My family's favourite games
I would LOVE to hear about yours.
- •Stap OpCycling themed card game where you try to be the first to cycle 1000km. You can play bad cards (flat tire, level crossing, lunch break etc.) on an opponent to slow them down or good cards on yourself. Also many opportunities to drive your Dutch mother insane by purposely mispronouncing the cards as you slam them down triumphantly. Lekke band!
- •ScrabbleSome of my family take this very seriously and are the sort of people that never open up the triple word score and know all kinds of implausible words. I am not so I have learned not to be a bad loser. Makes it all the more enjoyable on the rare occasions that I do win though.
- •RummikubTile game with numbers that sounds horrendously complicated now but was my favourite game as a child and I'm terrible at maths so it must be fun.
- •Escape from ColditzIn retrospect, this is a questionable concept for a board game as it's based on the WW2 POW camp and someone has to be the guards (i.e. the actual Nazis). If you can accept that Colditz is now seen as a rollicking tale of British ingenuity (as in the film) then this is a fun game. The prisoners can work together and share cards and plans while the guards have to try and guess what they're up to and stop it. Usually ends in a last ditch mass breakout involving the Kommandant's car.
- •WhotI had to trawl through a lot of card games to remember what this was called (the irony!). You basically try to be the first to get rid of all your cards by continuing the shape or number sequence.
- •QuixxMy Dutch aunt brought this over when she visited my mum and then we started playing last Christmas. You throw dice and try to be the first to claim a colour except the rules are way more complex and we kept doing it wrong, to much hilarity. I won every round regardless so no one wants to play any more.