Kismet

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Growing up, we played a lot of board games.  My oldest sister and her friends played together all the time.  My second oldest sister and I played them until we got bored.  On weekends the family would play things like Careers, or Auction, or….quite a number of them until we gave up most of them for Trivial Pursuit.

Being around these games made me want them.  Since we already had the classics, I got the second tier of games.  I got Payday, or Who’s It–my younger sister’s favorite.  I also got Risk–but getting people to play that one with you required a lot of begging and it rarely ever was played to completion.

My sister had Yahtzee, so I was given something similar.  I was given a similar game called Kismet.  It turns out that this is an Arabic word for fate.  I have heard it enough in movies and TV to know that we use it too.  My Iranian girlfriend thought it was interesting as the word is the same in Farsi.  What makes Kismet different from Yahtzee is that it has coloured dice which allow for categories like “two pair same colour” “flush” and “full house same colour.”  The ones and sixes are black, the twos and fives are red, and the threes and fours are green.

Like most of us, spending more time at home has meant a bit of a resurgence in family time and game playing.  I have to admit that I think this is great and I enjoy getting away from TV based entertainment.  I hope that this trend continues even after we are through all of this.  It also wouldn’t hurt if we shopped less–but let’s save that rant for another day.

With this aforementioned resurgence, I dug out my game of Kismet, dusted it off, and challenged my girlfriend  to a match.  Sadly, I did not have any dice luck and she trounced both times we have played.  I may not be able to consider winning Today’s Perfect Moment, enjoying a simple pastime with someone you care about is.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to Kismet

  1. retrodee says:

    Anthony, what a coincidence, I was just writing about games! I guess we kind of think alike since my post was also inspired by folks staying home lately playing lots of board games. That’s interesting about Kismet, I didn’t know that one.

    • Anthony says:

      A quick check on Wikipedia says that Yahtzee is from the 40s and Kismet appeared in the 60s. I would have thought that they got sued and that is why they disappeared. However, since both games are based on an older dice game, they both have separate copyrights.
      I haven’t seen it for sale since I was a child, but maybe at some toy show…..
      A quick check among friends indicates that they are playing more board games. That can’t be a bad thing.

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