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Great Board Games to Play with the Family

With everything thats happened recent times, we have been indoors a lot. we might not have seen loved ones in a fair bit but things are starting to relax and we can get out a bit more and that means when you do have time its the perfect time to bust out a board game and play with family.

The question is always what game? While we have a family friendly category This small list is something i hope will help you with that question by giving proper recommendations. Now here's a few games that will be great to play with the family (or friends).

 

 

1. Ticket to ride Europe

The games are in no real order buuuut i wanted to get the most obvious and well known suggestion out of the way and thats Ticket to ride Europe. Ticket to Ride: Europe takes you on a new train adventure across Europe, you'll visit great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe. Europe can be learned in 5 - 10 minutes and once you've got going its a joy to play.

There's a reason when asked whats a good game to play if your new to the hobby or you want a family game like this list the most common answer is this game. Its easy to learn, its nice to look at, its got nice colourful trains and cards. Its hard to dislike ticket to ride as a whole its just a fantastic game all round and plays in a reasonable amount of time where anyone can win. 

2. Flamme Rouge

Whats that you say you want a straight forward racing game? That dear reader is no problem because the second game i have for you is an old school bicycle  race called Flamme Rouge. Flamme Rouge is a fast-paced, tactical bicycle racing game where each player controls two riders: a Rouleur and a Sprinteur. The Aim is simple, be the first to cross the finish line with one of their riders. Players move their riders forward by drawing and playing cards from that riders specific deck, depleting it as they go. Use slipstreams to avoid exhaustion and position your team for a well timed sprint for the win. 

Flamme Rouges track can be laid out to you liking or one of the ways laid out on the cards with hills and slopes with you trying to plan ahead while keeping with the pack and not getting tired. I've never seen a game of flamme not be close, its just the right amount of tense and has the right amount thought needed that you wont be bogged down trying to think about what you should do just pick one of four cards and play it. now do that again, reveal with everyone... oh no im still out on my own getting exhausted. brilliant stuff!!

3. Just One

Breaking from the mold of the others we have Just One. I Say that for 2 reasons, one is that Just One has a higher than normal player count and can be classed as a party game and two is that the game is not completely competetive as its is a cooperative game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue you can to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be cancelled!

A complete game is played over 13 cards The goal is to get a score as close to 13 as possible. In case of a right answer, the players score 1 point. In case of wrong answer, they lose the current card as well as the top card of the deck. 

Its huge laugh the game as seeing the link that people can come up with to give you a clue is hilarious. Its got 5 words per card and there is a lot of cards so its very replayable and i reckon you could come up with your our cards of five words to expand it even further. easy to grasp and fun to play, It won spiel des Jahres for a reason.

4. Letterpress

The fourth game we have a potentially perfect game for the word fiends in your family. In Letterpress you to craft the most impressive words and win first pick of letters to add to your collection. You do this by selecting a card from a hand passing it on and doing the same from what you've been given by the other players. Then after a few rounds you use the letters you earned to make the best possible word and score all them sweet points!

If you want a change of pace from scrabble or have difficulty getting it right now then this game is a great replacement. The way you play it is different but scoring points with letters in a word is a trait it shares with scrabble so if offers you that variety while being grounded in something a lot of people already know. There is also a way to play the game by yourself if you just want to past the time and if you need more convincing the game was made by an Irish developer!

Ice Cool/Ice Cool 2

I hope you can forgive me cheating a tiny bit by listing 2 games but these two are pretty much the same game but can be combined to make a larger super game. I've already included a nice variety of games i feel and this choice is to try and help the slightly younger members of you family join in on the fun. 

You see ICECOOL is a dexterity style of game in which each round one of the players takes the role of the Hall Monitor (also called "the Catcher") – his aim will be to catch each other penguin and get points for that. The others (also known as "Runners") will try to run through several doors, thus gaining fish (that give them points) on their way. When either the Hall Monitor has caught each other penguin once or any of the others has gone through all 3 doors that have fish on them, the round is over. Each player will take the role of the Hall Monitor once and at the end of the game the winner will be the one with the most points on their fish cards. All of this is done with flicking the little penguins around.

I've found kids can be surprisingly good at dexterity games and with this games everyone will have fun pulling of all sorts of trick shots. I've already explained the whole game so thats easily done and the game is in tidy boxes that you play on so it wont be a giant mess or difficult to set up/put away. its quick and fun and likely to have spectators that arent even playing watching the game for fun.

So that's five games for you, its a nice place to start and Its not overloaded with suggestions. I've tried to have a variety of styles of game that would include all members of the family. so i hope you have fun and be well. see ya!

-E