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Glorious games

Whether board games, card games, video games or virtual, we wanted to share some of our favorites old and new that are in heavy rotation here at home. Swipe through our slideshow below to see which current merrymaking picks made the JAM cut.

Games party compendium
Games scrabble

We found a party compendium card game set including classics like charades, name that song, name that person and trivia questions all in one little box called "Games Room," which makes it easy to play on the dining table during a meal whether just our household or on Zoom with friends for a virtual game night dinner. Also pictured above is JAM's Scrabble travel edition (another classic), which is just as compact, foldable and easy to move around.

Games ticket to ride

Ticket to Ride

Games catan


Games machi koro

Machi Koro

Games dicecapades


Games above and below

Above and Below

Games trivial pursuit

Trivial Pursuit

Games one night werewolf

One Night Werewolf

Games whatchamadrawit


Games clue harry potter

Clue Harry Potter Edition

Games monopoly zelda

Monopoly Zelda Edition

Games balderdash


Games sushi go

Sushi Go

Good old fashioned corn hole - actually works indoors or anywhere outside with barely a set up except laying it down. It's alarming how competitive and fun throwing a little bean bag into a cut out hole in a slightly raised wood panel can be. Another body moving competition is the original, old school Twister which can get as challenging as holding advanced yoga poses.

Games corn hole

Old school corn hole

Games twister

Original Twister

VIDEO GAMES! Nintendo Switch, the impossible to get PS5, Animal Crossing, Among Us, Fortnite, Legends of Zelda, Overwatch, Roblox, Minecraft,...being at home more and being able to play virtually has made these games more popular than ever.

Games nintendo switch

Nintendo Switch

Arcade games - we love a noisy, lit up room full of stand up, cabinet, interactive video games but not sure that the arcade game room model will ever work again much like movie theaters and bowling alleys, at least not in the same way. We were lucky enough to find and sign up for a 90-minute session in our very own private arcade made for these times. Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Dance Dance Revolution, street racing, side by side basketball hoops, and so much more never felt so special.


Minecraft house screenshot

House built by Imogen Smith 1/29/20 using modern furniture mod

Minecraft is a video game developed by Mojang. It was created by Markus Persson in 2009 and was originally called Cave Game. This one is quite different than other online games where you create things and build structures because you also have to gather resources to build those structures. And the creations one can make are infinite. There are an endless amount of books and resources dedicated to the secrets of the creative trade.

Minecraft guide books

Official guidebooks

Minecraft panda reserve

Panda reserve made by Imogen Smith and her cousins during quarantine

It has always been a simple looking game, with very basic block shapes making up the entire world and the graphics made to look like pixels. This allows it to do incredible things with its very limited visuals. It also allows changes to be made easily and at less expense than they would for a more modern looking game. Players can build homes, cities, worlds, entire universes along with purchasing mods that enhance the design feature capabilities. Minecraft has 126 million monthly active users as of as of 2020 and is as popular as ever.



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens. Currently she is mostly thinking about food: what to get, where to get it, how to cook it, how to save it. Also, trying to work, reading, and tending to the care and feeding of too many indoor plants and a sourdough starter.
IG: @krystalchang

JAM in House contributpr Christina

Christina Graci is a lover of all things beauty, health and wellness. She has been busy in the industry for 15 years. She is currently doing lots of self care, cooking, and staying active, reconnecting with herself, partner and friends.
IG: @xtinaesthetics

JAM now Triana

Triana Cristobal is an east coast native, west coast transplant. She is a ballerina turned fitness professional. She is also a music maker. You can find her on the dance floor but currently she's back home in nature taking long, beautiful hikes.
IG: @it_me_triana

Helen Jeremy hbo emmys

Helen and husband Jeremy in West Hollywood at Emmy party past

Helen True Detective 2 premiere

Holiday season 2019 premiere party

Thank you to my daughter, Imogen, and husband, Jeremy, my family, my friends, my JAM team and especially to all the continuously dedicated healthcare workers, frontline, food banks, couriers and all the many others helping with economic, racial, gender inequalities, climate change and social justice.