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What's your favorite family game night board game?

Asked by Acrylic (3358points) April 1st, 2023

We tend to play Monopoly every Saturday night.

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janbb's avatar

My kids and I and their kids have a good time with Mouse Trap.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Stratego and Monopoly. Haven’t played either in 23 years.

In university we played Monopoly with real cash. With our $1,500 grant money. We gave the money back at the end
We had a crowd of spectators.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

In the Monopoly game we had huge weird deals. I bet my soul and heart with my girlfriend. We gave each back after. I literally gave my girlfriend my heart and soul.

Dig_Dug's avatar

When we were young it was Monopoly, but as we got a little older it was chess. We grew out of board games though and would play cards, Spades and Rummy mostly.

ragingloli's avatar

Strip Poker.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Sorry!

Jons_Blond's avatar

Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit.

We also like Sorry and Uno.

JLeslie's avatar

I play cards more than board games. I still like Scrabble a lot, but my husband doesn’t, so I don’t play it much, because I’m usually with him on a game night. He likes Rummikub a lot, and I like it just fine, so we play that sometimes. Is that considered a board game?

When I was very young I liked playing Clue and Backgammon. As a young adult I used to like Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit.

I just played Disney Monopoly with friends two weeks ago. I hadn’t played Monopoly in over 30 years. I never was a big fan of that game. My friend was so excited to try it out, she bought it cheap from someone local and it had never been opened.

I want to try Apples to Apples. We started to learn Mexican Train, but didn’t go consistently. Where I live there are dozens of game nights in the recreation centers, but mostly we just play at home or a friend’s house if we play at all. My husband hates to lose so we don’t play very much, and other things we rather do. Thank goodness he wins a lot when we do play. Except scrabble, scrabble I’ll win 95% of the time, and that’s partly why we don’t play scrabble. Lol.

jca2's avatar

We’ve played Sorry and it was fun and fast, so you could play game after game or stop easily when you felt like it. Four could play.

When my daughter was little, we had Apples to Apples and it was a fun game to play att the dinner table, after we ate.

I see there’s a popular game which I don’t have and have never played, but it’s very popular – I think it’s called “Ticket to Ride.” There are different versions of it. It’s about $35 at Walmart so I haven’t bought it, yet.

Monopoly is the old classic but it’s so time consuming. It always had a reputation as the game that would never end.

janbb's avatar

@jca2 I bought Sorry for my 6 year old granddaughter and she and my son and I really enjoyed it when I was visiting the last time. She was the perfect age for it.

jca2's avatar

@janbb Yes, each round is about 10 or 15 minutes so it’s quick and then everyone can decide
“do you want to do another round?” which is helpful because you’re not immersed in an hours-long game that never ends haha.

Has anyone ever played Ticket to Ride?

Almost 50 dollars so it’s an investment.

NoMore's avatar

Monopoly and Risk

Forever_Free's avatar

Scabble would be the prevalent board game.
Yet I play more Cribbage and Mahjong than anything.

kruger_d's avatar

Apples to Apples

Acrylic's avatar

@kevbo1 Our daughter is 17 and recently instilled a family game night. Last night she beat us in Monopoly in about 40 minutes, and it took me slightly less time to win Sorry. Trouble is also in rotation, and her and I often play Scrabble and Wordle.

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janbb's avatar

When my kids were older, we played a lot of Trivial Pursuit.

jca2's avatar

We also had fun with Cards Againt Humanity. I don’t remember much about it, except it was cards with questions and I think some of them were dirty. There’s adult version, teen version, kids’ version I think.

Jons_Blond's avatar

@jca2 We used to play that game with our adult sons. It was really fun.

kevbo1's avatar

@Acrylic, okay, I’m a games lunatic, and there’s a world of games out there that the “roll and move” crowd aren’t really aware of. So here you go:

Dutch Blitz- just get it. Inexpensive and way more fun than it has any right to be.
Azul- there are four versions. Look at vanilla Azul or Summer Pavilion (although Stained Glass is also very good). They are all very pretty and tactile games.
Silver and Gold- inexpensive and very chill “flip and write” (flip a card and write to fill in your spaces)
Survive!- a classic “take that” game where you can send your opponent’s little people to a watery grave. Always fun.
Qwirkle- a little like Scrabble but with shapes and colors
Camel Up- super silly camel-race gambling for 3–8 players
Sushi Go- cute card game where you pass your hand left or right

You might consider Century: Spice Road or Century: Golem Edition (same game, different art). Satisfying gameplay and turns move fast.

If you want to play 2 vs 1, Jaws (based on the movie) is very suspenseful and fun—one person is the shark, and the other 2–3 try to get the shark. Horrified is based on the Universal Studios monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.) and is fully cooperative, i.e. you three vs. the monsters.

For some nature and education, I also like TRAILS, PARKS (national parks), Wingspan (birds), and Mariposas (monarch butterfly migration).

Oh! Another good one is Tussie Mussie, which is a small card game based on Victorian flower bouquets for 2–4 players.

jca2's avatar

You know what’s a very fun game for all ages? The board game Life.

@kevbo1: The “roll and move” crowd haha.

Forever_Free's avatar

We sit around and play TJBM board version.

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