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Top 5 Board Games Of All Time

file000470994971Board games have provided endless hours of entertainment for as long as man has had the sense to entertain himself. Some board games were used for military and tactical training, while others were just meant for plain fun. Today, they’re usually a way to spend time with family and friends and do something that doesn’t involve the television or electronics. Here are the top five board games of all time.

1. Chess
The quintessential board game of them all. With a long and marked history, chess is believed to come from an Indian game called chaturanga, which helped early tacticians to hone their skills and learn how to adapt troop movements on the fly. Today’s board became standard in 1924, but official chess tournaments have been held since 1886, when Wilhelm Steinitz claimed the first title of grandmaster.

2. Monopoly
Money, money, and more money! The most symbolic representation of capitalism, Monopoly is the game of buying and selling property. Once built up and enhanced with hotels and houses, the properties are worth even more – and woe to anyone who lands on a fully built up Boardwalk. Monopoly is just one of Milton Bradley’s popular board games. Average play time can be anywhere from an hour to more than ten, depending on the skill and luck of the players. Read more ›

Board Games: Benefits that TV Cannot Offer

file0001764062159These days, there seems to be nothing more difficult than prying friends and family away from the television. For many, television has become an alternative to many other possible activities. While it does provide a sense of comfort and relaxation, it is a poor substitute for more fun and interesting activities that provide people with interaction, companionship, and even conversation. One activity that cannot be replaced by television is board games. Board games are an excellent way for friends and family to interact and truly enjoy themselves. In addition to that, board games have a number of benefits that ordinary television doesn’t.

Effective for Children

While it may seem that your child is deriving a great deal of excitement and pleasure from television and electronic video games, there are no teaching techniques involved with these mediums. One article points out that studies show that when a child is given educational activities that are fun, the teaching method is more effective in achieving the desired effect. With board games, children easily learn new ideas, social skills, and gain traits such as persistence and communication. Furthermore, it also fosters a level of competitiveness that can be useful in their everyday life. Read more ›

How to Play the Card Game Go Fish

file000902639351Go Fish is a popular card game for two to six players that uses a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Colorful specialty decks designed for children also exist for this game, and some contain more than 52 cards.

To begin a game of Go Fish, the players select a dealer who shuffles the cards and distributes them. In a game with two to four players, each player receives seven cards, and players in games with more than four players receive five cards each. Any remaining cards get placed face down in a pile called the “fish pond” or “pool” from which the players will draw during the game.

The object of Go Fish is to collect groups of four cards of matching rank. These four-card groups are called books, and the player with the largest number of books at the end of the game wins. After the cards are dealt, the first player asks another player for a specific card rank. The player may ask if a co-player has any fours, for example, or any aces or kings. Players can only ask for cards of a rank already present in their hands. If the second player possesses one or more of the requested cards, that player must relinquish those cards to the first player, and the first player gets another turn. If the second player does not have any of the requested cards, that player tells the first one to “go fish”. The first player then draws a card from the fish pond or pool. If the card from the pool is the requested rank, the asking player gets an additional turn. When the card drawn from the pool is not the requested rank, the player who instructed the asking player to “Go fish” becomes the new player, and the request for cards begins again.

Once a player collects all four cards of a rank and completes a book, the book gets placed face up in front of the player. The game ends when all the cards in the deck have been compiled into books. Players then count their books, and the one with the most books becomes the winner.

Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy this fishing-themed card game when they’re not on the lake or river casting their lines, and the kids can pack a deck of cards for the next family fishing trip and play Go Fish while Mom and Dad wait for the bass and trout to bite. A kayak can enhance the fun of a fishing vacation for the adults just like cards can enhance the fun for the children, and a kayak’s quietness gives anglers the benefit of stealth. In addition, since kayaks don’t use fossil fuel, they have minimal impact on the environment. Tandem kayaks are the best for fishing with a partner, and a round or two of Go Fish can help arouse enthusiasm for an upcoming outdoor fishing kayak adventure.