17 Board Games You Could Be Playing Right Now and Having So Much Fun

Board games are called “board games” because they often utilize a “board,” except sometimes they don’t use a board. One thing’s for sure, there’s nothing boring about playing board games!

Throughout our lives on earth as women and as human beings, we have participated in many activities. One of those activities is playing board games. Board games get more and more complicated as time goes on and the world turns around like relative to the sun or whatever, but today we are focusing on the Timeless Glory Board Games, the Best Board Games of All Time, The Board Games that put the “O!!!” back in “Board” and the “AHHHH” back in “Games.” You follow?

(Some of the) Best Board Games of All Time

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Guess Who?

by Lindsay, Writer


Guess Who? probably seems like a weird choice because a game takes all of five minutes if you’re past ‘being-able-to-master-basic-logic’ skills and the original 1987 board was pretty male-dominated (later editions have attempted to rectify the issue of gender inequity in Guess Who?). But there’s something about those little red and blue game boards that will always beckon to me when I pass a well-worn box at someone’s house or at one of those coffee shops with a board game collection.

Maybe it’s the feeling of accomplishment that still comes with a Guess Who? victory. Maybe it’s the universality of it (as I’ve noticed here, the US and UK versions are pretty much identical). Maybe it’s the memories of childhood family gatherings where we’d play Guess Who? before the Airing of the Grievances. Or maybe it’s the convenience of it, the fact that you can wrap up two rounds in 10 minutes, that makes for effortless ice-breaking when dealing with new people / situations. But whatever it is, I will always sit down for a game of Guess Who? and no, my person does not have a moustache, guess again, brah.

Also, ‘These Eyes,’ by similarly-named Canadian rock band The Guess Who, is a total jam.

Scattergories

by Intern Laura & Riese


Laura:
If you ask anyone in my family about Scattergories, they will roll their eyes and tell you about the Long Island Iced Tea Incident. The Long Island Iced Tea Incident happened on Thanksgiving eight or so years ago when my cousin wrote “long island iced tea” as his answer for the category “drinks” when the letter was “i.” He then had the audacity to insist that his answer should not only get a thumbs up (my family votes on every questionable response) but get double points. My uncle started yelling, chaos ensued, and everyone ended up leaving my Grandma’s house in a huff before dessert. Despite this, we still play Scattergories all the time.

Scattergories has everything a good game should have: you have to think creatively, you get to judge your family and friends, and you have more fun when you’re making other people laugh. Riese is really good at Scattergories and the only person I’ve met who takes the rules as seriously as my family. The only rule we don’t follow is that the game is for 2-6 people; it’s much more fun with at least 10. Wikipedia says that Scattergories was a game show in 1993 and that it regularly featured a player named Chuck Woolery. I don’t know who that is, but his name is really similar to mine.

Riese:

I am really really really serious about Scattergories. Nobody appreciates my adherence to the rules besides Intern Hot Laura and occasionally my girlfriend, but only because she’s so serious about the rules of Scrabble so it’s a trade-off. Honestly I don’t see why the rules are so confusing to people, but maybe it’s just sad for them that I always win.
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Trivial Pursuit

by Riese, Editor-in-Chief

I think Trivial Pursuit revolutionized Education, because every time I was forced to study something I perceived to be boring/irrelevant, I’d reassure myself that this might come in handy next time I play “Kyle Wins,” which is what my family calls “Trivial Pursuit,” because Cousin Kyle always wins (FUCKING SPORTS!!!!!) I wouldn’t have survived American Diplomacy or Biology had I not pumped myself up with positive ideas about how much better I’d be at yellow/green this holiday season.

There are about ten billion versions of Trivial Pursuit and at least ten “Genus” editions which you inevitably mis-read as a “Genius” edition, amirite?

Older versions result in a lot of questions about The Andy Griffith Show and the 1975 Olympics, but we recently played the 20th Anniversary Edition and Jesus Christ was that shit a mess, maybe the worst game of all time. As many Amazon.com users attest, the questions were “absurd,” “so obscure that there is no way anybody would have known them,” impossible for even Harvard graduates to answer, often incorrect, “mis-worded” and “well beyond the definition of trivia.” These things are true.

