Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Board games and card games our family likes to play

The robber amidst settlements
Some of our favorites these days are:

Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne for the grownups.

With the kids (4 and 7): Apples to Apples, Jenga. Monopoly Junior, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland and Hi Ho Cherry-O. Othello and Connect Four. I'm probably forgetting a few... Oh yeah, card games: War, Uno, The Great Dalmuti.

If you live in our neighborhood, Berserk Games has a great store on Greenwood that's open even in the snow. Highly recommended! We have to rein ourselves in to stop from clearing out the place. (Ahem, don't tell the kids, but we're about to get Blokus, too.)

If you want other people's lists, see this SF Gate article: Board games for family fun
The range and quality of board games out there today far surpass anything we may have grown up with as kids, and in spite of the competing allures of online gaming, there is still something elementally satisfying about the roll of the dice and the click-clack of little wooden counters.
Also see the comments on the WilWheaton blog post that we found the SFGate article at:
Luckily, there are a lot of games that are fun for nerds like me and normals like my wife and kids, games like Settlers, Carcassonne, Spooks, Last Night on Earth, Apples to Apples, and classics like Sorry and Risk. But if you're not as seriously OCD about games as I am, you may not know where to start when you're contemplating a family game purchase.
Happy gaming....


Sunday, December 21, 2008

More snow days

Second (and Third) Snow


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

First snow of the winter, 2008-09 edition

First snow