Guys, let's just do this right now. Why don't you write me the name of the board/card/family game you want in the comments here (it doesn't have to be one I recommended, but it has to be not electronic in any way, because I'm a pain in the ass like that), and on Monday at midnight I'll pick one and send it out. I'll post the winner here, and you'll need to check back and send me your address if it's you. That way you can get it in time for the holidays, if the holidays isn't Chanukkah. Which you'll get it after.
Also, speaking of Chanukkah: don't forget last year's latke recipe. They really are kind of insanely good.
More soon, darlings. xo
Clue. I can't believe we don't already have this game.ReplyDelete
Sorry. My kids are still pretty little - I think they're ready for this classic (and I wouldn't get bored to tears with it like I do with Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders!)ReplyDelete
I'd love to get Husker Du which was a family favorite at my Gramma's when we were growing up. Love that game!!ReplyDelete
I'd love to try Zooloretto! Only because my kids are younger. I can't wait until they're older and we can get into these more complicated games.ReplyDelete
Apples to Apples! Always wanted it. Such a fun gameReplyDelete
Modern Art just sounds incredible!ReplyDelete
Settlers of Catan!ReplyDelete
Yea! I definitely want to try out Carrcassonne (did I include enough double consonants there?) Hunters and Gatherers.ReplyDelete
MORPHOLOGY--a game that was invented by a student at the Dartmouth business school up here. Think Pictionary with small objects. Great fun.ReplyDelete
I definitely want to try out Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers!ReplyDelete
But, I recently entered a drawing for a free 1/2 hour personal trainer session and won. Such a bummer, because now I'll never win the thing I really want!
My little ones would love the Fairytale Spinner Game recommended by Angry Chicken.ReplyDelete
Clue. The whodunit games are so much fun. And my oldest is getting old enough to play now.ReplyDelete
Rummikub. Your description that it was a good quick game for everyone won me over. We love playing Settlers of Catan, but that is a time commitment!ReplyDelete
Zooloretto, since I already purchased "Ticket to Ride" and "Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers" as Christmas gifts for the kiddies after reading your recommendations.ReplyDelete
Ticket to Ride, please! Aren't you in the holiday giving spirit! I think my two boys would love this game.ReplyDelete
Ticket to Ride. I've wanted that one for ages.ReplyDelete
Would love to get Carcasonne's The New World ... we love Settlers of Catan and I'm betting would love that too. Kids a just old enough for strategy :).ReplyDelete
Oooh! I would love to have Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers. Or Settlers of Catan. Or even Boggle, which we used to have, but somehow the pieces have slowly disappeared. What a fun contest!ReplyDelete
So many of them sound so fun, but I guess I should start with the classic Settlers of Catan!ReplyDelete
Rummikub. One of my all time favorites!ReplyDelete
We'd love to try Zooloretto. WE already ordered Ticket to ride. Thanks!ReplyDelete
My kids would love Zooloretto. I already bought Rummikub, and I can't wait to play!ReplyDelete
I'd like Blokus, but the one for 2 people, not 4.ReplyDelete
We would love Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers, pretty please!ReplyDelete
Quoridor Kid has been on my list for a few years -- the one with the little wooden mice. It looks so cute and fun!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the giveaway Catherine! This is very generous of you.
Settlers of Cataan or Zoolaretto. I'm so ready to move past the standard board games we play!ReplyDelete
Ticket to Ride - I've heard so many people say it is a great game! Thank you!ReplyDelete
Ticket to Ride for me, please!! ;-)ReplyDelete
and thank you, thank you, thank you for that previous post. I need to try these games. I think I'll order one of them for Xmas (but, maybe I'll win! ;-)
in any case, I think the hardest thing about it is to decide which one to get. Oh, two more things, we already have Rumikub and... I was disappointed to hear that the you think the medieval Carcasonne game is boring -- I've always dreamed of visiting the actual city and that might be an interesting way to get the boys interested in it too -- if the game were fun. oh well!
