Doug and I lead one of our church’s small groups on Wednesday nights. We’re a fun, casual group, often digressing and laughing uncontrollably throughout the evening. But we do try to stay on track with our lesson and learn something together. It’s great to share in God’s Word and prayer and just enjoy each other’s company. After the lesson, we usually play some games until someone gets responsible and reminds us that most of us have to get up for work the next morning. :)
My favorite games are word games (imagine that!) like Taboo, Scattergories, Scrabble, a new one I learned recently called VisualEyes, and my all-time favorite, Beyond Balderdash. In my opinion, it’s a must-play for every writer. The whole point is to create the best made-up meaning or description for one of five categories - words, initials, dates, people, and movie titles – and hope that your opponents will vote your fiction as the real answer, while you try to distinguish fact from fiction yourself.
What better way to get a writer’s creative juices flowing? If you’ve never experienced Beyond Balderdash, go buy or borrow it and get a group of fun friends together to play. Next time I’m at ACFW (hopefully in 2008), I think we need to have a Barbour Beyond Balderdash Bash. And if anyone steals that idea and does it this year, you better not have too much fun without me! :)
What are your favorite word games?