My parents visited for 3 day and I was dreading evenings. I haven't gotten our cable hooked up for over a year (thanks Hulu), and wasn't sure how the evenings would work out, or if my Father's interest and Mother's aging would tolerate some games.
The first night we introduced my Dad to Crokinole while my Mom watched on. It was awesome fun. I celebrated on the day they left by finally getting the hangars and wire up and now have the board mounted on the wall.
The next afternoon I grabbed Skip-Bo after lunch and we had a nice game. I like this game much more than Uno. With friends a few days earlier we played Bhonanza without mats and with Skip-Bo this time it would also have helped.
I decided to push my luck that evening and try For Sale with my Dad and 8 year old. Dad caught on and said "Is this one of the new games?" and after a "Yeah", I was glad he was game.
The game went great, and Dad was eager to play again after learning more about the bidding rules (he got stuck with too many coins) and my 8 year old repeated "I sold a cardboard box for THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS!" at least ten times in the following twenty-four hours.
When my wife and I returned from an errand while my parents watched a few kids we returned home to find the 8YO leading both parents in a game of My Dwarves Fly and he piped up right away "We have a TON of stuff because they don't BATTLE" and he was OK with that, and they replied "We have NO IDEA what we're doing" with a smile. I told that that it was fun to catch them in an all-boy household version of a tea party. (TODO: Insert picture)
My parents were kind enough to pick up that and The Adventurers for me at Noble Knight Games in Janesville on their way here. :-) Love that I can buy used games there and browse a real FLGS when visiting the area. Recently when I was there a young couple from Minnesota walked in and after the guy went "whoa...." on walking in the girl chuckled "Was that a geekgasm?" and he quickly laughed "Oh yeah".
Earlier in the week I struck up a conversation with a guy looking over games at our local Goodwill and he was looking for games for Seniors at their nutritional program. I took his card to send him some suggestions. I will definitely be addin Skip-Bo to the list. The thrifter's helped me out with suggesting Sequence, Rummikub,
Phase 10, Option andWord Thief. If you have some recommendations of games or GeekLists I'd appreciate the GM or comment.[thing=521][/thing]