Mancala, Othello, and Violence
Jen posted about having a game night, and it made me think about my favorite games growing up. Games like Monopoly and Risk were out of the questions because a.) they took too long for my attention-lacking family and b.) they caused so many fights over strategy and rules that my mother banned them under the guise of "you kids are going to give me a heart attack" rule. Even Candy Land resulted in some near-death experiences. It wasn't until I met my husband that I was healed enough to attempt holding family game nights again.
One game that my husband and I can actually play together (he can't stand that I will not make a deal in Monopoly until I'm ready to make a deal, which is usually never) is Mancala. I'm trying to work Othello into the rotation too, but for now he's convinced that Mancala is the only game we can play without causing physical and/or mental injury to one another. Since I found two online versions, I wanted to share them with you all in the spirit of family-fun night.