As I’ve written about before, my gaming activity and my behavior linked to it are often the reasons your mother and I fight. The not-so-dirty little secret is that your mother also likes playing games too. If you ask her, she used to sit in front of her computer playing Risk online for hours on an end, so much so that her mom moved the computer down to the dining table so she could be monitored. To be fair, I think your mom was ten years old at the time.
She still enjoys some games like Mario Kart, but she doesn’t regularly play on her own which is what differentiates us. I’m sure if I asked her whether she would want to play together, she would, and I often think I’m doing her a favor by not playing those games with her.
We both love board games. We started out with Monopoly Deal and after a few dozen wins from a few dozen games, she got bored of always beating me. We moved on to Scrabble, and I think she normally got the best of me in this one too. Every time I think I am running away with it, even if I am a hundred points ahead, BAM. Seven-letter word, triple-word score with an x, or z, or j. No lead is safe with her (just as no argument is safe with her either).
When we made friends, we expanded to other board games such as Citadels or Inca Power. The most popular one is Settlers of Catan. Your mom got so into it that she started wanting to play even when it was the two of us. What should we do while we eat dinner? How about a round of Catan? The game is fun, well-deserving of all the awards it has received, but man alive, the game is not so fun when it’s just two players.
The latest game we’ve been playing is Carcassone, which your mom got for me for Christmas. It’s also one of those games that would is better with four players instead of two. I count my blessings that your Uncle Freddy and Uncle JJ like playing board games with us.
In any case, here’s a scouting report on me and your mother as it relates to board games for your future reference. I look forward to the day you start beating the both of us even when we are trying.