Why Couples Should Play Board Games Together

Couples should always consider playing together whether it is board games or not. But, board games can certainly be a fun and cost-effective way to enjoy free time with one another. So, let’s begin by answering the question of “Why Couples Should Play Board Games Together?”

Well its a pretty simple answer once you boil it all down. It is because it creates joyous moments between the two of you and also keeps things interesting. Furthermore, it helps you with the following:

  • Avoiding boredom
  • Releasing tension
  • Connecting
  • Creating Happiness

Avoiding Boredom

In most modern societies life is made to be boring. The reason being is because we try to be as efficient as possible and end up living highly scheduled and routine lives. This isn’t necessary a bad thing as it makes most people more productive. But, when you bring this same mundane lifestyle into a relationship it can harm or even destroy it.

This is of course where board games come in to help save the day. Because boredom is typically a result of repetition and to break this reception you need to add in a new experience. Of course, board games are not the only option you and your partner could always go on a bike ride, climb a mountain, go to the movies, or any other activity that isn’t in your and their norms.

But, board games are certainly an easy option and effective option that most people will find enjoyable. The reason that it works so well is that board games are able to reach a large variety of people. From adventurous explorers to the couch potatoes in any relationship, it just requires the right board game for the couple.

This versatility is what makes board games such a great option for adding in new experiences and avoiding boredom in a relationship.

Releasing Tension

The more time you spend with someone the more opportunities there are for disagreements. These disagreements will lead to tension and conflict in relationships that can build and build as time goes on. That is why some relationships inevitably fail once the couple begins to spend constant time with one another.

However, there are ways to help ease the tension and ultimate release it. One of which is partaking in activities that won’t cause further tension but actually help relieve some of it by making a set amount of time where there is no conflict only fun. This amount of time can help both members to remember that they actually enjoy spending time with the other person.

Board games can help create this time for couples which can sometimes save a relationship.

Connecting

Like I said before conflict and tension can build up over the course of a relationship. This makes it very hard to connect with one another, as both sides will be more guarded because of more conflict and tension. And in the same way that board games help relieve tension it can help create a time where couples are able to connect.

Furthermore, playing board games with your partner can help to loosen them up and even yourself. You may both learn more about the other person that you didn’t know before.  Thus, connecting more and enjoying the time you have together. Making the relationship stronger than ever before.

Creating Happiness

Finally, board games can help create happiness for the both of you. Which is ultimately the goal of any activity that you partake in with your partner. Additionally, these happy moments will turn into found moments that can help save the relationship on a rainy day. As either you or your partner will be able to remember that great experience and the emotions that you both felt during it.

Board Games for Couples to Play at Home

Now that I have hopefully got you convinced that playing board games can be beneficial to your relationship you are ready to find the perfect game for the both of you. I have written an article on the best board games for couples and the best cooperative board games for couples that may be of interest to you in finding this answer. It is my hope that you find exactly the game you are looking for that not only you, but your partner will enjoy tremendously.

Also, if you ever need any suggestions or tips on buying a new board game feel free to contact me at any time. I would be more than happy to help you.

How to Choose Board Games that Couples can Play Together

Choosing a board game for you and your spouse can be a daunting task. There are many things that need and should be considered about yourself and your partner. These things are as follows:

  • Competitiveness
  • Preferences
  • Overall interest in board games

I will tell you what you need to think about and how you should use that information to find the perfect game.

Simplified Answer: The simple answer to buying a board game in this situation is to be considerate and really care about your own needs and the needs of your partner. If you would like to take a look at some of my top picks of best board games for couples then follow the link.

For those who are looking for a more guided answer please feel free to continue reading.

How Competitive are you both?

The most important thing to figure out before shopping for a board game is how competitive you both are. Because a board game that involves competition against each other may quickly hinder your relationship.

Just think about how often y’all have tension between each other. If there is none then great nothing to worry about, but if there is you may want to consider. Because the competition can bring this tension into the game. Making it less enjoyable for both parties and ruining the time that should be spent bonding and having fun. Furthermore, if either of you just doesn’t take losing very well then a competitive game is not the way to go.

So before buying a board game be sure to consider how both of you take competition against one another.

If you decide that competition won’t matter at all then you have all types of games to choose from. If you decide that competition could be an issue then it is in your best interest to avoid any game that isn’t cooperative. Additionally, if you need a few suggestions I do have a post on cooperative board games for couples that would be helpful to you.

What do you prefer and what do they prefer?

The next most important thing to consider is preferences. Everyone has their own preferences and in a relationship, preferences can often be conflicting. So, it is then your job to first figure out what

So, it is then your job to first figure out what your partner dislikes. Maybe they don’t like things associated with apocalypses, so you avoid any game that involves an apocalyptic scenario. This could happen with all sorts of themes that make up the board game ones that are disliked should automatically be ruled out.

