'Twas the night before game night...
There’s no better time than the holidays to bring out that rickety old card table, shuffle the deck and gather with friends and family for a good old-fashioned game night.
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War. I have two brothers. We have lots of time and aggression over the holidays.
Senior Web Developer
My preferred game would have to be Yahtzee. It’s a game that I grew up playing with my family. It’s probably my favorite game because there is really not that much strategy involved, but it can be really competitive. Also, who doesn’t love to scream Yahtzee?
Social Media Specialist
I can't remember a holiday as a kid where the five of us didn't sit in a circle on the floor battling it out over Uno. My niece and nephew have recently learned how to play, and our holiday tradition lives on!
I'm filled with random knowledge, and it's fun to put it to good use playing Trivial Pursuit with friends and family.
Charades with our friends is the most intense charades I have ever played. We spend almost more time filling out the categories than we do actually playing the game. Our goal is to make it nearly impossible, and that has lead to rules like "words and phrases have to be in English" and "no textbook titles." It's always ridiculous, but always fun, no matter how loud we yell at each other when the other team has clearly cheated.
I used to play Aggravation with both my Grandma Gehlhausen and my Grandma Vonderheide. I wonder if they were trying to tell me something.
Associate Creative Director
We play Ticket to Ride with our teenagers. They love that it's a game where they can beat Dad. I love having everyone at the table. You can use strategy or go with the flow. Plus the kids are learning geography and doing quick math to keep score.
The Game of Life was always my favorite game to play as a kid. I loved traveling through the board to buy a car, "marry" a spouse, have kids, etc. I remember I always wanted twins. I hope to introduce this game to my kids when they're old enough to play.
Scrabble! I’m a word nerd! It started at a young age. My nose was always in a book. When my family played board games, I demanded to play something I was good at – I couldn’t count Monopoly money to save my life.
Social Media Manager & Strategist
I played Sorry! with my friends and family growing up. We would always talk trash to each other, especially when someone was just about to enter their "safe zone" and win. Another player would draw the Sorry! card and send them packing back to start.
I know it is not legitimately a game but every year we put together a couple of puzzles over the holidays. I loved puzzles as a kid and have continued the tradition with our 3 girls. Our 3 girls all hide one piece because they want to be the one that places the last piece.
Our family loves card games. I spent hours playing Rummy as a kid, and now we play it with our kids. They really enjoy when they finally get proficient enough at it to beat their mom.
The Game of Things is so much fun. You make up answers to the 'questions' and then you try to figure out who said what. The more players you have the more fun it is. We play it on game night with friends. It is absolutely hilarious!
Web Development Director
I've always been interested in playing Dungeons and Dragons. Throughout my school years, my friends and I would try to commit to starting a game, but we'd be daunted by the rules and never get past making a character. I recently got interested in trying it again and my wife and I started playing with a group of friends. What I really like about the game is that you can try anything you want to solve a problem. This almost always causes lots of laughs and debate over exactly how the group should handle whatever mess they've gotten into.
Senior Web Developer
I always want to be the one who owns the two dark blues and fill them both up with houses and hotels. However, I never like to sit there for 6+ hours and actually finish a game of Monopoly. Because of that, I never play the "long game." I gun for those two dark blues then dump all my money into building on them. It's never the best strategy and I couldn't tell you the last time I won, but it's a delightful joy whenever a family member would land on one of those spots and owe me thousands. If any game were to start an actual fight, this is the one.
Our family has had a great time and formed lots of laughter over the years playing games. Catch Phrase is one of my favorites for exciting fun. You divide into teams and have to quickly help your team uncover the word you describe and pass off to the opponent before the timer buzzes on you. Tip: don't put grandma on your team...mine doesn't understand the concept of quick or either can't see the word ;) Love you Grandma Boots!
My family used to play Scrabble quite a bit. I think the first few years were a time of fun, creative, casual word play. As time went on, however, it slowly devolved into pure maniacal defensive strategies for keeping anyone and everyone away from point modifiers - especially the highly coveted "Triple Word Score." Many wonderful words were lost. Many board layouts were closed and stunted with irregularities. Many Q's, Z's, and X's were hoarded. Tensions had a tendency to run rather high towards the end. But games aren't really fun unless someone leaves feeling indignant. Am I right?!?
Senior Web Developer, Drupalist
Although my family has now banned me from playing Risk (they're jealous of my skills), it is one of my favorite games we play around the holidays. Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like arguing over territories and breaking alliances.
Monopoly has always been a go to game! If you are ready for a game that potentially will last the whole holiday break, Monopoly is it. Good friendly competition until you reach the 12th hour... trading, swapping, building hotels and seeing who has just a little bit left or a little more energy to see how things play out! Happy Holidays!
I always loved playing "house" as a child, and The Game of Life was the board-game version of that make-believe play. I loved imagining where I'd go to college, who I'd marry, what kind of house we'd live in, and how many children we'd have. I didn't really care about winning the whole game. For me, the goal was to achieve my happy ending with each successive move: draw the Victorian home, have two children, avoid the dreaded property damage.
Social Media Strategist
Candy Land was a favorite when I was a child playing with my mom, and now I play it with my son. We even got the classic edition with the retro artwork. It is very nostalgic when playing with him. He always seems to win and somehow, I always draw the hearts.
Sequence is a classic game of strategy. Best enjoyed with great friends, white wine and a fluffy dog cuddled up on your lap.
Pretty Pretty Princess was my favorite game to play as a kid because I loved to wear the crown and dress-up jewelry. I've always been a #kween.
Sarah Smith Barnum
I love a good murder mystery, so naturally, Clue is my jam. In high school, a friend of mine hosted one of those real-life Clue parties, and it was, hands down, the most fun party I've ever attended. I still love to rally the family together for a game of Clue, and it's definitely a classic I'll share with my children someday. (P.S. if anyone is as serious about a murder mystery party as I am, holler at your girl)
Little me was always captivated with the excitement of being a grown-up and making savvy decisions and moral choices in The Game of Life. I never bothered with winning though — just vehemently conspired to be a life-long mini van owner and have two sets of twins, all while minimizing my student debt with big dreams to retire at the Millionaire Estates. Haven’t played since I was a kid, but adult me hasn't changed those aspirations much. Except the mini van. I'd change the mini van. Maybe just one set of twins.
I played Connect 4 with my sisters as a kid and now use it to entertain my sisters' kids. It's great for just about any age. Even if you're not playing correctly, it's fun to load it up and slide the lever to watch 'em fall.
Director of Outdoors
Growing up, I played a lot of Capture the Flag with the other kids in my neighborhood, so when I first learned to pay Stratego I was hooked immediately. It's been a game I've enjoyed into my adulthood and taught my kids to play as well.
Senior Full-Stack Developer
I used to play Yahtzee with my grandma quite a bit when I was younger and it’s still one of those games I enjoy as an adult. A dice-rolling game involving a nice mix of luck and scoring strategy? Count me in. It’s always a great feeling hitting the five of a kind and getting to yell YAHTZEE.