Board Games … Bored Games

Daniel playing Battle-Cry

#55 (101 things in 1001 days): Play, give away, or throw out each of the 32 board games in my basement.

Completing this task was much harder than I ever would have predicted.

My family has been supportive and cooperative during my quest to complete 101 things in 1001 days. They’ve posed for photos, eaten vegan cake pops, toured a trash museum. That cooperative spirit, though, evaporated when it came to ripping themselves away from their computers to play a family board game or two (or 10).

For this task, I had to confront a towering pile of 32 old board games that were taking up much of a closet’s space as they sat there unplayed year after year. The rule I set for myself was that if I wanted to keep it, I had to play it.

I gave away most of them and threw out a few, and I selected 10 to save.

I finally got all of the games played, but it took a lot of begging. Thanks, guys. You can get back onto your screens now.

1. Monopoly

2. Scrabble

3. Smess

  • Players: Marcy and Daniel
  • Winner: Marcy
  • Comment: This game is a fun twist on chess. The best quote comes from Randy: “I’ll Smess you up!”

4. Times to Remember

  • Players: Marcy and Randy vs. David and Daniel
  • Winners: Marcy and Randy
  • Comment: This was quick and ruthless. Mwahahaha. Link: Times to Remember


  • Players: Marcy and Randy
  • Winner: Marcy
  • Comment: Fun as ever.

6. Sorry

  • Players: Marcy and Randy
  • Winner: Marcy
  • Comment: Also still fun.

7. Trivial Pursuit

  • Players: Marcy and David vs. Randy and Daniel
  • Winners: Randy and Daniel
  • Comment: This dragged on for a very long time, and my usually competitive self was glad when I lost and it was finally over.

8. Stratego

  • Players: Marcy and Randy
  • Winner: Randy
  • Comment: Oops, I should have protected my 8s better. I had mostly forgotten how to play this.

9. PictionaryBoy playing Pictionary

  • Players: Marcy and Daniel vs. Randy and David
  • Winners: Randy and David
  • Comment: This one was pretty fun, but it took a lot of coercion to make it happen.

10. Battle-Cry

  • Players: Marcy vs. Daniel
  • Winner: Daniel
  • Comment: It was a nice snowy day diversion to get my behind kicked by Daniel as he kept rolling sixes to my ones.

Board games collage

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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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2 Responses to Board Games … Bored Games

  1. Pingback: COMPLETED: 101 Things in 1001 Days | (Don't Be) Too Timid and Squeamish

  2. Kate says:

    Stratego and Monopoly are my favorite board games. Anyway, thanks for sharing the list. I will definitely play some of the games from the list in the nearest future!
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