Zoolaretto sounds like a lot of fun - I think my daughter would love the animal theme. Thanks for a fantastic list of games!ReplyDelete
I want Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers -- it looks amazing!ReplyDelete
Settlers of Catan! I keep hearing great things about it. Thanks for running this contest.ReplyDelete
Bananagrams. How do we not have this game yet?ReplyDelete
Dicecapades. We played this with friends recently and it was really fun.ReplyDelete
settlers of Catan! or Zooleretto... shichever is your most favorite of the two..ReplyDelete
I'd love to try Zooloretto!ReplyDelete
that Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers game sounds amazing!ReplyDelete
Bananagrams! Please! Though my son would likely want some of the European ones that you thankfully explained - he plays those at game nights with the chess club.ReplyDelete
I would love to try Hunters and Gatherers! We love family board games here, and all of those sound great (even though they may be a bit much for our youngest at age 5).ReplyDelete
Ticket to Ride. I really want to play it. I think my sons would like it, too. Thanks for a fun giveaway and also for the fearless bread recipe from long ago…we've been making it for almost a year! And haven't bought loaves from the store since!ReplyDelete
Oh man, how about any of the following: Ticket to Ride, Modern Art or Zooloretto!ReplyDelete
Would love to try Zooloretto! We have and love to play many on your list, so I just know we'd like this one, too!ReplyDelete
You make them all sound like so much fun... but I would love to try Ticket to Ride.ReplyDelete
You've sold our family on Ticket to Ride!ReplyDelete
OH! We LOVE Taboo. And Boggle. (although in our family, Boggle is pronounced with a Spanish Flair - 'BOW-Glay'. And somehow is issued in a challenge format a la, 'Dad...I hereby challenge you to a game of BowGlay'ReplyDelete
Dutch Blitz looked like my kids might like it best!ReplyDelete
i ordered farkle & rummi..something for the kids this year. a friend has bg & the adults have just as much fun with it! thanks for that game post last week!! loved it.
Man I love games! Zooloretto is one I've been interested in trying. Great suggestions on your earlier post!ReplyDelete
I've hear raves about the Settlers of Cataan (although not so many raves that I haven't already bought them--I actually did use your post as a straight-to-the-ecart shopping guide for the boyz in the family.)ReplyDelete
I'm sorry to say we don't own Sorry! Thanks for the community you create with your words!ReplyDelete
I think the new National Park Monopoly looks really neato!ReplyDelete
Zooloretto! I'm so intrigued by your ringing endorsement, and my kids love anything with animals :)ReplyDelete
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Hi..thank you for your blogs. Love your writing so much, wish you wrote more..always checking and it seems only one entry a month..boo hoo, but always excited when there is a NEW post.ReplyDelete
Especially this one! Feel less intelligent, but game I would like is called "Walk the Dogs". I just think my kids would LOVE it as it comes with this bag of tiny various breeds of dogs. (Am interested to see what they would do with them, as they have taken brown backgammon pieces and incorporated them into Candyland as chocolates and invented their own set of rules.) Love your list of games, but have you seen the over $60 price on Zooloretto at Amazon?! That's too outrageous.
So, of course if you choose "Walk the Dogs" for us, we would be most happy to keep you posted with our reviews and the kids ideas for play.
PS LOVED the sugared cranberries at Tday and only a few left, I put them in small dish in frig overnight and they were cold and still very yummy next day..will be making them every year! thanks for the new tradition...my kitchen was covered with sugar, but the kids had a blast :)
I'd have to say Zooloretto looked pretty fun and we need to shake up our game selection a bit.ReplyDelete
THANKS!! By the way, my holiday table was very pretty from our sugared cranberries.
I'm always thrilled when you post!!ReplyDelete
I think that my boys would love to try Zooloretto. Thank you for your blog.
I would love Settlers of Catan. It sounds right up my kids' alley. I made your chex mix last night- I added a smidge too much hot sauce which had the benefit of keeping the kids from eating it all.ReplyDelete
Ticket to Ride is currently sitting in my Amazon cart--waiting for purchase before the holidays, thanks to your post. Would love to win it! Your enthusiastic description of the games has prompted me to insist that my family add an offical 'game night' to the week. An early New Year's resolution!ReplyDelete
"Hey, that's my fish!" looks like fun for my family!ReplyDelete
I'm having so much trouble making up my mind. Okay - Hunters and Gatherers! We've never tried a European style game - this looks like a good introduction.ReplyDelete
i've been eyeing 'orchard' on amazon for months. we saw a family playing it once and we were crazy with jealousy! thanks for all the years of writing...ReplyDelete
I would love to have Orchard to play with the little kids. Love all the game recs-- thanks so much!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the games roundup last week--we ordered Bananagrams and Dutch Blitz for the holidays. And thanks too for the contest! We'd love Hunters and Gatherers.ReplyDelete
my kiddos would love Blokus!ReplyDelete
They ALL sound so much fun. However, I think I would go with Ticket to Ride.ReplyDelete
Settlers of Catan.ReplyDelete
Just asked for board game suggestions in my facebook status. Many of the suggestions I got matched yours.
