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Table top games for Christmas, and beyond

December 17, 2013

A friend asked online about recommendations for family table top games, aka board (and dice) games, and I got into it. So I should really blog it. Games we have gotten and/or played this year include:

  • Cards Against Humanity – really for 18 and up. It’s got some pretty horrible things in there you wouldn’t want to expose your kids/mother/sensitive friends to. But, you know, we like it.
  • Clue – Classic.
  • Dixit – beautiful cards, a storytelling game.
  • Gloom – a touch complicated for our tastes, but still fun
  • Munchkin (many flavors) – scales down beautifully for younger players, tons of fun in the right crowd. Sabotage your friends! Sort of a card play D&D.
  • Pandemic – cooperative game play. Save the world!
  • Settlers of Catan – resources game. Love this, but the (14yo) daughter got tired of it, so I never get to play.
  • Ticket to Ride – similar, ish, to Catan, but with Trains. Again, daughter tired of it 😦
  • Tsuro – simple game play, beautiful  board, a puzzle challenge that’s still competitive.
  • Zombie Dice – quick, simple play, fun premise. You’re the zombie.

More as I think of them. Check out for videos on most of these, and many more.

PLAY GAMES WITH YOUR FAMILY! YOUR FRIENDS! YOUR KIDS! It’s been a much better year for the time I’ve spent with my people, and some cards and dice and boards.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2013 5:52 pm

    Don’t have a huge blog going, but I’d put in recommendations for:
    Alien Frontiers – retro sci-fi theme, place dice to get resources and land colonies – we enjoy it.
    Lords of Waterdeep – a “worker placement” game w/ a thin D&D theme. Easy to learn/teach and plays relatively quickly.
    Dominion – the original deck building game. Lots of expansions, though some complain there’s not enough interaction.

    I can put in a recommendation for “The Dice Tower” on youtube and for those interesting in learning more. 🙂

  2. December 18, 2013 3:52 am

    I agree with this list – at least the ones I have played. We like Cards Against Humanity (though, not with the kiddos), Munchkin, and Settlers of Catan.

    We also like Railroad Tycoon, which I’m thinking is somewhat similar to Ticket to Ride (except we don’t have that one yet). Railroad Tycoon is a bit like Settlers, but with railroads. The goal is to build the longest railroads and move cargo. Definitely a good strategy game.

    We also like the game Elder Sign. It can be played with 1 – 8 players. Sort of a clue meets monsters, meets ???? OK, Clue might not be the best example, but it’s a collaborative game, where you use dice and other means of killing monsters. Has a mysterious feel to it… We like it.

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