Desert Island Games

Here’s a new twist on an old question. Assuming that you are stranded on a desert island with a bunch of your friends with enough essential supplies to meet all of your survival needs, what ten games would you wish to find hidden in a trunk that washes up on the shore? Yes, I do realize that this is a very clumsy and stupid way to ask a simple question; however, asking someone to list their ten favorite games and asking them to list ten games that would be the ONLY games they could play for a while are two very different questions in my opinion.
Here are my ten desert island games:

  1. PLAYING CARDS – This is obvious really. There are so many great card games. I’m a big fan of Bridge.
  2. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS – Don’t judge this one until you have tried it.
  3. SCRABBLE – The ultimate word game.
  4. SETTLERS OF CATAN – One of my favorite games ever.
  5. BACKGAMMON – Simple and fun.
  6. DUNE – Out of print game from Avalon Hill. Obscure, but hey it’s my list!
  7. RISK – So many hours in college were spent playing this game instead of studying. I’m such a geek.
  8. ILLUMINATI – Published by Steve Jackson Games, this is a great game about taking over the world.
  9. MAGIC THE GATHERING – The first collectible trading card game and still the best.
  10. MONOPOLY – I’m not sure if I even like this game, but seeing a box of games without it would just be weird.

I hope that this gets you thinking about what games you really love to play. I’m sure I will think of some game that I’ve forgotten to list, but that’s what comments are for, right?

1 thought on “Desert Island Games”

  1. 1.Pretty,Pretty,Princess – Hey, if I’m gonna roleplay,it’s gonna be pretty.
    2. Cards – I agree with you: lots of games here. And you can build towers too.
    3. Monopoly- A must.
    4.Backgammon. I learned from a friend of someone who knew the dude that wrote the book, “Backgammon for Blood.” I lost most of the time.
    5. Mouse Trap. Hey, you don’t even have to play this one –it’s just fun to build it.
    6. Marble Race. same reason as#5.
    7. Clue. But I would change all the characters names…..and locations. Like “AirplaneJayne, behind the palm tree, with a pineapple.”
    8. Imaginiff. One of my new favorites.
    9. Scrabble. Gotta keep the vocabulary current. Just in case we’re rescued..
    10.The Dating Game. What? It’s not made anymore?!?!?!?!? Wah!!!!!

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