Read board games, not bored games. This ain’t your momma’s game of Scrabble. Clear off the table, pour some drinks, and get ready to play some fresh new games that are bound to earn a place in your party go-to cabinet.
13 Dead End Drive
If you like Clue, then you’ll love this game. It is a game of suspicion and mystery where you must bluff your way to the top to win the prized inheritance of the mansion. The key: stay alive.
Dungeons & Dragons
The oldest and goldest of tabletop fantasy games, Dungeons & Dragons is the perfect way to nerd out with your roommates during a week at home. Create your own character and adventure and watch the imagination in the room explode.
One of those board games that run on social deduction and 1930s fascism, Secret Hitler is designed to make you question the honesty of even your sweetest friends. Practice your detective skills (or lying skills) with this winner.
Betrayal At The House On The Hill
It’s so bad it’s good. You and your friends act like the stars in a cheesy 80s horror film as you explore a creepy old maybe-haunted house. You’ll never know what awaits you once you lay down a tile.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Fast, fun, and an instant classic of the social deduction board games genre. Everyone gets a different role and a different motivation to survive. Find out who the werewolf is and lynch them!
It is a shorter, funnier version of Dungeons & Dragons that will unleash pure hysteria across the board. Be careful to guard your stuff before your friend stabs you and runs off with it.
Save the world from a superbug by treating infected cities, building a cure, and avoiding Epidemic cards. The success of your strategy depends on the strength of your characters. Better hustle, because the fate of the world rests in your sanitized hands.
Land on the dragon’s eye and you win the game. Travel the four elements of life and use ancient spells to collect all the secrets of these mystical creatures and become the Master Dragonologist. It is a game of pursuit, risky bets, and enchantment.
Here’s a classic fast-paced party game that will work out your vocabulary muscles. It is quick-thinking, smart, and filled with goofs. The game is so minimal you barely even need a table to play. The fun part? Only 3 rounds per game.
How To Rob A Bank
Be the bank and fight off robbers or be the robber and get away with all the loot. This team-based game pits players against one bank player in an ultimate test of strategy. Just remember to keep your plans secret.
5 Second Rule
Answering a simple question in five seconds or less is easier said than done (in this case, ‘said’ and ‘done’ are the same thing). Can you name three breeds of dog in five seconds? Three things you dip in ketchup? Three famous bald people? It’s harder (and more hilarious) than it sounds.
Bring the creativity out of your group with board games like Azul that transform you into tile-laying artists tasked with decorating the Royal Palace of Evora. It is a surprisingly beautiful game with a quick setup that makes it perfect to play after dinner or before bed.
A fairytale themed game centered around trading and building your own settlement, Catan brings chaos to game night by making the players hungry for victory. Points are won by building cities, armies, and earning victory points. Stake your claim. Conquer the win.
Crack the code before your enemies can and you win the game. The spymasters will give you clues to help out the opposing team’s agent but beware of giving your own secrets away during the game. Silly guesses can lead to laugh-out-loud moments.
The Quacks Of Quedlinburg
Your crew plays as “quack” doctors rushing to brew the best potions before anyone can for the upcoming festival. Use your turn to perfect your potions or push your luck with cherry bombs that could explode your brew pot. There’s a fix for every ailment, but there’s no fix to win.
Adult Loaded Questions
This is what it would be like if Never Have I Ever and Truth or Truth had a baby. Brace yourself for dirty questions and dirty answers. Finding out who said what is the funniest part since everyone answers anonymously. You may end up learning more about your friends than you’d expect.
An apple that fell not too far from the Risk style board games tree, Scythe uses strategy, resource management and competition to fuel the fire between players. This is perfect for history buffs because it is set in an alternate timeline of the 1920s. Did I mention it has monstrous Mechs you can build?
“Talent Not Required” is perhaps the key phrase here. The first player to start singing scores first, but here’s the catch: you must sing at least five words of a song containing the Tunesmith’s keyword. For wanna-be Grammy stars and cat-howlers alike, this is an instant hit.
Monopoly destroys relationships anyways, so why not double down with some shots? There are a few kinky twists and turns with this version of Monopoly that may make you feel relieved you won’t remember playing it the next day. Whatever you do – just don’t land on Free Parking.
Drawing Without Dignity
It’s Pictionary: Uncensored. Even the naughtiest person’s imagination can’t compete with the six-hundred-and-seventy cards in this deck. Swallow your pride and use your art skills for what they were truly destined for (drawing penises).
The Game Of Life: Quarter Life Crisis
Crippling debt and existential despair have never been so fun. This parody on Life walks the line between hilarious and too real. You may laugh. You may cry. You may never play the original game of Life ever again.
This could possibly be the most therapeutic game on the planet. Maybe because it is about nature. Maybe it is because the art is colorful, delicate and lovely. Or maybe it is simply because you play a tree. Honestly, what could be more peaceful than trees?
Live vicariously through your favorite Disney villain. You each have your own particular conditions in order to win and decks of cards that can either help or hurt you. Is it a bad game? Yes. Is it also a very addicting good game? Hell yes.
Love Poker but hate math? Try Skull. It is not only filled with gorgeous, intricate art, but it invites you to put your friend’s poker face to the test as you try to sniff out who has got roses and who has got skulls. Are they bluffing? Or is it all in your head?
With over fourteen different fantasy races and special powers, you can pick your zany character and take over this small town with your big plans. The twist of this lighthearted game is that true diplomacy happens off the board between the players.
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