Create your own game
Can’t find a tabletop game you want to play? Consider making your own using toys, coins, old game pieces or other items from around the house. You can create your own game boards using cardboard, construction paper or even ordinary notebook paper.
While the only limit is your imagination, one thing all games need to be successful is a mutually agreed-upon, written set of rules. They don’t necessarily need to be complex, but all players should know and agree to the rules before playing. Writing them down makes sure everybody remembers what they are. Subsequent changes should be written down, too.
You should also consider if or how the element of chance will enter into your game. See the illustration below for some fun ways to generate random numbers.
Be a good sport
And whether you’re playing a game you created yourself, with your family or a game that’s been around for thousands of years, remember to practice good sportsmanship around the tabletop. Being gracious in victory and defeat is more important now than ever — especially since you’re probably going to be playing with the same group of players for the next few weeks.