Here's A Taste of What I'm Talking About
And what the heck does this have to do with farming and homesteading? A lot. Because unlike computer games, television, going out to dinner, cocktail parties — this group activity involves active community, problem solving, sportsmanship and strategy. You want to be a part of a faming community, well learning how to find quick and dirty solutions and work with others is just as important a skill to a homesteader as pounding fenceposts. Also, games like this can be thrown in the backseat of a car or tucked into saddle bags and played outside, away from plugs and speakers. You can engage in such a creative way that so many of us have lost to instant-gratification of TV and movies. Now, I love TV and movies but they are no where near as fun as using all of my wits and laughter with friends, some beer, and a board of imagination and competition. And unlike a trip to the bar or a visit to the movie house, you buy a game and it is yours to play over and over. I have had so much fun with my cheaper games like Tsuro, Zombie Dice, and Gloom I feel like I owe the companies that made them royalty checks....
I think all farmers are gamers, because we all love being tested and figuring out how to make things better in our own situation. We like little victories. We like each other. And we really try to avoid zombies in our water sources. So get out there and play!
Here's my top ten list of games for beginners:
Settlers of Catan
Ticket to Ride
* means card or dice games under $20