However I think heaven would be a place on earth if I could spend the rest of my life playing Trivial Pursuit: Book-Lovers Edition and Scattergories forever and ever AND EVER.

Mouse Trap

by Stef, Music Contributor


OK to be fair it’s been a really long time since I’ve played Mouse Trap and I don’t think my parents even ever owned Mouse Trap. I think I played at the house of the kid up the block whose parents were [ALLEGEDLY] in the Mafia and had a ton of money and thus a ton of cool toys my parents would never buy, like a huge Ghostbusters play house and a red Power Wheels Jeep that the kid used to drive me around his driveway in while a thick line of drool dripped down his face onto his Osh Kosh B’Gosh overalls. A fitting precedent for the rest of my life. I digress.

Mouse Trap is awesome because the trap makes no sense. The objective is to race your mouse around the board, build the trap piece by piece and be the last mouse standing by the end. It’s a perfectly terrible way to catch a mouse, and the game is really just boring and pointless for kids anyway (Roll the dice! Collect cheese! Avoid cats!), but the trap itself is awesome. There’s a shoe and a bucket and a red bathtub and a little diving guy and a metal ball that rolls down a staircase for some reason and somehow after all this, a cage falls down over where someone’s mouse ought to be but usually isn’t. Nothing that happens in the actual game itself is important, but the problem solving/trap building part probably is. I don’t know. Maybe I learned how to follow assembly instructions from playing Mouse Trap. That’s the only valuable life skill I could possibly have developed from this game. Years later, when my grown-up apartment had mice, we got a cat, and that seemed to work too.

Monopoly

by Chloe, Contributor


There are many reasons to adore Monopoly- the cute little silver pieces, bellowing “DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT COLLECT $200 DOLLARS”, subtly stealing colorful little monies while playing banker. Most of all I love Monopoly because it is a competitive outlet for me, someone who has never excelled at any athletic activity whatsoever, to kick ass in. Another admirable aspect of monopoly is the commitment requirement; when a participant sits down they silently pledge to stick through Monopoly’s long, arduous haul no matter how bored they become or how deeply they want to smack the other participants. I find that sort of of long term pledge admirable if somewhat daunting. Y’all can buy Monopoly here. Or if you want to spice things up there are countless Monopoly remixes and editions to select from.

Life

by Laneia, Executive Editor


When you’re a goal-oriented, wannabe over-achieving child, the Game of Life is where you feel most at home. No game made me feel more accomplished than Life, and I didn’t even need another person to play with — the game of Life was just as satisfying when played alone. In fact, it was probably more enjoyable because there was no one to take the doctor career card before I could. Life is like the board game version of MASH, which is arguably the best non-board game for daydreamers who dislike the burden of agency.

The best part of Life, aside from the wads of cash you receive at regular intervals, is the fact that you get a car right from the start. I CALL THE YELLOW ONE. The yellow car is mine.

**Special Gender-Neutral DIY Modification: Do you have issues with the gendered blue and pink pegs used to represent boys and girls in the game of Life? Here’s how to make your own Life pegs!

Make two little bricks out of Fimo clay. Press a peg half-way down (horizontally, duh) into both pieces of clay. Bake those mothers until they harden. Lightly — really lightly — oil the inside of the peg impression in each brick. Or maybe dust it with cornstarch instead. I’m leaving that up to you. Using whatever color you’d like to represent your gender-unbiased self, press a smallish blob of clay into the peg impression in one brick. Make sure there’s some clay left on top and smash the other peg-indented brick against it. Carefully pull the bricks apart and really gently ease the peg away from the brick. Cut away any excess clay and bake. Gender-neutral Life peg! Bam!**

Scrabble

by Julia, Contributor


Contrary to what anyone else in this post might tell you, Scrabble is actually the best game ever. And I’m not just saying that because I have finally gained the necessary skills to beat my mother at it. Or because I am contemplating buying an iPhone in large part so I can have 24/7 access to Scrabble. Scrabble is just that good! It has everything: words; tension; little letters; ridiculous fights over the acceptability/meanings of words; points; giggling over rude words; dictionaries; strategy; tactics; and the ability to feel really really smug when you get a super high-scoring word. What more could you possibly want?