One easy dislike to consider is certain themes. Maybe they don’t like things associated with apocalypses, so you avoid any game that involves an apocalyptic scenario. This could happen with all sorts of themes that make up the board game ones that are disliked should automatically be ruled out.

Another easy one is to consider if there are any mechanics that they don’t like in board games. For example, your partner may not like deck building so it would be foolish of you to get a deck building game.

Some other things you can consider is time. How long would they be interested in playing a board game or how long will you both have to even play? You should also consider on if you just plan on playing this with your partner or with others too.

Questions like these can help you narrow down the choices and pick the top board game for the both of you.

Once you have answered these questions about your partner, be sure to consider yourself and what you dislike. Then look at what you both like and see if there are any great games that avoid the things you both dislike but also accommodate the things you both do like.

What is Your Partners Overall Interest in Board Games?

The final big question to consider is your partner’s interest in board games.

Has your partner ever played board games before?

Most people have but if your partner has not you will want to start with a board game that is simple to learn but still fun to play. Nothing extremely abstract or complicated though, as you could easily deter your partner from the idea of playing again.

Was it with friends?

Maybe you and your partner play some board games with your friends. If this is the case then you should be able to know how interested your partner is in board gaming. It can also help answer previous questions about competitive versus cooperative games.

Was it together?

If y’all have played together then just think back into how interested your partner was in playing the board games that you played. Did they listen eagerly when you explained the rules to them? Or was your partner zoned out the entire time? Thinking back on these sorts of things can help you figure out the complexity of game to get also.

Put All the Gather Information Together and Buy Your New Game

Once you have reflected on all of these questions and more if need be then you should certainly be ready to buy your new board game. Just remember to be fair in your consideration of their needs and your needs. Try your best not to favor their side more than you can bare and not favor your side so much that they won’t want to play.

Conclusion: As with any sort of decision you make whether it be a friend, a sibling, or a lover you always must consider both sides and find a compromising spot. As long as you remain considerate and truly thoughtful of your partner’s needs and your own you will have no problem finding the perfect board game for the both of you. I wish you the best of luck on your journey and hope that you both find the new game to be ever pleasing.

How to be Good at Board Games

How to be Good at Board Games

Playing board games can be a lot of fun. Especially competitive board games where you get to earn bragging rights for winning. But, having fun can be challenging if you are constantly losing. Even more so if you are obsessed with winning like I am. And if you are reading this I am assuming that you are probably like me or are tired of losing. So I sincerely hope that these tips will help you learn how to be good at board games.

So what can you do when you seem to be losing all the time?

Well, there are a few things that you can do to help you become better.

  1. Understand the Board Game
  2. Research Strategies
  3. Play More
  4. Have Fun

With these four things, you will certainly become better at any board game.

How to Get Better at Playing Board Games

1.) Understand the Board Game

The first and most important part of becoming better at any board game is to understand it. Without a good foundation, it will be hard for you to succeed. Therefore, you must learn each component of the game and understand how each one works.

With this knowledge, you are then able to start learning about the strategies involved with the game. What actions go well with other actions? What actions should be used in this situation?  What actions should be used in that situation? These are the sort of questions you should now be able to answer.

If not, you may want to make sure you have a firm understanding of how the game functions.

Next up, you are going to want to learn what play style fits you best. Or better put, what play style is most effective for you that you also enjoy using. Is it an aggressive style? One that requires you to put all your marbles on the line. Maybe you are the turtle type of player? One who enjoys taking small calculated wins. Whatever the case, figure out what works best for you personally.

The type of play style you enjoy may change from board game to board game. Although, I typically find myself falling into a similar category with each game.

From here, you will want to learn how to be adaptable to the different play styles. As with certain games, you may have different starting situations and must adjust appropriately.

2.) Research Strategies (Optional)

For some, it can be hard to develop their own strategies without first understanding what strategies are out there. So if you feel like you cannot figure out a strategy on your own, then I would suggest doing this. Let other people’s successful strategies help you brainstorm one for yourself.

As for the next two tips these I would hope are the obvious ones. 

3.) Play More

Ever heard the term “practice makes perfect”? Well as far as I can tell, it applies to board games. And if you ever want to get better at playing a certain board game you will need to play them more often than you are now.

4.) Have Fun

Finally, the most important part of becoming better at anything in life is to just have fun with it. When you’re doing things you enjoy, I’ve learned, you tend to be more motivated. If you are not having at least some fun playing the board games you play, then you probably should not be playing them.

I hope these tips have helped you learn how to be good at board games

Cheapest Ways to Get New Board Games

Top 6 Cheapest Ways to Get New Board Games

Many of the board games I have played and bought have ranged from $5 to $150 brand new. Most games, however, will be around $40. Which is not too bad. But I think it is safe to say many of us would prefer them for around $20-$25. On a side note, if you are just interested in cheaper games I have written articles about board games under $20best board games under $15best board games under $10. So if you are just looking for really inexpensive games, I would suggest starting there. If not please continue reading to find out the cheapest ways to get new board games.

