You Take The Good, You Take The Bad, You Take Them Both and There You Have - The Game Of Life

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My poor sweet Ryan was so sick this weekend so I pretty much only left the house to collect sandwiches for lunch and medical supplies.  He did scamper off to work this morning seeing as he felt a little bit better and also, as I theorized out loud for him, we couldn't be sure that his ill-feelings today were not just a case of the Mondays.

So anyway, this weekend we had a lot of time to just hang out alone together.  We read quite a bit, watched a couple of movies and I accidentally caught up with the Kardashians when I was watching something else on E and then that came on and the remote control was all the way across the room.

I tried to be like, Go Go Gadget Arm! and shoot my arm over there to collect it but to no avail...so ALAS.

On Sunday Ryan was going a little stir-crazy so we turned to old-school board games to keep us occupied for the day.

First we played The Game of Life followed by Monopoly.

Ryan: Hah! Baltic Avenue, that's mine.  With a hotel that's $250 please.

Lauren: No way! I would never stay there.  That's like the ghetto of the Monopoly board.

Ryan: Well for a small upcharge I can offer you alternate accommodations on Boardwalk.

Lauren: I'm not a millionaire RYAN.  Plus I honestly would never stay in any hotel you ran anyway.  *adopts Ryan voice* Here is your room ma'am.  The air is permanently set to numbing, the minibar is filled with whole chickens and if you need a damp towel, there are a number of them laying on the bathroom floor.

Ryan: Whatever that sounds great.  And any hotel you ran would be a disaster.

Lauren: Then how come you continue to stay at Tennessee Avenue?  Every seventh roll of the dice, like clockwork.

Ryan: This conversation is ridiculous.  You can't always just change the rules of a game to fit your liking.

Lauren:  I don't always do that.

Ryan: When we played Life you tried to make my little peg ride in the same car as your little peg and when I refused you pretended to drop it and played the game like an almost normal person, getting married and filling your car with an obscene amount of children.  Then at the end of the game, which I won by the way, you collapsed in laughter and told me you switched your 'fake husband' blue peg with my blue peg when I was in the bathroom and that I had been married to you the whole time and didn't even know it.

Lauren: You didn't win, we lost together.  The other car won.

Ryan: Oh whatever, just pay the $250 for Baltic.

Lauren: FINE.  I got doubles.  *rolls again* Chance.  *picks up card and scoffs*

Ryan: Serves you right! What does it say!

Lauren: You got knifed at a cheap motel last night, pay $500 in doctors' bills.

Ryan: Oh hilarious Lauren.

Anyone have any funny "House Rules" for a game you play?

For example, Ryan has to kiss me during Monopoly any time our pieces land on the same property or if one of us is in jail the other is "just visiting".  He also has to kiss me if we're playing miniature golf and our balls touch.

43 comments:

  1. No strange house rules, but when we were in Disney, I saw "Disney Villains Monopoly Disney Parks Special Edition" and told Brian OMG I HAVE to have this game. And he Googled it...and it was apparently cheaper online. So his plan was to order it when we got home. But then within the week, the game was discontinued and the price tripled. I panicked and Brian proceeded to buy me the game at triple the price...And then we popped it right away to play and then it turns out there were TWO of the same game pieces in our box...and if I hadn't been so hell bent on playing it, it probably would have been worth money. :)

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    1. For the record--it's an excellent version of Monopoly. Also...it's no longer "discontinued." Oops.

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    2. I definitely did not see this version when I was just in Orlando. I'm about to research it immediately. Thanks for the heads up haha!

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  2. We rarely play board games. We frequently play the "throw the Katie over your shoulder and threaten to put her feet in the toilet until we get tired of her screeching" game. That's Jim's favorite.

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    1. I have video feed that is quite representative of this...Minus Jim and minus the toilet...instead it's "throw Katie down the stairs."

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    2. OHMYGOSH if Ryan ever did that to me I would freak out! Who exactly threw Katie down the stairs? I play that game with myself a lot.

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    3. It was "throw Katie in a snowbank" and if my pants hadn't exposed so much of my bare hiney, I'd let you post it. But since my butt hangs out, NO. NO NO NO.

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    4. 'twas my ex-boyfriend...who is Jim's friend. Funny video with the Katie and the screeching. :)

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    5. I'm SO sad I don't get to see this video.

