Wednesday, August 2

My Favorite Board Games

I've enjoyed board games (which here refers to card games, tabletop games, basically all games which are not digital) my entire life. They're a great way to spend quality time with people you love and my family played them a ton when I was growing up as a kid. One of our family favorites was "The Stupid Marble Game", aka Aggravation. It was always a special treat to play it when we visited my Grams' house.

Then when I married my husband my love of board games went to the next level, because he is obsessed with them! Board games, tabletop games, card games, doesn't matter, he plays them all and we've got quite a collection going now. Some of them we love and others are simply collecting dust.

Here are our current favorites that we just can't get enough of right now.


Zombiecide is our current obsession and has had a fixed place on our gaming table for the past month now. It's a cooperative game for 1-6 players. Players work together using six survivors to kill the zombies and complete campaigns. The campaigns range from easy to hard, and the hard campaigns are really hard! Expect to lose at this game fairly often, especially when you're starting out and learning. It takes strategy and cooperation and that's a big part of why we love Zombiecide so much. I tend to be very competitive so it's nice to play a game where we're working together rather than against each other.

Each of the survivors has skill trees that you build up as you level them up and you can find various weapons to use so how you use each survivor can vary from game to game. There are also many expansions available to add new layers to the game. We have the Wulfsburg expansion which adds werewolves and extra survivors as well as extra abominations (i.e. zombies on steroids) and special survivors. There are so many extras that you can get to add to this game that you'll really never get bored of it. But even if you just stick to the base game it's interesting and challenging. 

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Ticket To Ride

Okay, so maybe my husband has had enough of this one. But not me! This has been my favorite game for probably the past five years or so and I love it. I could play it over and over and never get bored. Ticket To Ride is a game for 2-5 players where you use miniature train pieces to complete railway routes. This game is easy to learn, great for families, and very appropriate for children to play. With maps for the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, India, and more, it can also help you to brush up on your geography a bit! Some of the maps are expansions to the game and others are stand alone games with various tweaks from the original (such as tunnels in the Europe edition) which keep the game fresh. You can also purchase different card decks, such as the 1910 expansion, to use the same map but get different routes for different periods of history!

Machi Koro

Machi Koro is a city building dice and card game from Japan for 2-4 players. I have yet to meet someone who doesn't love this game. It's easy to learn, fast-paced, and involves the perfect combo of strategy and luck. In Machi Koro you purchase cards to build up your city; things like bakeries, cheese factories, and wineries. If the dice roll on the right numbers you get money! If they don't then you may be sitting there for a while watching your friends get rich and build a bigger city. The first person to finish developing their city first wins. There are a few expansions to Machi Koro such as the Harbor Expansion and Millionares Row Expansion which help keep the game new and interesting!

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Mahjong is nothing like the tile game you've played on your computer! This game involves a ton of strategy and has quite a learning curve. It's a tile based game originating from China for 3-4 players. In order to play you need a score card for each player. These score cards have tile combinations for you to attempt to achieve during the course of the game and new official score cards come out each year (you can use old ones, but each player needs to have score cards from the same year!). In my opinion, Mahjong is one of the most difficult games I've ever tried to learn and I probably never would have learned it were it not for the help of my husband's aunt. But once you know how to play it's highly addicting! If you know someone who plays ask them to teach you, chances are they'd love to have new people to play with. (P.S. Be sure to get an American tile set! We have an American travel set as well as a fancy World of Warcraft Chinese set. Unfortunately, since the Chinese set doesn't have numbers on it, only Chinese figures, we aren't able to play with it unless and until we learn a bit of Chinese!)

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is a hilarious, fast-paced card game for 2-5 players (or up to 9 if you combine multiple card decks). If you like cats and have a good sense of humor then there's a good chance you'll enjoy this game. The unique artwork adds an extra layer of fun to the game and the rules are very simple to learn. The goal of the game is to NOT explode, so you use various combinations of cards to prevent yourself from getting the exploding kitten cards. The last person standing wins! There's also a NFSW adult-only version that has quite hideous and explicit artwork (as opposed to the funny and cute artwork of the normal version). It's still pretty funny though but it's definitely not for everyone. This game is widely popular and is the most backed game ever on Kickstarter! It now has an expansion called Imploding Kittens which can add new layers of fun once you've conquered the main game.

There you have it, the five games we're currently obsessing over! Have you played any of them? What are your favorite games? Comment below and let me know. We're always looking for new suggestions.

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