Board games rock, and when you have friends to play with they rock even more than computer games. And no, I’m not talking about the games you played when you were a kid. There are games for grown-ups these days, and they are extremely well-designed and fun. They are so good, in fact, that they are worth geeking-out over.
There is a website that has a board gaming community that is SERIOUS about their games. It is called Board Game Geek, and for good reason. That community and kickstarter.com have helped the board game industry in a very big way.
Here’s the list of my favorite games I think are very well done and worth playing over and over again. If you’re near my house and bored, call me. We’ll play.
- Battlecon: Devastation of the Indines - this two-player game is huge, quick, and fun. My only regret is that I can’t find another person who’d like to geek out on this game as much as I do. I sometimes find myself staring at the box and daydreaming about playing it.
- Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – This game is a cooperative game, meaning that all the players are on the same side. This game is fun and brutal. Even if you win you’ll be able to imagine your character recovering for weeks in a hospital. It’s not too hard to learn, and doesn’t last all day, either. You can even play this one solo, so you don’t have to stare at the box when you can’t find friends to play with.
- Kemet – This is a hard game to explain because it has a little bit of every game mechanic known to man in it. Everyone who has played it with me has liked it. I could probably play this every day. I’d like to, even. Call me?
- One Night Ultimate Werewolf – This is a filler game that can be played in less than 10 minutes, but it’s fun. We’ve played it over and over during lunch at work. It’s also considerably less expensive than my other favorites.
- Battlestar Galactica – This monster of a game is sort of cooperative, except that one or two of the players are secretly bad guys. If you like to fight with your friends, be accused of wrongdoing every time you move, practice paranoia, and have an entire day to spend playing a game, then this game is for you. I hate it that I like it, because playing this game is WORK to learn and to play. But there isn’t anything else that turns people against each other better than this game.
- Mage Knight – Ok… this game is almost beyond geeky and enters into nerdy territory, only because it has a lot of rules that take a while to learn and appreciate. The investment you have to make to really play this game is significant, and it’s almost more fun solo than with others because you don’t have to worry so much if a rule happens to be overlooked. Having said all of that, this game is a work of art, and it is a fun 2-hour-or-so solo game. Seriously. I mean it.
- Eldritch Horror – This is a co-op game based on the Cthulu horror stories. It’s very story-driven, and has freedom for each character because it lacks the control of a “traitor mechanic”. It takes a while (2 to 3 hours), but it’s different and fun. My grown daughter wanted it, and since I’m tied around her finger I bought it for her.
This is enough for now.