Yesterday my family got together and celebrated my aunt’s birthday and had family game night. We had a nice visit over dinner, then she opened her gifts and then singing Happy Birthday and cake. My cousin made a fabulous gooey butter cake and a spice cake – yes two cakes – my family always has more than one choice in desserts. Then it was time to play games. When I was in New York a few weeks ago I received the game Crappy Birthday so my family was happy to see what this oddly named game was all about.
The idea of the game is to pick out crappy birthday gifts for the other players. The gifts are shown on the large cards – each has a large photo and then a short description. There are some really funny things, like having a giant sculpture of a lobster on your front lawn, taking perkiness classes for a year, or watching an entire weekend of horror movies. One of the “crappiest” gifts I received was having to take a picture of yourself everyday (that part is ok) on your scale for a year. Yikes! My mom said well you already do take pictures of yourself all the time for your blog. I agreed, but I never take a pic of my scale! She was the winner of that round for giving me the crappiest birthday gift.
The game play is very simple. All players are dealt five cards. One person is the gift recipient. Everyone, except the recipient, selects the gift card in their hand that the recipient would least like to receive. The cards are then read aloud and the recipient selects which is the worst gift. The person who gave that gift earns the point. The first player to three points wins. The games are very quick, and apparently my Aunt Judy is great at giving crappy birthday gifts (in reality she gives great gifts). We had six people playing and it only took about 15 minutes per game. There are a lot of cards included so you could play this with a pretty large group of people. The game reminded us quite a bit of Cranium Whoonu, which we also enjoy. This game is suggested for ages 12 and up and I agree with that. It is not that the game is difficult to play or read, but I think the concept of some of the gift ideas may be lost on younger players. This is not a game you would play all the time, instead it is a fun game to have on hand for groups or parties to play occasionally throughout the year. Everyone in my family enjoyed the game play and would recommend it to others. The price is $15 and a good value.
The nice folks at Northstar Games, makers of Crappy Birthday, were kind enough to offer another Crappy Birthday game for me to give away to one of my readers. Make sure to visit them and see what other fun games they offer too.
The Giveaway: One lucky reader will receive the game Crappy birthday
Required Entry: Leave a comment telling me the worst birthday gift you ever received.
Winners notified by mail only, so make sure I have a way of accessing your email address when you comment.
Extra Entries: The following are all extra things you can do for more entries. Leave an additional comment for each thing you do to earn extra entries.
- Subscribe my feed via email and then leave a comment letting me know you have done so. If you are already a subscriber, let me know that in the comment instead. Subscribe to Robyn’s Online World
- Follow @RobynsWorld on Twitter and send a tweet about the giveaway. You can do this one time per day. Leave a direct link to your tweet (instructions here) in your comment for an extra entry for each tweet. Just click the Tweet button below and follow simple instructions
- Visit Robyn’s Online World’s Facebook page and like (you can include a comment also) the post about this giveaway. (one time only)
Rules: Only one of each entry method listed per person/family/household. No entering on behalf of others, using extra identities or others identities, no automated program entries, etc. If I catch you cheating you will be banned from this and all of my future giveaways! This giveaway is only open to those in the USA, ages 18+. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on Tuesday, August 11, 2012. I will pick a winner and email them and they have 48 hours to claim the prize. If no response, I will pick a new winner. Good luck!
Disclosure: As mentioned I received a free copy of this game for myself and Northstar Games is also providing the giveaway game. The opinions are my own and my families. I would not recommend this game if we had not enjoyed playing it.
© 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.