*— I mean, they haven't been banned FOREVER. They're just sitting in their own version of timeout right now.
  1. Charades
    I may or may not have a tendency to lose it when people aren't getting even the most basic of clues. 😬
  2. Clue
    Because my answer was- and let's face it, probably- always will be- "Professor Plum, in the conservatory, with the candlestick." Well, that and the fact that I tend to quote the movie while playing.
  3. Drinking Games (Beer Pong, Quarters, Fuzzy Duck, Drunk Jenga, etc.)
    To be fair, these games aren't banned and my people do play them. I just don't join them because I decided to give up alcohol a little over a year or so ago.
  4. Egyptian Rat Screw (ERS)
    a group of highly competitive people + a card game that (usually) involves hand slapping= a lot of red, tender hands
  5. Jenga
    Because I will back you into a wobbly corner while simultaneously getting inside your head.
  6. Mancala
    My young cousin had a level 5 MELTDOWN because I refused to let her win. (In my defense: she had hit me multiple times that day and told me that nobody loved me.)
  7. Monopoly
    When I was working on the original draft of this list (pre-loss of drafts), I sent a quick text to some of my people to ask why this sweet, innocent, kind of dull game had been banished from the game night lineup and the first answer I got back was "you play with the kind of ruthlessness that would make Gordon Gekko proud." Um, ouch?
  8. Pictionary
    Because people get kind of touchy when you're *pretty* adamant that you need more than three lines and a scribble to guess whatever it is they're trying to give you.
  9. Poker
    As someone who dabbles in the world of stories, I tend to watch people and their quirks, which—according to my friends— is an "unfair advantage". (I'm also *totally* ridiculous in the fact that I would wear my sunglasses, a baseball cap and a jacket with the hood pulled up over my head.)
  10. Spoons
    It's kind of hard for people to take you seriously when you're trying to explain to them that the bruise under your eye came from fighting over a spoon. Erm, not that I would know anything about that. 😬(⬆️— Not an actual picture of my friends above, we're much more brutal.)
  11. Trivia Games (Trivial Pursuit, Cranium, Scene It, etc)
    Because knowing as much random trivia as I do means that there's usually an argument over whose team I'm going to be on and honestly, that's just no fun.
  12. Uno
    I admit that I am totally and completely cutthroat when it comes to this game. I mean not only will I hit you with a stack of "Draw 2" and "Draw 4" cards but I'll do it with a smile. But what's even worse than that is the fact that I will celebrate my win. (Luckily this is the only game I do that with but still... 😶).