I love a good board game. With the friends, family… and winter makes me think of that. I love me some game time over the holidays.
When I talk about board games, I’m not referring to basic B board games. Ohhhhhh no. (I’m looking at you Cards Against Humanity and Monopoly!) No, I’m talking about more obscure board games that are passionate and fun as hell to play.
Board games are as stimulating as a good fiction book. They take you to a different land and get you invested in the players. Also, if you have a bunch of friends that don’t know each other and you want to avoid social awkwardness, this is a great way to bring people together. It’s probably one of the best ice breakers ever, really. And if you already know each other, then board games are great bonding time!
I like games where there’s a secret to keep or a deceit to be done. Just makes playing more full circle and invested, and these board games are everything!
Now… might I recommend:
If you like good scapegoat…
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This game is so fun! Everyone is in the government, except for a select few, who are secretly in The Resistance (these individuals recognize each other at the beginning of the game). Every round, a different leader selects individuals to go on a mission (the number of players elected for a mission can differ). Everyone secretly votes if they agree with the leaders choices. If the mission is accepted, the players on the mission secretly vote if they want the mission to pass or fail. The Resistance wants the mission to fail, while the government wants it to pass. If you’re The Resistance, you want to be careful on your choices to avoid raising suspicion. You have 5 missions. If a majority of the missions fail, the government loses.
Something you’ll hear someone say: I’m not the spy! I was framed!
If you like lying and deceit…
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SO. You’re a tradesman who is trying to smuggle goods into Nottingham. Sometimes you lie, sometimes you tell the truth. But of course: you tell the sheriff that you’re smuggling legal goods, but secretly you’re smuggling in contraband. If the sheriff thinks you’re BS-ing on what you’re brining in he or she can call you out & you can end up paying big money. The sheriff rotates every round, and may take revenge on you if you screwed them over. Whoever smuggles the highest point value goods into town at the end of the game, wins.
Something you’ll hear someone say: No officer, these are definitely 4 apples. I’ll pay you 5 coins to check Minali’s bag.
If you know how to Bullshit…
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Ohhh Spyfall. So easy and fun to play! The dealio: All players are in one location – everyone except one person, who is the spy. This is a question game where you ask your fellow players questions, trying to determine who the spy is. Your questions must be specific enough so your peers don’t think you’re the spy, but not specific enough to give away the location to the spy (which the spy is trying to guess.) Any player can take a vote for who they think the spy is at anytime – and the spy can reveal if he or she thinks they know the location at anytime. You have 6 minutes.
Something you might think while playing if you’re the spy: Someone asked if we were in costume. Maybe it’s an office party? But earlier someone said it was very cold here. Are we at the North Pole? Oh no- someone’s asking me a question. I think they’re on to me….
If you like feeling a part of a team…
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2 teams & a 5 x 5 set up of cards with random words on it. Each team has a “spy master captain” that has an answer key indicating which cards are theirs. The team leaders take turns attempting to describe multiple cards using only one word. The team must guess the correct cards avoiding the opponent team’s cards and avoiding the assassin card that ends the game. First to team to pick their cards, wins.
Something you might think if you’re the Spymaster leading your team: Why would you guess that card? That makes no sense. I don’t understand how you can think a “phoenix” is an animal. It’s a mythical bird!!
See a full list of games on THE SNOBBY FOODIE!
Just writing this makes me excited about the winter. Nothing like fun board games to play with friends. And family! Drinks or no drinks. (I choose drinks, heh.) But seriously. Try out these board games. No more Taboo. On to better, newer things!! Happy playing y’all.