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.