Yes, I know, we're so nontraditional. We have played both of Jordan's gifts and my gift is already set up as well. I got Jordan the game Ticket to Ride as well as Fluxx. Ticket to Ride is fun and if you haven't experienced it, you should check it out, but the game I am writing about is Fluxx. Jordan was introduced to it by some computer geek online contacts. They said it was fun and that their whole family plays and enjoys it. Here's a link to wikipedia where the game is described more fully http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluxx.
It really is lots of fun. A person who loves chance games will love it, because new rules and goals come up all the time and then it's chance who has the cards to make the new goal happen. A person who likes strategy games will love it because there are always new rules to keep it interesting and goals to keep focused on, and "you can develop an adaptive strategy that allows you to deal with the most likely scenarios."(quoted from Jordan) Jordan and I have had a hard time finding a game we both enjoy because Jordan is so competitive. He wants to win, but with this game, he likes to win, but understands that it is likely that something will be thrown out to throw the game at any time, so he just deals with it. It also has a short playing time, so it works for people with short attention spans, or people who have a hard time sitting down and relaxing.
There are many versions of the game, but I hear people enjoy the original the best, that is what the picture represents. If you want to try out this game or otheres there is a store that lets you rent games. It is BoardGame Revolution. They have an Orem and a Murray location. You rent a game for 10% of the price to buy, then if you want to buy the game after that, you can apply the rental amount to the purchase, pretty cool. They don't have all the games available for rent and sometimes they are already rented. You can also order games from their site at boardgamerevolution.com . They have the best prices on games I have seen anywhere. The store happens to be run by my good friends the Jarretts. Check it out.