Sunday, July 5, 2009

Checkmate

I never learned how to play chess. I used to observe family friends play chess during the summer as a kid. I found it boring. I attempted to learn the chess moves but it didn't register on my brain. I was more interested in other things then.

I did learn how to play dama. When I and my brother play a game it would almost always end up in a fight since I would make up my own rules as the game went on to make me win.

Other board games that I remember playing were Millionaire's Game, Pictionary, Scrabble, Snakes and Ladders, Games of the Generals. It was always fun although I had to restrain myself from throwing a fit when I was losing. I am a very competitive person and I always want to win.

We didn't own any of those board games. Except maybe for Snakes and Ladders. A gift I received from a classmate on my 12th birthday.

I started toying with the idea of collecting those board games. I know I won't be able to use them as often as I would want to but it would be nice to own them as a collection.

So off I went to a toy store. I thought these games costs only a few hundred bucks. I was sorely mistaken. Monopoly costs more than 2k. Pictionary for 1.2k. Scrabble for 900. Expensive.

I ended up not buying one. I still plan to collect those board games. Not now. I'm saving up for a new baby.

Have a great week everyone!



13 comments:

atticus said...

chess. it's the most violent game i know, next to boxing. it can actually be used in real life. hint, hint.

when i'm really angry and i have to retaliate, i use the skill. hint, hint.

learn it. i had an uncle who played it real well. he had a friend and they'd play from noon until sundown. and if you ask them how many sets they played, he'd say two. they didn't use timers.

that's how violent and tactical it is.

Panaderos said...

Nice entry. Brought back a lot of memories for me.

Played a lot of Scrabble and Chess when I was a child. My father was very good in Chess while my mother was very good in Scrabble. I still have the old chess set that someone gave to my father as a gift when I was about 8 or 9 years old. At this point, I don't think that chess set will go anywhere else for as long as I live.

gillboard said...

Hahaha... I thought of the same thing before, changed my mind when I saw the price tags as well...

I did buy a magic 8-ball though... nice ice breaker if i have visitors at home...

len said...

Parang natuwa na nalungkot ako sa entry na ito.

It brings back so many good memories at the same time I am regretting now that I didn't keep those board games with me.

Of all the games you've mentioned, Games of the general ang 'di ko matutuhan noon.

the donG said...

my favorite board games are game of the general, upwords (this you should try), monopoly, cranium and pictionary.

i know how to play chess but is not also into it.

Jerick (the former Curbside Puppet) said...

i never learned chess as well. i always thought of it as a smart people's game. and i always associated chess with people who are good in math. i hate math so therefore, i hated chess as well.

Andy said...

I'm not very good in chess either, ehehe. I remember the chess scene in Harry Potter. Teka, dun ba yun? Basta yung life-size yung mga chess pieces. Galing nun!

There are chess sets that are really nice, yung mga super expensive. Those are the ones I'd like to buy.

The Scud said...

atticus > subukan ko. kung may powers lang ako katulad ni naruto yumaman na ako sa kalalaro ng chess. :D

panaderos > buti ka pa. my parents are not into those games. they had a tough life when they were growing up. but that's another story. hehe. happy weekend.

The Scud said...

gillboard > ung pictionary uunahin ko. masaya maglaro nun sa pasko pag-uwi ko.

len > dahil ba babae ka kaya ayaw mo sa game(s) of the general(s). meron pa isa. mastermind or mindgames ata. limot ko na. ayos din yun.

The Scud said...

the dong > ano yung upword? text twist ba yan?

jerick > dyan ka nagkakamali. engg grad ako pero i dont know how to play chess. now, im embarassed.

The Scud said...

andy > harry potter nga. lapit na showing hp6. ganda ng reviews. mapanood nga yan sa imax. :D

Andy said...

The Scud, try mo yung cinema sa Ishwood. 300 ba yun or 400 bucks, parang ganun. Unlimited popcorn daw and they'll treat you like royalty. Haven't tried it myself though. Ehehe.

Raft3r said...

marunong ako mag-dama
chess hindi
hehe