Daily Archives: December 11, 2010

Board Games or Bored Games?

We are smack in the middle of a blizzard.  Six to ten inches of snow and 40 mile per hour winds.  No visibility and gusts that push semis off the road.  Super fun–but only because I just grocery shopped and we won’t have to gnaw on last night’s roast bone for the next three days.

Anyway, when the weather keeps us in, our family usually breaks out board games.  We all have our loves (yeah, I kick hiney at Scrabble) and dislikes (I’d rather pluck out my armpit hair with a tweezers than play Monopoly) and a very few games that everyone enjoys (try getting six people to play the same thing and not break out the brass nuckles.)

In one of my manuscripts, my MCs are playing a game.  Right now it’s the dreaded Monopoly.  I figured it was a game everyone and their grandma would recognize and relate to without having to actually address how the game is played.  The actions are interspersed between dialogue. 

“Have you heard about the ghost?”  Jenny slid her boot onto Boardwalk.  Everyone turned to her…blah, blah, blah.

It wasn’t until later that I realized she never paid me rent.

Okay, not exactly, but you get the picture. 

And so I’m doing a little research.  What is the most popular game in your house? 

Which game makes you stand on the table, rip open your shirt, pummel your chest and declare yourself King of all?  Which game would make shoveling raw manure on a ninety degree day appear fun?  And which game simply bores you to the point of picking belly button lint?

And when you play, what kind of player are you?  The kind that pouts when someone scores more points, the kind that holds a grudge to the point you refuse to lose, or the kind that flings your money across the table and storms away only to curl up in the fetal position until someone soothes your wounded ego?

Consider this research.  Seriously.  I want to make my passage realistic and interesting.  To the point where, if you have any great game-playing anecdotes, I’d love to hear them.

Thanks in advance.