On the weekend, I visited a friend in a rehabilitation facility in which he has too much time to think about his drastically changed living situation. A recent accident has left him without the use of his legs. Unfortunately, it's permanent.
Wanting to cheer him up and keep his mind busy, I brought a travel Scrabble set with me. As it turns out, he didn't want to play. I found out from his wife that he isn't fond of board games. So...we talked instead, which was fine. In fact, we talked for three hours, which was excellent.
I began to think about the demise of board games. They used to be a common pastime, especially for families. I used to play Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Connect 4 and hours and hours of Guess Who? with my family. I would make a big bowl of popcorn, get out a board game and, voila, a cheap night's entertainment for everyone, plus a chance to get us away from individual pursuits for a little communal fun. Later, we graduated to Clue and Monopoly and Scrabble.
You don't seem to see that so much anymore, I think perhaps because kids are off in their own rooms on their computers or texting on their cell phones.
So, I was surprised to hear recently that a young friend was going out one evening to another friend's house for a 'Board Game Night.'
As well, another friend mentioned reading in the paper about a coffee shop that opened in my city that has stacks and stacks of board games. You can go in with friends, purchase your coffee and pastry then play board games to your heart's content. I love it.
Years ago, I adored the huge Trivial Pursuit craze.
Now, I'm hard-pressed to find anyone who will play a board game with me. Am I the only one missing this pastime?
So, are board games still being played regularly? Are they making a comeback?
Do you have a favorite board game? Do you play as much as you used to?