Batty for board games

 I have about 30 board games, including 6 Star Wars ones (Escape from the Death Star, Trivial Pursuit, 2 versions of Monopoly, and 2 versions of Risk), five *count ’em* FIVE versions of Monopoly (the two aforementioned Star Wars ones, Cleveland, Harley Davidson, Catopoly, and the original), plus classics like Yahtzee, Life, Hotels, Battleship, Scrabble, and Axis and Allies.

Unfortunately, I don’t get to play too many of them. It’s hard to find the time, plus a certain person won’t play Scrabble with me because I always win. (BTW – he cheats at Battleship.) And then the cats take over, like in the picture above. Osiris spent a good 15 minutes attacking the dice, It was just so funny that I let her play with them.

The next thing you’re going to ask is, “How did I get so many board games?” Well, some I’ve had since I was a kid, some were gifts when I was in college, and others I bought on ebay. One of them is older than I am: Escape from the Death Star is from 1977.  I even rescued some games from the dumpster outside of my building. Before you say EW, let me clarify – they were on the ground outside the dumpster and were still in their original shrink wrap. I couldn’t let them go to the landfill. It just wasn’t right.

There are still a few on my wish-list, including a blank make-your-own Monopoly, and several Star Wars-themed games that I don’t yet have. I’d also like a complete Axis and Allies (the old mid-80’s version) since mine is missing some pieces. I think I need Mousetrap to complete the collection, too. None of the new-fangled ones though. The last time I wandered the game aisle at Wal-Mart I was dismayed to find that they all contain DVD’s now. Are attention spans that short? It’s sad that kids these days will never know how much fun it is to spend three hours losing at Monopoly.

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