When I was a little girl I used to love to play board games with my brother. Monopoly, Life and Clue were my absolute favorites. Fast forward to the 1980’s when I was in college… arcade games such as Pac Man and Frogger were all the rage. I spent many a night drinking beers and using up all my quarters in those machines at my college campus pub.
For the past few years I have been playing Canasta with a group of fabulous women. Canasta is a card game of the rummy family and is usually played in groups of four players using 2 sets of cards. There is a lot of strategy and rules to the game and it definitely keeps my mind active and involved.
Since we are social distancing, my friends and I have been utilizing an app called CANASTA JUNCTION. We set up a ZOOM meeting and gather together in the privacy of our individual homes, select teams and then create our game on the app. Thank goodness for ZOOM I get to see my friends to talk, laugh and catch up on life. Obviously it’s not the same as going over to each others homes but for now it is keeping us all sane. CANASTA JUNCTION is a $10 app and it is well worth the investment. If you cant get your friends to play with you, play with strangers or play against the computer.
I have also been playing Mahjong on www.realmahjongg.com They offer a free trial period and then a monthly subscription. This is not an app; you need an internet connection. It’s a great way to play with friends (you need 4 to play), or play with other like minded gamers. You can also play against the computer. Mahjong is a tile based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is a game of skill, chance and strategy. FUN FACT: The first Mahjong sets sold in the US were by Abercrombie and Fitch in the 1920’s. The game became very popular amongst Jewish women in the 1930’s. The game is so popular now….my own millennial daughter plays the game now with men and women of all ages and backgrounds.
Make yourself a cup of coffee, get your iPad or laptop and start socializing. I long for the day we can play and schmooze in person but until then….thank goodness for online togetherness.
Stay safe and have fun.