Dutch Blitz sounds great!ReplyDelete
Scrabble - fun for the competitive parents, fun for the learning-to-read/write kids.ReplyDelete
Oh, oh, oh, Hunters and gatherers please... we have a hobbit version of the tile laying game - boy this is one of our absolute favorites, but it being in German we have to forever translate the rules... cannot wait to try this one.ReplyDelete
Carrcassonne! because it sounds so fun to pronounce - reminds me of macaroni, which we love and I absolutely love the list of games you provided. Thank you so much for all the ideas!ReplyDelete
Carcassonne (good god, I'm sure I spelled that wrong . . . how many consonants can one word have?) Hunters and Gatherers sounds really cool. (So does Rummikub--okay who comes up with these names?--but since I have to choose one, I'm going with the lovely meadows and rivers.)ReplyDelete
Every one is your favorite! I'll say Zooloretto because my kids are younger - but I'll understand if you knock Canadians out of the running to guard against shipping headaches!ReplyDelete
Killer Bunnies. I have a friend that RAVES about it, but we don't have it yet. Oh, or maybe the kids' version Kinder Bunnies... if I were to happen to win, you can choose. ;)ReplyDelete
I'm loving the Hunters and Gatherers suggestion. Seems like the kind of game my 7 year old would like.ReplyDelete
Zooloretto! The name, the animals, and the fact that Birdy likes it!ReplyDelete
wow! you are so kind to offer a give away like that...and i love seeing the options in the comments - we've never played Zooloretto or Ticket to ride...I guess either would be fabulous if there is one you like. we just bought harry potter lego game and found it very fun.ReplyDelete
I'd love to try Ticket to Ride - my oldest is not quite 7 yet but he loves trains. P.S. My husband and I LOVE Settlers of Catan and always recommend it to people - can't wait until my kids are old enough to play it!ReplyDelete
Apples to Apples. This is a game that everyone in my family will agree to play with me.ReplyDelete
I would love Blokus or Zooloretto to play with my kindergartener.ReplyDelete
Carcassone: Hunters and Gatherers! How fun...a game of chance for a game. :-)ReplyDelete
Dutch Blitz, please! Thanks for all you do.ReplyDelete
Zooloretto! It sounds wonderful.ReplyDelete
Loved the sound of the game Dixit. Thank you for the depth and detail of your games post. It was so great to learn of games "off the beaten path"!ReplyDelete
Carcassonne hunters and Gatherers! We just moved back to the USA from the Middle East. We made lots of British friends that we are missing a bunch! Maybe this would help!ReplyDelete
Zooloretto sounds great; we'd love to try it.ReplyDelete
I'd love Apples to Apples. We played it at a girls' weekend with a bunch of friends, and it was so much fun.ReplyDelete
I would like to try Ticket to Ride! My children love strategy games. I've added it to my Amazon wish list.ReplyDelete
Wow - thanks, Catherine! Zooloretto is my choice. I ordered Dutch Blitz thanks to you!ReplyDelete
rummikub and thank you for the give-away!ReplyDelete
Hi Catherine, I've been reading since your babycenter days and I'm feeling a bit sheepish that it took the prospect of a free game for me to de-lurk. Anyway, Ticket to Ride looks great! And I will definitely try your latke recipe this year...by the way, I make your plum cake all the time & have lost count how many times I've given the recipe out (with credit to you & your fantastic blog, of course). Chag Sameach!ReplyDelete
Wow. Such a hard choice, so I'll go with your first recommendation: Hunters and Gatherers.ReplyDelete
Mille bornes, which I had forgotten and that a reader of yours reminded me of in the comments section. THANK YOU !ReplyDelete
I really want my own Zooloretto. That games looks perfect for my family.ReplyDelete
Settlers of Catan - played it before kids were born, and now my Ben is old enough.ReplyDelete
Zooloretto!!!! I know that my daughter would love it, and my son will say that he loves it because his big sister does!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much!
