Do you have any favorite games?
Here is a selection of games that we play on those absurd and rowdy occasions called 'family game night'. We do not play board games ("Monopoly -Josiah gets everything and never sells it." "Scrabble is too much like Monopoly" "Oh Parcheesi"), rather a traditional assortment of other stuff - Bananagrams (store bought game!), The Game, and Po'try by Committee.
This game is called The Game ("let's play the game." "which game?" "Y'know - The game." "But what's The game?" "you know -THUH game.") Sophisticated people call it 'telephone pictionary'.
First someone draws a little picture on a paper and hands it to who-ever is next to him. That person writes a short description of the picture, folds over the picture so it can't be seen, and passes it to the next person...
You must be sure to fold down the previous writing or picture after you've done yours, so the original idea will get all messed up telephoning around.
There was a famous paper of this household with pictures and writing, the punchline of which was: 'Bloop horse and hat come to visit stick person'. There was another time when people described too thoroughly and a man fell into a lake in many drawings crying 'Waah-aah-glub'. Just historical notes.
Here are some more random excerpts from The Game.
(different rounds. not the same.)
Another historical note: Though not pictured here, common figures depicted are Wee Willie Winkie, Robin Hood, Gandalf, and the Quangle Wangle. Also the Yonghy Bonghy Bo.
Another game, which was originally played while on the recreational pendulums, is called 'Book and Movie Lines'. It was invented by Mother, and recently tried out on paper. In this game, a line from a book, movie, song, play et cetera is written down and the next person has to write another one. It must be either from the same source, or have one of the same words (not allowing mimsy words like a and but or it). Also the lines are folded down and hid as in the previous game.
Excerpt: First person says, My world was calm, well-ordered, exemplary.(Poppins)
Next person, Feed the birds, tuppence a bag.(Poppins) -
Next, I came from the end of a bag, but no bag came over me. (using the word bag, changing the source to The Hobbit) -
Then, A box w/out hinges, key, or lid & yet golden treasure is hid -Thief thief Baggins! We hates it forever! (The Hobbit) -
And tomorrow...we will take Narnia forever! ( uses forever, changing the source to Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) -
They can not conquer forever (forever, changing to The Two Towers) -
We can't all, and some of us don't (can-not, changing to Pooh!) -
Silly old bear...(W. the P.)
That was a rare excerpt. The vast majority of our quotes in this game are taken from LotR and Narnia. Warning: some people find Book and Movie Lines boring on paper, but we play it most often out loud and outside.
Another game is the poetry by committee, in which the folks take turns adding a line onto a poem. It was originally played writing Limericks, later 'Mock-heroic couplets'. We tried latest to write alliterative verse, which turned out awfully bad. But it shore was innerestin'.
'Lo! the summit far/of stalk fallen
Treasure holds/ and terrible wealth.
Rich grows Jackling/robbing the Giant,
Making amends/ his mother pleasing.' -Excerpt: The short Lay of Jack and the Beanstalk
One more game. Certain people known to read this blog will never believe we played it of our own free will. But it began after midnight, so maybe we had lost our wits from lack of sleep.
It was called Carrot Charades. Just charades with a small carrot each as sole and required prop. We (J, L, & A) did everything with our carrots from 'finding the ring' to 'six-fingered man' to 'playing the bodhran', and when it got past one o'clock, we were in such straits that we were doing 'man thinking of carrot' and 'poor dejected carrot by the wayside'...
'Sounds kinda loony to me', you are saying to yourselves. Yes, it is. I do not deny it.
posted by LGT