Games have been a major component of my relationship with my best friend Hannah ever since we became friends sophomore year of high school. We shared a gym class together and initially bonded over our lack of athleticism, hiding in the back during games of kickball and dodging the basketballs lobbed at us by well-meaning classmates trying to get us more involved. This single gym class was life-changing for both of us, as we became (and still are) inseparable.
Though neither of us are one for athletic games, we both love boardgames. Some of my most vivid memories from high school are playing round after round of Sorry on a rainy afternoon, or playing a near endless game of Uno in the room above Hannah's garage because we both spitefully refused to shuffle. For us, games are the best way to get to know someone. Whenever we make a new friend we schedule an impromptu game night, playing games like Scattergories, Cards Against Humanity, Bananagrams, and Scribblish. There was one summer where we had game nights multiple times a week, every week, with Hannah and I often being the only static members of the group.
I remember playing Scribblish (essentially telephone but with drawing instead of speaking) at Hannah's New Year's party just a few weeks ago, resulting in one of my favorite rounds of the game, where someone misinterpreted a drawing of a goblin getting a makeover from two lizards as ferrets attacking a troll who had been playing darts. My favorite games are ones like Scribblish, where every game is different, no one is competitive or upset, and you can just sit back and enjoy the company you're with.