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Board Games I Used To Play As A Kid! - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I thought I would talk about my favorite board games and the board games that I used to play as a child. I’m actually in Bangalore, India, right now visiting my cousins. This confuses a lot of people because as you can read in the “About Me” section of this website, it says that I’m originally from New Delhi, India, because that’s where my parents are from, but when we come to India we only visit Bangalore because this is where my cousins live and where my father’s parents live. Anyways, I reached Bangalore yesterday and I met up with one of my cousins, and we started talking about the board games that we used to play when we were children and how much fun we had with them. I do want to point out that because I’m originally from India, I will be mentioning some Indian board games that you may or may not be familiar with so I’ll be sure to explain the board games that aren’t so well known to the common audience. I also wanted to talk about this because as some of you might know, I did create a board game when I was seventeen years old that was called “Written Laughter” and even though I stopped the marketing for it a while after I made it because I didn’t have the passion for it to continue trying to sell it, there’s obviously a reason that I decided to make a board game in the first place and the reason is that I really enjoyed playing board games in my childhood and wanted to create on myself so that other children could have the same kind of fun that I did. Make sure to let me know what your favorite board games are and the board games that you used to play as a child, and without further ado let’s get started!

  1. Carrom: This is an Indian board game that’s very close to my heart. I still remember playing it with my entire family when I was living in Paris, France as a seven year old. For those of you who don’t know how to play this game, then this game basically just consists of a large board and different pieces. There are three kinds of pieces, and some are black, some are cream/white, and other is pink. The black pieces symbolize 10 points, the cream pieces symbolize 20 points, and the pink symbolizes the queen and in order to win the game, you need to get the queen. Then, there is also the sticker which is what you will use in order to hit these pieces and try and get them in the holes of the board. I don’t know if I’ve explained this correctly, so I’m going to put a link here. https://www.wikihow.com/Play-Carrom which will hopefully explain the game better than I did. Anyways, I used to love playing this game and it was so much fun because my parents would have so many different techniques to get the pieces into the hole, whereas I would sort of just hit it the easiest way and pray that the pieces went in. i was actually pretty good at this game and I would absolutely love to play it again. The one thing that I didn’t like about this game was the sound that the pieces would make when they were rolled along the dry board, so we would make sure to always put some powder or oil on the board to smoothen the movement of the pieces.

  2. Boggle: I’m sure that most people know how to play Boggle, but incase you don’t then I’ll paste a quick explanation here: “Players have three minutes (shown by the countdown timer) to find as many words as they can in the grid, according to the following rules: The letters must be adjoining in a 'chain'. (Letter cubes in the chain may be adjacent horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.) Words must contain at least three letters.” (http://www.fun-with-words.com/play_boggle.html). I just remember shaking the box extremely hard to try and get as many words possible, and then during the three minutes, I would literally pick the word “dog” for example and then pick the word “dogs” because there was an S right next to it. I just remember trying to find the easiest possible words and not complicated it by finding long words. It was an extremely fun game, but I wouldn’t say that this game is actually very educational just because, like I said, most words that people try to find are words that are very short.

  3. Monopoly: Monopoly! My childhood summed up in one word. Wow, I remember starting this game with my family on a Sunday morning and then having this came continue all the way till 6:00pm in the evening. I actually think that this game is so educational, but in a way it teaches you about investing and whether or not it’s really worth buying a property. I really think that out of all the board games on this list, I learnt the most from Monopoly because it truly did teach me about how I should manage my fake money and if I should trade a property for some money. This game does take a lot of practice in order to really get the hang of it, and because my family and I played it so often I think I became pretty good at this game and would absolutely love to play it again. If you have been living in a cave your entire life and haven’t heard of Monopoly, then you can read about how to play the game here: https://www.wikihow.com/Play-Monopoly.

  4. Guess Who: I loved playing Guess Who ,but the problem with this game was that there were only like 30 characters to choose from and once I had picked each character at least once, the game would get boring. On top of that, the questions were always “Does he have freckles?” or “Does she have glasses” or “Does he have brown hair?” and in that aspect, the game was kind of boring because I wish there had been a way to ask about the personalities of each character. Nevertheless, it was still a very fun game to play because you had to look at all of your characters on the board to figure out which one was wearing what and which one it could be. It was definitely a fun game and I recommend everyone to try playing this game at least once. If you want to read about how to play this game, then you can read about it here https://m.wikihow.com/Play-Guess-Who-(Board-Game).

  5. Marble Solitaire: I was absolutely obsessed with Marble Solitaire. This is a game that most people haven’t heard of, but it is literally the most addicting game on this universe. You only need yourself to play this game since it’s a one player game (no wonder I liked it so much since I never had any friends anyway). The point of the game is to get the least number of marbles all by themselves and you can only achieve this by taking one marble and putting it in the space that’s over the next marble, and once you do that you have to take away the marble that you just skipped. Again, I don’t think I’ve explained this very well so I’m going to insert a link right here: https://board-games.wonderhowto.com/how-to/play-marble-solitaire-326260/ . Also, I’m not trying to flex but I was able to get one marble all by itself very successfully and that’s something not a lot of people are able to do.

There we go! Those are all the board games that I used to play as a child. Some honorable mentions include Connect Four, Chinese Checkers, Snakes and Ladders, and card games include Uno, Bullshit, and many others. A couple of months ago I wrote a blog post titled “Television Shows I Used To Watch As A Kid” and in that post, I actually talk about how I think teenagers like to talk about and remember the shows that they used to watch as children because when you reach your teenage years, life naturally gets harder at school because academically there’s more pressure to do well, and you of course have the social aspect of all of it like fitting into high school, making friends, and peer pressure and all that. Thus, when people watch television shows that they used to watch as kids they immediately forget about all the complications that the teenage life brings to them. I think it’s the exact same with board games, because I’ll still play Uno and other card games with my friends even to this day. Like I said above, let me know what your favorite board games are because I’m sure that mine are different from yours. I was never a big fan of Scrabble, Ludo, or games like Twister even though I know a lot of my friends were.

Shreya Sachdev