When you hear the above words, it may send shivers down your spine. Memories of long nights of Monopoly or even older emotional scars from Chutes and Ladders make you cringe at the thought of sitting around the table to play a game with your family. It's time to cast your fears aside and give it a shot once again. Here are some suggestions from Laughing Ogre on what to try:
The self-described "party in a box" more than delivers on its promised level of entertainment. Apples to Apples offers a hearty amount of laughter to any gathering and is easy to jump into. This game is ideal for large gatherings and flows well even if the participants are somewhat transient. Someone new wants to join the game? No problem! Give them a seat and deal them in. The points don't matter and the game never ends until you stop it. If you try to get in and someone tells you "no," or "after this game," they don't like you. Find someone else to play Apples to Apples with in a game that embodies "the more, the merrier."
Fluxx is a fun, quick, addictive card game that never plays the same way twice. The rules change as the game progresses, offering uniquely high replay value. Now grab your cutlass, pirates have taken over Fluxx. There'll be times ye must Talk Like a Pirate, and rules about how ye can Plunder from yer mates - even cards that let you play out of turn to take your enemies by Surprise. Playing the Captain's Hat gives ye certain privileges but watch out for Mutiny amongst the crew.
Reading is a must! Recommended for ages 8 and older.
Blokus develops logic and spatial perception while kids learn to be tactical. Players take turns placing pieces on their board, each starting from their corner. Each new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners. The goal is to get rid of all your pieces. The game ends when all players are blocked from laying down any more of their pieces. Includes one game board with 400 squares, 84 game pieces in four bright translucent colors, and an instruction guide.