What are the Cheapest Ways to Get New Board Games?

Well, there are a couple different ways. Some of which may be easier to implement than others. All of which should save you money, even if you are buying a game that could normally cost $100.

Here is a preview of options for buying board games cheap:

  1. Thrift Store/Garage Sale
  2. Online
  3. Local Stores
  4. Trading
  5. Borrowing
  6. Other Local Markets

My Top Choices

From the list, the ones I suggest are either buying from Amazon when discounted, Thrift Store/Garage Sales if you are okay with used games, or exchanging games with other players.

1.) Thrift Store/Garage Sale

This is by far one of my favorite ways to find new board games. As most places will offer a variety of games at a fraction of the cost. I have seen people find $60 board games for under $10.

The downside to this is it is most likely going to be used. So you may have a dent or a few scratches here and there on it. Furthermore, pieces can be missing from the board game. The bright side is that you can get two copies or maybe even three and still be getting a 50% discount from its original price. Another downside is that your selection will be pretty limited.

The other cool part about going to these places is the fact that you may come across some rare games. And be able to get them at a fraction of the cost. Then what you do from there is up to you. If you want, you could try to flip it make some cash and buy other games with the profits. Or maybe you will love the game and be happy you got it at such a great price.

Either way you slice it, buying cheap used board games from a thrift store or a garage sale is your best option most the time.

2.) Online

With growing competition between online competitors prices for all products have been becoming cheaper and cheaper. Which is great news for us.

So were on the internet do you go shopping for new games?

Well there are a few ways to go about this:

  • Amazon
  • Boardgamegeek
  • eBay
  • Google

Amazon is by far one of my favorite ways to buy just about anything. They have a great return policy and will help you out with bad sellers. The products are typically way cheaper than in store and are a steal if they are on a sale. (Which is how I got my new edition of Pandemic for $18.) Overall it is the easiest option and will often have some of the cheapest prices.

Next up is BoardGameGeek market, which allows players to list their games and sell them to others. Here you may be able to find a cheap used board game in great condition.

Ebay is similar to Amazon, except not as easy to sort through, but I do still search there from time to time. And if you look hard enough you can definitely find some cheap board games on Ebay.

And last but not least, Google has a shopping section that you can quickly type out what product you are looking for and see if any other sites offer it.

3.) Local Stores

It is always a good idea to check out your local board game store. They may have older games on clearance or offer store credit options. This would allow you to trade in your old games and get new ones for less.

Another option would be to check stores like Target that may carry board games in store. Although they typically have them at the highest possible price, they may have a sale. If it is good enough, you buy the game! If not? no worries.

4.) Trading

Trading can be done online and in person. For example, you could go to a board game convention and they may have a trading system set up. Here players may be allowed to set up their games and say what they want to trade them for. This is a really cool way to get new games as it may be set up to trade between 17 different people to get you that new game.

Another option for trading would be to go to the previous site mentioned, BoardGameGeek. Along with their market, they have a trading system set up where players can list what they want and trade with other players.

This is by far one of the cheapest ways to get new board games as you can upfront trade a game. Thus making your cost for the new game nothing!

5.) Borrowing

Borrowing is another cheap option to play new board games. There are a few ways you can go about this.

Some board game stores will offer rentals that will allow players to test out a game for say 10% of the cost. Then they will apply the cost to buying them game if you choose to do so. This option is great for those who are on the fence about buying a new game.

The next choice would be to just borrow from friends/family. This can typically be done for free and you could even switch games for a bit if need be.

The other option is using a website that is like the old Netflix before streaming came around or Gamefly. The name of the site is BoardGameExchange and their prices are as low as $16.99 a month. You simply select which board game you want to rent and then they ship it directly to you no extra cost. There are no due dates so you get to play the game for as long as you like. This is another great way to try out new games especially if you are in an area away from any big cities.

6.) Other Local Markets

Thanks to technology there are even more ways to find products from individual sellers locally. Certain apps can help you find board games from sellers in your area. This is best for those who are in densely populated areas. Some of these options are listed below:

  • The Facebook Market
  • OfferUp App
  • LetGo
  • 5 Miles

All of these apps can help you find nearby people selling board games. However, do take precaution, as some of these people try to sell the games for high prices to make a profit and always be safe when meeting with strangers. Always be sure you reference with at least Amazon first.

Hopefully, you have enjoyed this article about cheapest ways to get new board games for your collection. If you want to check out additional cheap board game options feel free to check out our Category over Affordable Board Games.

Best Board Games for Families 2017

9 Best Board Games for Families in 2017

Board games are a great way to bond with your family. Whether it is with in-laws, cousins, siblings, or just your immediate family you wont find a better down time. This is why we have gathered the best board games for families to help you find the perfect one.

