Best Adult Board Games – What are they?
The term “Adult” can refer to any age group. However, it’s usually used to mean someone over 18 years old. Therefore, adult board games would include:
• Monopoly (1929) • Sorry! This game does not allow players under 18 years old to play.
• Scrabble (1896) • A word game where two players take turns spelling words out on a grid. Players must connect letters into words or complete sentences to score points. Words may contain one or more consonants, vowels, and/or numbers. There are no spaces between letters; only periods and hyphens.
Players use their fingers to type the letters onto the grid.
• Risk (1977) • A card game played with six playing cards and four fixed suits of cards. Each player takes turns drawing three cards from a deck and then using those three to form a hand of seven cards. Players must decide whether to call for a special action before taking an attack step. Cards have different effects depending on which suit they’re dealt, so players need to carefully consider what actions will benefit them most at any given moment.
Best Strategy Board Games – What are they?
Most board games are designed to be social experiences that get you interacting with people. Strategy board games are more interested in getting players to compete against one another. These games require planning, forethought, and sometimes a little bit of luck. While you can play these games by yourself, most people prefer to play them with friends or family members. In fact, many of these games become more fun when played with large groups of people.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular board games and why they’re so much fun.
1. Betrayal at House on the Hill (2004)
The first thing you should know about this game is that it’s designed for three to five players, aged 12 and up. This might seem a bit young for some, but the game’s been popular with teenagers for years now. One thing parents might like about this game is that it has no real competitive element. Instead, the goal is simply to explore a creepy mansion and then escape from it before something bad happens.
There are multiple scenarios every time you play, so you’re unlikely to tire of the game anytime soon. However, some players might be put off by the creepy artwork, which features grotesqueries and other unsettling images. This game should keep you and your friends engaged for hours.
2. Carcasonne (2000)
Carcasonne has been around for quite some time now, remaining popular among strategy board gamers everywhere. The premise of the game is quite simple: You play as a farmer trying to build a medieval city. To do so, you must draw and place tiles that represent fields, roads, cities, and other features that you’d find in a city. The trick is that you must draw the tiles and place them such that you’re not placing a tile adjacent to a feature already on the board.
The first player to complete a city in this way receives a trophy and wins the game. The game’s simple enough for young children to understand, but also engaging enough to captivate an older audience as well. Furthermore, it comes with more than 800 different tile designs, so you’ll never play the same map twice.
3. Pandemic (2008)
This is another game that’s great for players of all ages. The premise of the game is that you and your friends must work together to stop a series of virus outbreaks across the globe. You have access to a number of characters with different abilities that help you travel around the world. Of course, these characters aren’t perfect, as they’ll sometimes succumb to the virus and require a replacement.
The difficulty of the game increases as the diseases spread and you’re forced to make harder decisions. Furthermore, you only have a limited amount of time to research cures before all life on the planet is wiped out. If you’ve got an analytical mind and are interested in strategy board games, then this is the game for you.
4. Settlers of Catan (1995)
This German-themed board game has been popular among hobbyists for more than 20 years now. The premise of the game is that you and your friends must colonize an island. You begin with two settlements and a colony on the island’s resources. Each player receives resource cards worth various quantities of wood, sheep, wheat, or gold.
On a players turn, they can trade with other players, acquire new resources, build roads, or upgrade their settlements to cities. As in real life, resources are scarce and wherever you go there’s always someone wanting to fight you for it. If you’re playing a militant nation such as the Germans, then you’re much more likely to go to war over resources.
The rules are somewhat complex, but your first time playing should make things easier. This game has been praised for its replayability and the sheer amount of strategies you can employ. This is definitely a challenging board game and not one for the feint of heart.
5. Splendor (2014)
Splendor is a great game for parties or casual get-togethers. It’s easy to learn, easy to play, but hard to win. The premise of the game is that you’re trying to acquire the most prestige points by collecting various gems that are available each turn. You’ll receive these gems based on which cards you purchase from the center of the board.
There are three different kinds of cards that allow you to buy gems. The major difference between them is how much money you have to spend to acquire them. Each turn, three cards are up for grabs and players can choose to buy as many or as few of the cards as they want.
You must be extremely careful in your decision making or else you’ll find yourself unable to buy any of the three cards when it’s your turn. The player with the most prestige after 15 turns wins the game. If you’re looking for a game that anyone can learn quickly and still enjoy, then this is the perfect one for you.
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