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  3. When we would play Slug Bug, our dad was pissed that he kept getting hit so he made up the rule "If one see's a "slug bug" one must yell SLUG BUG UDDLE UDDLE WADDLE WADDLE". he always won because we couldn't say that as fast as him. Of course now I'm 30 and I beat the hell outta that old man on road trips.

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    1. Oh! We totally played that growing up except for some reason we didn't say Slug Bug, we said Beaver! and there were tons of rules, like if we passed a junkyard you could yell Junkyard Beaver! because it was likely one was in there somewhere.

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    2. I went on road trip with two friends and since we're from the south we decided to play Punch Truck. Basically anytime you see ANY truck you yell "truck" in your most southern accent and punch the crap out of your friends.

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  4. You are both hysterical! Glad he's feeling a bit better. :)

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    1. Thanks Corrine! And I'm glad he's feeling better as well, I hate it when that boy is sick.

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  5. Just wait until you get to play games with your babies who have turned into little cheating, lying geniuses! I have had to resort to retaliatory cheating against my five yr old or I lose every time! He is a genius at distracting me while we play games. If the game has a spinner somehow it's always" on the line" and he gets to spin again! We play all the old school or rather "classic" games like Candyland (strategically places the Ice Cream cone at the top of the deck), Trouble where he a;lways pops the popper more than once, Chutes and Ladders with his fuzzy counting method that always gets him to a ladder! I may have stolen a dollar or two from the bank during Monopoly as a child so he may come by it honestly!

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    1. Oh! Kids playing games crack me up. I used to work with a bunch of 5 year olds at a preschool when I was in college and they had the most ridiculous rules for Candyland. I figured it was harmless as long as they kept their made-up rules consistent throughout the game. It used to make me laugh so much though. I NEVER won Candyland.

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    2. For some reason, most of our board games as a kid weren't the nice simple classics, but instead (usually based on some movie or TV show) they had a set up that rivaled Mouse Trap and absurdly complicated rules. A few years ago, my niece was visiting my parents, and she wanted to play one... and I knew she was cheating, only I couldn't really set her straight since I didn't even know how the game was supposed to be played! Of course, that also led to the now classic quote in our family, "Sometimes kids just want adults to play things the kids' way." Cheeky!

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  6. In our house, if you get a good Uno card, you have to lick it and stick it to your forehead. Or balance it on your glasses.

    when I was a kid, I'd make up card game rules based on the day of the week, the color I was wearing, and how badly I wanted to win.

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  7. Elaina3/04/2013

    Our only rule is you don't play Monopoly with my sister. If you break this rule, I hope you have 3 months of nonperishable food and water and the biggest bladder ever because 'you will NOT leave because we are NOT finished!' And she outlawed bathroom breaks when she found out we were trying to make a run for it!

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  8. When your balls touch. AHAHAHA!!!! I'm feeling very immature today. ;)

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  9. When we were little, my sister and I used to play board games. It always ended with someone crying and the other being grounded. Yet, we still always played games at least once a week. My hubby doesn't like board games...I miss playing them...

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  10. Megan M.3/04/2013

    My best friend Heather and I had "our rules" when we played Scrabble, which basically meant that we were too lazy to ever challenge each other and have to look words up, so one of us would play a word and be like. "I think that's a word. Right?" and the other one would shrug and say, "I'm sure it is." It drove my husband nuts, he's a ruthless Scrabble player.

    Also if the family is playing Phase 10 and you have a card in your hand that you could've played but don't realize it until after your turn is over it is called "pulling an Amanda" because my older sister does it so often.

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  11. Nope no house rules but no one likes to play anything against me anymore because I normally beat the brakes off them.

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  12. We like to play Apples to Apples and The Game of Things, and the most outrageous answer always wins. Mostly because we never read the rules, we just make up our own rules (which drives some people BONKERS!)

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  13. I love playing game and when we played in my family and we didn't remember the exact rules, we would just make up ones, or when we like a game with a twist, but the only rule is that even if they are made up rules, they all have to be said at the begging in order to apply to that game.

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  14. I keep up with the Kardashians randomly for the very same reason, the remote is too far away to change it!
    My family and i plays games as close to the rules as possible, because if not we would never ever finish a game. My younger sister and I, however, have this game we play anytime we drive anywhere (this has been ongoing for 16 years, since we were really looking for a house with my parents). We pick the most deteriorated, tiniest, ugliest house and say, "there's you a house!" We have to beat the other to saying it. Also, if you get stuck with such a house, you can explain why it's not really so bad or how it will really suit the other so much better. My brother tried to play once, but I don't think he gets it, cause he always "gives" us the pretty, Tara-like houses.