Board games allow you to avoid unwanted conversations while keeping the night fun and engaging. Furthermore, these games can help you socialize more with other family members. Could even help renew torn relationships

So what kind of board games are we talking about?

  • Under 20 minutes to learn
  • Quick set up
  • Easy to Play

Having a board game that can take too long to learn can be problematic. It is ultimately just best to avoid games that take any longer. Unless you are planing on playing with serious players.

Quick set up is another needed attribute. The last thing you want to be worrying about is keeping your family members entertained while prepping the game. Or worse yet having to spend valuable time afterwards cleaning it all up. You most likely will just want to be able to pick up and play.

With the likely differences in age and experience, you will want an easy to play game. As the last thing you want to worry about is someone constantly not understanding how to play.

Best Board Games for Families

1.) Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is great family board game created by Days of Wonder. It provides a more advance style of play with simplistic rules and instructions. Furthermore, players who are not experienced still have a chance at winning because their is a bit of luck in the game.

This is by far one of my favorite picks as it is a great introduction board game to serious board gaming that works well with various types of players.

2.) Clue

Clue has been around since 1949 and has brought a significant amount of fun to many households.

This game requires that you try to figure out what cards have been placed in a secret file. To do this, you must find out what cards the other players have and then reason out whats in the secret file.

Clue was the winner of Kinderspielexperten 2011 for category 2(8 to 13 years old). This is a German award given to the best children board games. Making it a great game if you plan on player with younger ones.

3.) Pandemic

Pandemic is another personal favorite of mine and is overall one of the best cooperative board games on the market.

As for what the game is about. It involves having players work together to cure and eradicate four different diseases. Each player will receive their own character that has special abilities.

This game is a great opportunity to build teamwork skills among your fellow family members. The game states that it is suitable for ages 8+ which is technically true. But not every eight year old may be able to catch on to the strategies in the game.

Overall Pandemic and Ticket to Ride will be two of the best options for more advanced board games on this list.

4.) Catch Phrase

Catch Phrase is by far one of the easiest to play games on this list. It can be set up and ready to go in a heart beat, especially if you have the electronic edition.

The game involves passing a disk around and trying to make sure you or your teammate don’t have it when the buzzer goes off. If it does the other team gets a point. To pass the disk you must give clues to your teammates about what phrase you have. If they guess it right you get to pass the disk.

This game is great for situations were there are a relatively large amount of people or were a game needs to get going fast.

5.) Wits and Wagers

Wits and Wagers is board game that combines trivia and betting. Players write down their answers to a trivia question. Then they bet on who they think is right. This makes it great for those who are not trivia buffs. Furthermore, it helps with children too as they can still enjoy the game even if they don’t know half the answers.

6.) Sequence

Sequence is a easy to play family card game were players try to connect 5 in either rows, columns, or diagonals. This is done on a 10×10 board were pictures of the 52 cards in a playing card deck are displayed. To play on one of the pictures a player must have that card and discard it.

7.) Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island is similar to Pandemic, as players must work together to gather treasure and escape a sinking island.

The game is overall pretty easy to teach to just about anyone and the cooperative aspect is always nice. Especially if you don’t want to spark any sort of rivalries. This game is a little more complex than games like Sequence, Catch Phrase, or Wits and Wagers.

8.) Carcassonne

Carcasssonne was the winner of 2001 Board Game of the Year award and is quite famous for its meeples. As for the game itself it involves drawing tiles and placing them to build a board. Then from there, you get to place a meeple which can function as multiple roles dependent on where you place it.

9.) Codenames

Best Adult Party Board Games

15 Best Adult Party Board Games That Won’t Disappoint

Okay so you are having a get-together, a shindig, a whatever you want to call it with some of your friends, acquaintances, possible soon to be lovers and you are looking for some games to lighten up the mood. Something to make the night a little less mundane and maybe a little more inappropriate than your typical day to day activities. All in all, you are looking to let go and have fun playing some adult party board games that will make the night a blast. So let’s get started…

Best Adult Party Board Games

1.) Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is by far one of your best options for an adult party game if you do not already own it as it can handle plenty of people. It is similar to Apples to Apples but instead of playing cards that correspond with something that is hairy, you will be playing cards like “What killed my boner?” and your party guest will have to answer with their owns cards. For example, something like “The unstoppable tide of Islam” may be played in response. Most of the combinations can lead to some pretty interesting things that will make the whole group laugh. However, you should be careful playing this game with anyone who may be sensitive and if you do please forewarn them.

2.) Exploding Kittens (NSFW Edition)

Next up is one of the newer released games Exploding Kittens. This game is a survival of the fittest style of game where players try not to draw an exploding kitten from the deck while also try to hinder other players abilities. The deck consists of different cards from defuses that will save you from exploding kittens to attack cards that let you harm an opponent. The NSFW edition is only different form the regular edition in terms of what pictures are drawn on the cards. The gameplay is still the same regardless of which deck you get.

