fun for even 3 folks

I’ve few qualms with Cranium. There’s enough spice and variation to keep both sides of the brain engaged.

However, I’m not sure what synapse is fired when humming is involved, because for some – it is the most difficult task, myself included. Couple that with laughing fits and it’s downright impossible.

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at the laundromat

My bud stopped by town yesterday, sorta unexpected. He told me not to adjust my plans so he got to experience the joy of Laundry Sunday. We spiced it up by bringing along Stratego housed in a wooden book (available at Target).

He kicked my ass twice, but I can fold towels better.

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Miss Deal

Playing ‘Shut the Box’

Went up to Dayton last night for a birthday party steeped in decoration and foods from the Far East. A Year of the Dog thing I’m told.

Filled up on pot stickers and a buffet of other tasty vittles – though I should mention, there was some decorative thing that appeared to be wrapped candies, but they smelled like kerosene and tasted worse than powdered creamer soaked in aforementioned fuel.

I didn’t take inventory of all the goodies for the birthday gal, but she was the recipient of a fine unicycle and a slew of other things befitting a creative spirit.

Afterward, it was time for origami class – making boxes from old holiday cards.

Speaking of boxes, a popular item in the kitchen was a homemade dice game with wooden tiles that flipped over. I tried to find information about the game online and, unsatisfied, I made a page with details to the best of my knowledge (corrections welcome).

Shut the Box: Complete rules (also know as Close the Box or Slam the box).

A warm hat tip to hosts Amy and Kevin for a fine Saturday evening.

Should have stuck around to throw the dice more instead of driving home to catch one of the un-funniest Saturday Night Lives of all time.

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The battlefield

Game night was switched to avoid the croup,
So we made do with a smaller group.
We ate Thai,
(insert cream cheese brownies and something that rhymes with Thai)
and racked up views of Ms. Jackson’s floppy “oops.”

The evening was better than my limerick.

Broke out a new game, Settlers of Catan.

Akin to Risk, but much shorter in duration, this game has a nice blend of strategy, chance and bartering. Essentially you roll the dice and folks with settlements are awarded neighboring resources to build more settlements, roads and cities. You can trade for resources, use military as leverage to strong-arm resources, and build relationships with other players.

Tom was the party star, getting all the cards and bullying everyone with his military muscle.

By the time us newbies had figured out the rules, we just wanted it to be over.

It’s a great game though, and it made for a splendid diversion on a snowy Saturday night.