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Sep 14

10 Good Board Games to Play with Your Family or Friends

Karen and I are two people that feel that when a family is together they should communicate, have fun, and for the love of God put the gadgets (cell phones, tablets, ipods, and personal computers) away.  We constantly see families out together at restaurants, doctor’s offices, shopping etc… and everybody in the family has their eyes glued to a different screen.  I cannot imagine what their family time at home is like.  So to help get people interacting again without the use of some device may I suggest one of these 10 good board games to play with your family or friends?

10. Monopoly

MonoplyMonopoly the highest selling game of all time so how could it not be on our list?  Monopoly is good game that just about everybody in the family can play.  It helps teach basic math and economic skills and in a capitalistic society it is always fun to gather more money than your friends and family and squeeze them out of their last dime.  Monopoly can take a long time to play so great for late nights or raining days.

9. Taboo

TabooTaboo is a very social game where a player has a card with a key word and 5 taboo words or words they cannot say and they have to try to get them to guess the key word without using any of the taboos.  You need at least 4 people to play and though it is marketed as a party game I like to use it at the end of the school year in my classes to help students work on their vocabulary.

8. Clue

ClueA classic game that I played as a young child and still enjoy to this day, Clue is not very complicated but it does help build basic strategy skills.  Clue is an entertaining game that was one of the first games that allowed me to roam around instead of following a set path.  Clue is a great game at deduction that is not to complicated so as to discourage the young ones.

7. Diplomacy

DiplomacyProbably the most difficult game on the list and one that would be more suited towards a group of friends that seriously like to play board games versus a family.  Diplomacy takes seven players to play the game as it is intended.  Diplomacy is based on history, geography intrigue, human nature, and diplomacy.  Basically you are a European diplomat right before World War I, and the goal is to form beneficial agreements or backstab previous partners to gain areas on your way to European domination.

6. Scattergories

ScattergoriesA great family or friend game were each player has a card and around minute to answer all the cards questions with a particular letter that is determined by a roll of the dice.  If two players have the same answer than that word is thrown out and no points are awarded.  Great game to get people to think outside of the box and is another one that I use in my class as we wind down the year.  I have never had a class complain about playing and that is coming from inner city middle school students.

5. Puerto Rico

Puerto RicoPuerto Rico is an economic management game where your goal is to build up your colony.  Puerto Rico has each player utilize different character roles from mayor to craftsman in your attempt to get the most victory points for your colony.  Players can act on every turn in the game letting them move goods or build up their city.  Puerto Rico has won many board game awards, and no I did not just make that up there are actual awards for board games.

4. Settlers of Catan

The Settlers of CatanSettlers of Catan is another economic management game where players collect resources and use them to help build roads, settlements, and cities.  The nice thing about Settlers of Catan is that if you like it you will never be bored with it because each game will be unique because of the layout of the game board tiles differ with each play the outcomes will always be different.  Settlers of Catan is an award winning game that can become highly addictive.

3. Wits and Wagers

Wits & WagersWits and Wagers is a fun social game for the gambler in all of us.  Basically it is a trivia game where it really does not matter if you know the answer or not because you can place a bet on the person that you think is right.  Keeps everybody involved and because you do not have to know the answer to the question just either be a good guesser or have good gut instinct on who to bet on and you can still win.

2. Ticket to Ride

Ticket to RideTicket to Ride is a wonderful game where your objective is to connect cities via train tracks.  Each player I given a certain number of cards and on those cards are destinations your goal is connect your destinations without being blocked by your opponents.  If you are able to achieve your goal you will get bonus points.  The longer the track and more destinations completed the greater chance you will have at winning.  Ticket to Ride is an easy game to set up, understand, and play so a good one for the family.

1. Dominion

DominionWhile technically not a board game, Dominion is a great game to play and can be competed in 30 minutes and has lots of expansion packs so the game can always be different.  Dominion takes you to Medieval Times where you are a monarch that wants to expand your holdings.  Unfortunately you are not the only monarch in the area that is eyeing expansion.  You must get as much of the unclaimed land as possible while keeping your rivals from it.  To do this you must hire minions, construct buildings, make your castle better, and increase your treasury.   Dominion is a great tactical game that  you might want to stay away from because it can be highly addictive.

I hope you enjoyed our list of 10 good board games to play with your family or friends.  Let us know if we left your favorite off the list.  Karen and I are always looking for another good game to try.  Hope this helps your family put down the devices and have a little bit more quality time.

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