No electricity for 4 days...what's a gaming family to do?
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On Saturday October 29th at noon we lost our power due to a big SNOW storm. This is pretty much unheard of for October in our part of PA & the trees still had their leaves on so there was considerable damage to trees. The trees lost huge limbs & power lines snapped on almost every road in our area. Little did we know it would take 4 long cold days to get our electricity back! It is disturbing to learn firsthand how truly dependent we are on electricity. We decided we would definately not have made good pioneers. The loss of refridgeration, heat, flushing the toilet, warm showers was down right unpleasant & something I never want to experience again!
At first we handled it like any good gaming family on an adventure...we played games & lots of them. By the 3rd day we were too cold to muster much enthusiasm but...it was fun while it lasted. On Nov. 1 at 6 PM our power was restored (as we were leaving to drive 30 minutes to a friends for a warm shower!). Fortunately the heat kicked on pretty quickly & we could no longer see our breath by bed time. The warm shower that night was priceless.
Tomorrow evening will be our weekly family game night & we are all looking forward to warm hands while playing.
The following is a list of the games we played during the power outage. Some were easier than others to play by candlelight. If at the end of the list you would like to add a recommendation for our game tomorrow night we'd love suggestions. On Saturday just before the power went out I got a big box of goodies I had ordered from Boards & Bits. Looking forward to trying something new soon.
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1. Board Game: Dweebies [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:5757]
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We probably played at least 10 games of Dweebies. My youngest especially enjoys this & is learning to place her cards in anticipation of future moves. I love seeing the glee on her face when she accomplishes a good set up.
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2. Board Game: Hue Knew? [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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This one is deceptively tricky. My 12 year old loves this one. Both she & the 8 year old have an even playing field. We played this 7 times. They would have played this 10 more times if we would have agreed.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:148] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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This one was very hard to play in the candlelight. The destination cards were brutal to see in dim light. We set aside the board & resumed play in the AM when the sun was up. We only played once, was hard to place the trains & hold cards etc in the cold.
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4. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:431]
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In my big new box of goodies from B & B, I had ordered additional wooden cubes for the marking the hexes eliminated by the clues. These were a big help for the kids in visualizing the areas included / excluded from the first few clues for each treasure. This one was played in the daylight, candlelight would have been tough.
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5. Board Game: Pinochle [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2165]
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We invited friends over for a literal pot luck dinner & played a game of pinochle. Pinochle was possible in candlelight, we found good old fashioned cards the easiest to read in the dim light.
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6. Board Game: Euchre [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1445]
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We also played euchre by candlelight. It had been years since we played but the rules came back quickly. Finally after 3 games of euchre we had to give up due to eye strain.
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7. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:433]
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Thebes is the new favorite of my family. Somehow my youngest daughter can find the artifacts in the bag...despite being very out numbered by dirt! Even my husband really enjoys this game! This was a daylight game, we tried once by candlelight but it was tough to see whet others had & keep track of artifacts. During3 days we played Thebes 3 times!
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8. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:203]
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My husband & I played this one night trying to ignore the cold. Usually we play 3 or 4 games. We could only play one due to the dim light. Alas...we had lots of free time & very little distractions...but condition were not ideal for gaming!
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