One of the activities that we regularly do now that we live in an RV is play board games.
When you live in an RV and travel you have to give up on the idea that you can have Netflix, Dvd’s, and Internet on-demand. Even if you were so rich that you could burn 1,000’s of dollars of bandwidth a month, sometimes you will find yourself in a place where fast internet doesn’t exist.
Board Games are awesome because they require no internet or power. They force your family to communicate and play together. Boardgames can teach your kids how to lose and win gracefully.
The biggest problem with boardgames is the space they need. A standard Monopoly board will barely fit on an RV table. While most traditional boards do just barely fit on an RV table, most of the newer game boards do no not fit!
You can play Scrabble, Monopoly, Payday, Battleship, etc. All the traditional games you would find at a department store like Walmart or Target usually will just fit!
The problem is that boardgames have radically changed over the last 20 years. New game mechanics let you play with ever changing game boards and experience deep play mechanics that were never an option from your Life board game days!
I have many games I would love to try now that I have time for games – IE no spare internet to waste on gaming – but I don’t have the room to play a lot of modern boardgames.
I was pleasantly surprised last week when Tracy brought home a copy of Carcassonne she found at a thrift store for $2. The game not only was in great condition with all it’s parts in the box, the game also came with an expansion.
On a whim we played a few days ago. Needless to say I was victorious, and the entire game comfortably fit on our table.
Carcassonne has a lot of expansions that we will probably never be able to use, but we can play the base version!
It is always exciting when we get to add a game we all can play to our gaming library.
Cribbage has continued to be a house favorite. The boy is getting so close to beating us on family cribbage night. I bet he is going to be unbearable to live with the first week he wins!
Every Sunday night we have been in Duluth we have entered a local cribbage tournament. This week had good news and bad news.
The bad news was I was pitted against Tracy in round one. I was way ahead almost the entire game and at the very end she came back and easily won! I hate that!
A couple of other games had some weird endings with people leaving the tournament early, and so Tracy ended up in the final round. The game was neck and neck, but at the very end she just couldn’t make her dealt cards into a winning score.
We ended up staying out until 12:30am and were both exhausted by the time we got home.
On a whim Tracy found out that there is a cribbage club that meets on Wednesdays in the next town we are staying at and Tracy is already making plans for us join their play sessions.
Getting out and playing games was a lot of fun for us in Duluth. It was an activity we never tried before. Who would have thought to search for card games to play with the locals?
For now it looks like Cribbage might be a great way to meet some cool people in the future!
Most communities have a gaming store in town, so boardgames could be a great way to meet new people when you go to new areas. Most board game stores have public tables for public play. We have even run across some stores that let you rent boardgames. This lets you try out a game without spending the $50-$100 that modern games are now costing. Playing in a store is also a great way for preteens and teenagers to meet new kids with similar likes.
While it was a random accident that we found the cribbage tournament we weekly attended, it is now something that we are finding exists in a lot of the communities we will be visiting in the future.
This last month in Duluth we met people over games who ended up turning into real friends and not just introductions.
That’s a goal of our travels: Friends, not just acquaintances.