Thursday, August 1, 2019

Some Favorite Board Games (August Posting Challenge)

In Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport argues for using leisure time on high quality things, not just scrolling through social media feeds. I don't care to get into that point, except that he says board games are a great way to spend leisure time.

We love board games at our house. I recently taught our 3 oldest to play Ticket to Ride: Europe. And we look forward to my days off when we can play it.

Here are a few favorites that come to mind:


  • Pandemic. (This is the absolute best game ever. It's a cooperative game built around saving the world from 4 out of control viruses. I enjoy losing as much as winning because there is so much suspense.)
  • Outfoxed. (This is a cooperative game that you can play with kids as young as 4. Everyone works together to gather clues and deduce who is the fox that stole the chicken pot pie.)
  • Ticket to Ride: Europe. (Em doesn't enjoy this as much, so I hadn't played in a few years. But I brought it out to teach the older kids, and it is so much fun.)
  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle. (We recently got this and love it. It's called a deck building game which means that you add cards to your hand as the game progresses to strengthen it and defeat the enemies. We love the Harry Potter theme too.)
  • Clue. (Old reliable.)
  • Hoot Owl Hoot. (This is a cooperative game that even the very young can play. We play it with the 2-3 year olds.)
Notice a theme of cooperative games? It makes game playing a lot more fun when everyone works together. And we have enough fighting in our house already.

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