With everyone having to spend so much time at home due to restrictions related to coronavirus, many people have switched to an old school form of entertainment: board games.
Not only do families release the games they have had forever, but many people also order new ones.
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner recently told CNBC that his company was doing well during the first quarter of this year due to a surge in classic board game sales. The Guardian reports that board game sales skyrocketed during the first week of the British lockdown; there too, traditional games have become the most popular.
But while Monopoly, Clue and Codenames remain a staple, other board games have come under the spotlight. This is called Pandemic.
Initially released in 2008 and has sold more than two million copies since then. But with the actual pandemic affecting everyone’s life now, he has become famous for bouncing.
Former graphic designer Matt Leacock created it between two outbreaks, SARS in 2003 and swine flu in 2009.
The aim of this game is to stop the four diseases from infecting and killing millions of people around the world. Each player plays a role – medical, maybe – and draws a card with the name of the city to be infected. Players must stop the spread and find four drugs.
I have played it (a friend of mine has bought it), and it is exciting and challenging, although it takes a while to understand all the rules.
One of the interesting things with Pandemic is that players work as a team rather than compete with each other – as they should in a pandemic, right?
With all the enthusiasm of this game, The Day asks readers to tell us what game they played when “taking refuge in place” during an actual pandemic. Kate Norrad is playing Battleship; and RJ, Pam and Dan Kelley from Pawcatuck took Game of Life. This is what some other readers say …
Heather Nenna from Uncasville:
“Our family likes board games even when we are not quarantined!
“Rummikub is a favorite of my 12-year-old son. Both boys love the UNO Attack, especially when I end up with all the cards. Regular UNO is also a hit. Blokus is a family favorite because it only has one rule. We all like playing rummy. Competition is still alive and well in our home! “
Michael Connolly from Ledyard:
“My wife Celinda and I, both retired, have played a lot of Yahtzee during our ‘forced’ isolation. We laughed, cheer each other good dice rolls, and he usually defeats me easily. We really ran out of scores and were desperately printing them from the internet. Work for us. We play two games at a time, usually with a cup of fresh coffee, and it turns out to help break things up positively. We try not to watch too much TV news.
“We have also played a newer game called Spot It. It’s a fun and fast game, and we both play it evenly. Helps keep us sharp, or so I want to believe.
“Besides that, we have made a puzzle. The size of a thousand pieces is just right to help us pass the clock for several days. Oh, yeah, we eat a lot too, LOL. “
Amy Oulundsen from Norwich:
“We already loved Uno but started playing Boobytrap last night. Adding our grades helps my 2nd grade students with math skills! ”
Heather Beyrent Doughty from New London:
“We play Cards Against Humanity with families throughout the country through Zoom. We all use this link (via www.cardsagainsthumanity.online) active on our cellphone to play games. Very nice!
Julie Elizabeth Page from Gales Ferry:
“Unstable unicorns are fun!”
Eileen Matthews Dolan from Norwich:
“My family likes the Bananagrams game. It’s like Scrabble but everyone works with their own crosswords at the same time, so no one is waiting for someone to finish their turn. Even my 8-year-old granddaughter likes it. It has become ours. new favorite game. “
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