Don’t Wake Daddy – A “Vintage” Board Game?


I was walking through an antique store a week or so ago now when I noticed a small corner shelf unit full of board games. Among many familiar games I saw one that I hadn’t thought about in quite some time… Don’t Wake Daddy. Alongside the pile of these games was a sign that read “Vintage Board Games”.

DontWakeDaddy2Is it just me or is it a bit strange to consider this game vintage? Am I really getting ‘old’ or am I just in denial? In any case, I thought it would be fun to revisit this (vintage) classic.

I must admit, the premise is a bit creepy to me now that I am older. I mean, I can relate to the fact that sometimes as a child you wanted to eat more than you were allowed to. But the whole idea of these kids needing to sneak into the kitchen as if they were being starved is a bit daunting, nevermind the fact that they were clearly terrified of the idea of their father waking. At the end of the day I know it’s all in good fun, people are too serious these days- but it comes down to this. Is it a game worth playing, and if so, who should be playing it?

I think those are easy questions. If you have a young family, you absolutely must play this with your child. If not this game, then something like it – where the overall ‘shock’ value comes from the unknown factor- at what point will the dad wake up?

These kinds of games are the most fun to play with young kids because they are so darn dramatic when the man pops up out of the bed. They sit on the edge of their seat hoping they will survive another round- wishing ill upon their opponents. They bring the energy, intrigue and satisfaction that the gameplay for you (as an adult) probably won’t. It’s cute to see them stumbling around the various obstacles – thinking the fact that they made a ‘noise’ and ‘woke daddy’- their lives were just awful. If only that was my biggest problem!

I think it’s safe to say this is best for kids- but join in if you ever get them away from the tvs, iphones and computers 😉

So there you have it, a brief stroll down memory lane – well, almost. It’s not complete without a true visual cue- whether you want to call this vintage or not is your prerogative I guess but I don’t think I’m willing to go there quite yet.

Who could forget the commercial?


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