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What is Christmas without a few Board Games around the table with the Family? Here are my top picks for festive fun this year.
One of my absolute favorite things about Christmas is getting around the table to play some classic board games with the family. We usually do a few on Christmas Day in the evening and then have dedicated game night between Christmas and New Years too. And that’s just with my husbands family. Things can actually get quite competitive as we’re all regular quizzers so well matched in our level of knowledge.
Anyway, in this post I’d though I’d share a few of our family favourites, most of which are quiz based quite simply because it’s what we love to play. All of these are aimed at adults and teens and most definitely not young children.
I’ve also added a few that we haven’t loved in recent years as while board games do provide value with hours of entertainment they are certainly not cheap, to begin with so I wouldn’t want anyone wasting their money!
Every year Pete’s Auntie Bev buys a couple of new Board Games for us to try out, quite a few of which have made it to this list. This was one of last years new additions and it did not disappoint – after several games in a row we all agreed it was brilliant fun.
When you first look at the board it seems quite small to get around and like the game won’t take long. This is a misconception and the game last a decent amount of time as getting anywhere on the board can prove to be quite challenging.
From the game’s description:
Each question has a mystery topic with 10 clues describing a well-known person, place or thing. True smart asses will only need to hear a few clues before yelling out the answer. Each card has ten clues, and the first player to yell out the correct answer moves one step closer to being the ultimate “Smart Ass.” Move forward by correctly identifying people, places and things before any of the other players.
This game is great because everyone can join in at the same time – no waiting for your turn. And if the person who’s turn it is shouts out a wrong answer they can’t say anything else so other players can steal their go and move around the board instead of them
We found this game worked best when one person sat out from playing soley to read the clues. This would be a great way to include a younger player who may not quite have the knowledge to play but still wants to join in.
Being a bit of an English/Grammar/Literature Nerd I bloody love a game of Scrabble. Unfortunately, everyone in my family, except my Mum, have given up on playing against me (I blame my addiction to the scrabble app!) However, a few years ago we bought Scrabble Trickster which really helps to even things up between players. If you land on a ‘trick’ square you get given a trick card which can be played on your next go or saved for when your struggling.
These ‘Tricks’ include things like ‘Steal your opponent’s last score’, ‘Play anywhere on the Board’ and ‘Use Text Speak’ A fun update to a classic game.
WARNING: This is not a game for the faint hearted. This is not a game a for the easily offended. In the words of Jimmy Carr, this a game for those with no moral compass. Adults only, hilarious, epic fun. Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people.
Ok, so I must confess I’ve not actually played this yet. I bought it last year and with all the games on offer over the Christmas period we just never got around to playing it. However, I bought it cause it looks bloody awesome and we’ve put it to the top of our list for this year.
Basically, you’re given clues to figure out a rhyming answer.
Example: A super scientologist has a penchant for glam rock footwear…
TOM CRUISE LIKES WEARING PLATFORM SHOES!
This is a bit of a different one. But those of you who love pointless will more than likely recognize the author, Richard Osman. What you might not be quite so familiar with are his amazing twitter antics, which last year included a world cup of Biscuits as part of Red Nose Day. It was a huge success with the humble Chocolate Digestive taking the top spot and people arguing over whether the Jaffa Cake is even a biscuit (it’s obviously a cake – IT’S IN THE NAME) and why Tunnocks Tea Cakes hadn’t been included.
If any of the above sound like the sort of arguments you want to have with your family this Christmas then this is the book for you – argue, vote and have your very own world cup of everything. Thanks to my lovely BFF Craig who bringing this to my Christmas game night!
If there’s one thing I love, it’s Harry Potter. In all honesty, I’m more than a little bit of a potterhead and a proud Hufflepuff to boot so I love nothing more than testing my extensive harry potter knowledge (it is by far my most played category on Sporcle).
