After a long day of packing, we decided to settle in with some beers and some family fun time. It started out innocently enough although my husband (who is NOT a fan of the movie) was clearly playing under duress. That's ok though. I had my mom and some sweet tea vodka to boost my confidence...oh, and a wiener dog. The board was cute, with pictures of Ralphie's house, the schoolyard, etc and the playing cards were shaped like Christmas ornaments (very clever).
|If we would have just walked away at this point, all would have been well.|
|You can't see it all but it says "Ralphie's House" there. We can only assume that's what the game creators meant when they said "home".|
|A rare moment where all of the leg lamps were standing up right. It took me 5 tries to get this picture because those damn things were flopping all over the place.|
|An elusive Ralphie card. We still have no idea what the numbers mean....|
|Uncontrollable giggles start as I give up on the real directions and attempt to make my own just to keep Mom and Zach from walking out on me. Zach is enjoying the lunacy of it all but I could tell my time is running out...|
|We laughed, we cried, we ended up smoking cigars on the front porch while Mom and Zach read me the trivia questions.|
|Still, all in all, it was worth it for the laughs. I won't be playing this again but I will hold onto the box and maybe make some Christmas decorations out of the contents.|
To be honest, I had almost as much fun reading the reviews on Amazon the next day as I did "playing" the game the night before. Here's a snippit from one of my favorites:
(But really, you should do yourself a favor and check out all of the reviews...they're hilarious! You can find them all here)
"A Christmas Story game is the Hindenburg of board games. Oh the humanity! My girlfriend and I spent an hour trying to understand the directions and laughing at the typos. The game makes no sense. The leg lamp pieces tip over way too easily (like if you breathe on them or look at them).
And the questions themselves--they were so hard they could have been in Latin for all we cared.
After slogging through the first two pages of incomprehensible directions, I actually thought the game was a joke, like an April Fools Day prank. It was not. Luckily, we purchased the game for $1 at a garage sale. We overpaid. Next time, I hope "A Christmas Story" board game manufacturers think twice before nearly ruining our favorite holiday movie"