I am a self-proclaimed board game queen. I will happily volunteer myself to play any board game that is happening. And with my Martha’s Vineyard vacation officially starting tomorrow, board games will be hot commodities. Here are my top board games to play on a rainy (or not so rainy) days.
- Settlers of Catan – (Best played with: 3+ players. Takes: ~1hr) I know most of you have probably heard of this game but there’s a reason why it’s so popular. You role dice for opportunities to earn commodities that will help you build and grow your nation and gain points. The first player to 10 points wins! This game takes the best parts of Monopoly and Risk and combines them. Not to mention you can never lose progress you’ve made which means that you can only do better and better as the game goes on!
- Set – (Best played with: 2+ players. Takes: ~10 minutes per round) If you love finding patterns this is the game for you. I am a total visual person so this is right up my alley. Nine cards are placed out at a time. If you see a set before anyone else does, you get a point! It sounds simple but it definitely takes a few rounds to get your eyes adjusted. And watch out, sets go by quickly!
- Scattegories – (Best played with: 3+ players. Takes: ~5 minutes per round) I grew up playing this game constantly. If you love word games as much as I do this one is a great option. You have a list of topics (ex. types of dogs, colors, etc.) and you role a die covered in letters. Once it lands on a letter, you have about a minute to go through your topics and think of an answer that starts with the letter roled. I could play this game for days.
- Boggle – (Best played with: 3+ players. Takes: ~10 minutes per round if you play without a timer) Another game heavy on words. If you haven’t heard of Boggle, there’s something wrong and you need to pick it up now. My family personally hates playing this game with me because I win a large amount of the time..
- Code Names – (Best played with: 4+ players. Takes: ~15 minutes per round) The newest addition to my favorites! And surprise surprise, it’s another word game. Players are split into two teams and surround a 5×5 grid of cards each containing a different noun. One player on each team tries to get there teammates to guess the words the mystery words have been assigned by only giving a one word clue. The thing is, you’re trying to get your teammates to say all the mystery words with as few clue words as possible, which means coming up with a clue that can lead to multiple mystery words will get you farther ahead. It sounds complicated but it amazingly fun and super simple after you play once.