Do you play cards? Board games? Dice? We do in my family. It’s become a favorite pastime when we get together. Well, that and jigsaw puzzles, but don’t get me started on how addicting those things are.
Anyhow, I grew up playing cards…Hearts, Spades, Whist, Canasta, Michigan Rummy. Because of that, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for games. Nowadays, I play pinochle once a week with the same group I used to take my father to. I think I’ll probably play cards for as long as I can still shuffle them. 🙂
The last few years, we’ve been playing a dice game more than cards at family gatherings. It’s all about points, rolling 6 dice. As long as you get points, you can keep rolling. And the first one to 10,000 gets bragging rights.
I began playing Zilch several years ago. Shortly after I started playing it, someone else called it “10,000.” Then, a couple years ago, my niece called it Farkle. In fact, I called her on it, saying this can’t be the same game. But it is.
Zilch, as I know it, goes by many names. 10,000, Farkle, Cosmic Wimpout, Greed, Hot Dice, , Squelch. I can’t believe one game has so many different names. The point values and rules vary a little, but it’s the same basic game. That cracks me up.
Whatever you call it, it’s the perfect game for a larger group. We can get 10 or 12 people around the table playing. It can take 2 to 3 hours with that many people, but there’s a lot of conversation and catching up that goes on when it’s not your turn to roll. And yes, I keep as many of those score sheets as possible, not that I get bragging rights all that often. 🙂
So Zilch/10,000/Farkle is high on my list of fun things to do with family and friends.
Do you play cards? Dice? Some other pastime? I hope you get some time this summer to relax and enjoy a good game with those you love.
Oh, and a happy, happy banner birthday to my sister, Char. I won’t say WHICH banner birthday, because she never looks her age anyhow. But as the eldest, she did a lot of taking care of us while our parents worked. Not sure how she maintained that perennially happy demeanor after all that, but we love her for it!