3.) Say Anything

In Say Anything, players are asked a question such as “Whats the worse thing you could say to a cop after getting pulled over” and then must write down there answers and toss them on the table. After this is done,  the player who is the judge that round secretly selects their favorite response and the other players bet on which one he or she chose.

4.) Wits & Wagers

Similar to Say Anything with the betting aspect, Wits & Wagers is a trivia game were players write down their answers and bet on the one they think is correct.

5.) Telestrations After Dark

Telestrations After Dark is just like Telestrations except what you are now asked to draw is completely inappropriate. After a player draws their image, they pass it on and the next player guesses then the next player after that must draw what the guesser guessed. By the end of it all, you end up laughing at the ridiculous drawings.

6.) Bad Campaign

Bad Campaign is a card game similar to Cards Against Humanity but instead of it being random situations or stories you are now running a campaign against your friends. The player who gets the most votes by the end of it all wins and becomes elected.

7.) Drunk Stoned or Stupid

Drunk Stoned or Stupid is a game that is great to play with people you know at least somewhat. As you will have to decide as a group who gets each card that is drawn and after a player receives seven cards the game ends and that person is the loser. The cards can be things like “Uses daddy’s credit card for everything” and players will match the card to the appropriate person.

8.) Joking Hazard

Joking Hazard is another card game kind of like Cards Against Humanity and Bad Campaign. The difference in Joking Hazard is that you and your friends are trying to complete the story with comic strip cards. Each round involves playing two from the deck and players will add a third from their hand to complete the story and the best story wins the rounds. These stories can get pretty disturbing as some of the cards depict some pretty intense images, but if you are okay with that kind of stuff this is a great game to try out.

9.) The Game of Nasty Things

In The Game of Nasty Things, a player draws a topic card and then the other players write down their response and place them in a pile. The player who drew the topic card then reads the responses out loud and tries to guess who played what response.

10.) Smart Ass

Smart Ass is a trivia game where players are racing to reach the smart ass square. Each round players try to guess the right answer as a question from one of the four categories is read aloud. If you guess wrong you are out for that round and if you wait too long another play may get it, so time your guesses wisely. There are also penalties squares such as the dumb ass square that players will want to avoid.

11.) Superfight

In Superfight, players argue about whose combination of super hero/powers and weaknesses are the best. This game is very interesting as each time players fight they get a random power or weakness added in two their already selected one.

12.) Stoner City

Stoner City is a board game like Monopoly except with a marijuana theme. The game is exactly like Monopoly except for a few minor changes such as the police token and only needing three houses to upgrade instead of four.

13.) Over The Line

Over The Line is an inappropriate combination of Pictionary and charades.

14.) Midnight Outburst

Midnight Outburst is a shout out adult party game were players shout answers they think will match the given topic. The topics, of course, are curtailed to an adult group of players.

15.) The Oregon Trail

Remember The Oregon Trail computer game way back when? Well, this is the new card game version of it where you and your friends will get to work together to survive The Oregon Trail.

Best Board Games Under $10

10 Best Board Games Under $10

Many of the board games today cost roughly $40 dollars or more to buy, and at times that can be a little too much to dish out at one time. So to help with this I have created this list of Best Board Games Under $10, along with our other budget friendly articles: 7 Amazing Board Games Under $20 and 8 of the Best Board Games Under $15. With the help of all three of these lists, I hope that you will be able to find suitable board games that won’t kill your wallet.

Board Games Under $10

Board GamePlayersTimeCost on Amazon
Sushi Go!2 to 5 15 minutes$9.99
Monopoly Deal2 to 6 15 minutes$8.99
Coup2 to 615 minutes$7.25
Dragon Slayer2 to 515 minutes$7.99
Hanabi 2 to 530 minutes$10.35
Love Letter 2 to 415 minutes$8.25
No Thanks!3 to 720 minutes$11.34
Wits & Wagers3+25 minutes$10.66
Zombie Dice2+15-20 minutes$6.98
Tichu3 to 1030 -90 minutes$11.98

Best Board Games Under $10

1.) Sushi Go!

Sushi Go is a fast-paced card game where players eat at a sushi restaurant and are try to grab the best combinations of sushi dishes to score the most points. Collecting the most rolls of sushi and completing sets of sashimi are just a few of the ways players can score points. Also if something gets dipped in wasabi the value is tripled. The game is fairly short and contains a draft mechanism at the start, as players must first draft their hands then the pass and grab style of play begins.

Sushi Go is definitely one of the top board games under $10.

2.) Monopoly Deal

The concept of Monopoly Deal was to design a game that would take the fun of playing Monopoly and compact it all into a fifteen-minute game, it was accomplished. Players will get the thrill of building their own Monopolies as they compete to be the first person to collect three full property sets of different colors. This is done through drawing and purchasing the needed property cards. Furthermore, the use of action cards and house/hotel cards can be used to either help you or hinder your opponents. Although, all cards in the game do have some sort of cash value to them.

