Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Game Night During Pregnancy


I think it's easy for people to feel bad for the sick pregnant lady – and sometimes I’ve felt bad for me too – but I also feel bad for Chris. Almost every night for six months, I would cy on the couch next to a bucket, and Chris would clean up the many dirty dishes I left lying around the house that day. I didn’t really leave the house until May. I am not exaggerating. Virtually every single night of 2014 has fallen under the Quiet Night at Home category. And Chris was perfectly healthy, but he joined me in my fetus-imposed house arrest because he is the sweetest. After weeks of the same, sad routine, we started trying to bring a little light to the pregnancy darkness.

We love playing games together. Chris prefers games that require a little strategy, which rules out a lot of classic two-player board games like Candyland: The Best Game Ever. And at this stage in my life, I prefer games that I can play mostly lying down, which rules out games like Guesstures: My Favorite Game to Play with Chris.

So here’s what we’ve been playing:
Air Hockey on the iPad
Bananagrams / Speed Scrabble
Carcassonne on the iPad
Jenga
Pictionary
Scattergories
Scrabble
Settlers of Catan
Trivial Pursuit
Would You Rather

Anyway, I want to add Boggle and Catchphrase to our collection, but I’m looking for suggestions for other two-player games that we’ll be able to play after the wee babe arrives and we officially become Quiet Night at Home people.

britt

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  1. Heads Up is a great tablet/phone game like catchphrase (some of them even will take a video while the other person is giving clues which are HILARIOUS to watch back!). In fact, we played a few rounds last night :)

    and Qwirkle is VERY fun and addictive. You get little Domino-like pieces that you have to fit together by color/shape.

    Aaron is definitely a strategy guy- the more strategic the better (like seriously, have you ever heard of the game Stratego? I hadn't, until he asked me to play with him) but I literally get anxious when I play Risk, Chess, or Monopoly. I can't see far enough in advance and my brain just DOES NOT allow me to enjoy the game.

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    1. I had heard about Qwirkle once, but totally forgot about it. And Heads Up sounds awesome, we'll definitely get that soon. And I'm glad that you guys have also found games that you BOTH enjoy - early in our marriage I definitely cried over a game of Settlers. Embarrassing.

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  2. If you want ti add a little (read: a lot) of tension to your relationship, try Monopoly.

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    1. Meg. I want to play Monopoly with you guys so bad. And for the Perry household, I wonder if we got this in the iPad I would be able to play it (and the closer quarters may help/hurt the tension).

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  3. I second the Qwirkle recommendation. We also LOVE Dominion - but it falls more in the "Chris strategy game" category. Bohnanza has a pretty fun two-player version. Fits is like a real-life competitive game of Tetris, which is awesome. Spot It is quick and always fun. 10 Days in the USA. Ticket to Ride (it has expansions that are specifically designed for two players.) Labyrinth. Sequence. Um... that was probably a few more suggestions than you wanted. Sorry. I really love games.

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    1. I WANT ALL THE SUGGESTIONS!!! Thanks :) love you.

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  4. I tried to submit this earlier, but I don't think my comment posted. If it did, and you just don't want to publish my comment, that's cool too. ;) I could go on and on about some of my favorite games. Here are a few ideas for y'all.

    1. Like Lisa above, I'd recommend Dominion. It's a deck builder that isn't to heavy, and can be played with a lot of interaction, or little and still be a really fun game.
    2. Stepping up a little bit in the deck builder genre is Android Netrunner. The game is asymmetrical, with one player playing a hacker who is trying to steal the agendas of the other player, the corporation. A little tricky to get started, but really rewarding on playthrough.
    3. In the vein of traditional board games, Melissa and I really like playing Sequence. Great as a two player game, without a lot of overhead.
    4. For a quick game, here's a pair: Timeline and Love Letter. In Timeline, you start the game with five tiles that need to be organized by date. (For instance, day the blow dryer was invented, cats domesticated, man walked on mood etc.) Game starts fairly easy, but get's complicated fast as the gaps narrow. Good with groups, or as a pair. Love Letter is a quick game that is over in, at max, 15 turns. You want to end up with the princess. Nice and light, it's a good warm up game. If you like this, try Coup which adds bluffing and some other rules with good effect.
    5. Rummikub is loved by many. (Not really my favorite tho.)
    6. Forbidden Island is another good one. This one is a cooperative game, where all players are trying to find relics on an island that is sinking all around them. We really like this one. There is another version called Forbidden Desert that is supposed to be good, I haven't played it tho.

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    1. Jake - you are the best and I can't believe you commented when you are moving... But we went through this list last night and I'm pretty sure we're going to buy Timeline next. Gracias.

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  5. You still have a blog!!!!! I'm so happy! I'm sorry you have been so sick though. Pregnancy darkness is so real haha I feel ya. I know you hear this all the time but it really will all go away when you're holding the sweet babe. We LOVE Yahtzee.

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    1. Kelli - I haven't played Yahtzee in so long! Probably the last time was in high school. I don't know how I forgot about that one.

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  6. Idk I think Candyland is a strategy game...I figured out from a young age if you go in before and put the snowflake candy fairy princess card on the top card for you to draw, you are instantly winning! Brilliant! Truly; The Best Game Ever.

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    1. bahaha! But seriously. This is the first game I'm going to buy when our kids are old enough to play it.

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  7. We have a fun 2 player game called "Lost Cities" let me know if you want to borrow it! :)

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    1. That's on our list of games to try! You are too thoughtful, and I am excited to try it.

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  8. Your picture = perfection. I love strategy games too... we love playing Monopoly Deal. Which works with two people, but is AWESOME if you have three or four (so we'd invite people over for dinner and make them play - pre-children). Also, Texas Hold 'Em. Which is also better with more people. Which is our new poison any time we invite people over.

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    1. Whit - I was so nervous about that picture. Styling is not a Brittney Strength. Also: I always forget about classic card games.

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  9. Oh my goodness you are brilliant. We just listened to Harry Potter audiobooks every single night - not a bad option at all but we should have thought of games!
    Have you ever played Tangrams?? It involves shuffling shape-pieces around to make a specific picture, you might be able to play lying down but they have apps too!
    Also I played a lot of solitaire on my own, and my Chris just introduced me to 2048 (which I was totally against at first because it's sooo popular but hey it's actually quite fun). Just in case you need activity for your solitary confinement during the day :)

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    1. I remember when you told me about all the Harry Potter. Jim Dale is my hero - I love him so much. I imagine listening to a lot of Harry Potter while breastfeeding...

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  10. thanks for always coming up with new games:)

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    1. Thanks for always playing them with me :) especially Jenga.

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  11. " fetus-imposed house arrest" <--how is there not a word to sum up that amazing phrase!? Also, iPad air hockey! I need that immediately. I'm glad you guys are finding a little bit of light, despite the house arrest :)

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