G Is For Games

I like to play games. No, not with people’s heads or emotions (well, not outside of actual games, anyway), but actual sit down and play a game games. Board games, card games, dice games, role-playing games, video games, drinking games. You name it. If it’s a game, I’m game.

It’s not too much of a stretch to realize that this particular trait of mine is because I grew up playing games regularly. War & SlapJack are probably the first two card games I remember playing with my mom. My folks often had friends over to play Crazy 8s or Hearts or Spades. Risk was an early favorite, too. My grandfather hosted a weekly Poker game for 30-odd years (7 Card Stud, Jacks or better, Trips to win, baby. I never even heard of Texas Hold’em until I was in my 30s. And I’m a lifelong Texan). My childhood best friend & his parents were very into games, too, and since his folks and my mom were very close, we all played a boatload of games together. They were the first people I knew who had a home video game system (a ColecoVision, if I recall correctly), too. And I was fortunate enough to get an Oddyssey 2 for Christmas in 1980 or so. Man, I loved that thing even though (or perhaps all the more because) it wasn’t an Atari. But that’s a facet of my personality to explore another time.

Even now, as what passes for an adult, I still play games as often as possible. My wife and I are fortunate to have several other couples we’re close friends with who dig on busting out Carcassonne or Alhambra or just about anything, really. I’ve always found playing games to be an ideal way to socialize with people, since there’s always something there to keep the conversation going even when it might otherwise lag.

I’m also working (in fits and starts) on designing a card game. But I’ll save the details of that for another post.

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