So this a completely subjective list of my top 10 board games and card games out there. In fact, it’s so subjective that the order might change depending on what mood I’m in. The real goal of this list is to show you what kind of games I like, to help you see if you have similar interests, and to give you ideas of some games you might like to try yourself.
Funglish is a game that is a lot like Pictionary and Charades, but instead of drawing words or acting something out, you have a board that you put preprinted words on in order to get everyone else to guess what word you are talking about before the timer runs out.
Read my full review here.
Dominion is a fun deck building game. In this game, you have a starting deck that you draw from and use those cards to buy new cards for your deck that you can use later (once you run out of cards and shuffle the discard pile back in) or just keep in your deck as “useless” cards that only give you points at the end of the game. This game really makes you think and strategize and not just plan for what can help you out now, but what you will need in the future.
#8 Settlers of Catan
This is a game I’ve only played once, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. In this game, you are settlers on a new island and you start the game by claiming territories, or tile pieces, that have different numbers assigned to them. Then throughout the game, you buy new villages and later cities with the resources you get from the territories that you own. The fun part of this is that these resources are generated by dice rolls that match the numbers on the board, and then you have to trade with the other players to get what you need.
Guillotine is a game that is actually pretty light-hearted, once you get past the dark humor associated with it. In this game, you are an executioner during the French Revolution and you are competing with the other executioners for the most heads to your name. The thing to watch out for though is these heads are not all worth the same number of points and so you use your action cards to give other executioners the heads with a low or negative value and earn the high-value ones for yourself.
Now this game is a family favorite. Telestrations basically a game of telephone done on paper. Every player has a dry erase booklet in which you start by writing down a word on the first page. You then pass your booklet to the next person and they proceed to draw out what you wrote. Then the next person looks only one page back and writes what they think the picture is about. Then the next person draws what the last person wrote and it then continues in a like manner until you get your own booklet again. Once that happens you then take turns sharing the progress of what happened to your word in your booklet and the results are often very funny (especially if you have brothers who purposefully mess up the progression without being too unreasonable).
One of the things I like best about this game is that there is no real point system (at least not when we play it) and you’re not really competing. That’s why I prefer this game over other similar games, like Scribblish.
This game is easily one you can play without buying any cards or sets and just do your own thing, but if you like the preprinted cards and not having to do the work yourself there are plenty of options out there. In this game, you are a group of villagers who have been infested with werewolves, but you don’t know who they are. Each day you all decide who to lynch, trying to use your various roles to kill the werewolves, and each night the werewolves kill one person. It makes for a lot of debating and wild accusations, but it is a lot of fun. The really cool part is that many versions will support as many as 75 different players. I’ve never tried anything bigger than about 15-20, but it sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
#4 Word Whimsy
Word Whimsy was a game that was a lot of fun and it made for some really hilarious moments. In this game, you have a prompt card that one person judges off of and everyone else submits phrases to the judge. It’s similar to Apples to Apples, but instead of just one word, you have an envelope that you put as many words as you want in and the judge reads it in the order you put them in. Then instead of picking just one, the judge ranks their favorites and points are assigned based on the rank.
This was a game that I got for Christmas and found to be very engaging. I tend to think favorably of co-op style games because I love the teamwork it takes in order to beat the game. In Pandemic you are a medical research team that is trying to rid the world of four deadly diseases. You are all working together using various cards and abilities to move around and cure illness. This game tends to be harder than it looks because if the cards are against you, you could very well cause a chain reaction and lose before you even know what’s going on. So it continues to keep its challenge.
Read my full review here.
#2 Bring Your Own Book
I would describe this game as to how I think Apples to Apples should have been, or at least the replayability of the game should have been. In BYOB you have a judge and prompt cards just like ATA but instead of “red cards” each player has a book or books, that they use to find any phrase they think would match the prompt. This turned out to so much fun because it never seems to get old because you just pick a new book every time. We’ve also had the idea of trying out theme nights, such as giving everyone a Harry Potter or Twilight book to search through.
Read a full review here.
#1 Red Dragon Inn Series
So I know this isn’t a single game, but a series of games, but ever since I’ve played it, it has been one of my absolute favorites. I currently own most of the characters that have been released so far, and I’m excited as new ones come out. In this game, you are a group of adventures from a Dungeons and Dragons style game who have just gotten back from their exploits and want to have a good time at the local tavern. The goal of the game is to be the last person still standing; you pass out when your stamina (or health) and drunkenness counters meet on the same number, and you get kicked out to the stables if you run out of gold. Each player has a character deck that lets them do various actions and reactions in order to stay conscious or gamble your way to victory. My favorite part about this game is the titles of the cards you play. Some cards have very similar effects, but unique titles depending on which character you are playing.
Well, that’s my list of top ten games I’ve played. I’ll try to keep this updated as I try out more and more games.
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