I think New World would be great to try. My ten year old son is obsessed with early american history and this looks like funReplyDelete
I would love to try Drumis. We love Blokus and I think that one would be great too. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Ticket to Ride sounds awesome. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Dutch Blitz sounds goot.ReplyDelete
Scrabble. The kids are too young for it but hubby and I used to play it for hours at coffee shops before they came along (sigh).ReplyDelete
Bananagrams. Just because it's funny to say 'Bananagrams'. And I like the banana bag. Very clever.ReplyDelete
We'd love Carcassonne - Hunters and Gatherers!ReplyDelete
settlers of cataan! :)ReplyDelete
I know my 7-year-old son would love Zooloretto, and I would too, because I'm tired of having him kick my butt at chess! (Also, it would be awesome to win a gift for him, since the "money for gifts" purse is tiny this year.) Thanks for the list and the contest!ReplyDelete
Zooloreto would be fab! I ordered Hunters and Gatherers and Ticket to ride -I'm excited to have some new games in the house.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the reviews of the games - that was just what I needed.
After seeing your list, I ordered 3 games from Amazon. Goblet, Dutch Blitz arrived during the week. But I haven't had the concentration to figure out how to play Dutch Blitz yet (embarrassed to admit the rules seem complicated). We might bring it to our next trip to learn to play it without distraction. But Goblet is a big hit with my 5 year-old, who can play it, but without strategy just yet. I liked the sturdy box and classy looking pieces. Thanks for the ideas to play board games again- reminds me of my childhood...ReplyDelete
what do I do without your blog!!
Dutch Blitz. My husband is a board game collector, and I would be thrilled to give him something that isn't in our 100+ collection that looks like so much fun!ReplyDelete
Rummikub sounds like it would be a great addition to our house from your description.ReplyDelete
Zooloretto is on my Amazon wish list, so I'll go with that. Thanks for the giveaway. We love board games! And your recommendations!ReplyDelete
I pretty much wishlisted everything you recommended in your last post...so it is hard to pick! I have heard a lot of buzz about The Settlers of Catan, so I'll go with that one!ReplyDelete
Zooloretto sounds fun! We've been looking for some new fun board games, so thank you for the recommendations, and the fun contest!ReplyDelete
Oh my, the Dixit game someone mentioned sounds right up my story-loving family's alley! I am from Canada also, so possibly disqualified from the giveaway? No matter, I love to read you wherever I find you.ReplyDelete
Zooloretto. It sounds like something we could all enjoy. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I hear Blokus is great!ReplyDelete
I don't have a google account but my name is Kristin :)
Carcassonne Hunters and GatherersReplyDelete
Because I have a 6 1/2 year old that LOVES those kind of games.
Apples to Apples! And we'd love a post about the games you USED to play--our oldest is 4 and into Guess Who, but the rest are too old, and if I play Candyland too many more times.......ReplyDelete
Ooh, I'd love Zooloretto for my animal loving guys! Thanks for all your great reviews. After boring myself to literal tears playing all the regular board games, I'd really enjoy branching out.ReplyDelete
Rumis sounds great! We already have Blokus and love it, so I think we would like Rumis, too. Thanks, Catherine!ReplyDelete
Ooo, fun! I'm going with Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers cause it looks like fun and hey we could use it for "game night, date night" until the kids are old enough to join us! thanks!ReplyDelete
Ooh, it's so hard to choose. It is between Zooloretto, Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne. Whichever you think would be best for a 9 year old who is new to these kinds of games. Awesome post as always!!ReplyDelete
My son loves board games! We play Cranium all the time and it's so fun. I just bought Cadoo for him for Christmas, but I know he would love Ticket to Ride also.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the suggestions, Catherine!
I think Zooloretto sounds amazing. I only wish Soren were a little older. He does okay with Monopoly, but the attention span can wane and then the pieces go all over.ReplyDelete
Zooloretto would be my choice. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Hunters and Gatherers! Or Zooloretto!ReplyDelete
Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers! Sounds wonderful!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for all the game recommendations! Just asked my parents for Settlers of Catan (based on your recommendation) as a Christmas present and I'm pretty sure/hopeful we'll soon be playing that one so I'm going to put down Modern Art here. I was a major Masterpiece fan as a kid and this game sounds like more intelligent, grown-up version of that!ReplyDelete
Guess Who, please -- I have a 4 year old.ReplyDelete
Loved your games post. Many I wishlisted for later. Our kids are 3 and 5 and we LOVE playing games together. I think we'd all love Guess Who, or Sorry and I have to say Zooloretto looks amAZING! We love zingo and are thinking of other games by the same manufacturer for Christmas too.ReplyDelete
Also, I make your potato/leek soup weekly and we absolutely love it!
