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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Apples to Apples

Last night I was feeling particularly poorly so a friend dragged me out of the house to Barnes & Noble to keep her company while she shopped. When I left the house, the Girl was at work at the Boy was out at a friend's house. We looked at books for a bit, she bought a few things for her kids for Hanukkah, and we came home. When we drove up to my house, there were more lights on than when I left, so I figured that someone had come home.

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.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Chris Himes said...

I second that recommendation. It is a favorite game in our house, too. When people play it for the first time they don't get it, but as the game progresses the "right" answers tend to get funnier and funnier.

23/11/08 4:31 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

My family LOVES Apples to Apples. Even my younger kids. We recently bought the Apples to Apples Jr. game too. So now the young ones have terms they are more familiar with. A lot of fun and a great family activity.

23/11/08 4:35 PM  
Blogger sorenj said...

Have never played... but it sounds like a lot of fun... kind of like Man Bites Dog... only different ;)

Can't wait to pick up a copy and try it out :)

23/11/08 4:49 PM  
Blogger aaltobartok said...

I love this game SO VERY MUCH. It's great for all ages.

Fun times playing this on the Prague school trip last summer on the endless bus ride from Krakòw to Prague.

Ben Miller
NNHS Student Rep. to the School Committee

23/11/08 4:57 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Chris Himes? As in Usenet Chris Himes?

23/11/08 7:47 PM  
Blogger Kmommy said...

Oh Apples to Apples is my absolute favorite game! We got the Jr. edition for the kids! :)

23/11/08 11:25 PM  
Blogger madamspud169 said...

I'm going to search e-bay for this game. I've never heard of it before but it sounds like great fun .......... perfect for geeky parents with the odd geeky child now and again.

24/11/08 5:22 AM  
Blogger Chris Himes said...

Yes, Chris Himes as in the old misc.kids person...about 20 years ago now! My sons are 17 and 13 and I was online before they were born, and have the photoalbums to prove it! I should probably use some nickname or something, shouldn't I?

24/11/08 4:12 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Love this game, and have a good story about it. My step-brother and his wife showed up with it from California about a decade ago for a family vacation. At the time, there were only about sixty copies of the game in existance, and he had one because his best friend had invented it.

Since then we've given it to family members for Christmas, to friends who are on bed rest, as house warming gifts, wedding gifts--it's a great go-to present for people. We love it.

25/11/08 9:55 AM  
Blogger former child start said...

My family adores this game. We play it all the time. It's great when friends drop by. We never seem to out do each other for coming up with hilarious answers. For anyone who doesn't know it, or is thinking of getting it you can get a feel for it at www.playyourredcard.com. Plus it's handy for a good laugh at work when the boss isn't looking.

4/12/08 3:44 PM  

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