Ava Foxfort (they/them): Hi everybody! You may have seen me in the comments or the forums, and I have to say I’m utterly thrilled to be here. Shut Up & Sit Down has been one of my favourite imaginary places for a very long time, and I’m delighted to be part of it.
Quinns: Ava, please kneel. I dub thee... a News Knight of the Realm.
Ava: I guess I’d better go slay some news.
The less said about this horrid state of affairs, the better. I hope Matt skiis down a well. Let’s get on with the news.
Wait! What’s that noise? An approaching siren? An… ice cream van?! It’s me pedalling furiously toward you in the Shut Up & Sit Down Budget Bus, adding a host of surprising prices in this sequel to our indispensable article, How To Build an Amazing Board Game Collection for $10. GET ON BOARD.
Matt: Contrary to popular belief, I am not a man of infinite luxury. Paul has an entire cupboard just for games - Quintin has a cavernous loft to explore. Many have climbed that ladder and never been seen alive again, fading away to become a new addition to the dark and dusty collage of cardboard and bones. Basically those boys have space to play with. I however, have a shelf.
But it’s a big shelf! Oh my. There’s plenty of room in the rest of my flat, but my wife is a bit of a cheery dictator when it comes to interior design - so the sins of the husband must be tidied away. It’s occasionally annoying, but it does mean I get to live in a genuinely beautiful, tidy place? Swings and roundabouts, life is compromise.
You guys will have seen my collection in the background of loads of SU&SD videos, but I don't think you've seen the work that goes into it. Come with me today as I perform... a CULL.
[Recording begins, some sound of birdsong and footsteps.]
Quinns: PAUL. PAUL. WAKE UP.
Paul: OH GOD WHAT IS THE HOUSE ON FIRE.
Quinns: Paul I know what-
Paul: DON’T COME IN HERE. Just tell me from behind the door.
Quinns: Paul, I know what you like most of all!
Paul: And what is that?
Have you guys started guessing at the top 10 yet? You must at least have had a guess at number 1. Go on. It's just a bit of fun. No shame in it.
It's not just an excuse to dress up, not at all, and Matt actually has a very interesting story related to that.
It is an excuse to show you how to make gingerbread pears, perfect for any holiday season.
Does your brother want to play Twilight Imperium for eight hours? Does your dad understand how the Ambush card works in Memoir ‘44? Will your mum flip the table again if she loses another game of Space Hulk?
Here, then, are Shut Up & Sit Down’s recommendations for games your family can play at Christmas. These are all games with rules you can learn in just a few minutes, and won’t keep you returning to the manual. Some are simple, some are smart, some are physical and some are outright dangerous. But they’re all terribly, terribly good fun.