I love to play games. Card games, board games, made up games, car games, all sorts. I grew up playing games on family night. My parents still play games and we often will break out a Scrabble board or Trivial Pursuit game when we go to visit (which is quite often!).
Funny team games are my favorite. You know, the kind where you find yourself laughing at each other while acting or singing or humming something. Charades, Pictionary, Scategories, Cranium, you know the kind. But I enjoy playing just about every kind of game. Except Chess. Or Risk. Or those other super long super brainy games. ~shudder~
My sister and I have a running game of Rummy that we try to play every time we're together. We don't care who wins each hand because it's an eternal game that we'll still play in Heaven. It's our thing.
My daughter and I play games almost every day. Go Fish, Checkers, random word games, Old Maid, and our newest favorite game: Sleeping Queens. It's a multiple award winning game that is super duper fun. 2-5 players. LOVE IT.
My husband is a game junkie, too. He's frequently bringing home games for the family to play and for friends to join in. He does not, I repeat: does NOT like to play games where he is made to look foolish. He refuses to play charades because he says he has no idea how to act out the title of a movie such as "The Sound of Music" without looking like an idiot. Nor does he know how to draw much better than stick figures so Pictionary is out of the question.
He can play chess. He's a published author on a book about chess. I can spell chess and that's about it. He really likes those super duper brainy kind of games.
So it's challenging to find games that are two player and that we both enjoy and that neither of us has a huge handicap. But we find them. One of our favorites is called Ticket to Ride. Its also an award winning game.
We've had this game for a couple of years now and it's really fun. We've played it with friends and we play it just the two of us.
The other night we played round after round for three hours after Amy went to bed! There's a little strategy, a little luck and a lot of fun. I recommend it.
And of course, spending time together and interacting while doing something other than watching movies is always a relationship booster. Gets you talking and laughing and being sociable with each other. Totally AbFab way to spend an evening together.