I’ve made it no secret: We love games in this family. It only takes a gathering of more than two people and we start pulling open the game closet. We’re always happy to try new games out with our group of gamers, so I was super excited when I started corresponding with Beth Daniels, creator and owner of the Around the Table Games company who creates award-winning “portable conversation games.”
First let me say that I’m sometimes skeptical of those touchy-feely sharing games. They often feel forced and end up being more uncomfortable for the players than fun. However, Around the Table does a fantastic job of creating games that are thought-provoking, interesting and fun without seeming forced phony.
Our group played two of the Around the Table Games–Camp Talk and Family Talk 2. Both games are portable with their small sets of cards on clips that can be attached to backpacks, beach bags, luggage and purses. Each card holds a question meant to inspire and engage families and friends in fun–and often meaningful–discussions.
The Camp Talk set is interesting because the questions were created by kids for kids. There are 50 cards that have topics geared toward boys and girls ages 7 and up. A feature of the Camp Talk set that kids will love is the super-bright flashlight on the clip that makes the set perfect for camp, bonfires and other outdoor trips.
I tested the set on my nine year old nephew and was surprised by his interest in the game and the thoughtful answers he gave. (I mean, it wasn’t even electronic and didn’t have stuff that you blow up or jump on and he was still interested!)
One of my favorite Camp Talk questions was, “Do you have an idea for an invention?” My nephew surprised me by having a shockingly detailed idea for a great invention. (I would tell you what it is, but someday he’s going to do it and get rich and then take care of me. Sorry.) When I asked him what he thought about the game in general he answered, “It’s really cool!” followed closely with, “Can I have it, Aunt Jackie?”
Later, my friend and I played the Family Talk 2 while waiting for others to arrive. The Family Talk 2 deck is 100 cards, bound by a clip, with questions appropriate for all ages of the family.
My friend and I contemplated and then laughed as we answered question after question within the Family Talk 2 deck. One question even led to a longer, more thought-provoking emotional conversation. It was interesting to find out things about each other–and even about ourselves–that previously we hadn’t given much consideration.
Another great thing about Around the Table games is that they are completely affordable. With today’s economy, we are always looking for fun family time that won’t break the bank. At $8 for Camp Talk and $10 for Family Talk 2, these games are completely within budget and will continue to return on the investment for years to come.
The general consensus from our group is that games are fantastic (and they were even featured on the Today Show over the summer!). I plan on throwing in them my car for road trips and also clipping them to our beach bag in the summer because portable fun? Always a good idea.
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The giveaway ended on September 30, 2010. Congratulations to Shelly, whose comment number was randomly drawn, for winning. Check out other giveaways for your chance to win some amazing products.
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