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!
|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!