Monday, December 17, 2012

The ultimate list of board games

I saw someone on facebook asking what everyone's favorite board games were. After looking at what everyone was posting, I noticed that some of my favorites were missing! Well we can't have that! So I thought i'd put together a list of what my favorite games are and maybe you'll be able to add something new to your game closet.

My game closet

1. The Settlers of Catan - This is seriously one of my favorite games. It requires 3-4 players however my husband and I have played it several times with just the two of us, so it can work with two. They also have a few different types of expansion packs which will allow you to play 5-6 players but that's the most. This game is for ages 10 +. The goal of the game is to earn points by building roads and settlements/cities. You do this by collecting different resources; lumber, ore, brick, wool and grain. One of the aspects of this game that makes it fun is that the game is always changing. The directions has an initial way of setting up the game but once you've done that a few times you can mix and match the game anyway that you want to. This opens it up to a ton of different possibilities which guarantees the game will never be the same. This game is seriously addicting and seems to have it's own following. Their Facebook page has pictures of peoples birthday cakes, stuffed animals, and even life size models of the game.

2. Quelf Board Game - One of my favorite party games so far. It requires 3-8 players or you can play teams and have even more. This game is for ages 12 +. There is also a Quelf Jr that is for ages 6+ but I haven't played that. I'd assume the game would be relatively the same just easier things to do. The only rule to this game is to Obey the Card! Whatever the card says, is what you or everyone has to do. This could mean finding something to be a helmet to wear, keeping your elbows on the table, or repeating a random phrase every time someone looks at you. All of these challenges last the entire game or until a new card is played that will replace the original. Definitely not a game to play with super shy people unless you're hoping to get them to open up a bit.

3. Killer Bunnies Quest Blue Starter Card Game -The most addicting game that will cause you to want to physically hurt everyone else. haha. Technically this isn't a board game, it's a card game but it should still be included. This game requires 2-8 players however with the addition of expansion packs, you can play more. The more people the more fun it is. This game is for ages 12 + but can be a little challenging. I've never played the card game Magic but this is a similar premise, I believe. The goal of the game is to have the winning carrot when the game ends. To collect carrots you have to have bunnies and to win the game you have to have at least one bunny alive. This can be challenging at times as others try to kill your bunnies with random weapons such as gelatin with evil pineapple chunks or an ice pick. The instructions can be a bit challenging to understand but i'm under the impression that the makers have rewritten them. You can also go to their website and download the full directions that includes every card from every expansion deck which would be worthwhile to print and set aside in a binder for play. Now while this game takes skill to keep your bunny alive and to kill everyone elses, actually winning the game is complete luck. You can have every carrot while the person you're playing against has one and that one could end up being the winning carrot. You just never know till the game ends. In regards to the expansion packs, you do want to purchase them for even more fun. Each pack builds on the previous pack and opens up even more options and different styles of play. At one point you can even have military bunnies. If you have one of the Officer bunnies you automatically get an extra turn, because Officer's are better you know. lol. If you are at any way affiliated with the military you understand and probably think its as hilarious as I do.

4. Electronic Catch Phrase - Really easy but fun game to play with a group. You need two teams to play, regardless of how many people are on each team, it doesn't matter. You would need an even amount for team 1 and team 2 though. This is for ages 18 + but i'm not sure why someone younger couldn't play? I would guess at least 12 but who knows. This is a very simple game. One person sees the word and has to give clues to the other person to guess the word. When the word is guessed it gets passed to the next couple to guess. It goes around the circle of couples until the timer goes off then the other team gets a point. Basically like Hot Potato.

5. Cranium -A fun party game that will get everyone involved. This game requires 4 or more players, ages 16 +. In order to win this game you need to get to the end of the board first. To do this you need to act out wacky stunts, draw pictures or even sculpt with clay. There are a variety of different cards and if you play it so often that you start reusing the cards, you can purchase the expansion packs with more. I really enjoy this game but sometimes wish it would last a little longer... But that always means you can play again!

6. Clue - A classic game that I really don't have to write much about. This game requires 3-6 players ages 8 and up. Your goal is to find out who killed Mr. Boddy, with what weapon and in what room. I remember playing this as a child a couple of times but that's about it. I recently played this with some friends, and I just hadn't realized how much fun it was. Sometimes it's good to go back to the classics. You may never realize what you're missing out on if you don't.

7. Monopoly -Do I need to say anything about Monopoly? This game requires 2-8 players ages 8 and up. The goal of the game is to make everyone else go broke and to own as many properties as you can. One of the fun things about this game is that there is a version for everyone. We have the Marine Corp version seeing as my husband was in the Marine Corp at the time he purchased this. He may be in the Army now, but he is still, a hardcore Marine. lol.

8. Sequence Game -Another fun game that I only recently played for the first time. This game requires 2-3 players or 2-3 teams of players. It's recommended for ages 8 and up. This game is like a board game and card game in one. You have a hand of cards that match to the board that also has all of the cards listed. Your goal is to acquire 2 sets, or sequences, of 5 cards in a row but also on the board. It's a game of skill but it is also relatively easy to play. A fun game to play when you're lounging around the house with nothing to do.

While there are many other games out there that are fun and i'm sure plenty that I haven't played, these are my top games. I will pretty  much always go back to these in any situation. Please feel free to add any comments with any games that you love to play and the reason why. If you are like me, and love to have a new game to play, check some of these out!

Have fun!

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