Apples to Apples
Sure enough, the Boy and three of his friends had decided to 'hang' at our house. They bought themselves Pringles and bottles of $.99 soda at the local junk food emporium, and they were just getting ready to start a game of Apples to Apples. They invited us to join them, and we set about playing one of the strangest games ever.
Now, I'm pretty honest that my Boy is kind of a geek. Not really a science/math geek, more of a music/movies/tv geek. But he's a geek and so are his friends. They're nice kids, good kids, but so freaking geeky. So playing board games is something they enjoy a lot, and since we have a lot of board games here at Casa Casino, they tend to congregate here when they want to play. Apples to Apples is a frequent favorite, and playing it with them requires special geeky thinking because they rarely pick out the most obvious winner in each round.
If you haven't played this game before, it's incredibly fun and older kids love it. There are two colors of cards, red and green. The green cards are descriptive words like "interesting" and "vital". The red cards can be nouns of any kind, like the names of famous people, places, and things. So you might have a hand of cards that has "Marilyn Monroe, Mud, Las Vegas, Mold, Popcorn, Creamed Corn, and Mark Twain."
Each player has 7 red cards. A green card is played, and you must throw down one red card that most matches the adjective on the green card. The winner of the last round is the judge of which card wins this hand. For example, the green card tossed down is "crunchy" and you have to chose one of your 7 cards from the list above, and be prepared to support why you chose it. So normally you would throw down "Popcorn" because that's your only card that describes crunchy.
You see? Easy peasy. Except when you play with the Boy and his friends. They like to chose the most bizarre answer and have a good story to support it. They're more into the crazee version of Apples to Apples. At first it's kind of daunting to play with them, but after a while it's so infectious and you end up being just as much of a nutcase as they are.
If you don't have this game in your house, I HIGHLY recommend getting it for your family. It provides a lot of good, hilarious fun. It's very easy to play and easy to put away, too. Honestly, it's the best family game currently out there on the market. Plus... no small pieces. Stumble It! JBlog Me