Real life places/instances in which Scrabble has been awesome:
+ My lounge room
+ On my brother’s iPhone at our other brother’s loooooong graduation ceremony
+ On a boat (magnetic, bitches!)
+ When an ex-girlfriend decided to drop by unannounced and there was all sorts of crazy tension because I was hanging out with a friend, whom that ex-girlfriend had accused me of being in love with during the breakup (untrue, for the record).

Moral of the story: Scrabble is fun, versatile and helps you to avoid dyke drama. So get on it.

Twister

by Lily, Writer


I was a very competitive child—I am still a very competitive child. My family hates playing board games with me because I will do everything in my power to make sure I win (this sometimes includes what other people might call “cheating” but what I like to refer to as “extreme intelligence”). Unfortunately one thing I am not is flexible. Nor athletic. Nor hand-eye coordinated. So the fact that I brought Twister to every single sleepover EVER, says quite a lot about me as a person who likes to be physically close to other girls.

No one else wanted to play Twister. Ever. I basically forced every single all-female sleepover that I ever attended to play that damn game with me. Actual groans could be heard from my fellow eight year-olds when I would enter the room holding my favorite Twister box close to my heart. I must have been very persuasive (or more likely just incredibly annoying) because despite their groans, these slumber party attendees still gave in to putting their right leg on yellow and their left arm on red—suspiciously close to my right leg on green and my left arm on blue. I may have never ever won Twister in the traditional sense (which often pissed me off) but I certainly won in my own special and slightly creepy-now-that-I-look-back-on-it way.

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    • I didn’t play Scrabble for about 10 years because my mother was such a bitch about it when I was a kid.

      I will play it with my friends now (still avoid playing it with family) but I am hypercompetitive about it. As I am about most games, actually…

      • my gf doesn’t play scrabble because of horrible childhood memories, and she finally agreed to play after ten years and my best friend got over competitive and wouldn’t let her use a dictionary, accusing her of cheating because she was nervous and so wanted to check a word before she put it down. I have never been so mad at him. We got over it (he didn’t know about her scrabblephobia), but she hasn’t played scrabble since, sadface.

    • Do not even get me started on people who use Scrabble cheat generators on the internet. I refuse to play Facebook scrabble with a couple of people because they have violated the spirit of the game, dammit!

    • this is my family’s attitude about Monopoly. My mom called my nephew “a g-ddamned little cheat” over it when he was like eight. Good times.

      We will sit there all night and ruthlessly bankrupt each other if need be.

  1. Cluedo looks a lot sexier than Clue. Also, I interpreted the rant on the 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit as a personal challenge but will fight the urge to purchase it. Though I still need to play it at some point.

    • The second it said “too obscure” I wanted to play that game immediately. The urge to show that I’m a smartypants who can answer impossible trivia is incredibly strong. But I’m holding myself back.

  2. I fucking love board games!
    Once, during a game of Scattergories, for L, Song Title, I played “La La La La La La La La La Means I Love You.” One of my proudest moments. Of course, it turns out the song is officially just called “La La Means I Love You”–but still, that’s 3 “L”s.

  3. two things:
    did anyone ever play dream phone? i was obsessed with it, and no one i know has any recollection of this game at all and it really bums me out. it was amazing.

    also, my super religious parents hated me for buying “ask zandar” with my allowance money. it was really traumatizing and again, no one remembers this game! help me out. these did exist for other people right??

  4. Ah yes, inebriated apples to apples! Love pictionary. And scrabble, even though I suck at it. I just love it anyway.
    But I am ever so sad no one mentioned Taboo! It’s the one game I totally own at. In real life I am that person who can supply you with that word you are thinking of that’s on the tip of your tongue but you can’t quite get. It’s my skill and therefore allows me to win endless rounds of taboo.