3.) Coup

Coup is an extremely fun game where players try to manipulate, bluff, and bribe their way to power, while destroying their opponents influence (character cards). The influence or character cards allow a player to do certain actions such as pay three coins and assassinate another player’s character. The catch is you do not actually have to the character card, you just have to be able to bluff well enough to not get challenged for using that action. However, if a player does challenge you and you do not have the appropriate card to show them you lose one of your influence cards and if they are wrong when they challenge you they lose one of theirs. This continues until only one player has influence left making them the winner.

Coup is by far one of my top suggestions for our board games under $10 list, and if you have not already played it I would highly suggest trying it out.

4.) Dragon Slayer

In Dragon Slayer, players take on the roles of highly renowned dragon slayers, competing to be named the master slayer. You will hunt the most ferocious beast in hopes of winning the competition.

Dragon Slayer is a simple push your luck game were you and your fellow dragon slayers will continue to repeat the dragon hunt until you decide to stop. The most notable aspect of this game is the challenge aspect, as players may challenge other players to do dangerous things. But if a player is to succeed and complete the challenge they are rewarded appropriately. To win the game a player must become the master slayer.

5.) Hanabi

In Hanabi, players must work together to make the most amazing fireworks show ever. To do this, players must try to place out cards number 1-5 of the same color in the correct order. The catch for this game is that you cannot see your own hand only your teammates can. Giving hints is the only way your team will ever be able to figure out which cards to play. Furthermore, Hanabi is one of the top cooperative board games that can be purchased for roughly $10.

6.) Love Letter

In Love Letter, players are competing to be the first person in the game to give their letter to Princess Annette. While in the process of getting your letter to her you will have to defend yourself from her other secret lovers. Who are out to ensure she never sees your love letter. However, you may also sabotage other players, but be careful as you may make yourself a target. Furthermore, if you are looking for board games to play with your spouse this is a great affordable option.

7.) No Thanks!

No Thanks is a super simple game that is also very engaging and fun, as players try to avoid having the highest value of cards in their hand at the end of the game. Each turn a player has two options: either play a chip to avoid picking up the current card or pick up the card and any chips that have been played on it. Cards ranging in value from 3-35 make it crucial for players to avoid the higher valued cards. While the chips decrease the value of your hand by 1 point each.

8.) Wits & Wagers

Wits & Wagers is a great party board game like Catch Phrase where players get to guess on trivia questions and then bet on who they think is right.

The betting aspect of this game is what makes it super fun. Allowing those who are not trivia buffs to still have a chance and enjoy the game. Furthermore, this can help with any gambling addictions a player might have. Also, it can accommodate up to 20 people.

9.) Zombie Dice

Zombie Dice is another push your luck game like Dragon Slayer where players try to collect 13 brains to win. Each turn consists of rolling three dice in an attempt to collect brains. After rolling your first set, you may decide to roll again which may reward you or harm you. Because if you end up rolling three shotgun blast in one turn, your turn will end. Causing you to receive no brains for this round.

10.) Tichu

Tichu is a partnership climbing card game where teams compete to get to 1000 points first. The way players obtain points is by playing their cards and preferably emptying their hand first. Resulting in the opponents losing points based on what cards are in their hands. There are also risky calls that can be made such as Tichu and Grand Tichu. Which if done successfully can earn a team 100 or 200 points. If the attempt is failed that team loses the same amount of points that they would have earned.

I hope you have enjoyed our list of Best Board Games Under $10. If you would like to make any suggestions please post them in the comments. Furthermore, if you are looking for more ways to get board games cheaply check out our Affordable Board Games Category.

We also have a great article on the cheapest ways to get new board games.

Best Cooperative Board Games

8 Best Cooperative Board Games That Won’t Ruin Relationships

We all have a competitive bone somewhere inside that fuels us to win. Nobody wakes up in the morning and says “hey I feel like losing today.” That would just be crazy! And typically when there is a winner there is also a loser. Which means if it just so happens that the sore loser is the one to lose then nobody will be having fun. Even more so if that sore lose is a close friend or your significant other.

So how do we go about fixing this issue? 

Well you can just let others win all the time, but that would be no fun because you want to win too. The other and better option would be to try out a cooperative board game, where all participants either win or lose together. This way even if you and your crew, partner, etc… do lose it will not create any bad feelings toward each other, unless someone completely sabotaged the game. But that is an entirely different issue for a another time.

Best Cooperative Board Games

1.) Pandemic

First off going to start with Pandemic, which has been around for a few years now and has won countless awards. In Pandemic, players are working together to fight off four different disease and eventually eradicate them. The game is relative quick takes around 40 minutes to an hour to play/set up. It is a great board game for couples as nothing is more romantic than saving the world from destruction via disease. Furthermore, it is a simple game to teach that comes with some relatively complex strategy. Making it a great middle ground game for inexperience board game players and veteran players.

