‘ Find your tribe and love them hard.’
I have always been a great lover of board games, but my family, on the other hand, are not. A lot of them are pretty sore losers, so we can’t play too many otherwise there will be arguments. But Christmas time is different, everyone has more cheer and is happier, so arguments are rare. Meaning the board games come out!
Monopoly – This will always be one of my favourites, I have loved it ever since I can remember. I actually haven’t played the original, but between me and my partner, we now have three different versions. I own the Disney one, I have had this since I was about 8 years old. My partner, being the massive Star Wars fan he is, he owns the Star Wars version. We then purchased, together, the Bristol one – Because we live there, and both love monopoly!
I am sure you know what Monopoly is about, but if not: You each take turns going around the board purchasing each of the properties on the board. Once you have a set of the same colour, there is only two or three of them, you can then start to build up the properties adding up to 4 buildings on each space before this turns into a hotel. Each player that lands on your space owe you an amount of ‘rent’. The last one to go Bankrupt is the winner.
Cluedo – This is one of my mother’s favourites, which meant it was the one we used to play the most when I was younger.
This is about trying to find the Criminal of the game. The deck of cards gets delt between everyone, leaving one of each category in the middle of the board (One weapon, one person and one room). The aim of the game is to guess the cards that are in the middle. You move around using a dice, going between each room of the building. Once in the room, you can then guess which weapon and person you think it was if someone has the cards they have to show you – but only one of them! You then cross them off your list, till you have one of each left. You then show the three in the middle, the first person to get them right wins.
Cranium – This is something I never really enjoyed, then my two younger sisters started playing, and now I really enjoy playing it with them.
This game is great for the whole family. Containing a pack of cards with different activities including finding objects, drawing, moulding and acting. There is also a timer, which the other person has to guess what is being portrayed within the time limit. If you’re looking for something for the whole family that is fast paced and will give a lot of laughter, this is the game for you.
Trivial Pursuit – This is out holiday game, we will take this on our UK holidays to play in the evenings. The one thing I like about this is that you can go ahead and purchase just packs of cards, as extras, so when, like us, you kind of know a lot of the answers you can swap the cards up and it’s like a brand new game!
This is all about knowledge, or educated guesses! You have a little circle piece, which you need to fill up with your different coloured triangles (We call these cheeses, with the little cheese slices). There are six colours in total, each colour is a different topic. You must land on the colour to answer that specific question, if you get the answer correct you collect the coloured piece and have another go. When you get the answer wrong it’s the next person. You win by collecting all of your size pieces, getting into the middle and answering a question of the opponents choice.
Frustration – Something I haven’t played for so long, yet was not hard to remember and add straight to my top 5 list! Exactly as the name suggests, it is the most frustrating board game I have played! With the dice in the middle, your four tokens on the outside of the board, you MUST roll a six to free one of the tokens. You then press the bubble to roll the dice, moving your token the whole way around the board, putting it back into your ‘home’ You must roll a six to release each of the tokens individually, if someone lands on your token you get put straight back into your little pen, meaning you must get another 6 to release it. To get your token back into your home, you must roll the perfect number. So, as you can imagine, it’s all about getting the right numbers, and when it’s up to the dice for this, it isn’t as easy as you may think.
*BONUS GAME* Uno – Another one I have loved ever since I first played, which has now passed onto my little sister, who loves playing it! We always take this away with us as well, because it’s a game that’s quick and easy to understand.
The aim of this game is to get rid of all of your cards first. The deck in the middle is there for when you can’t take a go, meaning you have to pick one card up. There are four colours: yellow, red, blue and green, ranging from number 0 – 9. The card you put down must relate to the card that is already in the middle. But, there are some extra cards, making the game more fun. There is a miss a go, swap ways, pick up cards and choose colours making it that little more interesting. When you have just one card left in your hand you MUST shout the word UNO, otherwise, your win does not count!
What are your favourite games to play with the family? Jade xo
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