    A modified version of taboo can be played with apples to apples red/noun cards, where you pick a time limit (30 seconds, a minute) and then try to get your teammates to guess the red cards you describe to them without being able to say what the noun/proper noun is. At the end of the time limit you switch teams and after however long whichever team has the most cards wins. Bam.

        • I love Taboo also because I’m excellent at it. But I hate the idea of shutting people up with the buzzer because I am invariably the one who’s talking loudly enough to warrant a noise complaint. But still. Excellent at Taboo.

    • Taboo is brilliant, we had epic games in college, we got super competitive about it. One night after the first Pirate of the Caribbean movie came out, I managed to tie every single card/item/word to the movie.

    • Oh, man, I had a Speech and Debate class in high school where the teacher frequently gave up and played Taboo on warm days. I used to get so frustrated because I was really good at using commercials and movie quotes to my advantage, but nobody knew the stuff I was referencing! Alas, for I was apparently the only kid in the room who’d spent three solid months watching VH1’s “I Love The 80’s” specials.

      I am apparently the only person who hates Apples to Apples. Trying to play that game with an alcoholic rules lawyer was a scarring experience.

  5. I’ve only ever played Scattergories in spanish (in my hs spanish class). It’s a lot more challenging when you don’t know tons of spanish nouns and don’t necessarily know what the category is to begin with. Though still very entertaining.

  6. Do you know that there is a boardgame about buying sheep? It’s called Squatter, and is like monopoly except you aim to become a sheep magnate rather than a property magnate, and it’s bush fires and drought instead of income tax and the run from the go directly to jail spot to Go.

      • Try playing Risk with a bunch of repressed overachieving history nerds. It’s amazing, glorious, and a little scary. “FUCK YOU AND YOUR COMMUNIST ARMY!” “Jealous?” “THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN!” “Yeah? Well, South AMERICA rose first, so eat spear and DIE.”

        It was so much fun. I almost got a bloody nose once.

          • TOTALLY sports for nerds. You get to be competitive about your knowledge of history AND competitive about your army’s numbers and your strategy.

            My strategy was to be absurdly lucky with dice rolls and revel in naming conquered regions after notable historical Canadians. World domination is an exhilarating and heady feeling.

        • This is why my historian-scholar friend is no longer allowed to play RISK. She gets waaay too argumentative and belligerent, like she’s channeling Napoleon or something. “FUCK YOU I’ll invade Russia via Kamchatka if I want to!”

  7. I love Taboo and am glad others mentioned it. During the holidays, my family always plays the game. Years ago, while playing at Christmas, my dad shouted “titties” to some random clue. I have no idea what the word was supposed to be, but to this day, when we play Taboo, one of use will shout “titties” at random. Good times.

  8. Now I want to organize an Autostraddle meet-up in San Diego where we play board games the whole time. I feel like I should fight this urge, since I have no organization things to speak of and finals to study for.

  9. Bananagrams is the best game ever. I would play in my teachers college caf on my breaks between classes and got at least 20 people hooked on it. It was a great plan because eventually there was always someone around who wanted to play with me.

    I also love Settlers and Carcassone. I recently got an ipod touch and am loving the Settlers and Carcassone apps.

    I also really like Blokus and Sequence (which has the most boring box ever but is really very fun). I’m a board game nerd, clearly.

    • Yesss Bananagrams.

      I grew up in a crossword playing family like SERIOUS you guys and we still are at it and just a tad competitive with NY Times Sunday.

      That laid back ‘nana yellow bag can’t stop the SERIOUS/competitive nature…but it’s hella cool.

  10. Growing up being the youngest in the family means you always lose every game ever, until you’re grown up and by then you dont care anymore.

    BUT I love pictionary because the way people draw things says so much about them and their personality.
    For example anything my Dad tries to draw ends up looking like a map. Which is because he studied geography and thats how his brain works and that’s how he views the world. Its great if you need him to draw you a map, not so good if you’re on his at pictionary.

