I'm a HUGE board & card game fan, so I've played a fair bit of diverse ones in my lifetime. Everyone knows the traditional games- Monopoly, Sorry, Yahtzee, etc., but not too many know about all the different alternative games out there. Here are just ten of the more unique games you can find (and hopefully fall in love with). You can even host a game night- invite some friends, order pizza and go to town!
My boyfriend and I go to a friend's house once or twice a month for a game night and it's always a lot of fun. Since we both love playing games, we own several two player (or more) games that we play all the time.
King of Tokyo | This is a great party game! It's mostly a dice game, and every person gets a character. Players trade spots in Tokyo attacking opponents, and you must gain hearts to increase health, earn points (to eventually win) or save up to buy cards to help you win. 2-6 players.
DC Deck-Building Game | You draw a DC comic character, each with their own abilities, and constantly try to build a better deck. Defeat super villains and buy better cards. When you and your opponent(s) have defeated all the super villains, count the card values of your deck to see who wins! This game is slightly easier to play than Ascension, but they have a similar feel. 2-5 players.
Ascension | A card game where you constantly try to build a better deck to 'defeat monsters' and buy better cards to earn gems. There are several different expansions (I own them all!) and you can even play on your iOS device as an app (either iPhone or iPad). If you end up loving it, I play on my iphone- my username is 'mika'. 2-4 players.
Ticket to Ride | Fun, easy game where you draw cards to lay down tracks and connect to different cities. You can play nicely and worry about connecting your destinations and/or block your opponents' routes when you've figured out where they're going. This was a big hit with my parents over Christmas! 2-5 players.
Seasons | Gain the most points by playing certain cards using different 'energies.' This games involves a board, dice, cards, strategy & a unique play style. It may take a game or two to get the hang of, but it's one of my favorites. 2-4 players.
Power Grid | This one takes a little while to learn but is fun when you do! It's a strategy game where you buy power plants and raw energy to power cities on the grid. Make it to a certain amount of cities powered before your opponent to win! 2-6 players.
Sequence | The board has 2 of every card (standard 52 deck of cards) printed on it. You have a hand of approximately seven cards and you turn in one card to the discard pile and place a chip on the spot on the board. Object is to get 5 chips in a row- without your opponent(s) blocking you or getting rows before you! 2-12 players.
Shadow Hunters | This is a Japanese board game, but you might've played a similar, verbal game when you were younger. You are randomly assigned a 'character,' either hunter, shadow or neutral and you each have different win conditions- you can win when all hunters are dead (if you're a shadow), or if you get a certain number & type of a card, etc. Trust me, it's a lot of fun! 4-8 players. (5-6+ players is probably ideal)
Munchkin | There are several different versions- zombies, apocalypse, princesses, booty (pirates), etc. They all operate under the same premise, but the themes are different which makes it fun. This is a fun card game where you "fight monsters," collect loot and fight against or work with other players. 3-8 players.
Pictionary | Most people have probably heard of this one or played it before, but I think it gets quickly forgotten. I recently played for the first time since I was an adolescent and it was a ton of fun! You and your partner take turns drawing a word or phrase and the other has to guess based solely on the drawing- even if you're a bad artist, you can get pretty inventive! 3-10+ players.
Have you guys played any of these games before? Are there any you love that I haven't listed?
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