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Once the entertainment of last resort on rainy days and during power outages, board games have evolved to be varied works of interactive art with options for many styles of play. This guide is a starting point to discovering games that are fun, interactive, and challenging, and our picks are a great introduction for anyone looking to get more into games.
Although our picks are geared toward adults, most are family-friendly. We think these intro-level options are some of the best to show new gamers the joys of board games: They require lighter strategy and are quick to learn, but they also involve enough exciting decision-making to engage adults. Many of these games are kid-friendly, and several have expansion packs to accommodate additional players or to add complexity.
This gem-collecting game is easy to learn but requires enough strategy that it keeps players enthralled over multiple rounds.
Players act as gem merchants, using tokens to purchase gem-mine cards and to attract the attention of nobles later in the game to gain even more points. For each turn, each player chooses between drawing gem tokens, buying a card, or reserving a card for later purchase and taking a gold joker token.
As players stockpile gem-mine cards, they can use those cards as discounts on other card purchases. The first player with 15 prestige points earned by purchasing higher-level gem cards and winning over nobles wins the game. After we played Splendor with three new gamers, everyone requested it again. This game was first recommended by Wirecutter staffers, but our experts also told us they liked its balance of luck and intro-level strategy. We enjoyed playing with the eye-catching gem coins and cards, and we appreciated that this game was easily portable for game nights or trips.
Splendor was a Spiel des Jahres nominee, and it currently has a 4. This strategic game of medieval-city-, road-, and countryside-building has easier rules and a shorter play time than Catan. For each turn, players draw and place a random tile to build medieval fortifications including roads, cities, cloisters, and farms, and they place their followers on those locations to gain points.
Scoring depends on the size of completed developments with followers placed on them. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins. The rulebook is easy to navigate for players of all skill levels—Wirecutter writer Doug Mahoney recently played a game with his 9-year-old, who had no problem catching on.
Turns go quickly, and we enjoyed playing the game with three and five players. Carcassonne also has an expansion pack to add a sixth player and some extra mechanics to earn points without overly complicating the game. Carcassonne was a Spiel des Jahres winner, and it currently has a 7. It also has a 4. Players use cards to claim railroad routes and travel to cities across North America, and they gain points by connecting destinations and creating longer routes.
Players can cut each other off, forcing competitors to take longer routes. Once a player is down to two or fewer trains after using the other 43 to claim routes, the other players get one more turn and then the game ends. Players tally their points and subtract the value of any uncompleted routes from the total; the person with the most points wins the game. Ticket to Ride comes in several variations if you want more-advanced options; Wirecutter writer Alex Arpaia recommends Ticket to Ride Europe.
The concept is easy to grasp, but we felt challenged to keep track of our routes and complete all of our destinations before running out of trains. We like the compelling train-traveling adventure narrative, and the brightly colored pieces and board are fun to look at although the board is quite large on a table. With two players, the game took 45 minutes, though Wirecutter staffers reported that rounds could drag on with more players.
Ticket to Ride was a Spiel des Jahres winner. At this writing, it has a 4. These games have more-complex strategies and more of them—and, accordingly, more-complicated rules—but their underlying mechanics are simple. These games also tend to have longer playing times and cost a bit more. A settlement-building strategy game that inspired a board game revolution, Catan provides fun and competitive if at times frustrating play. Players also get points by creating the longest continuous road or having the largest army, won through development cards that can be purchased with resources.
If someone rolls a seven, a robber pawn moves to block players from collecting resources, and players can strategically build settlements to block others from building next to them.
The player who is the first to reach 10 victory points wins. Catan is strategic, interactive, and fun to play. It was one of the first challenging board games that Wirecutter writer Anna Perling personally tried years ago, and she still gets together with friends every few months to play it. And the play time is longer than those of Splendor, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride.
Several Wirecutter staffers reported that Catan could be divisive because of its competitive play. We prefer to play Catan with more people, which you can do with this expansion pack. Catan has multiple expansion-pack options to change up the game and extend player counts.
If you want more people to barter with and plot against, we recommend the Player Extension , which adds replay value and more interaction. This game challenges players to use multiple, advanced strategies to build an ancient civilization over three fast-paced rounds.
Players randomly draw an ancient city, and they have three Ages—a total of 18 turns—to develop their civilization and earn points. Cities can produce resources, which give discounts on future purchases similar to how Splendor works and can be traded with neighbors without the tense negotiations of Catan. The player with the most points at the end of the three Ages wins. We thought 7 Wonders was fun with the maximum number of players as well as with four players.
It adapts for two players, too, but we think the game is more entertaining and interactive with more people. It currently has a 4. These games are quick to learn and play, highly interactive, and designed to get a large group involved—they can help break the ice with strangers or make for a fun family activity.
