What better time of year to start planning some indoor events than when it starts to get cold? Don’t get me wrong, I live for the outdoors (Nick Offerman and I are on the same level), but when it comes to rainy, snowy days, it is great to have some indoor plans with friends that do not require spending money at the mall, or boredom. My best suggestion is a monthly board game night!
Around this time of year, my friends and I try to put together a monthly board game night. Because of the frequency, we have to invest a bit in getting board games that are enjoyable and fun! We may break off into groups or play one big game. Here is the group’s tested and approved favorites for when you schedule your board game parties. Bonus! I also included some extra tips for the indoor warrior who tries to keep these events cost effective!
- Cards Against Humanity: This little (inappropriate) game always has us rolling on the floor laughing. We get to learn about each other’s sense of humor, enjoy some of the fun cards, and challenge ourselves to make funny sentences. This game is not for the faint of heart; you have been warned. An additional word to the wise, do not “overplay” this game with the same group over and over again. You start to learn the cards, their perfect matches, and all the cards your friends will pick. There is a way to learn your friends’ humor too much.
- You Don’t Know Jack: This is a trivia game on a video-game console that acts like a board game. You can either use controllers or phones (depending on the party size) to play the Jack Box, which has a ton of games included with it, including a drawing game and a word game. The trivia game is very funny and has new information each round so it is rarely a repeat for any player.
- Super Fight: This is a good two person game that creates random combos and everyone has to vote on which hero would win. This can get testy for the party because you could argue about jell-o legs, cement hands, or a nose that shoots bees.
- A good old fashioned drinking game: Come on, what is a board game night without someone playing Kings?! Cheers!
- EPIC SPELL WARS OF THE BATTLE WIZARDS: I have to thank Ian Bird and Anna Gardner for this one. They introduced me to this game on Fourth of July a year or so ago and I have loved it since. This game basically has you pick a silly wizard, and you pull cards and create spells. The spells are really fun to say, and the rounds don’t last long, but this game is fun. The goal is to be the last wizard standing.
- Dungeons and Dragons: Fanatics, don’t kill me for calling this a board game. I don’t consider it one either. However, this is a very fun game to commit to with friends. We are currently recording a podcast of our game where Victoria and I had to learn how to play from scratch. This game seems complicated, but once you allow yourself to be immersed in your Dungeon Master’s world and you learn the basics, it is a very fun game. To listen to our podcast, please click here.
- Munchkin: Slay some monsters, crawl through dungeons, and get loot! What better game? You need to level up to Level 10 in order to win, but this game is all about cards and adventures. This game usually has people laughing.
Tell me what your favorite board games are, and give me some more suggestions for my game nights! Don’t forget to slow cook some food and chill some beers!