Thursday, 2 January 2014

Nice weather for Cluedo

Yesterday, New Year's Day, it poured and it poured and it poured and then it poured some more in Corsham.

We had planned to go and do our final December river walk (strictly speaking it's no longer December, I know, but 1 January is close enough...). It was so wet that there was really nothing else to do except play Cluedo.

Secondhand Christmas presents totally rock, in my opinion. Who needs a Playstation 4 or whatever when you can have 1970s Cluedo for £1.50 from the Dorothy House hospice charity shop in Melksham?! Fortunately Son agrees (some of the time) and was really pleased that he received proper Cluedo and not the complicated new version that we tried to play when we stayed in a Youth Hostel during the summer, or perish the thought, Simpsons Cluedo. D'oh!

Retro Cluedo

A rare occasion where the cats weren't trying to join in
by walking all over the board

I love a good board game. Not because I'm a competitive player and let's face it, a lot of board games are quite literally, bored games, and seemingly interminable (Snakes and Ladders, I'm looking at you...) but they are a good way of anchoring a few loved ones around a table together for an hour or so. There are usually a few laughs, completely unrelated to the game, and sometimes a bit of cheating, and if you throw in a box of chocolates or maybe a glass of sherry, the whole thing can really be most enjoyable.

Charity Shops have been the source of most of our board games and I have my dentist to thank for Cluedo. My reward for completing all dental visits is always a look in the Dorothy House hospice charity shop which lies conveniently half way between the dental practice and the car park. How lucky that since I lost a filling on New Year's Eve I'll be getting a head start on my 2014 secondhand Christmas present shopping. 

The back of the instructions on Son's 'new' Cluedo suggests other Waddingtons' family board games we might like: Monopoly (check), Totopoly, Buccaneer, Formula One, Table Soccer, Sorry, Funfair, Ratrace and, wait for it, Ulcers. I can imagine what the other games on the list involve but Ulcers? The mind boggles. I really hope it turns up in a charity shop near me some time.

So, board games, love 'em or hate 'em? What's your favourite? And most importantly, has anyone ever played Ulcers or got any guesses as to what it might entail? Do tell!

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  1. Bought our youngest granddaughter Scrabble this Christmas and also introduced her to Tiddlywinks..... Now THAT is a great game for teenagers, they seem to love it!
    Never heard of Ulcers, I will have to keep an eye out at the charity shops to see if I can find it as I am intrigued
    Gill

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  2. We had Sorry for ages and our son used to get into a real tizz, knocking the board over, storming off in a huff - that was when he was about 8!
    Now he is 32 and what did he get off ebay to show his girlfriend - yes you guessed!

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    1. I've had a quick google and think I've played the German version Mensch argere dich nicht which is fun!

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  3. I have to admit I just Googled 'Ulcers' and now I know what it is the name does fit!!!

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    1. Don't know why I didn't think of googling it...post xmas lethargy...but the name does look appropriate for the game!

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  4. Hi Sarah,
    I'm wondering if Cluedo is the same thing or similar to Clue, here in the US? Like, "Prof. Plum did it, in the ballroom, with a candlestick". Clue was a favorite of mine growing up.
    At friends' gathering yesterday, they were teaching me a new to me card game, Ditch. It was great fun, and now we look forward to teaching out kids this game. We are big on games and puzzles here. No need for XBox, wii, playstation, when there are so many fun games to play at home!

    You've taught your kids very well, to enjoy many fabulously fun, but frugal activities!

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    1. Yes, Cluedo = Clue ! I like playing cards but I'm hopeless at remembering rules to card games.

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  5. Hi Sarah and Happy New Year. X
    Do you remember when you did a one month giveaway of a book which was won by another Sarah? You couldn't find her and did a blog to search for her? Well, that was me! You sent me the book and it was lovely to,win something.
    You may remember that I also did a book giveaway just before Christmas.....well another Sarah won that and it was you. Funny that Karma thing isn't it? So from Sarah to Sarah please send me your address and I will post it to you. It was the moneyless man book.

    Love
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah! Can't wait to read it! I've emailed you my address via the email address I had for you when I sent you your book!

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  6. I love monopoly but no one plays it with me now because I always win. I used to like the game of life also. But nothing beats a pack of cards for games such as go fish, old maid, sevens or suits depending on where you from and patience.

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    1. I like cards but as I commented above I am really hopeless at remembering rules for different games.

