Games - Gaming
There is no limit to the age when you can get into games. Games are something that people love to play even in a ripe old age because the kind of entertainment you can get out of a small box is absolutely unbeatable. For some people, games are like books - they transport you into a whole new world for a few hours, making you forget everything else and just focus on playing as well as you can. With so many different kinds of games available in so many different genres, you can guarantee that there's always something out there that suits your style and taste.
By the way, when we say games, we are not talking about console-based video games or computer games, we are talking about the good old days of board games or card games that you can play with your family, without involving a television or screen of any kind, and by making sure that you are spending time with the entire group and not leaving anyone out. You can play at your own pace and there's lesser anxiety or frustration while the entertainment quotient and banter is as good as that of a video game, if not better.
Picking Board Games
There are various categories that board games are divided into and depending on who you are planning to play with, you can choose your category of game. For e.g. if you are planning to play with really young children, you can find something like Pyramid or Loopin' Louie that throw in a lot of colour with a cool concept to keep the children interested. If you are planning to settle down with a slightly older age-group, then you could bring in some interesting theme based games like War of the Ring or Battlestar Galactica.
If you have a couple of young boys to play with, pull out the war board games like the D-Day at Omaha Beach or the timeless favourite, Battleships. Maybe they would like to have a go at something that requires a bit of strategy and thought, like Mage Knight Board Game or Power Grid, you never really know! Here's the best bit - if you are having guests for dinner, board games are the best way to break the ice and find a common ground to get started. There are special board games like Pictionary or scrabble that give your parties that bit of lift. No one ever gets tired of playing these two classics.
In the end, there is always a board game for everyone and no matter what you love, you will always be able to find something that suits just you and your tastes. You can head out to the local toy store and buy these games and if you aren't getting what you want in your local store, try buying it online. There are plenty of websites that sell these wonderful board games for you to add to your collection.
The Collection Bit
Not everyone buys board games to play - some people buy them for keeps. They keep the board games in their original packaging and don't take them out for any reason. The mint-condition of these games raises their value over time and as a result of technology coming in and wiping the floor with these games, they are becoming rarer and harder to find. If you are interested in getting these board games to add to your collection, look out for them in local antique stores or garage sales or even local flea markets. You never know what you might find in these places and you might even find some really rare pieces that are not manufactured or available anymore.
Board games like the Fish Pond, a Victorian era game that had tiny rods with hooks to catch fish from the board, is one of the rarest games you can find and a buying one from a collector will shed you of about a few hundred dollars. Jigsaw puzzles, especially the older versions, are getting rarer and more expensive and if you have something really old, you can be confident that the prices are probably touching the roof today. Card games are also quite popular in this category and so are games that didn't really come with boards, but used your floor as the board.
The thing about collecting these board games or card games is that they need to be in pristine condition to be of any value to anyone. There is no value attached to a game that as no board or missing pieces or a torn box. It doesn't mean that you cannot play with them - it just means that you cannot treat them badly or roughly. However, serious collectors never even open the box to see what's inside and the board games stay in their original packaging.
Board games have been around for many centuries now and they are still as brilliant and fascinating as they once were. They allow the entire family to sit around a table and spend time doing one common thing and having fun at it. If you are trying to re-live your childhood or just trying to give your family a taste of what it was like to live in your childhood, while teaching them something fun and interesting along the way, then bring out those board games and let them have a go.