  11. I used to do Bored Day Board Game Sundays with friends and usually they were AWESOME except when it was Settlers of Catan day. Fuck that game with a million knives.

    (I’m bitter because I sucked super bad at it)

      • It’s EVEN WORSE when there’s intoxicants involved, because now you’re getting all kinds of invaded and you’re confused about how the hell every single other settlement just declared war on your ass.

        There may have been a SoC incident that involved tears before my friends agreed that we shouldn’t play that game anymore.

  12. i have such nostalgia for the game of life. i used to refuse to get married and instead say i was going to live with my best friend. while using a blue peg for me and a pink peg for my bff/lifemate.

  13. OMG Settlers of Catan is on this list? I thought it was a board game mirage brought on by too much fondue and white wine at the first party I went to at a “grown-up” apartment.

    But seriously people, Cranium needs to be on this list. There is a part of me that comes out during Cranium that is dark and malicious and will angrily hum at you if you don’t know the song I’m angrily humming at you. I think I’ve been banned by 2 circles of friends from playing Cranium. But I don’t care, I love that game.

    Also Harry Potter Uno is worth buckets of fun at 24 hour cafes. Just saying.

    • yes, the dice/cup thing agitates me, and people yelling YAHTZEE! is startling. Yet, I still would play anytime for which I have no rational explanation.

      Maybe it’s the pursuing of the pairs, 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, Five of a kind, fullhouse? That sounds like a good time. (The small straight and large straight always bored me).

      /neverthoughtIwouldpostprocessingthoughtsaboutyahtzee

      oh, autostraddle.

  14. Much like in real life, you are fucked if you are a woman, black, or latino in “Guess Who.” Heaven forbid you’d get Anita, the one black woman, or Maria, the one latina woman.

    Good thing there wasn’t sexual orientation on “Guess Who.” “Oh great, I got the lesbian. Game over.”

  15. I have a sudden desire to pull my Scattergories out of the closet, brings back all kinds of good memories…. Not a good game to play when you are plastered however, because the next day you really cannot figure out how those answers ever made sense in your head!

  16. Sorry!
    We play sorry for hours and hours in my family. I have all of the distances memorized so I don’t have to waste time counting squares. Like who has time for that?

  17. I used to play Parcheesi with the last two roommates I had, and Parcheesi is a terrible thing to play with people you like.

    One memorable experience was when roommate number 1 said “if you jump my guy one more time, I’m gonna go take a power shower.”

    Eventually I did, and he quit. I pointed out politely that he can’t win if he quits, and he said something along the lines of “I WIN BECAUSE I’M NOT STILL PLAYING THIS FUCKING GAME” and then took a PBR in the shower and chugged it. (in case you didn’t know, that’s apparently what a power shower is…)

    Like I said above, I’m hypercompetitive…I’m sure that didn’t help.

  18. I like this post just so much. Especially this sentence: “Life is like the board game version of MASH, which is arguably the best non-board game for daydreamers who dislike the burden of agency.”

  19. APPLES TO APPLES!!! This is the only game I purposely don’t take seriously. Playing Apples to Apples with someone for the first time IS like a friendship judgment day.

    One time, while I was playing with my friends and their friends, I played “Anne Frank” for “Dramatic.” My friend picked my card and we started cracking up, but her friend got really upset and started yelling at me. It ended with me claiming to be Jewish. Good times.

  20. The question mark in Guess Who? always bothers me because it’s not a question so much as a command. That being said I FUCKING LOVE UPWORDS. In fact, I am taking a break from playing it right now to type this comment.

  21. I LOVE scattegories, apples to apples, and trivial pursuit. I am warming up to scrabble, but I feel like I couldn’t play scrabble as effectively while intoxicated. I’d probably end up just spelling three letter words.

    Also, Laneia, while I am seriously impressed with the suggested process of creating gender neutral life people, couldn’t one just paint the ones that come in the box? I have no idea if that’s feasible. I’ve never played Life.

