Let’s put those screens down and play some new board games! When we go to visit extended family over the holidays, every kid/teen is glued to some sort of screen. Either playing Minecraft, checking their Social Media, or doing some weird poses for selfies. The adults are pretty much the same way. This holiday season, why not make the conscious decision to go offline and bring back family board game nights?
I grew up in the generation of Monopoly, Scrabble, and Sorry!, however board games have made a huge revival since then. They tell elaborate stories, some pit teams against each other, while others are a group effort to beat the game. Most of you might be thinking, “Like those nerdy Dungeons and Dragons type games?” Well, yes and no. Some of them are as complex as D&D, but many are family games with a creative spin. Here’s a list of my favorite 5 board games for your family. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
King of New York
Age: 10+, 2-6 Players
This is actually a sequel to “King of Tokyo,” this popular and easy to pick up game allows players to become monsters! Your goal is to rule over New York City through destruction and chaos by defeating all other monsters on the board (or the first to reach 20 Victory Points).
Age: 10+, 3-4 Players
Originally titled “Settlers of Catan,” you’ve discovered a new uncharted island called Catan and have decided to establish a settlement. Unfortunately other folks have the very same idea. Your goal is to create settlements, cities and roads through collecting resources. The first to reach 10 Victory Points, wins.
Ages: 8+, 2-4 Players
All players work together to try to eliminate several diseases that have broken out simultaneously around the world. Working together you travel to different cities, treat those who are infected, discover a cure, or build research stations. You can control the difficulty of the game play through the rate of infection.
Ages: 10+, 2-4 Players
You and your team have discovered an Archean Empire that has the ability to control Fire, Wind, Water and Earth through four sacred treasures. All players work together to discover these four treasures before the islands sink. You can control the difficulty of the game play by raising or lowering the water level.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Age: 8+, 3-10 Players
One of my favorites, also a great party game. Each player is assigned a character one of which is a werewolf. Each character has a role to play and by the end of the night, everyone must collectively decide who is the werewolf within five minutes. If no one finds the werewolf, the werewolf, wins. If everyone finds the werewolf, they win!
If the new games don’t suit you, you can always enjoy the classics. Happy board gaming!