The first thing to mention is that this is a mini-game – perfect for kids or to fill some time between Cluedo and Monopoly. While we did enjoy the game we did find some of the questions and answers to be a little ambiguous as they seem to have used the films as the source material rather than the books. For three die hard fans playing we tended to go for book answers that we all agreed were right but the game was saying were wrong.
Still, all in all some easy going Harry Potter themed fun. Many of the reviews on amazon say the questions are too hard but we actually found them pretty easy usually getting around 95% of them right.
A game of thrones update to the classic family board game.
From the game description:
- Alongside your favourite characters including Tyrion Lannister, Petyr Baelish and Missandei, enter special locations from the Pyramid of the Great Masters to the Fighting Pit of Daznak, and King Tommen’s bedchambers to Qyburn’s Laboratory to uncover the hidden secrets that await
- Was it Jaime Lannister in the Prison Cells with the Catspaw Assassin Dagger? Or Grey Worm in the Dragon Catacombs with the Arakh?
Linkee is a great game that can be played with the whole family. Each card contains four clues. The four clues then link together to create one answer which is the one you are trying to figure out to win the card. If you get the final answer you get to keep the card which you need to spell out the word LINKEE.
Who doesn’t love a good pub quiz? I’m an avid quizzer and attend one every month in my favourite local bar. Christmas is a great time to recreate that fun at home. The fab things about pub quizzes is that they cover such a broad range of topics meaning everyone can contribute to their team.
This is the version we use in our family at Christmas and we usually split into two teams. You can either choose a quiz master or teams can take it in turns to let someone ask the questions. The answers to the questions are separate so the person asking can still join in the with the quiz.
Each year I like to add a new game to our collection and Santa Vs Jesus is currently my top pick for this year. It looks like crazy, random and hilarious Christmas fun. Participants split into two teams and try to win believers by taking part in challenges such as solving puzzles, auditioning for made up T.V shows and guessing the punch lines to terrible jokes. Adult themes mean it isn’t suitable for younger children but younger teens may enjoy it at their parent’s discretion.
Since its release, the Logo game has fast become a staple of the board game world and I’m sure is played by many families at Christmas each year, both mine and my husbands included. With hundreds of game cards it can take several Christmas’s to get through them all meaning it can be used over and over again. While there are now many variations of this game I still think this is the original and best. Plus I’m a bit of a movie buff so no one will play the T.V and Movies one with me anymore.
The game tests your Knowledge of different logos – from famous foods to fancy cars and as well as well known brands. Sounds easy but after a few Christmas sherry’s remembering where a particular logo is from can be tricky.
If you have Children that want to join in it may be worth trying this hack. Before the game take a wedge of cards from the end of the playing box furthest from where you are playing and look through the logos on the front. Set aside any cards you think might be suitable for your children such as ones about chocolate, sweets or Disney and check the questions. If you think your kids might be able to answer them keep them to one side to play with. We’ve done this for the last few years with my younger brother and it works really well and means he can join in with playing.
We had this game in my house growing up and I loved it. Players split into to teams and have to guess 10 answers to each question. However the only answers the count are the ones written on the answer card and you are awarded one point for each and this, in turn, is how many spaces along the board you can move. Plus you’re against the clock! Fun for the whole family with categories including ‘Madonna Songs’, ‘James Bond Films’ and ‘British Inventions’
This is a simple unfussy game and actually the cheapest on this list at just £12.00. A bargain for hours of family fun!
Not all board games are created equal – here are a few that we have been less than impressed by.
Cards Against Humanity – Know your audience, while I personally love this game but it is super adult, super offensive definitely not appropriate for everyone.
His and Hers – We were excited to play this last year as it was a new one for us but gave up after one game as we all agreed it was rubbish and a little bit sexist.
The Logo Game – What am I? – While I’m a huge fan of all the other Logo games this one left a lot to be desired. Some of the rounds are incredibly difficult (especially the ‘guess’one) and we found that we got fed up while playing.