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  7. Hand up as someone who used to play 'Ulcers' a lot! My brother still has it somewhere at his house. The 'Ulcers' it refers to is probably a stomach ulcer as you have to assemble the board and personnel of a company by being successful and head-hunting staff from other players. We loved playing it and used to give voices to certain people on the cards. Needless to say some staff were more desirable than others! I suspect we got it from school fair so it's probably about 30-40 years since it was made! Happy hunting! We also got a board game on New Year's Eve in the local charity shop. It's based on the old Milk Race now Tour of Britain cycle race. We're big cycling fans and we were delighted to find it had never been played as the tactics cards were still sealed! It was marked up as £1.50 but even the charity shop had a sale on and they charged us £1.20! Helped to pass the hours until midnight!

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    1. Great to find somebody who's actually played Ulcers! Love the sound of your board game - we have two very keen cyclists in the house here too who would like that one.

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  8. My husband's 'family' game is canasta, which they played interminably on their caravan holidays. Thankfully for me, who is the sort of person who could forget the rules of 'snap', the children are now old enough to play this fiendishly hard-to-remember-the-rules game, and so our frequently rained out family holidays generally see the children playing canasta with daddy, while I read an Agatha Christie novel, and everyone is happy:) So glad you had a good wet day for your board games!

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    1. I'm with you on card game rules so no surprise that I have no idea of how to play canasta, but glad the rest of your family love it and it gives you some quiet reading time!

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  9. While my kids played some video games they played a lot of board games with each other, friends, and the family. However, they usually had to make up some of the rules themselves because rarely did the games have all of the pieces. We got most of our games from the thrift shop which usually weren't complete. Sometimes I would try to get all of the pieces, but a lot of the time we just made up our own game. Also, I guess you've discovered, cats like to be a part of the game also.

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    1. That sounds familiar - I bought family trivial pursuit in a charity shop last year and frustratingly the whole set of 'kids' cards were missing. We tried playing without them but the 'adult' questions were just too hard for the kids.

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  10. My favourites growing up were Scrabble, Monopoly and Yahtzee. I have a spouse who is addicted to Magic the Gathering which I play with him about once a year (my 2014 session is complete!) But we recently bought Blokus and love it.

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    1. I've heard of Scrabble, Monopoly and Yahtzee but not Magic or Blokus. I'm going to check them out!

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  11. My dad was a board game fan when we were kids and I played a lot of different games, but I don't remember Ulcers. I've made a point of buying the 1970's board games I enjoyed and giving them as Christmas presents between the 3 of them.
    Buccaneer is a huge favourite- fairly simple rules and it involves retrieving diamonds, rum, rubies, pearls and gold from Treasure Island. My youngest is as fascinated with the (plastic) treasure as I was as a child.
    I played Masterpiece with son yesterday (you collect art which may be a forgery or worth up to £1,000,000) and they also like Spy Ring- you collect tiles which you have to read secretly with a mirror...

    I'm sure it's not just nostalgia- the newer version of games are generally flimsy (Downfall) or gimmicky (Monopoly/Cluedo).

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    1. I think there's quite a market for the old games - if you try buying them on eBay before Christmas they sell for ridiculous sums but charity shops are a really good source.Buccaneer and Masterpiece sound like ones to look out for!

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  12. When our children were young our favourite family board game was Frustration and now they are in their 30's we still play the same game with them and the grandchildren, having family tournaments. It is getting a bit difficult to see the numbers on the dice as its so worn but we still have fun with it. My nephew got the new version of the game last year but its so complicated compared to the original, definately frustrating!

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    1. We've got Frustration. Haven't played it in a while - might have to get it out before the kids go back to school!

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  13. I used to love Cluedo when I was a kid :) I also like buying board games in op shops or second-hand because they are much better quality than the new ones.

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  14. I'm generally not a game player, but I do enjoy Clue (same as your Cluedo?) and "Labyrinth." I like more puzzle-like games in general. So, so glad we're past the days of Candyland and Chutes and Ladders!

    frances

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    1. Along with Cluedo and Monopoly, Cranium and Pictionary are two of the favourites here, which I much prefer to some of the games we used to play when the kids were younger!

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  15. Scrabble our family favourite. Got the old board out this week and had a team game with sisters, though I was a team of one because I was considered to have an advantage being an English teacher. Came last!

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