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BOARD Games: Quelf

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 6:33 am in Family Entertainment.

Quelf When it comes to board games, “Quelf” was our hands-down favorite this holiday season. No need to even read the directions for this game ($28.90, 3-8 players, ages 12 and up). Gather up your tweens and teens, pick a strange character and move him along the multicolored brick road, according to the roll of the die, then read the card that matches the game board space and prepare for the unexpected. Quelf has been described, variously, as the “weirdest, best game ever” and “Cranium, if the makers of Cranium had been high when they designed it.” That’s as good a description as any of a game that will have you composing poetry about your armpits, orating in a foreign language you don’t know (but will make up), or ending every sentence in “izzle.” There are trivia questions, brain teasers and charade cards, as well as Roolz cards with lasting consequences – you may have to shriek “pizza party!” every time the phone rings, or offer hushed golf-style commentary on other players’ actions for the rest of the game. It’s a fantastic game for family reunions and multi-generational play too.

OK, we’ve dished on our favorite board games. Now it’s your turn. Click “comments” and tell us, what’s your family’s favorite game?

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