September 14, 2011
Pass the Pigs (designer David Moffatt [or Moffitt] of the original title Pig Mania, now available as Pass the Pigs from publisher Winning Moves) is great for cheering up a hospital patient for a number of reasons. It is terrifically portable. It requires very little space on which to play and no set-up to speak of. It requires little mental and physical effort to take one's turn. It's good for a laugh. The game can be interrupted easily without consequence. It finishes quickly. It lends itself easily to a re-match if "the pigs are against you" in the first round.
We also brought Uno, which, if we'd played it, I think might have worked almost as well. There's a little more difficulty in sitting up in bed and holding a hand of cards, depending on the circumstances (like an IV or an awkward bed configuration). But again, Uno doesn't require a lot of thought or effort, it's good for a laugh, and it interrupts easily.
January 28, 2012
I had the occasion this week to while away time in similar circumstances, and we settled on Monopoly Express (designers Garrett Donner and Michael S. Steer, publisher Hasbro) as a not-bad alternative when conditions don't allow the kind of space that board and card games typically require.
photo Hasbro 2007
|Monopoly Express board|
photo posted to boardgamegeek.com
by Chris Blakely
The value in this game isn't the twist on the push-your-luck format, and certainly not its very small addition to the deluge of Monopoly titles in the world. Its real value is its extreme portability and quick play. This week it got more action than PtP because it doesn't even need a flat playing surface. At a time when we all needed a little cheering up, ME helped pass the time in a pleasant, undemanding way.
We now have a second game in the "Express" series - Clue Express - which I'll be bringing back to the hospital, assuming we have the inclination to play a game under the circumstances.