Games Deflect Pandemic Doldrums
By Ann Lally
Maribel’s Favorite Games
No doubt, you’ve read recent predictions that the pandemic will surge this autumn, and that most people will continue to experience occasional funks. By now, you’ve probably overloaded on televised content. We might be living in the Renaissance of streamed shows, but all that watching can feel isolating.
We turned to Altima Palm Beach President, Maribel Alvarez, for helpful tips to enliven spirits and have fun. She has two adult sons, a daughter and her husband, and grandson in her COVID ‘bubble’, along with some close-in friends. Like everyone else, she looks for ways to remain connected and engaged with them, and with those she can only see through her desktop after work. Here, she offers some great suggestions.
What about games for, say, 4 or 5 participants at home?
Our family loves any game that involves trivia. Smartass is one of our favorites. It’s engaging and fast paced and doesn’t require expertise in any particular subject. Baloney, also based on trivia, challenges one’s bluffing abilities. Another fun game that’s easy to travel with is Catchphrase, a hybrid of password and charades which is a handy electronic device with a built-in timer. Talk about fast paced, this game is great for large groups.
Rummikub is another family favorite. A form of Rummy with tiles. It requires strategic thinking and concentration, though of course, the luck of getting a ‘smiley’ comes in handy! And of course, a game of Scrabble with a multi-lingual group never gets boring as we continue to discover words that could have almost existed in the English language… (Thank God for Scrabble Dictionary!)
What about other, say, on-line games?
Well don’t forget backgammon…There are lots of opportunities on line to play tournaments at all levels. I’ve been discovered on sleepless nights playing with a mystery opponent online. There are several free sites, this one also offers card games.