| Mar 2020

10 Board Games to Fight Boredom

We are board game people. As a family, we have always loved the chance to disconnect from the digital world and connect (read: yell and scream at each other) over a good game. A few years ago we even made our own board game, Family Showdown. One day we would love to find an affordable way to do another printing. (If you actually have an answer to this, please message us!)

Last week, my daughter actually said to me: I think I’ve watched too much TV. Woah. We went to our well worn stack of games and spent the next two hours in Catan. So, here’s a list of our favorite family games. But we’re always looking for new games – what are yours?

1. Settlers of Catan

A strategy game for four players, Catan is all about building the biggest settlement in the land by gathering resources and trading smartly. There are also several expansion packs if you want to take your adventure to the next level.

2. Ticket to Ride

If you love a good train ride, this is the game for you! Connect cities and compete for the longest continuous route in this strategy game for up to five players.

3. Otrio

With a beautiful wooden game board, this is a fun and colorful strategy game with its roots in Tic-Tac-Toe. Stack or line-up rings with 2-4 players.

4. Connect 4

Hopefully most people have heard of Connect 4, but if not, the name pretty much sums it up. Take turns dropping pieces until you get 4 in a row of your color. Easy!

5. Life

If you need to get away from the day-to-day grind, how about starting a new life! This game is all about making the right choices to get you far in life, I mean the game. First you must pick between college or a career and move on to bigger decisions like a house and kids.

6. Trivial Pursuit Family Edition

Fun for the whole family, choose to play individually (up to 6) or in teams to work through over 2,000 tough questions on a variety of topics. Great time to test your knowledge and bond with the kiddos.

7. Jenga

Build a big tower out of 3×3 blocks. Take turns pulling out a block one at a time. Don’t knock the tower over. Boom!

8. Rock Me Archimedes

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, scientist and all-around uber-genius who discovered the laws of the lever. This game is all about balance. To win, be the first player to get four marbles to your end of the board without reaching the tipping point, causing it to touch the table.

9. Uno Dare

Just like standard Uno, try to get rid of your hand by matching the color or numbers on the card pile. BUT instead of the usual +1 or +2 cars you can give to another player, they can choose to do a dare, some silly and some challenging.

10. Timeline

How well do you know your history? See if you can correctly place historic events in the proper timeline and learn something along the way. There are plenty of different categories: U.S. History, Inventions, or Elections. It’s a fun way to play and learn.

What are your favorites? We’ll need some new ones to keep us busy soon.

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