I love board games. I grew up playing Scrabble and Monopoly, Yahtzee and Tri-ominos. Classic games. But I’m awfully competitive and emotional, quite a wreck of a combination! I remember my mom saying she cried when she’d lose, but I’m pretty sure it was actually me who cried. A lot.
I still hate losing! Early in our marriage, we tried playing chess together, but I couldn’t enjoy the game. Too much pressure, too much tension (and I think I always lost). I also remember teaching Settlers (a great game!) to some friends, but the competition was so intense that the game wasn’t even fun. Thankfully, we’ve stumbled into Cooperative Games!
Cooperative Games require players to work together to beat The Game, rather than each other. Perfect!