My sister and I grew up playing games. Card games, board games, dice games, as the daughter of a Navy man we learned young that the best fun can be had gathered around a table with friends and family, and a game or two to play. Our board game library included Monopoly and Scrabble as go to games in my youth. As times have changed so have the games. We went from games like Life that gave us a humorous glimpse at reality through a board game to Trivial Pursuit that allowed us to test our knowledge of facts and figures from nearly every category. Making an entry into the board game world takes a leap of faith and a lot of luck, knowing what the market is going to do with your dream is iffy at best.
I have often made a decision on a game based solely on the description on the back of the box, or the look of the box itself. While I still have Scrabble and Monopoly(the paperless version that comes with bank cards), I am always on the lookout for something unique and fun to bring to the table to shake things up. Enter Quelf.
Produced by Spin Master games I was surprised at how long this game has been out, and that I am just now learning about it. Winner of the 2005 board Game of the Year, it has continued to be an award winner since. After playing it I can totally understand why. Combining activities, crazy rules , stunts and charades it has the best of everything. The best part is even the younger kids could take part and play the game as nothing in it was too ‘adult’ themed. Just to be sure it was as fun as we thought it was the first time we played we got together with some friends the other night and had a table full of adults and youth alike. Everyone had a blast. It became so much fun remembering who had personal rules that had to be followed and global rules that added to the fun of the game. One of my cards required me to make a flushing sound as if I were sitting on a toilet every time someone took a penalty. My opponents took great pleasure in attempting to catch me off guard with that rule in particular. From writing stories to telling tall tales there is no end to what you may have to do in this game, all in the name of fun.
So if you are looking for a game that is fun for the whole family with easy to follow rules, look no further. Quelf is the game to get for the whole family.