One of my many New Years’ Resolutions was to keep up with my blog and in an effort to do that, I have a bunch of fun ideas planned. The first one I’m implementing is a new series of posts I’m super excited about! I’m calling this my Top 5 – posts in which I’ll share list of my top 5 things in different categories. I’m really pumped to write these posts because it will bring more variety to my blog and let me cover more topics I’m interested in. For my first post, I’m writing about my top 5 favorite tabletop games to play with friends!
PS: I have another series coming up this week that I’m equally thrilled about, but you’ll have to wait til Friday to see that one 🙂
Top 5: Tabletop Games
Something really cool about having your own place and being an “adult” is that you get to invite people over to play games and party WHENEVER YOU WANT. It’s one of the few fun parts of being in your 20s, I guess. Here’s some of my favorite games to pull out when the pals come over:
- For 2-6 players
- Usually takes about 30-45 minutes
- Recommended if you like dysentery, cholera and snake bites
If you ever played the 90s computer game Oregon Trail – yes, this is based on that. In this game, your goal is to make it to Oregon without dying, which is actually way harder than it seems. You can literally be doing just fine and trucking along and you draw a card and BAM you die of dysentery. It can be super hard to win this game – I think of all the times we’ve played we’ve only won once! My favorite part is that you get to make up names for everyone in your crew and then draw them on tombstones when they die. We usually choose old timey names like Lester and Franny and Ezekiel. It’s very morbid but lots of fun!
- For 3-4 players (up to 6 with the expansion)
- Usually takes 1-2 hours
- Recommended if you like sheep, bricks, wheat, wood, and ore
Settlers is an old classic for me that goes way back in my family! We’ve been playing this pretty much longer than I can remember. We had tons of expansions and variations too… I don’t know why we loved this so much but I remember it fondly as a major part of my childhood haha. In this game the goal is to create the most powerful civilization and get the most points to win. Settlers can take a long time but it’s so much fun if you play it with the right people, and it gets surprisingly competitive too!! I always try to get the Longest Road award and end up losing because I forget to pay attention to anything else ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- For 3-5 players
- Usually takes 45 minutes-1 hour
- Recommended if you like lying to your friends as well as catching them in lies
I love this one because it’s so silly and so much fun!! In this game, you’re a merchant trying to smuggle goods past the Sheriff of Nottingham. You get a tiny bag to fill up with goods and you can fill it with clean items or contraband, and try to sneak past the Sheriff. If you get your contraband through you’ll get extra points, but if you get caught in a lie you lose points. This game is fun on its own, but my favorite part is that whenever we play this we start speaking in silly accents for some reason. By the end of it we’re all yelling at each other about chickens in some weird screechy Welsh-Australian hybrid accent. I highly encourage using silly voices when playing this game, it’s a blast.
- For 2-5 players
- Usually takes 30 minutes or less
- Recommended if you like the French Revolution and macabre humor
Wow why do I like so many games about death??? This game is so simple and straightforward but I love it. This is another old favorite in my family. I don’t even remember how we found this but we’ve been playing it for years. In this one, there’s a bunch of cards with different characters on them – nobles, royalty, clergy, etc. Each person is in line to be chopped by the guillotine, and the high profile ones are worth more points (you can also get negative points by killing well-liked people like martyrs). The goal is to get the most points by collecting and killing the most unpopular people. It’s based on the French Revolution so people like Marie Antoinette and King Louis are worth more points if you get to chop off their head. It’s honestly extremely gruesome now that I’m sitting here explaining it lol. But the game itself is very witty and the card illustrations are so ridiculous and fun. Guillotine is super easy to learn and it’s one of my weird underrated favorites.
- For 8-30? players
- Usually takes 10-30 minutes depending on the number of players…but we also always play like 25 games in a row
- Recommended if you like accusing your friends of murder and also killing them
I saved this one for last because I think it’s my ultimate favorite at this point in time. In this game each person is assigned a character who is aligned with either the villagers or the werewolves. The wolves’ goal is to eat all the villagers, and the villagers’ goal is to stay alive and kill the wolves. As the game gets more complex, more characters are added with special powers and it becomes harder to figure out who is on your side. If you’ve ever played a game like Mafia, it’s the same basic concept. I seriously love this game so much haha. I think it’s more fun the more people you have, and there are lots of expansions too so you can basically play with unlimited people. I think the most we’ve ever had in one game was 20 players. This one is so popular with our friends that we literally have “Werewolves Night” every few weeks where people come over and just play this game for hours (friends, if you’re reading this, we’re planning one for next Tuesday). It’s just the best!!
Wow it’s kind of alarming how many of my top 5 games are about death and dying!!! But they’re all in good fun so it’s fine. Writing this made me want to go play games so we really might have to do that Werewolves night next week! I hope you’ll enjoy this new Top 5 series I’m doing. I’m really excited to write about some different subjects and share some of my favorite things with you! 🙂 Have you played any of these games, or do you have a different favorite?
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next time! ❤ Kaela