Would you rather watch a movie than play a game together? That might be the fault of the games you’ve played.
Think outside of the Candy Land and Monopoly box. Here are my top 3 board games for people who don’t play board games (which hopefully will change after you give these a try).
It’s the gateway drug of good board games. It’s well balanced, fast, fun, easy to “get,” and has just enough luck to help even the playing field. There’s also an app that can walk you through how to play it, so you don’t even have to read the game rules!
Time: 30 min.
It only takes a half hour—and doesn’t even have a board! At the beginning of a game, each player get a secret role assignment (sheriff, outlaw, etc.) all with different goals … against each other. So in addition to light strategy, you have mystery and storytelling, too. Plus, there’s a sheriff’s badge. Show me someone who doesn’t like to wear a sheriff’s badge, and I’ll show you a liar.
3. Forbidden Island
Time: 30 min.
Two people can play this one, which is hard to find in a board game. Plus, it’s only 30 minutes, so what do you have to lose? You work together to escape an island that’s “sinking” (pieces of the board are removed as you play). Again, each player is randomly assigned a role, which adds a bit of storytelling and makes it different each time you play. Best of all, it’s cooperative! No more sinking each other’s battleships or real estate moguling (with the tiffs that inevitably ensue).
Have your own board game recommendations? Please share them in the comments.