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What was your favorite game as a child?

 
 
Reply Tue 7 Sep, 2010 08:42 pm
It can be:

Board (Candyland)
Group (Red Rover)
Card (Fish)
Print (Find-A-Word)

Parentheses are my most fond. There are probably more. ;-)
 
aidan
 
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Reply Wed 8 Sep, 2010 02:00 am
@ibstubro,
Group game:
I loved jump rope. That was probably my favorite thing to do or play when I was a child. I loved to play this game we called 'Chase'. You had to have at least four people to play - 2 to turn the rope and two to jump/run. Whoever went first called the name of who they wanted to chase them (if you had more than four people) and then they had to run in a figure eight pattern around both of the end people while jumping through the rope as fast as they could. If they thought the person chasing them was getting too close they could yell 'Reverse!' and then both people would turn around and the chaser would become the chased and it would be a little harder because the jumpers would have to jump into the rope backwards. This entailed knowing your chaser and using strategy because some rope jumpers never could master the art of 'jumping in' (that's what we called it) never mind 'jumping in' backwards.

I also really liked to play Manhunt. It was hide and seek/tag with a twist. You had one hunter and everyone else had to hide. When the hunter found someone, that person joined the hunter in finding everyone else and the goal was to be the last person hunted and to make it to 'base' or 'homefree' without being tagged.
We lived in a neighborhood with lots of kids so we would make the hiding area over about five or six houses/lawns and usually waited til dark in the summer so it was really exciting/scary-especially when you were the last one waiting in the dark to make your move get back to home base chased by everyone coming from all directions.

I also loved kickball. I even liked dodge ball and I loved baseball/softball.
I LOVED tetherball.
I loved playing anything with that was physical exercise/running/hand-eye-foot coordination.

Board games - I liked yahtzee, backgammon (my dad taught me to play with him when I was about six), chutes and ladders, and I loved to play cards- my favorite child's card game was Old Maid.

I don't know if you'd really call this a game, but we used to ride our bikes through the woods and pretend they were horses.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 8 Sep, 2010 02:32 am
@ibstubro,
Yes! My sister and I used to have hysterics when we got to tell the other "Go Fish". Doesn't make much in hindsight, but that's the way it was.

The commodities trading card game called Pit was another goodie. Not as funny unless you were outside the game watching normally stuffy people screaming for another Corn Contract.
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Sglass
 
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Reply Wed 8 Sep, 2010 03:07 am
gin rummy
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 8 Sep, 2010 03:51 am
potsy


Quote:
"Potsy" is the New York City term for the game of "hopscotch" (or a variant of this game). "Pot" is used at least twenty years earlier. I couldn't find an earlier "potsy."

(Dictionary of American Regional English)
potsy n
also patsy; also sp pot(t)sie, pottsy; rarely pl: The game of hopscotch; the object used in this game. [Prob pots (at pot n 5) + -ie suff (also -y)] chiefly NYC

1905 Pedagogical Seminary 12.503 NYC, Potsie--a primitive kind of hopscotch.
1928 Amer. Mercury 14.58 NYC, Potsies, as I learned long after,...is the New York version of hopscotch.
1931 Recreation (NY) 24.672, Potsy is an adaptation of Hop Scotch...The "potsy" is a piece of tin, a rock or a puck.
1932 Sun (NY NY) 26 Mar 18/3, As any New Yorker will recognize, the potsy refers to the piece of tin can, doubled and redoubled and stamped flat with the heel, which is kicked from flagstone to flagstone...by the hopping, juvenile player of the game potsy.
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GoshisDead
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 01:34 am
Spent almost every night of the summer playing kick the can. Possibly the best game ever.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2010 04:08 pm
I liked A My Name Is Alice and other games with a spaldeen (the NY name for a pink Spalding ball). I also liked jump rope and potsy.

For card games, Go Fish was OK but War was great with other kids (deuces wild) and casino (mostly with my grandmother; that woman got the good ten every steenkin' time).

Group street games--hide and seek.

I don't remember playing print games.

Board games, I liked Chinese checkers and Sorry (at least I think that's the name). Clue and Scrabble when I got a little older.
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