I grew up on a farm, so most fine days were spent outdoors, but some nights, camping, and when it was raining, the board games and card games came out.
Card game of choice was always Canasta and still is my favourite traditional card game.
We had Monopoly, we sometimes played Monopoly, and then we happily gave it away. If we did play it, the only real fun I had was the house rule of dealing out all the properties in the beginning to all players and then seeing who lasted the longest.
MOST FAVE CHILDHOOD BOARDGAME: STOCKMARKET
Published in 1963
The aim is to try and get $100,000 in money and share worth. (Because back in the day you had it made at $100,000? Well you could definitely buy a house and a new car for that.)
You start by going to work as either a Policeman, Doctor, Deep Sea Miner or Prospector.
Deep Sea Diver - $300 Salary Pays on a 3 or 11 dice roll
Prospector - $400 Salary Pays on a 2 or 12 dice roll
Policeman - $100 Salary Pays on a 5 or 9 dice roll
Doctor - $200 Salary Pays on a 4 or 10 dice roll
You are allowed to change careers if you think yours in not paying.
We made it at $1000, you went out and played the stockmarket, (the outer circuit on the board).
Everytime you land on a business square you can buy at least one share, if you already own shares, you get dividends. The stock market goes up and down on most moves. You try and buy shares cheap, and sell them later at a better price to make more money. There will always be some shares that are on the cheap side and while some shares will be on the expensive side.
If you owned shares in a company you can also go to the place on the board where there is a stockholders meeting and gain free shares while attending it.
The challenges: The dreaded white squares. The corner white squares shoot the sharemarket up or down 20 places and you have to pay $10 per share you own which towards the end of the game is a lot! The middle white squares make you pay a $100 fee. There is also the SELL ALL squares that make you sell at the lowest price on the board.
2ND MOST FAVE CHILDHOOD GAME: SCOTLAND YARD
I think ours is a 1985 version for 3-6 players
One player is Mr X who only reveals their position 5 times during the game. You have to avoid capture long enough for the detectives to run out of their fare tickets. As Mr X you start with 4 taxis, 3 buses, and 3 underground tickets, and as the detectives spend their tickets they have to hand them over to you, so you never run out. You also get 5 special black fare tickets which you can use to camouflage what transport you really took, or there is a special boat transport that you only can use. On top of that you also get 2 double turn tickets.
You would think being Mr X is easy, WRONG! Well not for me anyways. I'm a terrible Mr X. I think I have only escaped once, yet many of my friends and family have done it, (I think I see the flaw, they win when I'm a detective which means I'm bad at this game, but I still like it anyways).
All the rest of the players are Detectives out to land on the spot where Mr X is and capture him. Detectives only get 10 taxis, 8 buses, and 4 underground tickets to do it.
I love the map in this game.
I am now passing these games on to other families. We have modern games that we love and I found we just aren't playing these anymore. I think they are great games and I would much rather they be played than having them sitting in my collection doing nothing. Goodbye old friends, you were AWESOME!!