What board/card games do YOU like to play with friends?
Thomas S: I highly recommend
I highly recommend: Splendor - It's light enough to be easy to learn, but deep enough for some real strategy to form. Love Letter - if you don't play it already, is an awesome deduction game of card counting and elimination. Coup - similar to Love Letter, but with more bluffing and a more cut-throat theme. Sushi Go - (Get party edition if you can) is a game of set-building with a very cute theme. Plays up to eight people! 7 Wonders - Another set-building game, but with more player interaction.
Backgammon. It is ancient, classic, fast moving, and easy to learn.
It reallly depends on the flavor of games they like. Lighter ones I play are: Thurn & Taxis - Simple, a little more depth and less random than Ticket to Ride Small World - Way easier to play than Risk, and shorter, with a great theme. Jump Drive - Settle the galaxy, earn the most points. Sushi Go Party - Basic set collection. For Sale - Really simple Auction style game. Saboteur - Probably my favorite, digging for gold and trying to figure out who's the traitor! The heaver end would be: Above & Below - A city building game with some light role playing to it. Dominion - A deck building game, trying to buy the most points by the end of the game. Race For the Galaxy - The full version of Jump Drive, and my favorite game for... 6? Years now? 7 Wonders - Card Drafting game where you build up an ancient city.
Games that I've played with friends & family that tends to work well are... * Ticket to Ride + 1910 Expansion -- The expansion set has larger cards (compared to the ones originally included), but it also adds more variations to enjoy, although I typically stick to the "Mega" variation (which is a "kitchen sink" option) out of laziness. * Qwirkle * Fluxx -- There's various versions of the game, which does add their own twists (beyond the base version). Great game for pick-up games (as players can drop in at any time) * Fiasco -- An acting-heavy, 3-act (2 main acts + an Aftermath Epilogue) RPG that somewhat simulates a Coen Brother's movie (Fargo, Burn After Reading, ect.). Dice are only rolled for the aftermath, so it's great for improvisers. * Red Dragon Inn -- One game that has multiple sets that you can mix & match. * Forbidden Island / Desert -- Some fairly quick Co-op strategy games * Dixit * Elder Signs * Tsuro / or the Seas -- Quick tile-placing game that's good for up to 8 players * Small World -- A bit more complex than Risk (in terms of game mechanics), but also a shorter game. This isn't an exhaustive list, but it should give you some game ideas to try out.
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