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  15. We play what I think is a common “house rule” for Monopoly, in which all money paid via Chance, Community Chest, Income tax, etc, gets paid to the middle of the board. Whoever lands on Free Parking wins the money.

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    1. Wait. That isn't a real rule?

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  16. Thanks for the ear worm you evil minx. I had to youtube the Facts of Life intro because the song wouldn't get out of my head. And how is it possible that your monkey arms could not reach the remote?

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  17. Puppygirl3/04/2013

    My husband insists on playing by the "real" rules; i.e. the ones that come with the game. Meanwhile, I have ADD when it comes to games with "too many rules"; i.e. more than a couple paragraphs. I've actually started playing games based on only the first few paragraphs on the rules sheet. Anything beyond that is superfluous, I say.

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  18. One time my mother and I were shopping for a replacement car (we had just been t-boned) (this is relevant I swear) and I asked the dealership dude, "Why would anyone buy a Subaru Forester when they could buy an Outback?" After eliminating cargo room, higher clearance, gas mileage, and passenger room as possible reasons for picking the uglier car, he said, "Honestly I don't know. All I can tell you is that at least once a month I sell a Forester to a lesbian couple." From that moment on, my best friend and I played "Lesbian Car" instead of "Slug Bug." It's much more fun to shout lesbian car in public than slug bug.

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  19. Our house rule is basically that I always win. I cheat outrageously at almost every game. case in point, we were at a baby shower and I agreed to play a game. they handed us tiny bottles with milk and said the person who drinks.it the fastest wins. So I unscrewed the lid and chugged it. :) baby bottle nipples only work for babies.

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  20. We have a lot of rules about kissing while playing Wii games. It takes the sting off one of us trouncing the other. Get a +5 on frisbee golf? Get 5 kisses.

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  21. The rules about kissing... you two are adorable. I'm sure Ryan secretly and not-so-secretly loves your special rules. My fiance and I are way too competitive to deter from the real rules... Scrabble may just lead to end of our relationship. I do have to say when we get to play on a team together, we totally dominate and bask in our own awesomeness.

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  22. We play a lot of boardgames, but they're really the complicated kind, so we always stick by the rules, or else it gets real messy real quick. And it took us half a year to figure out the battle system in Starcraft, the board game, so.. :))

    However, when I was but a wee bit Banjer, my dad bought me Monopoly, but I'm pretty sure it did not arrive with instructions (or I just didn't bother reading them?). The fact is, we played with several "house rules", including the fact that at the beginning of the game, every player gets five banknotes of each type. We also never quite figured out the Free Parking thingie until embarassingly late :)) Moreover, everyone wanted to be the bank, as it was easiest to sneak money. (I was playing with my cousins, so you may imagine the rivalry).

    I also hated Scrabble, btw.

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  23. um. From a communicable disease perspective not such a good rule if he is sick... just sayin'

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    1. Oh we don't use the kissing rules if one of us is contagious!

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  24. Game rules are very serious things at our house. Everything has to be played exactly by the rules that come with the game, according to Mr. TW. The only house rule we have are that if we have company and we're playing a trivia game that allows you to go again as many times as you get the question right, that everyone is limited to 5 turns. This is because of the incident of a trivia game where not everyone got a turn before Mr. TW did, and he proceeded to win the game on his first turn by answering about 20 questions in a row. He is very bitter about this, which amuses me so very much.

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  25. At Christmas my family played Monopoly. My brother kept trying to trade property for "not farting on you anymore." He's twenty-seven.

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  26. My hubs always demands conjugal visits when he lands in jail when we play Monopoly. I always inform him he's just as likely to get behind bars Monopoly lovin' as he would be in real life. :)
    Mindy
    www.thesuburbanlife.com

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  28. Can I just say I love the Inspector Gadget reference? That was my favorite show as a child. :]

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  29. Hi! Random, new(ish) blogstalker here. (I've also "subscribed" to you on Facebook, although I'm not confident I know what that means. Does it mean Miss Chanadler Bong will get a bill sent to my house? Not sure.) Anyways - Just need to share that not only does your Game of Life escapades sound like something I WOULD do, but is actually something I have done to my husband. They really should know better by now.

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