  22. My favorite board game is probably Cranium! My brother and I are kind of unstoppable but not in a super obnoxious way; we just really mesh as partners since we grew up playing tons of board games. This annoys my sister-in-law to no end and she always begs to be my partner. In fact I just got off the phone with her and she’s coming to visit me next week and she asked if we could play Cranium and I said yes and that we could be partners since my brother won’t be there. It’s gonna be fun!

    I also love Chess, Apples to Apples, Risk, Scattergories, and Scrabble. I’d rather have a board game night than go out on most given nights. Still looking for a boring partner who is into this.

  23. I like chess.

    Also, you can take the electronic thing from Mall Madness and rewire it so that it emits random phrases and stream of consciousness word mashups, though I burned up the circuit on mine pretty quickly. You can also do this with a Speak n’ Spell, cards that make sounds when you open them, or any electronic toy that makes noise.

  24. I loved the “cheating” and “extreme intelligence” bit. That made me LOL. But I have to say when I noticed the topic I groaned inside and then accidentally clicked on it. Then accidentally read it. And now I am fully inspired to get a board game. Possibly play some strip scrabble. Who knows?

  25. This list made me cringe. Mostly because over the last few years I became a board game snob. Before you ask, yes that is possible.

    I like my games with a bit more thinking like Airplanes, Stoneage, or Pandemic. Airplanes is based on developing airlines in Europe and buying stock in them. Stoneage is trying to survive early civilization. Pandemic is actually a cooperative game when 5 players try to cure the world of 5 deadly diseases.

    If you want to try a fun game with less thinking, I would recommend Bang!. You are either a sheriff, deputy, outlaw, or renegade. You get to shoot and kill everyone else and beer gives you life points back. Even better if you actually drink beer for good measure. Another game for a bunch of people would be the Resistance which is a game when you a trying to overthrow a shady future space government thing.

    A bunch of people already pointed out Settlers of Catan. You are all headed toward the correct direction. Now move on to Carcassonne or Alhambra. In conclusion, I spend too much time on BoardGameGeek.

      • agricola anyone?? carcassonne and catan are both awesome. i do prefer the more “involved” types of board games too. have you played starcraft the board game?

        I LOVE PANDEMIC OH MY GODDDDDdD

        like half my friends are board game snobs so i play EVERYTHING.

        i want to know you now. in the most un creepy way possible.

          • basically you have your family you need to feed, and you want to expand your farm/house in various ways, such as farming vegetables or having livestock and basically you try to screw over everyone else as much as possible by taking what tasks they want to do that turn before they can.

    • My brother is a board game snob too, and he once said of Monopoly, “Think back. Have you ever played a game of Monopoly in which you’ve felt better after you finished playing than you did when you started?”

  26. I love the shit out of Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit.

    Boggle is not really a board game but it’s the best thing ever to keep in your car. It comes in handy so very often. Like for instance: an hour wait at a restaurant? BOGGLE.

    I love me some scrabble but only online. The maths is too hard for my brain parts.

  27. also:

    anyone who loves catan, wanna organize online games with some fellow AS’ers? i know a great site: http://games.asobrain.com/

    it has both catan and carcasonne. obvs its 4 player games but i am sooo down to play other people, as it usually just involves me against 3 bots which is really anti-social.

  28. “When you’re a goal-oriented, wannabe over-achieving child” Oh god, that describes me as a kid so well and I loved playing Life on my own so I could rig the game.

  29. also, if you guys like pictionary, theres a site called isketch which basically has that online and you can have a bunch of people in a room and its pretty hilarious.

    anyone down for organizing summa dat?

    • Trouble was my game as a kid. I’ve never even played Sorry. I was all about that little popper thing. It was also a good game to take in the car (we took it to the drive-in theatre) because the dice was contained in the popper and all the pieces went in their own little spaces and didn’t move.

  30. i always played clue with my sister and i never won. ever. but i still wanted to play because i love props.
    backgammon is my favorite but i only get to play with my dad and my ipod. any backgammon fans out there?

