Crowd-pleasing board games you haven’t heard of
If you’re tired of losing to Monopoly every time you play with your friends, we have good news for you. You can put away those classic games. There are new board games to try at your next game night. Many of these are fantasy, role-playing games for the whole family, while others are reserved for adult parties. Have fun!
If you love role-playing games and westerns, you’ll love this western-inspired board game. For ages 14 and up, Western Legends lets you take on the role of living legends in the American Wild West. You can play as a deputy, desperado, or a mixture of the two characters.
The game allows you to play like you’re in the Wild West, in which you win by growing your legendary status. You can mine for gold, buy weapons and steeds, rob banks and other players, win duels, party, play poker, and more. The game utilizes poker cards with special abilities, which you can use when fighting duels. Western Legends immerses you in a fantasy world you didn’t think you needed. This is a fun game for the whole family.
Another cooperative role-playing game, Gloomhaven is one of the most popular board games in 2019. With over 150 hours of gameplay (and you thought Monopoly was a long game), the game features countless playable characters, rule books, and an immersive story that stretches your imagination into places you can’t even imagine.
If you’re a fan of the classic figure-focused campaign game Dungeons & Dragons, you’ll want to play this game that features even more combat-oriented stories, played with cards rather than stats and dice. The game is broken down into nearly 100 scenarios to choose from, which open up new locations, cards, and characters and their abilities. You will never play the same game twice, which is what makes it a fun experience for all players.
What Do You Meme?
What Do You Meme? is the new game to bring to an adult party. Working like Cards Against Humanity, players have a deck of cards with possible captions for memes. One player holds up a picture and the other players must decide on the best caption from their deck. The player with the picture chooses which caption he/she thinks was the funniest.
Some of the captions are hilarious and are perfection summaries of the relatable pictures. This game will get you to laugh with your friends, and you’ll never want the fun to stop.
One of the best games of 2016, Scythe is a reimagining of 1920s Eastern Europe. Five players compete for regional prestige, resources, and territorial control on an illustrated hexagonal game board.
Players battle with friends with coal-powered mechanisms, but the game is more intricate than focusing on combats. The game penalizes direct warfare, so you must be strategic with your plans, being careful with each action. You’ll soon find yourselves immersed in Scythe’s strategy and aesthetics. For example, you won’t want to make the same move twice. You might steal food and money from a local farmer, but next, you’ll build a coal mine to connect different territories across the game board. Finally, you’ll sweep into your opponent’s territory and steal their precious iron. That sounds fun, right?
You will have fun competing with the whole family with 5 Second Rule. One player announces a category and another player has five seconds to name an item that belongs in the category. Players will compete to determine who can think the quickest.
This is a classic family game, but now there’s a new version for adults: 5 Second Rule Uncensored. The categories are recommended for ages 18 and up, and many of them are explicit in nature. So, if you’re looking for the next game to bring to an adult party, look no further. 5 Second Rule Uncensored will prompt everyone to laugh.
You can travel back in time to the industrial age with Brass: Birmingham. This strategy game allows players to travel first by canal and then by train. Players take turns laying cards to found ironworks, coal mines, breweries, manufacturing depots, and more while exploring England’s West Midlands.
As you found and sell these industries, you need more coal, cash, iron, and beer, which all require their own rules for creation and delivery. Players prefer this board game because of its rapidity and depth. It requires a strategy that you may have never experienced, which is a fun gameplaying opportunity to try to out-smart your opponents.
You probably didn’t know a board game about medieval Portuguese artisans could be so much fun, but it is. Azul, an abstract game for two to five players, allows players to take lightning-quick turns drafting tiles from a central market. The goal is to collect sets of identical tiles, which you use to fill your personal boards for points at the end of each round.
These simple rules are a delight for all ages. You can play mind games to thwart your opponent’s plans, which is always a fun twist.
With the game Bad People, you’ll find out what your friends really think of you. This sounds dangerous, but if you’re close with your friends, it should be harmless. Players ask questions and you vote for which friend would be most likely to be involved in a specific situation.
Sample questions include: If we were all hitchhikers, who would be the last person to get picked up? Who has done the most ‘walk of shames’? Who is most likely to call you at 2 a.m. from a jail cell?
These questions are perfect to ask at a fun, lighthearted adult party with your close friends. You might find out exactly what your friends think of you, but hopefully, you’re okay with the answers.