Sunday, June 23, 2013

Family Games- Our Favorite Five

I have always loved board games and other table games. Right now our nieces are visiting and it is fun to have an excuse to play games.

Our top 5 favorite games now are:

1. Saboteur.

This is a favorite card game we take to parties, cafes (while waiting we play) and to visit friends. Everyone enjoys it! Works best in groups of 4 and up.

Description: Players take on the role of dwarves. As miners, they are in a mine, hunting for gold. Suddenly, a pick axe swings down and shatters the mine lamp. The saboteur has struck. But which of the players are saboteurs? Will you find the gold, or will the fiendish actions of the saboteurs lead them to it first? After three rounds, the player with the most gold is the winner.

2. Think Blot

I remember playing this with my friends in college and it stuck in my mind as a fun game. I was excited to play it again last time I was in the States and to get a cheap one on Ebay.


Description: Look into the ThinkBlot images. How many things can you spot? Do you see a praying mantis or a pair of scissors? Is it an eggshell or a crown? Look closer. There are hundreds of ways to interpret the images!
Can you convince the other players to see what you see? The more you see and persuade, the more you score!

3. Carcassonne:

A game I gifted my husband. Nice that it can be played as a couple as well and it is fast.


Description: Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, etcetera. Having placed a tile, the player can then decide to place one of his meeples on one of the areas on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When that area is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner.


Love this game growing up, it is so much better than Monopoly.  My nieces are enjoying it now, playing it several times a day.


A great game for a group and for getting to know one another. This is a favorite at our parties at our home- easy to use too since we only have to translate the questions into Latvian.

How about you, what are your favorite games?

1 comment:

  1. Our kind love to play "Uno", so it is the best game for them for now, and for us also, because we can play it together.
    I loved to play Chess with my grandfather and I like that my two oldest kids enjoy to play Chess right now too :)