The holiday season is here and its the time to hang out with friends and family. It’s also a great time to play board games. While you may have grown up with Monopoly and Risk, it’s time break open the modern collection and play something new this holiday. Here are some gateway games we recommend that are both fun to play and easy to learn.
Ticket to Ride – Days of Wonder
Ticket to Ride is a great introduction into the modern board game scene. Up to 5 players take turns drawing cards, placing trains, and picking up new tickets in an attempt to make the longest track. It’s a great game for the family, as it is not aggressively competitive. Game length is around 45-90min, which is a good amount of time before dinner, or while in your food coma. The main version is available at almost every local game store or online, so you’ll definitely be able to find this game if you want to play this holiday.
Fluxx – Looney Labs
If you friends and family are more into card games, then Fluxx would be a fantastic game to play. This game is always changing, with new cards adding crazy new rules with each play. To start out, players draw a card and then play a card. The rules change as new cards are played, including how the game can be won. This makes for an exciting experience that keeps players involved and wanting to know what will happen next. There are many different versions of Fluxx as well, including Zombie Fluxx, Monty Python Fluxx, Batman Fluxx, Holiday Fluxx and more. It is also available in almost every game store and online, so if you are looking for a fun and easy game for multiple players, this is a wonderful selection.
Carcassonne – Rio Grande Games
Everyone loves tile placing games and Carcassonne is one of the best. The goal of the game is to build castles, forests, and roads to score points. To do this, players draw a tile and then place it somewhere on the board. Players then place their meeples on castle, forest, or road tiles to score varying amounts of points. This is continued until all the tiles are gone from the bag, which leaves the board looking like a cool medieval map or world. Check out the Carcassonne TableTop episode to see the game play in action. This game is up to 5 players and has multiple expansions if you want to add more to the map-building experience.
There are lots of games to play this holiday season, so now is the time to plan out what games you want to bring to your holiday events. What games will you be bringing?