The following year we played Contraband, where you try to smuggle goods through customs, lie about having the diplomatic bag and try to keep a straight face when you get the Ruritanian Crown Jewels. This game is all about having a good poker face so my oldest daughter excels here as she lies easily and with no compunction. My sisters and I used to play this in Granny Smith's loft room which I remember being a store room full of interesting things for us to poke around in.
Last year we got hold of an old copy of a childhood favourite of mine called Careers where you work your way around the board trying to score love, happiness and wealth in a variety of interesting careers like Prospecting for Uranium and Travelling to the Moon. Since this game involves very little skill and mostly luck, it's a great family game for all ages. And it doesn't last forever like Monopoly which has to be the most boring game ever invented because it goes on for so long. I used to play Careers for hours with my next door neighbour, Kate Harris, who was much cooler than us because she was the youngest of five kids, her parents worked full time so life at her house was pretty unsupervised and her Dad worked for a biscuit company so they had a whole room dedicated to biscuits.