Word games have since been a favorite of mine, from playing with alliteration to running pun jokes into the ground. Having married a “wordy,” my kids don't stand a chance. Playing with language is a common pastime around our home, in the car and sitting in the dentist's waiting room. Which, when you think about it, makes sense since the English language is so vast, and well, it's all around us every day.
Margaret Hofer's book, The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games reflects on this interesting time in American entertainment. Broken up into separate categories, such as Parlor Athletics and Morals to Materialism, the coffee table book shares insight into a time when family and friends chose togetherness and friendly competition as simple and delightful ways to spend their evenings.
The illustrations from original games, before technology enhanced graphic design, are enchanting and fun to peruse. It sheds much light on the nineteenth century and the gaming industry—before it was the “gaming” industry that we know today. It's a truly fascinating read, from the history of boardgames to the images and explanations of the games themselves.
I admit that I was a pretty good bowler, but I could never break that 200 barrier. I tried everything, but nothing I did could help me go higher the 199. When I looked at the probowlers and saw their stance and how they were able to throw the ball with such force and make it hook into the pins, I was amazed.
It wasn't until I picked up “Bowling: How To Master The Game” by probowler Parker Bohn III that I truly began to understand the game. It's more than just throwing a ball down the lane. There are many factors that can influence the spin, speed and direction of the ball from the conditions of the lane and ball to you own arm movements.
Today's card games pale in comparison to the days of old. Through the years, I have picked up cards and card packs from eBay and other places to help complete and expand my sets that started more than a decade ago.
I have book after book filled to the brim with cards and I had no idea how much they were worth. They were in pristine shape and perfect condition, but had more than a decade to gain worth. Hundreds and thousands of cards all sitting collecting dust in my closet. I would break them out every now and then to add to them or for nostalgia's sake.
There aren’t many college students who got through the university experience without playing a drinking game or four. They’re just as much a rite of passage as midterm and final exams.
When it comes to drinking games, my buddies and I always stuck to beer as our drink of choice. The hard stuff is too expensive and, well, from a responsibility standpoint is pretty dangerous. It’s not fun if someone gets hurt. Makes a fool of himself? Duh…that’s the whole point.