Monday, June 06, 2011

It's All Fun & Games Blogfest

Today I’m participating in Alex J Cavanaugh’s It’s All Fun & Games Blogfest.

My husband and I love to play games. We probably own more games than most families with children. I’m supposed to pick three, so here they are in reverse order:

#3 - Scrabble



I’ve always enjoyed this game, and its sister, Upwords. As an author, I’ve always joked that I don’t know any big words, and it shows when I play! I am the master of making up words that end up being real, though. I recently downloaded Scrabble to my new IPhone and I’m addicted. At least I can beat ‘Norm’ every time!


#2 - Trivia Games

Bring it on! Any kind of trivia game. I’m not very good at history, geography, or sports, but I do well in other categories. We have an OLD game called Rock Trivia, and if it’s about a 60’s band, my standard answer is Herman’s Hermits. (I’ve been right several times!) My skill lies in dates. I can usually remember when anything happened. Guess my brain excels at storing useless numbers.

#1 - Roller Coaster Tycoon

This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me - I am a roller coaster junkie. When the first version came out, I was glued to my computer for months. Design my own coasters? Pure Heaven! I played the second and third versions for hours, too. It’s not currently loaded on my computer, but I can still hear the music. When they changed the platform for the fourth version, I wasn’t crazy about it. But the first three will forever hold a special place in my heart! I even own the RCT board game.


And your favorite games?

42 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't go wrong with trivia games - especially movie trivia games!
Thanks for participating in the blogfest.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love Rollercoaster Tycoon. My son and I used to play that a lot. We'd make really high coasters and see if we could make the cars going flying off it and crash on the ground. It's a bit morbid I know... but funny.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Clarissa, watching the cars fly off into the lake was always fun. Of course, that really hurt park attendance.

Jan Morrison said...

Scrabble, Pick Two, Rumoli, but right now my favourite game is one I'm creating with my grandkids - Spiral Mountain Quest - a hybrid of Risk, Dungeons & Dragons, Sorry, Clue and our own madcap challenges - mental, physical and spiritual. yeehaw!
Jan Morrison

Stephen Tremp said...

Scrabble is a fun game. Do you know what a kwyjibo is?

Nicki Elson said...

Roller Coaster Tycoon! My kids were addicted to that one summer and I would always get to "ride" the coasters when they'd finished. Excellent choice. :)

N. R. Williams said...

Good choices. I've never heard of the Roller Coaster game before this.
Nancy

Matthew MacNish said...

Scrabble is the best! What a great word game. It probably influenced my vocabulary more than anything.

Karen Walker said...

Charades would be #1. I love Mah Jong and Canasta.
Karen

Nebular said...

Yay for Scrabble! :)

baygirl32 said...

iPhone Scrabble addict also!

GigglesandGuns said...

Scrabble is THE family favorite and I really got into the first two versions of Roller Coaster.

Laura Marcella said...

I love Scrabble and Trivia games, too! Trivial Pursuit is one my favorites.

I never played Rollercoaster Tycoon, but I loved Zoo Tycoon (I also had the Dinosaur Tycoon expansion pack). It was too fun building my own zoo! Naturally the zebras had the best habitat, LoL.

notesfromnadir said...

This is the 3rd gaming blog I've stumbled upon & for some peculiar reason I'm seeing Scrabble!

I haven't heard of Roller Coaster Tycoon but it looks like a lot of fun!

Ellie Garratt said...

Roller coasters terrify me but perhaps I could play the game! Awesome choices!

Fun & Games Blogfest

Arlee Bird said...

I didn't know RollerCoaster Tycoon was a game--guess I didn't really know what it was. But that one sounds like it would be fun, especially at my age--all the excitement of roller coasters without having to actually ride them.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Julie said...

Love trivia games and Scrabble. I didn't know about Roller Coaster Tycoon. Great choices!

M Pax said...

I would love that roller coaster game. I must get. :D

Lynn said...

I haven't seen roller coaster tycoon for years; not since my first computer! I didn't know it was a board game too. Cool!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the first two! I never actually played Roller Coaster Tycoon, although both my kids loved it!! :)

L'Aussie said...

Roller Coaster Tycoon is new to me. The others are well loved.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Another vote for scrabble. I forgot about upwords. I'm not into the trivia games.

Hart Johnson said...

too funny. I am nodding along with the first two... like those, and then WTF? I had no clue there WAS such a game. I'm so sheltered... *snort* Yes, fitting.

The Words Crafter said...

Ahhhhhhh!!!! I know a song by Herman's Hermits and I can't think of it!!!!! I don't know about Rock Trivia, but I'd be pretty decent at it :)

I love Scrabble, too. My husband and I play it sometimes. He cheats!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Stephen, no I don't.

Nicki, I love that game.

Laura, I had Zoo Tycoon. And I imagine the zebras were treated like royalty.

Lee, you should try the board game - even safer.

M Pax, it's great!

Hart, we coaster fanatics know everything...

Trisha said...

I love games!!! Scrabble is a classic for sure :)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

My son has the roller coaster PC game and loves it!! Cool list, Diane. :)

Alison Miller said...

Woohoo! Scrabble! Love it! Almost as much fun as bananagrams!

Ciara said...

Trivia games are so much fun! It's nice to meet you. I'm a new follower from the blogfest.

Ella said...

I love Scrabble and Trivia is always fun~ Roller coaster game looks amazing; I almost bought that a while back. I think I will have to get it!
Thanks! :D

Susan Fields said...

I love Scrabble and Upwords, too. My sister has a knack for making up words that turn out to be real words, too. It's so frustrating!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Hubby used to play the Roller Coaster game.

Susanne Drazic said...

It's been a long time since I've played Scrabble. My son and I like to play Monopoly. We have three different versions of the game. We get pretty competitive when we play Monopoly.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

My favorite trivia game was the Weakest Link. I haven't played that one in a while, but I always got a kick when Computer Anne Robinson would berate my performance.

theoldsilly.com said...

I'm more of a cards game player myself, my favorite "board game" is chess, which most "board gamers" consider "Boaring" (mispelled pun intended, lol)

Rollercoaster junkie, hmm? Figures, knowin' The Spunkster, teehee!

Marvin D Wilson

Shari said...

I totally stink at Scrabble. And I'm a writer. It's sad. But on a lighter note, my kids love Roller Coaster Tycoon.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Elizabeth, it' a fun game. One of the only computer games I'll play.

Ella, you need to get it. So much fun.

Marvin, they don't make them big enough for me!

K.C. Woolf said...

Oh yes, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and related theme park tycoon games. Great fun. :-)

I remember I used to have older versions I couldn't play any more because on newer computers they simply played too fast. Funny to watch, though. ;-)

The Golden Eagle said...

Scrabble seems to be making a lot of writer lists!

I've never heard of Roller Coaster Tycoon, but it sounds like fun! :D

DEZMOND said...

We don't have Scrabble in my country, but it always seemed so interesting and fun to me.

Bryce Daniels said...

Another roller coaster junkie? YESSSSS!!!!!!!

Ever been to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio?

Although, the Tycoon version is a little more my speed now. LOL.

Great choices!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Dezmond, nothing like Scrabble?

Bryce, total junkie! Yes, I've been to Cedar Point. Prefer Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Islands of Adventure, because I like the themes.