Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.
As my marriage was derailing way back when, BC*, I joined a few meetups to get out of the house and make new friends. I already had writing, so I tried some games. Scrabble worked out for a few years, but I grew tired of it. I found a senior meetup group that sounded fun. The first game we played there was Apples to Apples. 🍏
Omg, what a dumb game! I understand that lots of people enjoy it and that’s cool… to each their own. I don’t mind pure silliness, but this game isn’t even funny; it’s just inane. But A2A was such a fave of this meetup group they played it all the time. I realized the group and I were not a good match.
A2A falls into the “arbitrary judgment” category of games. What I mean by this is that you win a round by choosing a word or picture from cards in your hand that the dealer finds appropriate or amusing. Cards Against Humanity is based on the same concept. For a while, I enjoyed ImaginIFF, which is a similar game but personalized to the actual players. Eventually I grew bored with that one too.
Here’s an example of an A2A turn. The dealer flips over a card that shows the word “cheerful.” You have 7 random cards in your hand (chocolate, Santa, teacher, monster, starfish, mountain, lemon) and must choose the one you think goes best with cheerful. If you know the dealer, you can attempt to choose something based on her likes, but that can backfire. Everyone puts their card face down; the dealer then shuffles them, reads them aloud, and picks her favorite. That person gets an apple card. Then the dealer switches. That’s it.
There are variations of Apples to Apples ~ a version for younger kids, a Jewish version, a “sour” Apples game (the dealer chooses the worst answer for a penalty), etc. I also discovered, during my vast research for this post, that there are more interesting ways to play the original game. So, maybe I dumped that meetup group too quickly ~ I am known to make hasty decisions in the social realm. But so? As it turns out, we’re not allowed to socialize anymore anyway.
Please tune in tomorrow when I will be doing Baccarat. 🙂
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