, I remember lots of late nights with that game too. I don't get why people talk about it that much, it's a great game

Supporter2 months ago

It is great. 

2 months ago

indeed

2 months ago

I have a few, not quite so detailed or lyrical though. 

When I was a kid, my sister, the 2 pastor's kids, and I would play #UNO or later #UNO Hearts during church lunch every Sunday.  We would ruthlessly gang up on whoever was winning so whoever actually won had to be either very lucky or very sneaky. 

Growing up my dad would never let us win at games (which is why my sisters and I all grew up super competetive) so I remember playing #Skip-Bo on family game night often watching him finish his entire pile of 30 cards while we all waited.  Then we would all play for second place. 

My best friend and I would play #Bazaar at my house growing up and I loved playing with the little glass gems.  Later this friend would introduce me to #Catan, my first hobby game. 

There are a lot more little ones like that.  I have been playing board games in one form or another my whole life. 

2 months ago

great stories, sound fun!

2 months ago

Thanks for sharing, those are lovely stories to cherish! Loved reading them!

2 months ago

Probably Uno. First time I ever got to play it was in elementary school. I had such a blast playing with friends. And it's a moment that I think I'm just really fond of. It was the Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone version too hahah. I ended up getting my own copy of that version soon afterwards. I still have it, though two of the special cards are severely bent. ): 

2 months ago

I bet there's lots of memories with Uno out there

Premium User2 months ago

I think Uno was a classic game in many households. So many good memories playing that one

Owner2 months ago

Like you, it's usually games like Monopoly and Chess. Chess especially, because I was big on abstract games as a kid and took a short class for Go and always chose Chess as one of my classes for summer school during elementary/middle school times. I still remember how I won one of the Chess tournaments and got a popsicle as a prize lol. To be honest though, the number of video games I could come up with for this category would be much longer :)

2 months ago

Chess was big for me too. My late grandpa taught me when I was young. Didn't have much family around so only saw them whenever we travelled back to Latin America. He'd whoop me without his queen haha until I really understood the game and became a formidable opponent. So ye, Ajedrez (chess) will always hold a special place for me. 

(Plus, I think it made me smarter haha)

Premium User2 months ago

My dad had a board that you could input moves on. It would spit out where the AI player would move too! It was pretty sweet. I think he used it to play Chess via mail way back in the day.

Supporter2 months ago

Lol all that work for a popsicle?

2 months ago

You were destined for a future in boardgames alright :)

I got my chess on again in school when I was 17 after a 10 years hiatus. I mostly did it because you could go sit inside when it rained but I ended up enjoying it because it was a cozy moment in a classroom with a lighthearted atmosphere

 

thankd for sharing!