Say hello to my nerdy board games side. For those who know me well will undoubtedly agree that I’m not much of a clubber these days. I’m much more at home, well, at home. My friends and I are more partial to nights in with good food, good conversation and a board game or 4. Over the course of our relationship, Topher and I have built up quite an extensive board game collection that I seriously need to find a new storage solution for!
Anyway, I thought since our board game collection is a bit more out of the ordinary (not that I don’t love a good game of Scrabble or Monopoly), I would share my favourites with you.
Terry Pratchett fans will immediately know what the name of this game means. For those who aren’t, Ankh-Morpork is a city in Terry Pratchett’s fantasy book series called Discworld. Whether you’re a fan or not, this game is really fun – especially if you like logical games.
“This is a game where each player has a secret victory condition, usually relating to owning buildings in, or controlling, various areas of the city of Ankh-Morpork. During the game, players play cards from their hand to place control elements in the city, remove other players’ pieces, or otherwise manipulate the ownership of areas.”
My favourite part is finding out what your victory condition is. You spend the entire game trying to achieve it, while keeping a close eye on your other players to make sure they don’t achieve theirs first. The best one in my opinion is simply that you win when the cards run out – then you just have to bide your time!
Discworld fan or not, this game is always fun once you know the rules!
Smooth talkers and anyone who works in the advertising industry will love this. Snake oil is a game where you basically have to sell something. You get a hand of cards with random words on them and each round someone acts as the customer. They draw a card with an occupation on it, e.g. Gangster, caveman, pirate etc. and you have to pick two words from your hand to name a product that you have to sell to them. They then pick which they like best.
Favourites have included:
Power Pizza to a gangster, “You send it to your enemies, they open the pizza box and POW! Machine guns inside shoot them!”
Grenade Cloak to a ninja, “I know ninja’s don’t usually wear cloaks but what better way to hide a load of grenades!”
Plus a bunch that I can’t even remember right now.
This game always makes me laugh. Pride and Prejudice fans will love this. It’s a strategy card game where you are a female character from the novel and are working to improve yourself so you can attract one of the available suitors. Failure to do so and you will end up an old maid, ha ha. There’s usually a lot of giggling involved as you read the cards.
Whenever there’s a party, you roll a dice to see how you did. I once ended up eating all the cake and making a complete fool of myself. You can also be cunning and steal beauty and wit points from your rivals. There are lots of little nods to the book in the game and for those who haven’t read it, it does seem a bit ridiculous at times, but in a funny way. It’s especially funny playing it with boys.
I’ve only played this game once so far but it was really fun. It’s so random. Elevenses is a card game in which respectable 1920s socialites strive to serve the finest morning teas! Oh yes, we’re so rock and roll. Like the game above, it’s really funny when played with boys. You all have the same cards (which have different elements of a morning tea spread) that have different actions on them, but the goal is to get your cards all out first through luck and strategy.
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- Cards Against Humanity
- Flux – any deck
Do you play board games? What are your favourites?