How could I have left this off of my Holiday Gift Guide? Bottom's Up was a board game produced by Colt 45 Malt Liquor, and required the players to down shots of liquor, smoke two cigarettes simultaneously, and so on. (via Teamsugar, via Seat of the Revolution)
I get some interesting questions by phone or email regarding games. I just got one from someone who wanted to help him find out if a certain European game manufacturer had any ties to Nazi Germany before he decides whether to do business with them. Interesting question!
Research didn't reveal any connections, but I did discover this lovely site of historical paper, playing cards, and card games.
Nodwick presents a variation on the game of Monopoly that looks interesting.
And the Washington Post presents a retrospective of mainstream board games and religion. They missed The Menorah Game, sadly.
I don't have any game plans for shabbat, other than to open up Wildlife and read the rules. My sec san gift hasn't yet arrived :-(, and Hanukkah is over tonight.