Looking over my own current favourite games to play with friends, I see that Card Games occupy the most space. Quick to explain. A variety of themes. Small enough to take on trips. And when on trips a fun way to meet new friends in a cordial atmosphere.Last month, we were vacationing near Georgian Bay and on my morning hike, I met two 12 yr old girls coming from the Recreation Center and heading back to their “condo” as they called it.
In their hands were some games they had loaned. SORRY and MONOPOLY. The classics.In the interests of both self-promotion and the saving of their friendship,I loaned them a couple of my card games, LET’S MAKE PIZZA and SPEEDY PARCEL. At the end of their stay at the resort, they thanked me for all the fun they had, both with themselves and with their parents, who joined in. The parents had passed on the classics. “Never liked games much” was their feedback. Adult converts to gaming!!!
CARDS TO HAVE ON HAND
Galaxy – best deal…collection of 100 co-operative card games for all ages
Let’s Make Pizza – the oven is getting hot, team work required to assemble the ingredients and fill the orders
Speedy Parcel – speed around the neighborhood to deliver parcels…flat
tires and bulldogs can be trouble.
FOR THE YOUNG
Aunty Ruth’s Apples – help out the orchard harvest, learn about the different apples for different uses and get paid for your work.
Early Years – for the really young, a collection of card games about numbers, letters, animals and story telling.
SEVEN TO ADULT
Birds of Summer – birds, babies, predators
Farmers Market – let’s go shopping and sample the goodies on offer.
Let’s Go Digging – archaeology for kids
NINE TO ADULT
Let’s Go Touring – for adult conversation..the game that dares to talk about vacations we have had.
Sahara Search – no, not a war game about the Middle East, but a gentle search of the sands for valuable antiquities.
Then There Were None – you are tired of just fun, fun and want some mental nourishment…try saving endangered species
GROUP – teachers, church groups needing card games to stimulate thought..
Choices – a values game about making moral choices
First Impressions – let’s get to know one another…what makes us
think..what makes us laugh.
Not An Island – talking and writing about how to get back to our Time
Together – we form tribes and try to make friends and lasting peace