Many games can be party games, but in this category we looked for games that could accommodate at least six players—the more, the better. Dixit is a simple storytelling card game with stunning art that people of all ages can learn and enjoy. A turn starts when one player the storyteller describes a card chosen from their hand using one word or phrase, and all of the other players choose the best-matching card from their hands to submit secretly. It takes minutes to learn, so it feels very low-pressure compared with Secret Hitler or Sheriffs of Nottingham , which have more-complicated rules.
And the art is gorgeous: Wirecutter writer Anna Perling played with several adults who took Instagram stories of the cards. Plus, multiple expansion packs keep the game interesting and let you gape at more ethereal cards—check out the spooky Daydreams pack or the bold and colorful Memories option. This thrilling wordplay game scales for small and large groups.
Only the spymasters have access to a key card that reveals which cards correspond to which characters.
The first team to locate all of their agents wins. I can play it with my parents or with nieces and nephews. You can also add the word cards from Duet to the base game for more word choices. Game nights at home are great! Good travel games should be small enough to fit in your bag, purse, or glove compartment and not take up too much space on a table.
They should also play pretty quickly and prioritize interaction within the group. A card game of deception and intrigue, Coup plays quickly, packs up small enough to easily fit in most bags, and encourages you to betray your friends. Each player starts with two character cards that are placed facedown on the table in front of them. The last player with influence left to wield wins. Every player has a list of actions they can take and clear goals to accomplish.
But the mystery of who has which cards—and, importantly, how good you think your friends are at lying about their cards—is where the real drama of the game comes into play. During play-testing at a bar in Brooklyn, everyone at our table of six was continuously engaged. And we quickly became the most energetic group in the bar, as accusations and questioning led to some tense moments and reveals.
This also makes Coup a joy to replay. Our group played multiple times, and we were all reluctant to move on to the other games we needed to test. The game box is small and the pieces are easy to keep track of, with only two cards each and a small assortment of money tokens.
At the time of publication, Coup had a 7. Players: two to six Duration: 15 minutes Rules: Website. Cooperative games allow players to work together toward a common goal, instead of competing against one another. This style of game is especially great if you want to keep the peace during a family function, or if you have that one friend who gets too cutthroat during competitive board games.
Pandemic challenges players to work together—and keep their cool—as they attempt to save the world from disease. Players draw cards and use four actions per turn to help cure diseases by building research stations, treating diseases, sharing knowledge, or discovering a cure. Players can also draw epidemic cards, however, which increase the speed and scope of disease proliferation.
By curing the four diseases, players win. A Spiel des Jahres nominee, Pandemic has a 7. Most modern board games are designed with larger groups in mind, and although many include two-player rules, those modes can be convoluted and less fun.
With a quaint quilting theme, Patchwork challenges your puzzle-piecing skills. Players move around a shared time-track board to collect buttons, and then use them to buy fabric pieces to construct a quilt on their individual gridded boards. On each turn, a player can choose to move their piece along the track to gain buttons or purchase one of three patches laid out in a circle to add to their quilt.
Players win by gaining the most buttons and filling in as many spaces on their personal quilt boards as possible. Trying to knit our pieces together as tightly as possible without overlapping was a unique, surprisingly complex challenge. Play time is relatively short, at around 30 minutes, so we were able to get in several rounds. The order of the quilt pieces can vary, and the pieces are two-sided, so Patchwork is highly replayable—you have countless ways to construct your grid.
For trips or game nights, we love that this game is small and portable; you could easily pack the tiles and pieces in a bag. The Rules Girl team originally recommended Patchwork to us, and it was a Spiel des Jahres recommended game. At this writing, Patchwork has a 7. Once you master the slightly tricky rules, the game is easy to play, with short rounds, and it has beautiful art.
Once the entertainment of last resort on rainy days and during power outages, board games have evolved to be varied works of interactive art with options for many styles of play. This guide is a starting point to discovering games that are fun, interactive, and challenging, and our picks are a great introduction for anyone looking to get more into games. Although our picks are geared toward adults, most are family-friendly. We think these intro-level options are some of the best to show new gamers the joys of board games: They require lighter strategy and are quick to learn, but they also involve enough exciting decision-making to engage adults. Many of these games are kid-friendly, and several have expansion packs to accommodate additional players or to add complexity. This gem-collecting game is easy to learn but requires enough strategy that it keeps players enthralled over multiple rounds. Players act as gem merchants, using tokens to purchase gem-mine cards and to attract the attention of nobles later in the game to gain even more points.
Thanks a lot for uploading the 1st volume of Board and Table Games From Many Civilizations. Could you add the 2nd volume please? regards.
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