  31. the most fun I ever had at playing scrabble (because I usually stink at it) was at that lesbo bar in ptown many a summer ago, playing with my friend who I had the hots for, and scoring the word ‘l’chaim’. I felt like the biggest genius on the planet, impressed the other girls who we were hanging out with to boot, and probably had the most fun I ever had at a lesbo bar ever, now that I think about it.

  32. I was reading this while waiting for a friend to go to the Avery Brewing Co. tap house with and got as far as scategories before he got here. We started playing scategories at the tap house… It’s like it was meant to be!

    • Cranium has everything anyone could ever want in a board game…it’s like Pictionary, Charades, Celebrities, Hummzinger, Trivial pursuit, and MORE…combined! Something for everyone. (I stick to the blue/creative cat ones as much as possible)

      Taboo is awsome too. I’m always up for scattergories, balderdash, pictionary and clue. I’ve only played apples to apples once, but it was a fun party game. My mom tried to throw Guess Who? away in a yard sale, but I wouldn’t let her.

      My current obsession is bananagrams though.

  33. I really love reading about everyone’s words here w/r/t their love / appreciation for certain board games..but THIS girl? She is fucking SERIOUS about the game of life: http://data.whicdn.com/images/8492601/game-of-life-tattoo-1_large.jpg?1301870992

    (also – i never owned mouse trap but my cousins did & i have never had any success with it at all & i feel like it may be the bane of my existence…)

  34. I love love love board games. My issue is that most people I know won’t play them with me, because apparently my competitive nature makes it ‘not fun’. This is just them being jealous of my board-game-winning skills.

    Seriously though, Monopoly – LOVE IT. There’s a great thrill to completely obliterating everyone else on the board (my friends may have a point here).

    Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit would be on even-peggings for me, if it weren’t for the fact that the modern Trivial Pursuit questions are ridiculous. A question about Madonna in Science and Technology, WTF. Also, is it not possible to have a trivia game that doesn’t depend on local knowledge of the country you’re in? I’m NEVER in my own country, so I’ve a slight issue with History/Geography or indeed Entertainment.

    I had a game, as a kid, called ‘The Game of Knowledge’ – and that bastard was SOLID, I never actually finished the game with my siblings. The questions were difficult, the game was very long – it was one of my favourites, like an odyssey of a sort.

    Finally, I love old favourites such as Ludo (do you guys have that in the US). I still have a really tattered old game of Ludo, that my grandad had for about 60 years.

  35. Oh jeez, Settlers of Catan and Carcassone! So good. So many nights I vaguely remember with a faint glow of joy.

    If you are really into games that are just that damn awesome for fucking each other over, try Wiz-War, also known as “best game ever”. Unfortunately it’s out of print right now, but it’s so worth the inflated price. Perfect for those intoxicated evenings when you really feel like pissing someone off.

  36. Trivial Pursuit. I beat my dad 6 pies to none the other day. Take that old man! My family call the pies by food names instead of colours, i.e. when we win a yellow pie, we’re all like “I won a banoffee pie bitches!”

    Scattergories! Cranium! I’d like to throw in Lists – it’s an Aussie invention and you get cards which have 5 countries on them and you have to put them in order from largest to smallest.

    Moving away from board games, if you really want to test your relationship, play a card game called Racing Demon. It’s like mass solitaire where everyone has their own pack of cards and makes you want to stab your loved ones. I’m getting mad just thinking about it.

    • Ohhhh man. In my family we have been known to have epic Pounce tournaments. It’s not a board game, more like a modified version of double solitaire that allows you to (theoretically) play with as many people as you want as long as each person has their own deck. It gets really fucking crazy when you play with five or more people- so many aces in the center. Becomes vicious at the drop of a hat, and wicked fast.

  37. Let me introduce y’all to a lil sumin called “What if?” It’s not a board game, but I guess you could use a clipboard…?

