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Crunchy glaciers and cute pirates

January 2, 2013

On Xmas day we managed to play a few games after lunch, including Apples to Apples. For the uninitiated, this is a party/word game which involves everyone playing “red apple” cards (which each have a word or phrase on) in an attempt to match a category (on a “green apple” card). Whoever plays the best card in the view of that round’s judge wins a point. Then the another player becomes judge for the next round and a new category card is turned over…

We didn't get a picture when we were actually playing the game, so here is a highly realistic staged shot.

We didn’t get a picture when we were actually playing the game, so here is a highly realistic staged shot. (If you can’t make it out, the cards are: Healthy, Darth Vader, Lemons, Oranges, and Trampolines.)

We have a big “party box” set of the game, which contains hundreds of cards. For our Xmas travels I had packaged up a stack of red and green cards, making an effort to only include words that Miss B would be likely to understand. The full set has, for example, a lot of cards with (mostly American) celebrities who she just wouldn’t recognise, so I left them out.  I gather there are UK and kids’ editions of the game out there which may need less preparation. It is also worth noting that there are some blank cards in the box, so it is easy to use them for some customisation.

Playing the game went very well. Miss B quickly got the hang of it being OK to select cards for humerous, rather than literal reasons. She did very well, and ended up winning, only one point ahead of her mother and grandmother.

All in all this was a very successful family gaming session which, I think, everyone enjoyed.

The verdict from Miss B (aged nearly 6): “It’s really fun being the judge because you get to guess who you’re choosing.”

The game: Apples to Apples (Out of the Box), 4 to 10 players aged 12+.

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