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Old November 25 2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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BALDERDASH wars!!!

My family, during the holidays, will get together a few times for feast and for good times. And usually this means, after eating, we all sit around and play...BALDERDASH.

This is the greatest game for all kinds of people. If you haven't played, it goes like this. The game comes with oodles of cards that contain words, strange real words, from all over the world. Your job is to secretly create a definition of one of these words, just at the other players do too.

The definitions are handed in, and one by one they are read. Then, after they are read, each person votes for the definition they believe is the actual definition. The actual definition is also in stack of definitions. Some people may actually know the real definition due to their travels around the world, others might actually guess it. But most people will vote for the crazy definitions created by the players. Its real fun..real real fun.

This holiday season will be no different. I am already committed to three games of this. Tomorrow, Thanksgiving, will be round one. The next time will be the first Sunday in December when the family gets together for our monthly breakfast at the Hometown Buffet. And the finale will take place on XMAS week; and I intend to win them...ALL!!!

And why not? I'm pretty hip, and I seem to write the best definitions. But this year my sister is bringing her new husband. He has never played this game with us, but he has in the past. He may be my toughest challenge.

So, this week, I am starting to write down defintions already. I want them ready to go when the game comes. Because I will not lose: I am the reigning champ from 2008 holidays!!! I WILL NOT BE BEATEN!!!

Let the Balderdash war begin!!! Or as I call it..

BALDERDASH 2009!!!! HOLIDAY BLOOD BATH!!!!
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Old November 25 2009, 06:01 PM   #2
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So, do you want us to come up with fake definitions, or just talk about other games we like to play?

Because usually in Balderdash doesn't it help to see the word before you come up with a definition so you can make it sound at least semi-plausible based on the root word or language of origin? That's how I always did it.

If we're talking about other games people play during the holidays, we always like playing Cranium. It's like ten different types of games rolled into one, so if someone is less skilled in one area they can still come through in another, which makes it harder for any one person to dominate every game.
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Old November 25 2009, 06:02 PM   #3
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So, do you want us to come up with fake definitions, or just talk about other games we like to play?

Because usually in Balderdash doesn't it help to see the word before you come up with a definition so you can make it sound at least semi-plausible based on the root word or language of origin? That's how I always did it.

If we're talking about other games people play during the holidays, we always like playing Cranium. It's like ten different types of games rolled into one, so if someone is less skilled in one area they can still come through in another, which makes it harder for any one person to dominate every game.
yes, I we do play Crainum to. And yes, you can talk about other games too.

I will write these defintions down, and never use them, because you are right; the best ones are off the top of the head.

We have this new game called APPLES to APPLES. Have never played it, but we will give it a try tomorrow.

When i was a kid? I'd go play SPIN THE BOTTLE with my cousins. I guess they dont do that anymore.

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Old November 25 2009, 10:04 PM   #4
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Re: BALDERDASH wars!!!

With my mom's side of the family, poker was always the game after thanksgiving and christmas dinners. The dishes got cleared, the chips came out and any semblance of holiday spirit was right out the window in favor of 5 and 7 card stud poker games. No wild cards and if draw poker was played, it was jacks or better to open, trips or better to win. And yes, real money was involved.

As the grandparents and uncles have passed away, the holiday poker game has gone by the wayside.

It was a rite of passage to get to play cards at the big table after dinner.

Good times.
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Old November 25 2009, 10:28 PM   #5
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Re: BALDERDASH wars!!!

Hubby's friends are all hard-core board gaming fanatics. We play games for HOURS, and not easy "party games," either. Every holiday seems to be taken up by a major (12-16 hour) gaming session. Usually, Settler of Cataan, Power Grid, Runebound, or Agricola get played. This year, hubby's really into Pillars of the Earth.

I like card games like Phase 10, Bang!, Bohnanza or Munchkin. It's a fun way to pass the time. San Juan is my favorite; I totally kick ASS at that one.

