So while watching a standup comic talk about the differences between people who are "Monopoly Smart" and "Trivial Pursuit Smart" (It has the word trivial in the name!) I got to wondering - what boardgame was I best at as a child?
And I've got to go with Sorry! We never played Life at my house, Monopoly always ended in a fight, and my parents regularly kicked my ass at Trivial Pursuit. Playing 5-card Sorry! is one of my all-time favorite games, and a perfect exercise in petty vindictiveness. Hold on to those 11's until you can switch with someone right near your Home, and gleefully play those Sorry! cards whenever someone else seems about to win. God I love that game.
Also Survive, Clue, Talisman -- I have all the expansion sets that turned Talisman from a moderately complex game into a completely unplayable monster -- Avalon Hill wargames (which I sucked at), the box games from Steve Jackson and TSR (Revolt on Antares, Necromancer, OGRE, Undead), and the games they used to publish in the Dragon (Search for the Emperor's Treasure, The Awful Green Things from Outer Space, King of the Tabletop ... )
Did I mention I'm a gamer?
These days, I'm more likely to be playing something from Cheapass Games (http://www.cheapass.com/). If you're into games at all, you should at least give 'em a try -- I recommend Kill Doctor Lucky, Secret Tijuana Deathmatch, and Girl Genius: The Works, but it's hard to go wrong.
"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." -- George W. Bush, Good Morning America, September 1, 2005
It used to be that when I'd get together with friends, it was always Pop Culture Trivial Pursuit or Scene It!, but I always won and they got frustrated with it. Lately, it's been variations of Trivial Pursuit (usually Star Wars or Lord Of The Rings) or Cranium.
Do card games count? Because we're always playing UNO or euchre, too.
We've got a bookshelf fuul of games, some of which I still haven't played! Clue is probably my all-time favorite. These days, we play more Taboo, Cranium, Catch Phrase (the hand-held "hot potato" version), and Apples to Apples -- which is awesome. Those of you who play party games need to check it out!
Shem -- yeah, Awful Green Things! Somewhere around here, I've got a copy of Snit's Revenge by the same guys...
Last 5 movies seen: Ladies in Lavender - The Island - Blue Velvet - Boudou Saved From Drowning - Belle of the Yukon
Originally posted by The GoonNo one ever wants to play me in Trivial Pursuit. Either that, or a fistfight erupts over who gets to be on my team.
Trivial Pursuit is the game in my house. Virtually everyone in my family had a strong academic background, so Trivial Pursuit was always the game. When I was 10 or so, the kids edition got thrown out and I had to sink or swim with the adults. Because of this, I was probably pretty insufferable when playing this game with friends in high school. Thankfully I learned to chill out and not gloat, and my wife doesn't take any shit at the gaming table. It helps that she beats me about a quarter of the time, too.
I've tried playing the newer editions, but it seems like every fourth answer is "Churchill," "Japan" or "Hitler." I finally got the original edition off Ebay, and despite the fact that the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia no longer exist, I still think it's the best version.
I'm an "ass" according to the family, so it's everybody vs. me at Trivial Pursuit. My useless knowledge content is very high, and it's usually me vs. my father. My Uncle Johnny is even more insane than I, but luckily he stopped learning anything after 1974, so just ask him a semi-modern question.
Originally posted by Jeb Tennyson LundI've tried playing the newer editions, but it seems like every fourth answer is "Churchill," "Japan" or "Hitler." I finally got the original edition off Ebay, and despite the fact that the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia no longer exist, I still think it's the best version.
Agreed. I can't stand the new editions of Trivial Pursuit. They are unseemly.
Well I guess it kind of makes some sense: You're Nader-Perot! As Ralph Nader, you are a profound and prolific standard of non-conformism. You are utterly unafraid, strong in your convictions, and unashamed of your actions.