Have you ever stood inside a gaming store with that blank look on your face, wondering exactly which of the hundreds of board games for sale you should get? Games aren’t cheap so making sure you get the board game that best suits your style and occasion is important.
We’ve got years of board-game-playing experience and we still get lost sometimes. But it doesn’t need to be that hard.
Today we’ll look at some play styles and occasions when you might want to play and figure out a few board games that would best suit each scenario. Just figure out where you stand, and follow our suggestions. Then you can extrapolate from there.
If you’re about to host a party for fellow board game geeks, you’ll want to have a game that’s meant to be played by more than just two players (otherwise you’re going to have a lot of people standing around doing nothing). While most games are meant to be played by two or more players, games with a larger minimum number of players are better suited for bigger parties.
You should also try to find games that don’t require too much management and setting up. Games like Monopoly might be suited for groups, but they have a reputation for ruining friendships and are too serious for a party.
If you’re the kind of person that loves a good one-on-one challenge of pure wits, or if you’ve got the type of friends who go to sleep reading the dictionary at night, then a good strategy or word game is what you need in your life.
We’ve decided to put these two styles together because they both require more commitment to play well than to learn. Unlike other games, like Settlers of Catan, which need a lot of time to even learn how to play, these games seem simple on the surface but have so much depth you will never be able to learn everything there is to learn about them.
So grab a friend, sit down, and learn one of these board games… you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to beat each other.
Some people prefer the sort of games that require intelligent planning-ahead. So if you’re the sort of person that’s willing to look several moves ahead before taking this one, finding pride in knowing you saw your opponents’ actions before they even knew they were making them, we’ve got the perfect board games for you.
Just don’t be surprised when you find some of your friends aren’t the best of losers… beating people at these sorts of games tends to bring out the worst on people. You’ve been warned.
The Game of Life
TWO PLAYER GAMES
This is a classic ‘best for 2 players’ strategy game. It’s incredibly easy to learn and play, and yet there are so many different ways to win that you can have game after game and not repeat a move.
So now you’ve got a few suggestions.
Take what we’ve given you and roll with it. Go forth and find your perfect board game!