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October 4, 2013

FRIDAY: Playing games


Pharos-Tribune

---- — IText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorf there was one thing I learned in college, it was how to have a game night.

IText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorngredients: Five to eight friends, a cozy room to play in, a door to keep the noise from disturbing anybody nearby, and more games than you have people. You need choices, you know. A table for rolling dice is optional, like the blueberries in pancakes.

DText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorirections: Mix all ingredients and let stand for four hours at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir in finger foods if desired.

TText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorhat’s how I ran a recent game night at my house.

AText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colors people arrived, conversation ranged from comparisons of the Avengers superheroes to chiding me for not having seen some iconic pop-culture movie. (It’s true, I don’t watch many movies. I first saw “Dirty Dancing” only two weeks ago.) A few introductions later, the games started.

FText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorirst it was a trivia game. But not just any trivia game. Could you identify the name of the principal of Riverdale High, where Archie, Veronica and the gang attended? I thought not.

YText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorou thought “Trivial Pursuit” was bad: About 99 percent of this game is ridiculously obscure trivia, often in the form of something so outrageous you can hardly believe it’s true.

FText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Coloror example: “Only 87 days after New Coke launched, the company re-introduced the original formula to the masses. The return of Coke was considered so important that Peter Jennings of ABC News interrupted ‘General Hospital’ to break the news on national TV.”

TText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorhe ‘80s called. They want their drink back.

AText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorfter we tired of the impossibility of winning “Mental Floss: The Trivia Game,” we switched to a game an 8-year-old could win: “King of Tokyo.”

YText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorep, that’s the name of the game. Does it mean anything to you?

IText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colormagine what would happen if the Godzilla smorgasbord of monsters got turned into cardboard cutouts. And you got to pick your monster and try to demolish Tokyo and your opponents in order to win. That’s “King of Tokyo” in a nutshell.

IText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colort turns even the most laid-back girl into a cutthroat. Oh, you wanted that extra-power card? I’m sorry, I’ve just decided I have a pressing need for it, so I’ll take it right from under your nose as I smile ever so sweetly, not-really-hiding the evil glee I’ve just derived from your frustrated plans.

AText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorfter a game night like that, you could lose friends. Mine just happen to be gluttons for punishment, I guess. We’re talking about the next one already.

– Sarah Einselen

Friday editor / I killed all the other monsters