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Do you have any Christmas Traditions that involve games?

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Supporter2 months ago

We don't at my house yet, but my oldest just started playing more and more games.  I have a feeling we will end up playing one family board game and probably a little Nintendo Switch and it'll become a tradition for the future.

2 months ago

besides some word games at the table or my uncle making a little quiz, not really.

I do cherish those moments though; there is one where everybody writes one line of text on a paper, folds it to the back and passes it on to the player next to him. You do this until you paper reaches you again. Then everybody has to write a little story with all the lines of text he gathered on his paper. Hilarious :D

2 months ago

My wife's sisters family comes to stay with us every Thanksgiving and Christmas. They got into the board game hobby because of us and every time our families get together there's multiple days of play. Also we've had a tradition where my brother-in-law and I (and maybe a few of our kids) go out to buy a few games each from the Black Friday sales at our FLGS.

2 months ago

oh that's an -excellent- tradition! 

(slight jealousy :) )

2 months ago

It's great, but not without slight complications. For example we try to not have too much crossovers between our collections. The fact that he owns #Paladins of the West Kingdom means that I probably never will and will just play it with them. But it also was an impetus to jump on the #Viscounts of the West Kingdom purchase earlier than I might otherwise have. Overall that's still a good problem to have!

Supporter2 months ago

That's awesome! Keep it up!

2 months ago

Thanks! It's great because all of our kids can play and interact with the adults as well as each other.  Usually my brother-in-law and I will each have one game that we absolutley make sure gets played during our time together.  Usually a game that we like a lot but that doesn't see the table much with our immediate families.  What's nice is that as our kids have gotten older some of their preferences have shifted toward some of these games that have, what I would consider, a more interesting decision space.

Partner2 months ago

Yes. Prior to Covid 19, my wife's family does a yankee swap. I usually throw in a small card game. I wasn't sure of how well that would go over initially, but the games are often coveted. #Sushi Go!, #Parade, #Port Royal, #Archaeology The Card Game, and #Cockroach Poker have all been successes. 

2 months ago

what's a yankee swap? >.>

Supporter2 months ago

It's a type of gift exchange where families have a pool of gifts and take turns either picking a new present from the pool or taking one that has been already opened. Typically going last is a big advantage because you'll be able to see the scope of the gifts. Often there are other criteria as to if you succeed in being able to open a present - criteria could include rolling doubles on dice or something similar. 

Partner2 months ago

got it on the button. Yankee swap aka white elephant gift. Oh, sorry...definitely outing myself as a New Englander. Will mention that it is often gag and or recycled gifts. Perhaps there is some religious undertones for the first going last, but can’t confirm. I honestly don’t know where either of the terms for this custom originated from to be honest.

2 months ago

Ah yes, I know it as a white elephant gift exchange.  I'm from CA where do they call it yankee swap?

Partner2 months ago

 I thought it was just a New England thing, but I've worked with people from NY and NJ that knew what it was.

Supporter2 months ago

I'm from MN and I've heard it called both here. 

2 months ago

We need one of those "do you call it soda or pop?"-type maps of the US! 

Supporter2 months ago

Lol yes!

2 months ago

Sadly, no. I've only been in the hobby a couple of years. I'd love to start on with my brother or friends though. That might not be possible this year with the world falling apart.

I remember sometime last year, my friends' uncle invited us to come to this cabin for a yearly meetup to play board games for a couple of days. I was soo sad I couldn't go because of school. Anyways, if it's safe, I think it'd be cool if I start a tradition like that during Christmas break. My friends' grandparents have a cabin that we go to sometimes, so maybe we could use that

Supporter2 months ago

That's great! It doesn't even need to be as formal as a cabin. Could just have your friends over on a Saturday afternoon and make it a board game day. 

2 months ago

I guess so, but I love cabins, and I found that the more effort I put into planning game sessions, the more excited I am and the more likely I am to enjoy it.

2 months ago

Nope. I've been getting into modern games the last couple of years, and just this past summer, my parents asked me to bring over some games to play with them and my sister and her husband. I may try to bring some quicker games at Christmas this year, we'll see.

Supporter2 months ago

The next step is to start gifting small hobby games that you want to play to them. That way you start building their collection while also getting to play that game while you are together! And it hopefully starts their collection and addiction too.

2 months ago

Haha, I will not be getting games for people that aren't actively into games. I once heard someone maybe on the Ludology podcast say "Stop buying games for your friends. They don't want them." And I've found that to be true for the most part haha. I'll just bring my own games and see if they're interested.

2 months ago

I've occasionally played some lighter games when visiting family, but as far as actual "traditions," my only consistent one is sitting in the dark and wishing my friends also liked board games (I'm mostly joking, my friends have other great qualities and are worth my time regardless of whether we spend it playing games).

Supporter2 months ago

If we spend the holidays with my moms family usually there is a lot of "rat chase" which is basically aggravation on beautiful custom boards that cost almost as much as a #Crokinole board.

Or they play "rook board" which is another pretty simple game.

Usually we play some #Catchphrase or something like that as well. 

Some of us actually play hobby games usually, but those aren't a "family custom."

Supporter2 months ago

Every year I buy a game for the family. Last year it was#Kingdomino. The year before that it was#Catan: Junior. And then we try to play a game sometime during the day. This year I'm going to grab#Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle. Hope it goes well!

This is a relatively new tradition (obviously) but it's been fun so far. As a kid growing up I don't have any specific holiday board game traditions unfortunately. 

2 months ago

How old are your princesses?  (referencing a previous photo I saw)  And how's the game introducing going?  I have been collecting some games with an eye towards playing them with my kids when they get older, although I guess they may be terribly out of date by then considering they're only 3 and 10 months.  I have #Catan: Junior, #Pirate Den, #Kingdomino, #Splendor aaand a bunch of others probably.  #Animal Upon Animal I've already introduced.  I bought one game with marbles and test tubes that I forget the name of but I let her play with the marbles and now they're all gone haha. 

Supporter2 months ago

3rd grade, 1st grade, and preschool. It's going well! They like games and want to play them. Unfortunately they always ask to play ones like Life or Clue. Which I guess is fine. But we also have#My Little Scythe and#My First Castle Panic which are obviously far superior games. We also have#Loony Quest which is great fun when we are able to get that out. 

2 months ago

I don't own Life or Clue so jokes on them haha. 

Supporter2 months ago

Lol. They aren't the worst. But there is so much more out there to explore. 

2 months ago

I remember being terrible at Clue as a kid.  I'm debating buying a copy of Candyland because its the basic of basics in terms of taking turns and rules following and that's pretty much where my oldest is right now but I really don't want to spend any money on it haha.  Maybe Sorry instead.