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18 January 2011



I played a lot of Hearts in college, too. (Same . . . refreshments.) Great, great fun! I also played a lot (a LOT) of Crazy Eights, often with my Grandmother.


My brother and I had a Bingo game that we just about wore out. And Clue and Monopoly kept us busy for many many hours.
Outside, there was the usual tag, hide-and-go-seek, etc. But our very favorite was Lawn Darts - back in the day when the darts were actual weighted metal darts that spiked into the ground! ('Family Fun for Everyone!')




I'm with Vicki, you're so funny :^). ditto with the dodgeball and kickball (yes, even in the southern neck of woods). big ditto on the Hearts games with even bigger ditto on the refreshments, lol. Another game my best friend, her brother, and I played.. RatFuck. cannot for my life remember how it was played though. eye roll. way too long ago.


I googled and found Egyptian Rat Fuck. I wonder if that's the same game.

I'm thinking dodge ball is too violent for kids today. No one can get away with targeting the fat kid or anything these days. Oh, and I've heard there was a lot of popcorn in the early 70's. ;^)



My husband and I have been playing Yahtzee, Scrabble, and some card games. I think it would be fun to have a group of people to play games with. Apparently the people I know think this is lame. Oh well!


Never played a lot of cards, but, g-d, did I love Kickball and Dodgeball (which we called Bombardment)! As for board games, Aggravation and its mini, Joltz.


We played all sorts of board games and card games when I was a kid. I was never any good at dodgeball or anything that required coordination - even in miniscule amounts - although in grade school we skipped rope while chanting those rhymes during recess all the time. (Now that I say that, how could I have skipped rope without breaking any bones if I was so hopelessly uncoordinated?)

In college backgammon was the game of choice (similar refreshments).

My kids are not into board games so much, which I've never understood. Oh well, we have a lot of fun anyway.


Mmm, popcorn...
I used to date a guy who played Smear, or maybe Schmear. It was a lot of fun. A friend used to have Tuesday night Monopoly games at her house. It was a lot of fun with 6 people playing. Hopscotch, that thing with the four corners and kicking a ball. Girls were really hypercompetitive, and I stopped playing with a lot of them. The local coffeehouse has a board night, and there's a game store in town that has game nights too.
Anybody up for a game of chess?


My favorite card game was donkey (when you play with your family), aka jackass (when you play with your popcorn popping friends).

Mary Lou

Oh hearts and, um, flowers? Kickball, Break It Red Rover, Freeze Tag, croquet (I was an adult before I knew it was a 'genteel' game we played in the backyard for hours.) Badminton, pinochle, parcheesi, Risk and of course, Monopoly. I come from a big family and lived in a 'hood full of other big Catholic families, so there were always kids to play with.


I had to comment to tell you that my youngest son, who is 14, wanted to be a professional kickball player when he was in 3rd grade! He and his friends played every day for recess that year :-)

Debra Henk

Dang, I still love popcorn.

I never played Smear, but I remember seeing a sign at the Eagles (Elks?) lodge in Ely MN advertising a Smear Tournament. Sounded nasty. I thought maybe it had something to do with those wool pads on the back of the choppers. (Choppers are big leather mittens, and they have a wool pad on the back for wiping your nose. Nuff said.)

We played Freeze Tag, Sardines (a wonderful game when you are a middle-schooler and get to huddle up next to a *boy*, as long as it is the right boy), Mother May I, Red Light-Green Light.

In college, we played a game called 'Screw your Buddy' or, when the popcorn came out, F*** your Neighbor. I didn't check the link above, but if you drew certain cards, you could make your neighbor lose a turn, or turn the play in the opposite direction.

Yarnhog (Suzanne)

My best friend and I used to play cards for hours on end when we were kids, usually a game we called "Spit." I don't know anyone else who ever played it, but we loved it!

Sheepish Annie

We don't have recess at the middle school, but the last few schools I taught at featured some mean kickball games during recess! That and touch football. As for me, my favorite game as a kidlet was four-square. I was kind of good at that, but not much else in the outdoor arena!

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