Thursday, December 13, 2012

Board Game Bonding

Over the Christmas break I have a strong feeling that I will be playing quite a few board games with my friends. It's just what we do. But when I say board games, I mean actual board games. Like Monopoly, Clue, Settlers of Catan, and Risk. Don't be bringing around party games like Charades because I'll have no part of that.

My last Risk match where I was
mercilessly defeated.
Anyways, playing board games is one of my favorite things to do when I get together with friends. It's a great time in a relaxing setting, and draws the line of who is the alpha friend and who is the weakest link of the group. If you want to have this kind of fun, but don't know where to begin, here are some of my favorites:

Star Wars Monopoly. So much better than regular Monopoly. Because it's Star Wars, duh. Really lets you see which friends are capable of stabbing you in the back. If you ever play with me, remember this: I am always the banker. Always. Don't mess with the dynamic between me and my math.

Lord of the Rings Risk. Very topical at the moment because of the upcoming release of The Hobbit. A very strategical game where everyone is always at the whim of the will of the die. I even have a friend who is the designated dice whisperer for good luck. He saves his powers for his allies only though.

Apples to Apples. Ok, technically a party game. But, it's one where I don't have to perform anything. So I approve. I have played this with many different groups of people, and there are so many ways to play it (personally, my friends and I play a combination of styles 2 and 3):
1. Logically, where the card that makes the most sense wins.
2. Comically, where the funniest match-up wins.
3. Opposite world, where the most random card in the pile wins.

For all of these games, make sure you plan for multiple hours of fun. There, I have given you tools to have an enjoyable night indoors with your friends during these cold winter nights. You're welcome.

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