Jess: So I stumbled across an article posted by The Telegraph entitled “The top 10 family games for Christmas“. I’ll state right here and now, this list mad me sad. Sad for the state of our world, that it has come to this. A world where Monopoly, Scrabble, Bannanagrams, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Chess, Cranium, Battleship, Jenga, and Clue are the best games we can come up with to share with our loved ones is a world doomed to mediocracy.
I don’t blame The Telegraph for their outdated opinions. Maybe they don’t have any gamers on staff. The games on their list are classics for a reason. They are fun (at least some of them are), they have been around forever so everyone has an idea how to play, and you can buy them pretty much anywhere, but is that all we can aspire to? Come on people!
I can name more than 10 games, without breaking a sweat, that would kick it up a notch at your next family gathering. So why not put aside these tired titles and try something new? Perhaps you are worried your parents might be put off by these new-fangled games? I know my mother was. I tried to introduce her to Guillotine. She was intrigued by the game concept, but about 2 minutes into the rules she threw her hands up in defeat.
My mistake was this: I tried to have her jump in too fast. I think a good way to get someone like her to try out a new game is to find something that has similar qualities to a game they already know. For example: Does you family like playing Hearts? Try showing them Plums or Diamonds. The trick taking element will feel familiar and give them an in on following the new rules.
So with that advice, here is my Introducing your Family to New Games List: