Tonight we decided that none of our usual standbys would do for Family Game Night, so we went ahead and opened up our Urban Myth game that was still sitting in its shrink wrap in the closet.
[Me: Where did we get this?
Otto: You gave it to me.
Me: Uh, no I didn’t.
Otto: Are you sure? I thought you did.
Me: Nope, seems like something I’d remember.
Otto: Oh. In that case, I have no idea.]
Urban Myth says that it’s for ages 12+, but we are fans of rounding up. We read the rules and off we went.
It turned out to be rather more educational than we’d planned.
The way the game works, everyone takes turns being the Reader, who draws a card and reads off a story. Everyone else has to guess whether it’s true or a myth. There’s a board and pieces and categories, but basically you’re guessing whether various stories are true or false.
I thought perhaps I should’ve paid a little more attention to the age guideline when we got to the card where Chickadee had to read off the story about a woman who claimed she turned into a nymphomaniac after being in a cable car accident. (That one’s true, by the way.) Whoops.
But the pinnacle of the game was definitely when we were asked to determine whether or not it was true that actor and former president Ronald Reagan was offered the role of Rick in Casablanca but turned it down. Otto said it was true. I said it was true. Monkey said it was false.
It was actually false. When we expressed surprise and admiration for Monkey having known it wasn’t true when he was the only answerer to know nothing about the film, he replied, “Well, I didn’t think he’d really been president.”
Some nights we play Uno, and some nights we talk about sex addiction and ask the children WHAT DO YOU STUDY IN SCHOOL ALL DAY THAT YOU DON’T KNOW RONALD REAGAN WAS PRESIDENT? We like to mix it up.