settlers of Catan. the coolest board game ever. very good
at instilling that all-american capitalist spirit, except that it's a german
Actually, go is the best board game. Like chess, but more elegant,
and a nice go board can double as a coffee table.
the mucky duck
ah. the duck. Houston's own little slice of the old country
(Ireland, that is) known for good music and beer. Who knew there was Irish
music in Texas?
the hat game
variously attributed, the ingredients are simple. yes, a hat,
along with pen/paper for everyone. each person in the circle takes 3 slips
of paper and writes a person's name on each. You can use names of people
in the room, or famous people or fictional people, but don't choose someone
that the rest of the group has likely never heard of. into the hat they
go, folded up like you're trying to keep it a secret. then, the hat is passed
around the circle. each person has one minute to convey the names on the
slips to the next person in the circle. For starters, you can say anything
except the name on the slip (well, no spelling out names. but you knew that).
at the end of the minute, tally the number they guessed, and then the person
who was guessing now takes the hat and the person after them guesses. so
and on so forth, but now all of the names are gone! No worries, put them
all back, but this time you get only one word. Yup. One word to get them
to guess the name on the slip, and you still don't get to skip one if you
get stuck. This time, once the hat is emptied, put them back and pass it
around using only charades to hint the guesser. then you start over...
Scores (for those of you who feel the need numerical metrics) are per-pair.
Each person shares a score with the person in front of them (with whom they
were guessing) and a score with the person after them (for whom they were
hinting). so that's the hat game.