Our Favorite Board Games

Need something light and fun to help stay sane this holiday season? Need any fun gift ideas? If so, we recommend checking out some of these board games. Most of them can be played by 2 people, which is a necessity if you are practicing social distancing and have a partner, roommate, or family member that you live with, however most of them can be played by larger groups as well. I've also included our favorite 3+ player games at the end of this post. I've only included detailed descriptions of the first few games on the list, so if you want more details about any of the others don't hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me a message!

Photo above is of our new game, Wingspan

Our Recent Favorites

1. Ticket to Ride

Players: 2-5 Play Time: 30-60 min Ages: 8+ Difficulty: Moderate

We discovered this game a few years ago and have really loved it. It's a "cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn." While there is a booklet of instructions that can appear intimidating, it's not hard to learn and is really fun. There are many different versions of the game that take place all over the world, and each has slight variation of the original rules. We have the original version (USA), Europe, and Rails and Sails. See a full list of all of the maps here.

2. Splendor

Players: 2-4 Play Time: 30 min Ages: 10+ Difficulty: Moderate

We were obsessed with this game for a solid 6 months, and still love playing it. You play by collecting "jewel" tokens that can be used to purchase cards with varying point values. It's fairly quick to play and once you learn is very simple. They also have an expansion with additional variations of the original game that is on our wish list.

3. Wingspan

Players: 1-5 Play Time: 40-70 min Ages: 10+ Difficulty: Moderate

My sister gave me this game for my birthday this year, and I LOVE IT. I know it may not be for everyone, as it has a sizable amount of rules and you have a lot of moving parts to keep track of, but it's really not that bad once you get the hang of it. First off, it's gorgeous (see the photo at the start of this post). The artwork is stunning and there are 170 playing cards each with a unique bird painting on it. There are also tiny little eggs that you can lay in your birds "nests" that gain you points and other things. The goal of the game is to "discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves," as you collect bird cards you pay a food and egg cost and place them in one of three habitats: woods, prairie, and wetlands. It's considered an "engine building" game, so as you place bird cards, you gain the ability to do more things with each turn. If this completely confused you feel free to check out a more detailed description here. They also have an expansion pack with cards of European birds and are coming out with an Oceana one (Australia/New Zealand).

4. Azul

Players: 2-4 Play Time: 45 min Ages: 8+ Difficulty: Moderate

This is another recent addition to our board game collection. It's a game based on Portuguese tiles where you collect tiles in various colors to populate your board, and you get points based on the orientation and number of tiles you have. It does get a bit repetitive when you play with only two players so we are looking forward to trying it out with friends.

5. NFL Show Down

Players: 2 Play Time: 30 min Ages: 8+ Difficulty: Moderate

This might be a surprising one, as I'm not a diehard football fan, however Cary is and so I got this for him for his birthday one year. It's surprisingly fun and I've actually learned a lot about how football works from playing it. It's great for little kids and adults alike.

6. Uno Attack

Players: 2-10 Play Time: 30 min Ages: 7+ Difficulty: Easy

Uno Attack isn't a new game - I had it growing up and it continues to be a family favorite. You play it just like you play Uno except there is also a device that spits card out at you at random instead of drawing from the deck. It's amazing and very fun.

The Classics

1. Backgammon // 2. Mancala // 3. Game of Life // 4. Sorry!

5. Yahtzee // 6. Scattergories // 7. Monopoly // 8. Scrabble

9. Battleship // 10. Uno // 11. Skip-Bo // 12. Phase 10

13. Playing Cards // 14. Jigsaw Puzzles // 15. Connect 4

3+ Player Games

1. Clue // 2. Catan // 3. Code Names

4. Shifty Eyed Spies // 5. Cards Against Humanity // 6. Telestrations

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