Beach House Diaries: 7 Tips for Board Games at a Vacation Home
- When pieces get lost (as they inevitably do), suss out replacements on eBay or buy a cheap duplicate game at a thrift store that you can mine for missing parts.
- Confused about rules? Try checking the manufacturer's website. Hasbro's Scrabble page, for instance, supplies these as well as solid tips and FAQ answers.
- Options such as Monopoly and Boggle have junior editions that are ideal for kids who've graduated from Candyland but aren't quite ready for the big leagues.
- Tired of the usual suspects? Bookmark BoardGameGeek.com. This information-packed website's database includes 65,000-plus variations on the theme.
- Devotees fascinated by the history of board games can peruse online exhibits at the University of Waterloo's Elliott Avedon Virtual Museum of Games.
- When all else fails, get creative. Remember, you don't have to buy a Pictionary set -- to play, you really only need a big pad of paper, markers and a word list.
- Mix things up with a few hands of cards. Learn about new ways to play them at Pagat.com: it's billed as "the largest collection of card game rules on the Internet."
Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb will report on life at a summer beach house in AOL Travel's weekly Beach House Diaries. Follow along with her or share your beach house tips in the comments below.