We might even play some Phase 10 after Thanksgiving this year.
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Old November 25 2009, 10:29 PM   #6
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Hubby's friends are all hard-core board gaming fanatics. We play games for HOURS, and not easy "party games," either. Every holiday seems to be taken up by a major (12-16 hour) gaming session. Usually, Settler of Cataan, Power Grid, Runebound, or Agricola get played. This year, hubby's really into Pillars of the Earth.

I like card games like Phase 10, Bang!, Bohnanza or Munchkin. It's a fun way to pass the time. San Juan is my favorite; I totally kick ASS at that one.

We might even play some Phase 10 after Thanksgiving this year.
Okay..Ill bite..what is phase 10?

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Old November 25 2009, 10:35 PM   #7
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Phase 10.

It's kind of like Rummy, but far more irritating. It takes at least 30 minutes to play a full game, depending on how many people play. We've played games that have lasted an hour or more.
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Old November 26 2009, 12:40 AM   #8
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I love Apples to Apples, Balderdash, and Phase 10 Twist. I've found that Balderdash is harder with my two best friends because we know each other so well. They can say, "That sounds like a Smiley answer," and most of the time, they are right.

Other fun party games include Imaginiff and Catchphrase.
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Old November 26 2009, 12:47 AM   #9
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We often play trivia-based games like Trivial Pursuit and a bunch of others.
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Old November 26 2009, 12:51 AM   #10
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Phase 10.

It's kind of like Rummy, but far more irritating. It takes at least 30 minutes to play a full game, depending on how many people play. We've played games that have lasted an hour or more.
I used to play that with my sister.
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Old November 26 2009, 02:38 AM   #11
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RobertScorpio wrote: View Post
We have this new game called APPLES to APPLES. Have never played it, but we will give it a try tomorrow.
Apples to Apples is pretty fun, it makes for a great casual\party game. Cranium and Balderdash definitely fit into that category as well, as does a game of my sister's call Humm Dingers, which involves trying to guess songs by humming them.

I also enjoy some of the more complex German-style games, like Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride (though the latter isn't really complex, at all ). My girlfriend and I actually own Power Grid as well, which looks fun, but we've yet to get around to actually playing that...

ETA: Just remembered another great party game: Scattergories!
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Old November 26 2009, 08:55 AM   #12
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We always wanted to get my dad to play Balderdash. In our family the big holiday game was Scattergories. That's the one where you are given a letter and a group of categories and you have to think of a word in each category that begins with that letter. The fun is people get to vote if the word you came up with really matched that category. My dad wasn't exactly a good player so he would often make up words and try and convince us they were real. Unfortunately he passed a few years ago and we really haven't played since.
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Old November 26 2009, 05:13 PM   #13
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Re: BALDERDASH wars!!!

We use to play Balderdash during Christmas time but haven't in the last two years. We have old school B-dash when it was just words and not dates, movie titles, etc. Played that version once and it was a lot of fun.

Triominos use to get a lot of play generally but one of the double 4 tiles went missing. We still play but you once again we haven't done so much in the last 10 months.

Cranium looks fun. Might see about buying that and introducing that as a new gaming tradition.
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Old November 26 2009, 05:46 PM   #14
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Anyone remember PROBE?

FAMILY FEUD and PASSWORD and PYRAMID are fun too

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Old November 26 2009, 07:45 PM   #15
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^^^ Yeah, we used to play Probe waaaay back in the day.

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We often play trivia-based games like Trivial Pursuit and a bunch of others.
We used to play various versions of Trivial Pursuit, but it always came down to a competition between me and two of my cousins and everyone else felt kind of left out, which is why we switched to the more varied Cranium instead, so everyone else had a chance. My cousins and I wanted to compete in VH-1s 'World Series of Pop Culture' together but there was always a work or family conflict that prevented us trying out, and now they're not doing it again.

We've done the aforementioned Scattergories and Balderdash, but not as much anymore. Rummikub is one we do a lot now, and organize big tournaments for the whole family (which given how many people are in my extended family is quite an undertaking).

The adults get together and play Texas Hold'Em later at night on holidays and birthdays. Usually the families in the OC/LA/SB county area get together once every couple of weeks to play as well.
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