Wholesome Group Games

November 15, 2021

On behalf of all of us here at Dragon's Lair Austin we would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! Spending time with those you care about is the best way to celebrate the holiday, and we've got some great games that will keep everyone entertained and enjoying one another while you visit. These selections are not intensely competitive or aggressive, and most are actually cooperative! 

Trekking the National Parks: Explore the National Parks and race to see who can collect the most points on your way! This one is a bit competitive but the theme makes it more friendly in nature. It's also a great educational tool as the cards feature actual pictures of different park landmarks. Suggested for 2-6 players ages 8 and up!

Harvest Time: This game is ideal for families with littles that want to join in the fun! Players work together to plant a garden and then help one another harvest the crops before winter comes. It's great for groups with kids ranging from 3-7 years old, and adults will find it fun to guide them too! 

Castle Panic: Work with your fellow players to defend your castle from the horde of monsters that threatens its walls! One of the perks of this game is that although it is cooperative and players will lose or win together, one player is also titled the “Master Slayer” at the end of the game, so you get a fun competitive twist while working toward the main goal to keep your castle safe together.

Forbidden Island: This has long been a classic cooperative game, and for good reason! You'll all work together to collect items/treasure while island cards sink around you, and no one can get left behind when you are able to finally flee with your loot! Games are fun and challenging even when you lose, and rather than get frustrated by a defeat you'll likely just immediately set up and play again!

Hanabi: This is a compact little card game that is easy to tote along if you're traveling to see loved ones this season, and it's easy to both teach and learn. Hanabi is a Japanese reference for fireworks, and the goal of this game is to create a successful fireworks display together! The card deck consists of five different colors of cards, numbered 1–5 in each color. For each color, the players try to place a row in the correct order from 1–5. The catch is that you don't get to see your cards, and must rely on your fellow players to guide your decisions.

If you want some wholesome group fun any and all of these will be a welcome addition to your festivities this week or at any time of year. We'll be closed on Thursday in observance of the holiday, so be sure to stop by and grab one before then!