Turn off the cellphone, leave the
console behind and get out the pencils. Take a break from
modern technology and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with
this book of family friendly pen and paper games.
This would be a great book to take on vacation, especially
if you have a young family. You won’t need chargers
and nothing crashes; two benefits of these types of games,
and many can be played with more than just two players, which
is a bonus. Printed on good quality bright white paper this
is a book you can write in; take my advice and do it lightly
so you can erase it and get the maximum use out of it. Each
chapter introduces a new game with a very brief history and
rules. The game grids are neat and attractive, printed in
red and green but visible and easy to use with perforations
for easy cutting out. You also get quite a number of them
per game type plus a few variations in some cases. Choose
from old favorites like battleships, noughts and crosses/tic
tac toe, Guggenheim, cootie catchers/fortune tellers, a crossword
variation for groups, nine men’s morris and hangman.
There are helpful lists of words for this, plus categories
for Guggenheim and variations of three and six men’s
morris for smaller groups to name some useful hints. I had
a ball playing these games as a child and suspect that even
the most tech-obsessed person would derive much enjoyment
from them as well. You can play them virtually anywhere and
they cost next to nothing, which also counts in their favor.
A great idea for a book.