I’ve lived in the Philippines for several years already, not counting my current year and a half of an extended temporary stay in the United States. During these years, I haven’t seen children or adults playing any of the classic board games, other than Chess. I’ve played Chess as well, but it gets old after a while.
When shopping and looking around, the only board game I saw being sold was Chess. Maybe I was blind or maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places. I’m sure someone is going to tell me otherwise.
My list isn’t very long because many board games are variations of others. Three of the board games I like are based on a game that originated in India, called Pachisi.
Unlike others, I’ve never liked any version of Monopoly. I consider it slow and tedious. I’ve never liked any version of Battleship either and that should seem odd since I grew up with four brothers.
What I’ll probably do is buy a bunch of board games and put them in one of the balikayan boxes me and my wife are sending a couple of months ahead of ourselves. Of course, that depends on what we can find and where we can find them.
I’m thinking more of my nieces and nephews than anyone else. I have a lot of nieces and nephews in the Philippines and most of them are under the age of 13. I don’t even care if I have to teach them how to play the games.
There’s also a few non-gambling card games I could send ahead or bring with me, but the only ones I can think of off the top of my head are “Uno” and “Go Fish”. Sure, there’s a lot of card games that can be played with a standard deck of cards, but I want card decks that can only be used as intended.
Except for Chess, I can’t remember playing any board games in the last 30 years. I’m sure I played something with my two boys, but I can’t remember what they were. They grew up at the beginning of the Nintendo years, so they spent most of their time glued to a TV screen.
Brownouts are a fact of life in the Philippines and they often occur on weekends. Waiting for electricity to be restored is almost as fun as watching paint dry. In my opinion, a brownout would be the perfect time to pull out some board games that don’t need a lot of thought. Not only could it be a lot of fun, but it would give the children something to do besides complain.
By: RT Cunningham
March 16, 2014
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