You've got me curious to try Zooloretto. We have Coloretto and really like it, Zooloretto sounds like something the kids would like better. =)ReplyDelete
We'd love to win Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers--based on your descriptions it sounds like a great game for our family!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance Catherine!
We'd love to try Hunters and Gatherers. Oh, and guess what? I finally realized that I can never find my copy of Waiting for Birdy because I didn't own a copy. Oops! Well, I do now! Really wishing for another book at some point....ReplyDelete
I think Farkle looks fun!ReplyDelete
Settlers of Catan sounds great!ReplyDelete
Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers This sounds like alot of fun and we have been looking for it all over!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your fantastic blog!
Carrcassonne Hunters and Gatherers looks great!ReplyDelete
Ooo, I would like Zooloretto or Gobblet. Happy Chanukkah!ReplyDelete
Zooloretto! I got so excited that I went to eBay to buy it, only to be foiled by false advertising. Even though the picture was for the original Zooloretto, I was actually sold the Zooloretto expansion. What am I going to do with that?!ReplyDelete
Carcassonne. Catherine, you're too generous!ReplyDelete
Oooooh. I would have no idea how to choose one, they all sound so cool. Ticket to Ride? You're such a sweetheart to do this.ReplyDelete
Dutch Blitz! Crazy Aunt Robin already purchased Settlers of Catan for our Christmas gift.ReplyDelete
Catherine, you are the best. Enjoy the season to its fullest!
I've been wanting Dutch Blitz ever since I read your last post! Thank you, by the way, for putting up that great list of your favorite board games.ReplyDelete
Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers! Made the latkes, and they were indeed delicious.ReplyDelete
ABALONE. I played it once and I've wanted it since. It takes about 1 minute to learn and is really fast paced. You can win or lose in a split second and even if you lose you are sure you can win the next one, so you just keep playing.ReplyDelete
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Zooleretto! I want my family to love board games, but they are still little, so I haven't tried much. This might be just right for my 7 year old. You are sweet to do these contests. They are so fun! --Cathy KReplyDelete
I'd love the Carconne Hunter and Gatheres,...in fact I think I'm a gonna order it now and the if I win, give it as a gift!ReplyDelete
Settlers of Cattan. My sister plays with friends all the time and I am jealous! I think my oldest kid would love it!ReplyDelete
Zooloretto... did I even spell it right?ReplyDelete
@Hunters and Gatherers!! I had not heard of this before reading your post and am very excited to try it out.ReplyDelete
Zooloretto! I also have younger ones ... Thanks for doing this!ReplyDelete
Carcassonne New World. My two boys are 11 and 8 (my 11 year old is also named Ben!). We love games and we try to have "Friday ight Game night" as often as we can!ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the great descriptions!!
"She's got a Ticket to Ri-hide, she's got a Ticket to Ri-hi-hide." She's making me jealous so I would also like to have Ticket to Ride. I know, I'm a dork. I hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful holiday. Thanks, Catherine!ReplyDelete
I want to teach my daughters Boggle. They're only 6 and 4, but even the little one can read fluently and they are both into word puzzles and games like Hangman. I think Boggle is the next step!ReplyDelete
Definitely Dutch Blitz. How can you pass up a Vonderful Goot game??ReplyDelete
Pictureka!! It looks like so much fun though I'm sure I will get whooped by my 6 year old.ReplyDelete
I would love to play the game Aquire, that you mentioned in your post, with my kids!ReplyDelete
Thanks for blogging!
I don't have Chinese checkers yet! And my daughter is 6. What's wrong with us?ReplyDelete
Oops! I think I entered on the other post =) Would love to try Zooloretto! Sounds right up our alley!ReplyDelete
i'm too late, but i would like MUNCHKIN or MASTERMIND please.ReplyDelete
Ticket to Ride sounds perfect to me!ReplyDelete
Settlers of Catan! :)ReplyDelete
Carcassonne. I think we are ready to graduate to something like this and I love your enthusiasm about it!ReplyDelete
Did I make it? It's not 12 here yet! We are currently wanting Pandemic! Happy Holidays!ReplyDelete
Am I too late? It's Tuesday here but I think it's still Monday for you.ReplyDelete
I have ordered Carsaconne from your recommendation already.
So Ticket to Ride.
Carcassonne Hunters & Gatherers, please!ReplyDelete
Tried to order on Amazon, but they won't ship it overseas...