As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, you’re probably gearing up for turkey, potatoes, and some hours spent with friends and family. Depending on your situation, sometimes those hours can be difficult to fill. If you want to try and avoid those heightened political arguments and explaining for the fourth time to your parents that you aren’t interested in having children, we’ve got a solution for you! Board games are a fantastic way to fill the time and visit while having something fun to concentrate on.
Here are several recommendations that are more elaborate than your average Milton Bradley game, but you can still teach them to Uncle John in just a few minutes.
Ticket to Ride: This is across-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. It has vibrant colors, a fun map, and a wide range of audience appeal with an age range of 8 and up.
Forbidden Island: A cooperative board game in which all players work together in order to collect their treasure before the entire island sinks! No matter what strategy you choose, you all win and lose together. Plus, the modular set up and beautiful artwork make this game extra engaging.
Exploding Kittens: If you have a group that loves party games and good natured ribbing and competition, then Exploding Kittens is the choice for you! Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck. It was designed by Mathew Inman and has all the fun flavor of our favorite Oatmeal comic strips.
King of Tokyo: This game is just plain entertaining. In it, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens—all of whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo! To win the game you’ll have to destroy the city or be the last monster standing.
Now, if Monopoly is a family tradition you just can’t let go of, consider opting for a themed version. They have everything from Fortnite to Rick and Morty, and if you’re the unfortunate person that somehow ends up spending most of the game in jail it just doesn’t hit as hard if you’re playing as a favorite character.
Stop on by and check these, and the many more games on our shelves this week! It’s a great way to make the most of your quality time together in a screen free way that encourages active participation and communication with one another.