Friday, April 29, 2016
Yhatzee is one of the many games that we had in our house when I was growing up. In reading a quick history of the game at Wikipedia, I am thinking that we must have first received the game sometime around 1973 when the Milton Bradley company bought the game from the E.S. Lowe Company that first introduced the game back in 1958.
I must confess that Yhatzee was not my favorite game, but I did play it fairly often and managed to even score decently sometimes, which was not always the case with other board games. We played a lot of board games during school vacations, especially at Christmas time and during the early weeks of summer vacation before the haying season was in full swing. As one of the youngest of the family, I lost at board games more often than not, which somewhat soured me on board games for many years. Monopoly, Risk, Life, Sorry, and even Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land were the games I remember playing, and losing, the most often during my childhood years. Sometimes our family Monopoly marathons would last for days at a time . . .and of course I was usually one of the first ones to go bankrupt.
It wasn't until my Adult years when I discovered that I was a fairly reasonable player of Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble that I began to enjoy, and remember the enjoyment of sitting down together with family and friends over a good board game. Possibly I have matured a bit too, and the winning vs the losing don't quite matter as much any more. It's more about the time spent with those that I love.
(PS. I'm still not a fan of Risk or any other strategy games!!)
What are your favorite board game memories?