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Colleen Calls It: New spin on game day fun

25 November 2012 By Colleen Sullivan, Columnist No Comments

Spending the holidays at home requires an excess amount of family time that I always really appreciate. Sometimes your family can help ground you a little bit and help you remember what is really important. In my family, we have a tradition of playing board games.

They usually end in yelling, fighting and screaming.

Someone will accuse someone else of cheating and ultimately we promise ourselves that we will never play another board game together again.

…Until the next year.

The game that we chose to play over this holiday was “The Game of Things.”  Sounded harmless, because there was little competition involved compared to other board games.

This game involved picking up a card like “things you shouldn’t say to your boss” and everyone would write something down and throw their answers in a basket.

The judge would decide which answer was the funniest and that person would win the round.

“Things you shouldn’t say to your boss” started off as a pretty tame round. People put things down like “I hate this job” or “I am hung-over right now.”

Then things went down a different path when my brother pulled the card “things that don’t last very long.”

And the underhanded raunchiness began.

Mind you, we had and 8 year old and a 10 year old playing, too.

Imagine playing a board game that could be rated ‘R’ but carefully crafting all of your responses to be rated ‘G’ while still making sure that the adult audience could understand your jokes.

The children’s responses to all questions were “boogers” and “poop.”

“Things you shouldn’t write on:” boogers.

“Things you wish you could control with a remote:” poop.

That about sums up how much they were able to contribute to the game.

However, as the night went on, I really couldn’t tell which answers were from the children and which answers were from the adults.

My 21-year-old brother started to blend his answers with theirs. My ultimate favorite card was “Things you like about yourself.”

The only disappointing part was that I could only submit one answer.

There are so many things I like about myself, how could I possibly pick just one?

Some points in the game began to get personal.

“Things that don’t last long:” One answer was “CHOCOLATE WHEN COLLEEN IS HOME FROM COLLEGE.”

OK. Rude… is that a fat joke?

My sister-in-law’s epic response to “things you shouldn’t say to your boss” was “I had a good time with your wife last night.”

We gasped in astonishment that she would be so blunt.

She covered her tracks by saying “I was talking about going out to dinner or getting our nails done.”


Anyway, if you have not played “The Game of Things” I would highly suggest you go out and buy it and play it with your friends…or families during the holidays.

You won’t regret it.

Hope everyone had a nice break!


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