In the past decade, board games have seen a huge resurgence. New games, old games – people are loving pulling out a game and spending some quality time with their friends and family. Board game cafes and breweries are definitely helping with this increased interest. If you or a loved one loves to play board games, here are our favorite board games to give this Christmas!
If you love to create (or try to create!) something beautiful, then this is the game for you. Azul combines the beauty of Moorish art with a board game. The game transports you back hundreds of years to when the Alhambra – a place in Southern Spain- was first created. As artisans, you are charged with the task of laying the tile in the Palace of Dvora, mimicking the style of the Alhambra. The Artisan who creates the most beautiful tile pattern without wasting pieces is the winner.
Settlers of Catan has been around for a while and even is a winner of The Best Game of the Game in 1995, and it is easy to see why. It might take a few games to understand how it works, but after that, you will be hooked! Players try to tame the wild isle of Catan by gathering different resources to build roads and settlements. Each game board is always unique as you mix up the pieces and lay them on the board, so no matter how many times you play, it still stays fresh.
3. Code Names
Code Names is one of the quicker games on the list. At just 15 minutes per game play, it is easy to pull out for a short but fun game. It is also a great party game as you can play with two to eight or more players. The game pits two spymasters against each other. The two spymasters are the only ones who the identities of secret agencies and their teammates know them only by their codenames. The teams must compete to see who can make contact with all their agents first.
This game is NOT meant for children – it is an adult party game that has become very popular recently. If you love memes, this is the game for you. You compete against your friends and family to create the best memes by pairing a caption card with a photo card. A rotating judge picks their favorite card.
Pandemic is the only co-operative game on the list. In this board game, you and your teammates versus the board as you race around the world to cure diseases. Each player has a specific role on the elite disease control team, and you all work together to keep infections at bay. As you travel around the world, you collect the cards you need to discover a cure for each disease. This game is contagious!
The oldest game on the list, but it is still one of the most popular games out there. Players compete to put letters together to build words. Points are awarded based on the letter used and what square you place it on. Fun for all ages, Scrabble is a classic that will never go out of style.
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