Great story! Board games can be really fun, even when you’re playing bad ones (e.g. Parcheesi).
I am surprised, though, that you’d never heard of Cribbage before. I played it in New England as a child and teen (it was popular on Boy Scout camping trips), and they play it in Minnesota, where I live now. Wherever you grew up must be one of the few places in America that doesn’t play Cribbage. ;)