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Zap & Tickle for my Brain: What I Got For Christmas 2007

Posted in Enigmacopaedia, Geekness, Gaming, Personal by Joeflash on the January 1st, 2008

I’m the kind of guy who’s proud to be a geek, and more particularly a board game geek. As a kid I played everything from Clue, Twister, Six Million Dollar Man, Monopooly, Trouble and dozens of others I can’t even remember right now. Risk was the gateway game for me when I was 10, which quickly turned me on to all the Milton Bradly games like Axis & Allies, Shogun and Fortress America by the time I was twelve. A few of my buddies were military strategy buffs, so I’ve even played those SSI games on a huge sheet of hex paper with the little cardboard markers that would take a few days to finish. When I was a kid I would play Risk, Axis and Allies and D&D at my cousin’s place almost every single weekend during the summer. I even won a Dungeons and Dragons tournament and placed third in an Axis competition.

Being in my 30’s, I don’t get much chance to play anymore, but I still have a particular fondness for the genre. So this past summer, when it was revealed that I’d never played Cranuim, there was a collective gasp in the room.

And so, at Christmas was a shiny new copy of Cranium Wow Edition, waiting for me under the tree. (I was later told my wife got it at Starbucks ;)

Cranium Wow boxCranium Wow game

(images courtesy of Board Game Geek)

I have to say, gosh is it fun. It’s like a combination of Pictionary, Scene-it, Trivial Pursuit and Charades. There’s something in it for the exhibitionist, the intellectual, and the artist. Finally, a whole brain game. I love it.

The only down side is that you need minimum of four people to play, as it’s a team game. The good news is, the more the merrier, so it’s great for parties. You could conceivably play 20 people at this game, with four teams of five people, as one person in each team is always drawing, sculpting or acting out something for the other team members to guess before the timer runs out.

We had so much fun playing this at the family New Years’ gathering, I’m going to see if I can rustle up a regular group to play this every once and a while. What a great way to ring in the new year.

Happy New Year everyone. Hope yours started as good as mine.