Monday, November 30, 2009

Getting to Know You: Games and Toys

As we head into the season for Christmas, Hanukkah, and other gift-giving holidays, let's take a moment to recall the toys and games that made our childhood holidays fun.

What was on your childhood wish list?












What kinds of games did you most like to play?











Are any of these toys and games the sorts of things you'd enjoy today, if no one were watching?

35 comments:

Kalila said...

"Destroy the Caravan" was always a fun game. Bactria was rather boring in those days.

Just kidding, Ricky! I've never destroyed any caravans. Well, maybe just one. But they deserved it.

Ricky said...

Thanks for making me feel really lame for liking Monopoly, Kalila.

Marenya said...

My favorite game, even now, is Quarry. It is similar to a human game called Chess.

I beat Raynor, but I think he let me win.

Ginger said...

I love Monopoly, Ricky! We just had a Monopoly tournament at Thanksgiving. Would you like to come over and play sometime?

Laura Martone said...

LEGOs, LEGOs, LEGOs!

And, yes, I'd still play with them today... even if everyone were looking.

P.S. Incidentally, Ricky and Ginger, I can't stand Monopoly. What attracts you both to it? Good ol' American greed?

Nutmeg Cross said...

I didn't really have a lot of toys and games as a kid. Books and the outdoors were my pastimes. I liked playing games like "Capture the Flag" with the kids that would attend my dad's vision quest camps.

Course, my little brother and I liked to play card games together... you know, Go Fish, Old Maid, War, etc. I sure do miss him.

Ginger said...

Laura, for me it's the

a) unpredictability - will I get Chance? Community Chest? Park Place? Jail?

b) strategy of deciding which properties to buy and which to pass up, as well as trying to convince other people to trade with me (Let's Make a Deal!)

c) and yes, getting to pretend I have thousands of dollars and can actually buy whatever I want

Christine H said...

Laura, the advantage of having a son is that I can play Legos whenever I want!

I told him to ask Santa to bring me the
Medieval Market Village

Christine H said...

P.S. Growing up, we were often snowed in on Christmas Day, so my mom started getting a new puzzle every year that we would do together in front of the fire. Those are my best Christmas memories... just the four of us at home, doing puzzles.

Laura Martone said...

Christine -

Oh, I loved doing jigsaw puzzles with my mom! Even blogged about it once.

And as for Legos... now, I want a Medieval Village, too! If only to have a Lego-sized turkey. Though I have to admit, nothing beats the Lego pirate ship. ;-)

Christine H said...

Yeah, you gotta love the Lego turkeys! Actually, any of the sets that come with trolls have turkey legs... apparently you can distract them with it, like throwing a dog a bone. Too funny!

Faldur said...

King of the Hill.

With swords.

Aidan said...

Snowboards, arrows, and bows.

And fishing poles. Remember, Kaelin, the year Mom got us fishing poles?

Kaelin said...

Uh, yeah, bro. You threw mine in the lake.

Aidan said...

Oh. Yeah.

Sorry.

Kaelin said...

Well, sorry for breaking your collar bone.

Marc said...

Can't stand Monopoly or board games. But I do like Legos. And poker. I could use a new deck of cards for Christmas...

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Wow, medieval market village is 12+ ! It must have a ton of pieces!

bunnygirl said...

Jigsaw puzzled are a favorite of mine, too. My grandfather loved them and there was always a puzzle in progress on the table in the front parlor when I would visit. I never did very well at them, but I got better each year until my grandfather passed away when I was 9 and there were no more puzzles. After that, I had to buy my own.

Maybe I'll get one to work on over the holiday break. I'm very good at them now and it's a nice way to relax without having to totally tune out everyone around.

bunnygirl said...

Hm. That would be "puzzles," not "puzzled."

Puzzling...

Ricky said...

Laura, Monopoly wasn't about greed with me. It was strategy and learning how to make sound business decisions.

Kalila said...

Considering that you were broke when I met you and your business would've been a failure without my magical intervention, I'd say that your Monopoly game wasn't a good educational strategy, Ricky.

Ricky said...

Thanks, Kalila. I know I can always count on you to say just the right thing.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Poor Ricky. I have to say... with friends like Kalila, it's a wonder you have a self esteem at all.

Laura Martone said...

I'm with Meg on this one. Would it kill you, Kalila, to say something nice to Ricky? He goes through a lot for you and the rest of the band. Remember, it's not easy being a non-magical being.

Oh, and Ricky, while I can appreciate the lessons learned from Monopoly, you have yet to convince me. I can't stand mean-spirited games where the object is not just to win but to WIPE OUT your opponents. But that's just me. ;-)

Kalila said...

Ah, Meg and Laura...the fact that Ricky enjoys games like Monopoly is evidence that he's tougher than he comes across. He's nice to me and the band when he comes here, but he can be quite unreasonable at other times.

And I am nice to him. I bought him a Lexus. I paid off his credit card debt. I heal him when he's sick and I save him when he's in danger. What purpose would nice words accomplish? I don't believe in flattering mortals. It gives them odd notions about their own importance.

Ricky said...

Kalila, when have I ever been unreasonable? And no, I wouldn't get a big head if you said something nice once in awhile.

Kalila said...

You know, Ricky...be on time, play all scheduled sets...

Vic said...

...don't suck the blood of fans. Come on, Ricky, that's crazy talk.

Bo said...

And don't forget the time you made me stop what I was doing with that cute blonde because you thought I should be out on stage playing music.

You're often very unreasonable, Ricky.

As for games and toys, my author says I can't name them all here, so I'll just say I like playing doctor and hearing bedtime stories...

Christine H said...

SSAS ~ 1,601 to be precise!

Christine H said...

My secret addiction... Webkinz. You know those cute little stuffed animals with online counterparts that the kids collect? Yep. I have ten. Count 'em. Ten.

It makes a cute thing for my son to buy for me for Christmas, Mother's Day, etc. And they have great arcade games for when your brain is just totally fried. Tetris, Pac Man, Asteroids... all the games from when I was a kid. They have different names and cooler graphics, but that's basically what they are.

So addictive, and so much fun!

Now it's not a secret any more!

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Kalila, you have yet to convince me that Ricky is an unreasonable mortal. My guess is that it's rather tough to "manage" a band of your ilk. Though I imagine it's also highly entertaining. ;-)

Nutmeg Cross said...

Just for the record, Bo, when you say you like to play "doctor," I guess you don't mean that "Operation" board game. Right?

Kaelin said...

I have Tetris on my phone.