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Oh the wind is lashing lusterly
And the trees are thrashing thrusterly
And the leaves are rustling gusterly

I'm having flashbacks to December 1999 when hurricane-force winds ripped through Sweden, tore the roof off our porch, downed trees for miles around and left people without electricity for days. 3 people have already died tonight and 280,000 homes are without electricity. We have so far only lost it for about 5 minutes earlier this evening, but the wolfwinds are still howling around the house.


I come from a game-playing family. While we were growing up and moving around, we played games. A lot of board games and a lot of card games. Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Gin Rummy, War, Solitaire, later we added Hearts and Bullshit, 99, and then Euchre. I miss card games.

Sorry! was one of my favorite board games as a child. My sister had Aggravation, and we also loved Payday, Mousetrap and Monopoly. At one point my brother and I could spend hours playing Stratego, and my sister and I conquered the world and each other regularly with Risk.

When we lived in Europe, we owned 4 Monopoly sets, and once in awhile we'd have a marathon Monopoly session with all 4 boards together at the same time. You put the GO squares together in the center, and proceed around in a clover-leaf pattern. Because our games were in other languages and currencies, you had to exchange money when passing from one board to another sometimes, using whatever the daily exchange rate was. Games could literally take weeks to finish.

Anders doesn't come from a game-playing family, so even though he plays games more or less willingly, he doesn't have the tradition of cut-throat cheerfulness that my family does when it comes to games. He calls spending an evening with my family around the TP board "Trivial Abuse," even though he has fun, too.

When we started the AWC several years ago, one of the events we regularly scheduled was Game Night. We had quite a group of friends who were also players and we had a lot of fun each time we met. Then it tapered off and it's been hard to get it going again, as people come and go and interests and schedules shift.

Last night, Emily hosted the first game night of 2005 and even though we were only 7 people it was a big success and so much fun. I managed to drag Anders along and the kids as well. And I got to play 3 NEW games! Well, 1 of them was a variation on an old favorite, but it was so much fun I may have to buy the new version. If you've never played Wit's End, Outburst or Lie Detector, I can highly recommend them all.

Special to Sarah, Mom & John: While playing Outburst one of the categories my team got was "Things You Say to Your Siblings" and while we were shouting out answers, Anders chimed in with "You're ADOPTED!" and IT WAS ON THE CARD! hahahahha!


Shout-Outs: Thank you to therealshedork for the awesome care package. You do care package better than anyone in the world except my mom! Thank you to the fabulous Sheryl of Paper Napkin who floored flabbergasted flattered me IMMENSELY this evening with a Bloggy nomination. I'm nowhere near being in your league, my dear, but you certainly made my night!

Colorful, Rainbow Flowered Birthday Wishes to blueberrymoon!
mood: calm
music: REO Speedwagon—Ridin' the Storm Out


We have the howling, swirling winds here as well. Of course, some idiot had to go out walking in it, along Strandvagen just to "feel the storm". I'm so glad to be rugged up inside with a book. We also have the flickering lights etc. Very spooky.

I'm not from a game playing family. With 10 children in the house, it was more like warfare than anything. But as an adult, I discovered that I was rather good at Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit.

And you should have more faith in your writing ability. You have a gift for words and a great ability to paint the most amazingly descriptive "word pictures". Well done on the nomination. When and where do we vote?

They're taking nominations now, until tomorrow I think. It's at

I LOVE games!! Oh boy, I'm always excited to find a fellow game lover! They are far and few between down here *sob*

That four board monopoly game sounds awesome!

Too bad that I couldn't convince someone to go to Game Night. Maybe some year.

I just found a link to some stuff that just screams your name:

Everything I've seen on the site seems to say 'Liz' to me.

Oh! Covet covet!!! thank you for the link!! You should have come anyway, Emily was "dateless" too!

Game night sounds fun! I love Monopoly and love the concept of a 4 board international game! I love that "you're adopted!"

Some of my friends have game night regularly. We often play ..*Has senior moment and can't think of game's name, and will find out tonight from J*
Last time though, they brought out some other game possibilities. For the first time for any of us, we played Outburst. This was a couple of weeks ago.. or maybe a month. Anyhow, I LOVED it! I've got it on my yardsale list.

Terri, the one I messed up with on NYE, likes Scategories. I've never played it, but we're going to plan a game night soon to play it.

I love game nights.

A colorful friend that I've lost track of used to make up games. One of my best memories of this is a game he created out of strange place names. Look on any map and you'll find some really strange names. He created a game with these that was simple and usually became riotously funny. One night I had ten or twelve people sitting around my living room playing this game. It was a summer night with the doors open. We got so loud and funny that the neighbors actually came to ask us to hold it down. It was mostly laughing, and that was hard to curtail.
We had so much fun.
Long live game nights


An excellent game! Especially when you play with your SO as your partner- my DH and I tried to outguess each other and we became so 'annoyed' with each other the other couple had tears running down their faces!

I am watching for Outburst for the yard sale season as well.

Isn't it great to be able to find some of these games fully intact at yardsales!
Sounds like you had a grand time with your SO, friends and the game. I love moments like that.

Scattergories is great fun! As is Balderdash, which we actually used to play a million years ago with a dictionary before someone turned it into an actual board game and retired rich :)

Your place name game sounds great...can you give me the rules??

