Lately, my boyfriend and I have taken up playing board games together a few times each week. We typically will go into our designated gaming space away from any distractions and will play for an hour or two after dinner (as Bentley and Cooper run, chase, and wrestle around us). Sometimes, life can get really crazy and between work, doing normal day-to-day routines and for me personally, trying to find time to manage my small business, it's nice to have a few hours a week to spend not doing much heavy thinking.
We haven't been playing your average board games -- Scrabble, Monopoly, Life, etc -- but have found enjoyment in finding "niche" games at a local store in town. Our collection has grown to about six favorites, with our latest being "Tempest: Love Letter."
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I have to admit that when my 32-year old boyfriend first told me about it, I had to question where on earth he would have possibly heard of a game that by name alone sounds like something my 6-year old niece would play with her friends, but, being the fabulous girlfriend that I am, I decided to trust him and give it a chance.
Love Letter is a game that 2-4 players can play, and only takes about 20 minutes or so to finish. The game happens in rounds, with the goal being to get your love letter into Princess Annette's hands while eliminating other suitors. Much of the game actually reminds me of something like "Go Fish", and is very light-hearted and fun. If you're looking for something new to try with your friends or your children, give it a try!