Nadia - - WELL-THY WINTER - – From The Lit­tle Book of Slow by Sally Wise and Paul Mcin­tyre ($29.99, pub­lished by ABC, a di­vi­sion of Harper­collins).

If play­ing with friends, be real­is­tic and be­gin with one ses­sion a month.

> Start off with a game most peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with, so learn­ing new rules isn’t a hur­dle. > Make it an event where each player is re­quired to bring an item of food or drink – sounds de­li­cious!

> Mix it up and try a new game ev­ery now and then.

> Ask at your lo­cal board-game stock­ist for sug­ges­tions of clas­sic games and new re­leases. Also search on­line for re­views of new games. > If you have chil­dren, make time to in­tro­duce them to games, as even some­thing as sim­ple as snakes and lad­ders will help de­velop their maths and so­cial skills.

> Have fun, re­lax and don’t take it too se­ri­ously – it’s just a game!

> At the end of each get-to­gether, pen­cil in the next one so ev­ery­one can plan around it.

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