Oh yes, I love Balderdash, but somehow the board has gone missing from the box. No matter, the word cards and doing the definitions are the important bulk of the game anyhow.

I will put Fredericka, my mental file clerk, on the game rules for the place game. Who knows, maybe I'll contact Kim, the game creator and ask him. It's been years.

And don't forget games you can play in the car, like 20 questions! I have to recommend Pirates Life, it's the game of Life but instead of a boring old family, you are a pirate. I am a very good Pirate, surprise >:)

I swear, if I believed in a heaven, it would be the euchre lounge at Akers Hall.

I have very fond memories of Euchre at Akers, too :) Someone mentioned Pirate's Life the other day but I haven't seen it yet. Sounds fun! And we're already introducing the kids to Famous People in the car. Karin insists that the most important question is "Is it Disney?" !! hahaha!

have you ever played Alien Risk? the aliens are the green and every round of turns the aliens get a turn. draw a card to find out where they land. then they land with 5 armies somewhere and they fight it out until they can't fight anymore. if they end up keeping territory untill the next turn round, each one gets an extra 5 armies... plus a new landing site. it's a lot of fun and keeps people defending inside their borders instead of just amassing on their edges.

i'm from a game playing traddition too.

oh, and another great newer game is Wise and Otherwise. hehe, one of our favorites now. and Flux is an awesome card came.

Alien Risk sounds like a hoot -- was this an actual commercial edition, or a creative variation you guys came up with on your own?

we didn't come up with it ourselves... i think i was from a book of board game variations. or maybe from the rules pamphlet from Risk if it listed variations. we tried out many game varations at different points, just to get more options out of the games we owned.

Hilarious! I'll have to tell my sister about that! I don't own Risk at the moment, but I might have to add it to my list. I remember friends who thought it was such a boring game but my sister and I loved it. I'll check out the other 2 you recommneded, too! thanks! :)

Oh, you are making me all nostalgic for my childhood -- we were a gameplaying household, too, and I miss it something fierce.

I love your creative use of multinational Monopoly sets! How did you keep straight which deed went with which property, across the four boards? (And just think what the currency conversion did for your math skills... *g*)

I don't remember the details, but I DO remember that the game playing space often took up the floor of an entire room since we had so many pieces of paper and cards to keep straight! :)

I miss games.
We were always playing cards, boggle, scabble...
Dirk refuses to play games like trivial pursuit with me. He thinks I'm too competitve and get a fanatical sparkle in my eye.

Will your kids be able to say they come from a game playing family?


It was windy here yesterday as well. We made a rather long drive yesterday and used twice as much gas coming home (against the wind) as going. I thought we were going to be blown off the dike.

I hope they will, although I need to be better about it (and get off the computer!!) It was a horrible blustery night (half a million homes without electricity this morning) and still really windy.


Sorry to hear about your stormy weather. It's POURING here. (Sheesh...some Caribbean weather...)

My cousins and I played a lot of games as kids, but my parents never did. Boyfriend's not really into games, although he'll humor me once in a great while. And of course when his son's with us, we always break out the games. I sold our Monopoly game at a yard sale before moving here, but we always have Scrabble, and right now we have Battleship (he won't play with me anymore because I always beat him) and Yahtzee.

It's nice to know that the line I repeated endlessly to my little brother during childhood is now on a game card. :) ~Marilyn, Island Fever

I played my first board game in SWEDISH on New Year's Eve..."Med Andra Ord." Only every once in a while did I have to do it in English. Totally fun. But I come from a board-game family too--since I've been in Sweden, this most recent play was the ONLY time! We have to do it more now.

Hope you survived the storm. Part of our roof blew off. But it wasn't too bad. THAT part of the roof was under construction anyway, so we just had to go pick it up out of the field. And we NEVER lost power. Down the road, they're still out. Amazing.

the wolfwinds are still howling around the house

Boy, you weren't kidding: BBC article

Glad you weathered the storm safely!

It's the 3rd time we've had hurricane-force winds in the 8 years we've lived in Sweden, but I think this one was the worst. It was awfully hard to sleep last night listening to it.

We had lots of board games on our wedding registry! Love them!

I am glad you got your package & like it! Yay toys!


I've gotta start a game night with my French friends. Something wordy, like Boggle or Scrabble could get interesting :)

I love Boggle. I haven't played it in years even though we have it here at home. Must get it out and see what I can do :)

We used to play a fun variant called Philadelphia Scrabble. The rule was that if you could come up with a good enough definition for it you could use ANY word. :D

Why Philadelphia? At first I figured it was if you could spell Schuylkill you could give yourself a triple word score on top of whatever real points you were entitled to. Though your variant sounds like more fun for everyone.

We played games as kids a lot too. Six kids, the first five of us are only six years apart, so there were always enough people for any game. Your international monopoly tournament sounds fantastic.

Every summer when we would go up to the beach in Maine, we stayed at a house with very little in the way of modern distractions. We played a lot of card games, jacks (I love jacks still), puzzles, checkers, and whatever other games were lying around. We were huge TP fans when it first came out. It's all sort of petered out though as we've grown older. I did just buy Ingrid her first game for Christmas so maybe we can start it up again.

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