Board is the new Black: Mother's Day Ideas for the Whole Family

(Gillette, Wyo.) With the weather the way it is in Wyoming, there's no guarantee it's not going to be snowing (or raining) on Mother's Day. That puts on a damper on taking mom to her favorite picnic spot, or camping out for the weekend. With the recent rise in popularity of board games, we decided to talk to two local resources with a wide variety of games that families can get mom this year. You can definitely find something that everyone can play, and stay indoors where it's warm and dry, right in downtown Gillette. Teacher's Corner, which is now at 213 Gillette Avenue, and Dungeons & Dugouts, which is now just around the corner on 3rd Street, have got you covered for every single type of game you can think of. [image: 20160506_152307[1].jpg] "If you can't find it here, you won't find it anywhere," said Teacher's Corner & Kid's Mart owner Dale Burbank. His store features an entire wall of tabletop entertainment. From dice and card games to classic board games like Candyland, you can find nearly everything you'd want for kids as young as 3 to play with their parents. Burbank says "*Snake Oil*" is one of the more popular games they have in the store. It's a card game that up to 10 people can play at once. You draw random "word" cards and then a "customer" card, and you have thirty seconds to sell a product using that information. It's one of several styles of game that can seem silly at first, but that teaches your children at the same time. [image: pigs.jpg] *"Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs" is a giant foam version of the classic dice-style pig tossing game.* "They teach cooperation, strategy, and also social skills," Burbank explained. His personal favorite is "*Skippity*," a checkers-like game that helps kids learn how to strategize and organize. "Unlike something like Candyland where parents can get bored after the third or fourth game, this keeps the adult's attention," he said. Along with Rubik's cubes, Giant Jenga, and classics like Simon are newer games like "*Three Little Piggies*," which is for younger kids, and "*Dr. Eureka*," which teaches pattern matching with test tubes and marbles. Teacher's Corner also has several different version of Catan (Settlers of Catan) and Ticket to Ride, two board games that helped launch the current movement of tabletop gaming. Around the corner at Dungeons & Dugouts, co-owner Jessie Studle carries those games, too, but a wide variety of other role-playing and card games for older kids. [image: 20160506_153825[1].jpg] She cites "*Five Tribes*" and "*Civilization*" -- board games where you build cities, armies, or empires -- as her two favorites. "They're a little more complex as far as gameplay strategy, which I enjoy." For bigger families there's games like "*7 Wonders*," which up to seven people can play. They also carry "*Dixit*," which was one of the best-selling games in the world last year, and role-playing games based on Firefly and Doctor Who. Studle recommended you get mom one of their special editions of "*Love Letter*," a card game where you attempt to woo a princess, like the "Batman" edition where instead you're trying to knock out villains. [image: munch.jpg] Their best-selling game -- and the one they have the most expansion packs and variations on -- is the award-winning "*Munchkin*." It's a card game where you have to defeat monsters while also outwitting your opponents. Studle advises not playing it with people you don't know, because the level of competition is so fierce it can become heated. "If you have a good relationship, though, it's fun," she laughed. So if you're looking for an out-of-the-box gift for mom this year, venture out and look for something that might be fun for everyone to try after dinner some night. Your family might end up at Dungeons & Dugouts one Saturday afternoon, competing against other gamers. *Feature photo: Yeti in My Spaghetti, a game like KerPlunk that teaches hand-eye coordination and balance.* #county17 #news