As far as cooperative board games go Pandemic is overall a top tier game. With a objective that almost every person can get on board with, saving humanity from annihilation.

2.) Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island is another top tier cooperative board game like Pandemic were players must collect 4 treasures and escape the island before it floods. The game is simple to learn, but the style of play can become quite complex so it accommodates to a wide variety of players. Additionally, this board game is under $20 making it a relatively cheap purchase that will provide a lot of fun.

3.) Forbidden Desert

Forbidden Desert is the Sequel to Forbidden Island and as you can tell by the title is now placed in the desert. In this desert, players must work together to find the four missing pieces to a fly machine that will get them off the desert. While collecting these pieces players must fight against desert storms and water shortages to survive. Once way player dies the game is over.

This board game like Forbidden Island is a great cooperative game that can really challenge the mind.

4.) Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings is a cooperative board game like Pandemic were players get to take on the roles of the hobbis from the fellowship. Their mission is simple to destroy the ring. Players will face all sorts of dangers throughout this game including a coruption level, were if a player becomes too corrupted by Sauron the game ends and the players lose.

5.) Star Wars: Imperial Assault

In Star Wars: Imperial Assault’s Campaign Mode, one player controls the Galactic Empire while the other players control the Rebels. The Rebels must complete missions and so on to defeat the Imperial player. This game has a lot of features to it along with a skirmish game mode that pits one player against another. This game is a great if you are looking for a somewhat cooperative game.

6.) Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter is a cooperative game in which players must survive a zombie Apocalypse. One of the most interesting parts about this game is the fact that each player is given an objective card at the start of the game. The objective card can influence heavily what actions they may take in certain situations. Some players may be in such a negative position for the rest of the colony that they decide to banish them. If a player gets banished they are not removed from the game, but are simple put onto a different path.

These elements make the game somewhat cooperative as players must work together, but some may be working against all the others.

7.) Battlestar Galactica

Battlesstar Galactica is a board game like Dead of Winter were players are working together to survive. Each player will take on the roll of a beloved character from the Sci Fi TV Series and with each player will be a set of strengths and weaknesses. Making players work strategically to effectively win. However, the game does get progressively harder as at certain stages loyalty cards are dealt out and your teammate may now secretly become your enemy.

This game is again another semi-cooperative game that allows players to work together, but to also compete against one another without things getting personal. It is also a great game for larger groups of players.

 8.) Hanabi

Hanabi is one of the more affordable games on this list and is great for pyromaniacs, as players must construct the greatest firework show ever. They must work together though as players are not able to see their own hands. So through hints and clues from your teammates you must play your hand and try to place the appropriate cards in the correct order.

Coming in at roughly $10 this game is one of the most affordable cooperative board games on the market. Furthermore, it was the winner of the board game of the year award.

Best Board Games Like Catch Phrase

Best Board Games Like Catch Phrase

Catch Phrase is an easy to play party game that can play 4-16 players. The rules are simple the player who holds the device in their hand is given a a phrase. Once they have the phrase they must shout out as many clues as needed for their teammates to guess the phrase. If a player a team is unable to guess before the timer goes off the other team gets a point.

The simplicity of Catch Phrase along with the large amount of people who can play make Catch Phrase a great game for all sorts of situations. This list will present games like Catch Phrase that can be especially great for all sorts of situations where an easy to play game is needed.

Best Board Games Like Catch Phrase:

Dixit Odyssey

Dixit Odyssey is an expansion to the board game Dixit which was the 2010 board game of the year winner. Despite it being an expansion to Dixit it functions also as a standalone game as long as you have the square box version. The rectangular version is purely an expansion.

In the game, one player is a story teller each round who must choose one of their cards. Once that card is chosen the story teller briefly describes it to the other players. Once this is done the other players must give the story teller one of their cards which they think is best suited to the description. The cards are then revealed and each player chooses what card they think is the one. Based on who guess right and wrong decides who receives points that round. The player with the most points at the end wins.

Say Anything

Say Anything is an interesting party game like Catch Phrase that adds in a fun betting aspect. The game involves asking questions such as what was the worst band ever and having one player pick the answer form the other players’ answers. From there the other players bet on which answer that person chose. This game is quick and easy and definitely a great party game to get some conversations started.

Telestrations

Telestrations is one of my favorite simple games because its replay value is infinite. The reason it is infinite is because each game players are interpreting other players sketches and guessing what they are until each player has either guessed or drawn on each players’ pad. Making the possible outcomes infinite.

If you are looking to play this game with adults only I would suggest getting The After Dark Edition.

Time’s Up

Time’s Up is one of the few charade games on this list and is suited for a countless amount of players, but requires at least four.

