“Apples to Apples” is a favourite card game of mine. You have two decks of cards. One deck has red cards which contain descriptive words, such as adjectives and adverbs. There is also a green deck with nouns, such as people, places, and things. There are different variations of the game, but the basic gameplay is as follows. Each player is given several red cards, and a green card is displayed on the table. Each person has to place, face down a red noun card they believe would fit well with the green descriptive card. For example, the green card may read, “loud”, and you play the red card labeled “1812 Overture”. Each round one person serves as judge, if the judge chooses the card you played, then you win that round. The first one to reach a predetermined number of winning cards wins the game!
Another great word based game is “Balderdash”. In this board game everyone makes up phony, often humourous, definitions for complicated and rarely heard words. Among these fake definitions will be the real one, and everyone votes on which one they think is real. Players earn points both by guessing the correct definition and by having people vote for their fake one. With these points, you can advance on the game board. The first one to the end of the game board path is the winner!
My family and I recently played a brand new word based game. It's called, “The game of things”. Similar to Balderdash, you write down something based on a word. In this case, however, you don't write a definition, but rather a response like 'something that is smelly', for example. Instead of guessing what answer is most accurate, you guess who wrote which answer. An excellent game to see how different people think. The real trick comes in, when those who know each other well, try to write answers which sound like someone else's way of thinking. The person with the most correct guesses wins!
Whether you are a writer, a reader, or someone else interested in words, try out these word games! You might end up learning a few new words, or a few new things about those you're playing the games with. I hope these games will help cure any winter blues.