There are almost limitless sources of entertainment out there. Streaming video, video games, and audio-books are just a few examples. But sometimes the best way to bring the family together is by playing a few good board games.
Here are 6 board games that you can play with the whole family.
The Game of Life
The Game of Life has existed for nearly one and a half centuries. And it has stood the test of time as being a fun experience for the family. Life revolves around several players making decisions on how to accumulate money and overcome many obstacles of chance determined by spinning a wheel. Drawn cards and random events leave everyone in different circumstances that they have to plan around to win. The wealthiest player at the end of the game wins. The Game of Life is a fun and simple game for the family to play together.
Monopoly is the old classic that everyone should experience at least once. The goal of this board game is to grow and build your business holdings to out-earn your fellow players. To do this, you should own properties and make deals with others to expand your empire on the board. Several random chance events can happen depending on what square you land on while moving your board piece during play.
Chance and Community cards impact your finances as well as the other players. The board has business tiles that collect rent or cash from others for services. The winning player is determined after the rest have declared bankruptcy. This game can be intensely competitive, but it is also extremely fun to play.
Catan works on the premise of creating a town on unsettled land. Each player controls a different holding on the map. You’re responsible for trying to expand from your starting position. Each different tile on the map makes a different resource that players have to spend to build roads, settlements, or ports.
Players roll two six-sided dice to generate resources every turn and decide how to spend them. Whoever reaches a set amount of points wins the game.
Points are determined by achieving certain things on point cards like building a road to a certain length or having a certain number of cities. Trade can happen between players or an off-board bank. A robber token keeps players honest by potentially stealing resources.
Blood Rage is a board game about vikings and conquest for two to four players. Each player takes control of a separate Viking clan to duke it out over which of them is the most glorious.
Everyone makes moves based on a resource called “Rage.” This lets them take actions such as pillaging, battling, or securing provinces to gain more Glory. The player with the most Glory after three Ages of play is wins.
Mechanics such as Clan Upgrade cards and Quests allow different strategies from each player that may even change between the Ages. You may need to have one practice game to understand how everything works. But Blood Rage is a fantastic experience once you pick up the basics.
Scrabble is a classic board game that never gets old. Two to four players compete to score the most points by spelling words out on the game board. Each letter has a correponding point And certain board squares give bonus points.
The player with the most points when the game is over wins. You can use different competitive and optional rules to make the game more challenging, but Scrabble can be a fun challenge for everyone with just the basics.
Eldritch Horror is a cooperative board game based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Players each take control of investigators who must work together to overcome an invasion of Earth by dangerous cosmic horrors from space. You move around the world and work against the strange activity. At the same time, a “Doom” counter slowly ticks down the coming of the invasion. Once you’ve collected enough clues, you can then confront and defeat the invaders together. The game takes a bit of learning to fully understand. But it can keep your family entertained for hours at a time.
There may be a lot of options for entertainment, but it’s hard to beat a good board game for family fun. Turn off the TV and give some of these boards a try. You and your family will have hours of fun playing! Good luck and may the best player win!