In the game, players will select cards of celebrities and historically famous people that their team will have to guess out. These cards are shuffled to make up the deck. Then the players on each team will both start to grab cards and get their team to guess the right person within the thirty second time frame. As each round ends the difficultly increases, often starting with any clue goes to players not even being able to speak words.

This game is very similar to Catch Phrase, as players are trying to guess what character the other player has instead of guessing what phrase. So if you are looking for another game like Catch Phrase this may be the perfect match.

Wits & Wagers

Wits & Wagers is another betting/guessing game like Say Anything. This time though players are guessing more so on trivia. The game is super easy just like the rest of these and involves an interesting betting aspect that allows non-trivia experts to have a chance at winning still.

Wits & Wagers is also a very affordable option that provides player with a significant amount of fun.

Sounds Like a Plan

Sounds Like a Plan is a game like Apples to Apples were a judge has an action card such as “Climbing Mt. Everest,” and the other players have advice cards that they give to the judge. The advice can be good or bad advice just whatever you think the judge will pick.

Sequence

Sequence is an easy to play board game/card game were players compete to get 5 connected checkers in a line with cards that the player has laid down. This game is similar to Connect Four as you are trying to connect checkers on the board, but can only do this with certain cards that you have drawn which makes it a bit more luck based.

Scattergories

Scattergories is a game where players are given a category and a letter. From there the players will list of appropriate words that fit the given parameters. For each word that a player has that the other does not they receive a point.

Best 3 Player Board Games

Best 3 Player Board Games

Unlike board games that are great for 6 players, 3 player board games are in a relative abundance. This is because most board games are developed for 2-5 players. Having a large amount of suitable board games to choose from is always great. Unfortunately, the games that do accommodate to three players are often times not best played with three players. Often times making the experience from playing the board game less pleasant than when you have four. That is why I will be going over what I believe are the Best 3 player Board Games. 

Best 3 Player Board Games:

1.) Pandemic

Pandemic is a top tier cooperative board game in which players must cure four diseases before time runs out. The cooperativeness of this game helps to prevent any sort of two on one situations that leaves one player helpless. The game is designed for 2-4 players, but best suited for two players or three players. The reason for that is because the game becomes more difficult with the more players you have. Making the game nearly impossible to win with four players on the hardest difficulty. For some the game can also become relatively easy with just two players. So it seems that three players seems to be the best number of players for this game to make a perfect balance of difficulty and fun. Other than this game being one of the best 3 player board games available it is also one of the best board games overall. If you already own Pandemic be sure to check out our board game suggestions for games like Pandemic.

2.) Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is railroad building game in which players try to build the most well rounded network of railroads between cities. This game was inner of the 2004 Board Game of the Year award along with countless other awards. This game is super fun and typically best suited for four players although the change from four to three is nothing majorly different. The rules remain the same and the style of the game does not make any super unfair advantage that would result in the game becoming two on one. Furthermore, this game is great with just about any amount of players between 2-5, and is even one of our suggested board games for couples.

3.) Caverna: The Cave Farmers

Caverna: The Cave Farmers is a worker placement board game that mainly focuses on farming. The game takes roughly thirty minutes to play per player and can handle up to seven players. The best amount of players for the game to be most enjoyable is 3 or 4. This would make the game time roughly 90 to 120 minutes which is not too bad for a board game of this complexity. Similar to Ticket to Ride their is no worry about having a two on one situation and you still get to keep the competition in the game.

4.) Axis and Allies: Pacific

Axis and Allies: Pacific is the perfect game for war strategy lovers who are looking for a 3 player board game to play. The game although would technically be a two on one is still just one team versus another. Furthermore, the amount of actions that the Allies must take per turn are insane and leave the Japanese player waiting for a while. So with two players you can split these actions, speed up the game, and make it more enjoyable for everyone.

5.) Age of Steam

Age of Steam is another railroad building game like Ticket to Ride. It is made for 1-6 players, but is best with 3 or 4 players. The game is built on the similar concept that you must construct railroads to win. Their are other things you must worry about such as if you will have enough money to finance the most extensive tracks and best locomotives.

6.) Tigris and Euphrates

Tigris and Euphrates is a civilization building game from the 90s in which players are given four leaders in the following categories: trading, farming, religion, and government. Players use these four leaders to collect points in each category and the winner of the game is the one with the highest score in their weakest category. This forces players to play strategically well rounded and not focus to much on one category. The game is great with both 3 or 4 players, but can also be played with 2 players.

7.) Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a great 3 player game that is similar to Settlers of Catan. Players take turns choosing roles such as builder. Once a role is chosen all players are allowed to take actions associated with the role and the player who chose the role receives a bonus. The nice part about playing with three is it creates a perfect balance between speed/flow and complexity.

8.) Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is a civilization building game in which players try to make the greatest civilization. Players do this by building a strong military, researching technologies, building wonders, and selecting the best leaders. This game is great with three players but can be played with 2-4.