Sunday, November 25, 2007

Not about writing, about board games


If you're thinking of giving a board game(s) as a gift, you might want to check out those offered by Family Pastimes.

Family Pastimes makes games with a slightly different slant. They make COOPERATIVE games. So, it's the players working together to beat the game. You can imagine how this totally changes the tone of table talk! Two that have been favourites in my family are: The Secret Door and Investigators.

Family Pastimes has been around for about thirty years now. It's a family-run business in Perth, Ontario. They have a workshop where family members, summer students and others manufacture the games.

If, after checking out their website, you have any questions, just phone them. That's what I did.

Click HERE for the link.

20 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Sounds perfect! Thanks for the link. Will a three-year-old be able to cooperate, or should we team her with "the game"?
(We tried to play Memory with the three-year-old this weekend. Talk about learning experience.)

Stacy said...

Those look really fun! I'm eyeing the theatre one and the mystery one. Thanks for the recommendation! (And thank you for stopping by my blog.)

Beck said...

Family Pastimess are a SPIFFY company!

Beth said...

Thanks for the tip - I'm going to check out that site. I'd rather give a board game as a gift than a video game.

Shari said...

I guick perused the site and will go back. I like the idea of playing together collaboratively than "winners-losers" games. This is a nice change. Thanks for the heads up. :)

Chantal said...

what do you know. A company right in my back yard that I didn't know about. Thanks for the tip!

kim said...

wow, thanks! what a great idea --they should pay you :0).

Tao said...

Hi Barrie,

Thanks for the link! It's interesting since I've not come across Family Pastimes before. I'll have to contact them since they carry a lot of Children's board games which are something that we find most of the major companies lack.

Co-operative games are few and far between, even among the more modern board games we find. So that's a good sell too.

brian_ohio said...

That's what I need with all these combative women running around my house. Sisters are much friendly when they work together.

I'm going to check this site out.

Thanks.

spyscribbler said...

How fascinating! I'll have to bookmark that. I love, love, LOVE board games!

Barrie said...

Hi PJ! Love the thought of a 3 y.o. + a memory game. Ha! Actually, I'm sure you can find a Pastimes' game where you and your 3 y.o. can be on the same team. :) Like The Secret Door.

Barrie said...

Stacy, I'm eyeing the mystery one myself! Maybe we can figure out a way to play online. And thoroughly whomp the game!!

Barrie said...

Beck, they are so spiffy. :)

Barrie said...

Beth, I agree. A decent board game makes an excellent gift.

Barrie said...

Shari, you're very welcome. I think you'll be happy. Let me know how it goes.

Barrie said...

Hi Chantal! I wonder if you can actually go there to shop? I've only ever done it via mail.

Barrie said...

Kim, I will email them and mention this. Ha!

Barrie said...

Tao, I took a peek at your website too. You've got some great games as well. I'm curious to know how it goes with Pastimes for you.

Barrie said...

Hi Brian! May your children play cooperatively and quietly while you get loads of writing done!

Barrie said...

Spyscribbler, don't you think the mystery one looks really good?