Friday, 26 December 2014

Top 5 Board Games


I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas Day yesterday and are suitably stuffed still! Boxing Day is a great time to get the board games out as it's one of the few times of year that your family are all together in one place with the free time to play a board game or two. I thought I'd write up a list of my top 5 board games, in the hope that you might remember an old classic or discover a new game to play.

5. Yahtzee

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This is an oldie but a goodie, and brilliant because of how portable it is, you only really need 5 dice and a scorecard. You want to get the most points out of all of the players (as long as there are at least 2 of you then you can play) in 13 rounds, but there are certain combinations that you want to aim for in order to get the most points. Complicated to explain, but easy to play.

4. Risk



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I used to play this a lot on the computer with my Dad, but I have recently discovered the board game version, and really enjoy playing it when we have enough players. Rich owns the two player version though for when it's just the two of us. The basic aim of the game is to take over the world. Sounds easy enough? But you are being attacked by the other players at the same time so you have to try and spread your armies thin so you can attack with all of your force, but still keep a strong front to fend off enemy attacks. It's great fun!

3. Rummikub



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Rummikub is the game which my family most like to play together, it is basically rummy, but with tiles instead of cards. You want to clear all of the tiles off your board, by making groups of the same number, or runs of the same colour. The fun part comes when you begin to rearrange the tiles to place down odd ones of yours, which can cause quite the headache when you forget what you've done!

2. Pandemic



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I have only played this game once, so the fact that it's ranking so highly in my top 5 board games shows just how much I loved it! You are part of a team of people who are trying to stop the outbreak of deadly diseases from taking over the world. It's a little like the app Plague Inc. apart from the fact that you are working to treat and prevent the disease rather than be the disease. Another brilliant part is that you are all working together to try and combat the disease, rather than competing against each other to win. It's really chuffing difficult to win as well, which adds an element of challenge to the game which I love.

1. Monopoly



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Of course my number 1 board game has to be Monopoly. It's the ultimate classic, and one that I used to play a lot with my Dad and Sister when we were younger. I am always the top hat, and myself and my sister always used to team up to try and beat my Dad. It didn't often happen though! At the end of the game we always sell up and mortgage everything that the winner has, and write the total on a leaderboard we keep inside our family game (which is so old that the box is falling apart). It's brilliant looking back on the old scores from years and years ago. I will always be up for a game of Monopoly, and for those people who get too angry and refuse to play, you're missing out!


So they're my top 5 board games, am I missing any really good ones? I'm always up for new games to play!

Rachel x
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  1. Good choices. As a wordy alternative to Rummikub, I quite like Bananagrams.

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    1. Ooh thanks for the recommendation, I can be partial to a wordy game, but I struggle to find people to play with as Rich and my sister are not a fan of words!

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  2. I haven't tried pandemic yet but your review sounds excellent. I'd second Lisa's Bananagrams recommendation, and I also love Balderdash and Cranium xxx

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    1. I played Cranium a few weeks ago and I had forgotten how good it was! Even if just for the play-dough moulding. I don't think I've played balderdash though, I'll check it out, thanks :-)

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  3. i used to love playing monopoly!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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  4. My brother got Pandemic this year for Christmas! We've had one quick game already and have it on the list for new years day when we go to theirs for dinner - brilliant! :) We love board games round ours - it's what boxing day is all about!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! There isn't enough board game playing for my like these days, too much computer games and not enough setting up of fiddly plastic pieces! x

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