    Step 1: Get drunk. Continue getting more drunk during the game.
    Step 2: Give everyone a sheet of paper and pen. (You need at least 4 people. 8-10 is da bomb.)
    Step 3: Everyone writes a “what if” question and then puts the paper in the middle of the group. (example: What if I autostraddled the fuck out of your mom?)
    Step 4: Everyone grabs a paper from the pile and answers the question on it with “Then…” (example: Then my mom would have no fucks to give.)
    Step 5: Pick someone to start by reading the question (but not answer) on the paper in front of her/him/etc. The person to her/his/etc left starts next time and so on.
    Step 6: The person on the starter’s left (or right, that’s cool, too. Be crazy!) then reads the answer to the question she/he/etc wrote for the question in front of her/him/etc.
    Step 7: Everyone laughs! It’s funny because the answer doesn’t match the question but sometimes times it does oh the laughs! There’s probably more drinking at this point.
    Step 8: The person who just read the answer then reads the question for which the answer was written. Continue around the circle until the person who started with a question reads her/his/etc answer.
    Drink, rinse, repeat.

  38. “For starters, dice games are better than card games”

    After reading this line, my first thought was, “No, Duke Devlin, Dungeon Dice Monsters is NOT better than Duel Monsters.”

    My second was oh my God, it’s been years since I watched Yu-Gi-Oh, WHY IS THIS WHERE MY BRAIN GOES.

  39. Apples to apples is great, but to this day am convinced that the last time I ended up throwing up from drinking was because I was the only one who was actually playing by the rules and drinking when they didn’t win the round.

    Equally fun as playing while drinking is playing with people whose first language is not English. Played last summer with a friend from school and a couple of his Icelandic friends, and it was awesome, and then we did it again this semester with the Japanese exchange students. More fun than you know. I think next on the list of priorities is playing this as a drinking game with people whose first language is not English…

  40. I discovered Upwords for the first time when I went WWOOF-ing in rural Ireland. My hosts were a mother-daughter lesbian pair (WIN) and they fed me homemade sloe gin during the game :] Which made it very difficult to play haha

  41. My friend Boris invented a new form of Guess Who? called Guess Horrible. You ask questions like “Does your person look like a kleptomaniac?” or “Does your person still believe that if they masturbate too much, they’ll go blind?” The most terribly, hilariously offensive questions get bonus points. Bonus points are meaningless, though.

    Sam Jackson plays with us sometimes

  42. Does anyone know the game syzygy? It’s like banagrams unfortunately worse advertised cousin or something. I’ve been playing it for years and no one knew what was up and then people were like banagrams and I’m all like dude people syzygy. Like you know?

  43. My favourite boardgame ever is ‘Articulate!’. It’s the thing that we would always play with my extended family. Siblings would pair up against siblings and My mum and aunt would always go together and always win cos they know stupid old fashioned words for stuff that we don’t.
    ‘Balderdash’ is always hilarious; one of my other favourites. Anyone else agree?

  44. What about 13 Dead End Drive! You mentioned the awesome boobie traps in Mouse Trap… but no one can say they didn’t enjoy knocking the chandelier off the ceiling onto your opponents head!

    • I got together at christmas with some friends, and we played a whole bunch of boardames from our childhood, including thirteen dead end drive (Which takes longer to set up than it does to play) and this game called “Nightmare” that we used to play at sleepovers when I was ~12 (It involved a playing a tape in your VCR, with a ticking clock and this creepy dude with a rotting face, who yelled and laughed at you, and called you a maggot…any one else remember this?)

  45. god.

    monopoly jr all the way, i think my brain is too melted for the big kid version. it had math in it or something.

    twister wins, on all accounts, unless truth or day counts as a board game.

    or if you can combine truth or dare with twister.

    that would be great.

  46. lol i used to play guess who with my neighbour as a kid. i usually kicked his butt. 😀

    my gf and i stopped playing monopoly because it usually ended up in a massive fight. we played both the proper board game version and the ipad version. we also had similar strategies to make it even worse.

    my ex and i used to play scrabble a lot online. she usually won, despite english being her 2nd language (greek was her first). i won once… although i think she was mad at me cos i ruined her winning streak against me. lol

  47. Can I just say that Cranium totally needs to be included on this list? It’s got something for everyone: art, acting, random facts, word abilities…totally fantastic!

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