Gaming

Board Games

The Game of Life

When my family and I fancy an afternoon playing a board game, we usually reach for The Game of Life. It’s fun, easy, and absolutely hilarious when someone lands on a spot and has to give up all their money (it’s usually the sore loser among the group).

The Game of Life is a pretty simple concept: you live a life. Depending on what spots you land on, you could go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house, or become a millionaire. You could even gain debt, your house could  catch on fire, and you could end up adopting your aunt’s fifty cats after she dies and lose all your money. (This is the spot my sister always seems to land on, and she is furious every time it happens).

You can play with 2-6 people, and there’s even an online version of the game now. If you can have a good laugh about losing, or love to gloat about winning as you carefully count your millions to show off, this is a classic game and a great choice to play with family or friends, and with Christmas coming, why not give it a try?

Nerisse Appleby

Chess 

After the release of Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, it seems chess has had a major revival. It has always been a popular game, known best for its checkerboard design, but now it seems the game has become even more popular. Some may deem chess as ‘boring’ and ‘too difficult’ but it is impossible to not be enchanted by how tense and exciting chess can really be. 

Chess is one of the ultimate best games ever because you really have to put so much energy and thought into every move. It is not a sit back and relax game, but instead will really put your mind to work. If played right, you will be on the edge of your seat, heart racing, palms sweating. Chess isn’t just a game: it is a battle, and when you play you are fighting to win. 

You don’t have to be super clever to play the game: you just have to be open minded, and willing to learn. Chess can take 5 minutes, or it can take 2 hours, with every game being different. It is always new, always fresh, and always totally unexpected. I for one am so excited to see chess becoming more widely popular and getting the attention it so deserves. 

Leia Butler

15/12/2020

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