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TTM #56: Our Favorite Board Games to Play Together

on November 26, 2018 by Jami Balmet 4 comments

One of the things that Jason and I love doing together in the evenings is to play board games together! It’s become a love of ours and we’ve taken to collecting board games. We get asked all the time about our favorites and I’ll be sharing those today! 

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Our Favorite Board Games:

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  1. Have you played Munchkin? It is more a multi-player game but it is basically a spoof card game on the more serious dungeons and dragons games. The cards are hilarious and the game itself is fun and very entertaining.

    My husband and I are hugely competitive in a game commonly called Nertz (a regular card deck version of Dutch Blitz that’s a lot like a competitive speed solitaire). It’s supposed to be for more than two players, but we play the game extremely fast and have added a few helps to make it easier for two players. It’s our favorite game to play for just the two of us.

    Also a two-player strategy game my husband and I enjoy (especially my husband because he beats me 80% of the time) is Gobblet. It’s kind of like a 3-D, 4×4 tic-tac-toe with nesting dolls.

  2. Hi Jami, thank you soooooo much for this episode!!! My husband and I are huge gamers and considering I always like your recommendations for other things, I feel like I will love all the board games you have suggested. We will definitely be trying them out. We have played Agricola before and loved it. Ticket to Ride is a staple at our home…so much so that my husband has created a Texas Ticket to Ride version (which can be found on BoardGameGeek.com). 🙂 Anyway, our current favorite games to play are (in this order):
    1. Steampunk Rally – Seriously so fun even though I thought at a glance that I’d hate it, but I absolutely love this game. I enjoy the game mechanics because everyone plays every turn so you are constantly doing something and adding to your “machine” while racing across the track. Great with 2 players but also wonderful with 3 or 4.
    2. Small World – All the fun parts of Risk with none of the bad parts. In fact, I hate Risk but LOVE this game. It has a board for 2-3 players and also one for 4-5 players, so it works well with a bigger group too.
    3. Kahuna – If you feel like being ultra competitive, this board game is made for 2 players only…put on some nice islander music to lighten the mood and have a fabulous time playing. 🙂 Perfect game to take on a cruise (or just pretend you are on a cruise).
    4. Stomple – This is a more “normal” type game but we keep reaching for it again and again. There is something so satisfying about pushing those marbles down! 🙂 I generally don’t do well with abstract games, but for some reason this one is super enjoyable. A perfect 2 player game.

    And a bonus: Our favorite games to play with the kids (ages 7, 6, and 4):
    1. Spot It! – Soooo fun for the whole family. You can still play competitively by decreasing the number of cards given to the younger ones. It makes it a really fair way for everyone (including adults) to try their hardest and try to win.
    2. Stormy Seas (be sure to put on some Pirates of the Caribbean music to make it feel more epic). 🙂
    3. Loopin’ Louie – A less annoying version of Hungry Hippos. This game rocks for kids, teenagers, and adults.

    There are so many more but I’ll leave you with our absolutely favorites. Enjoy!!!

    • Oh and my absolute favorite board game is Puerto Rico, but it is made for 3-5 players so I did not include it on the previous list. However, my husband and I have adapted the rules to 2 players and it is still just as fun (in my opinion). The only drawback to this game is it does take awhile to set up, so we don’t reach for it as often as the others.

      And on a different note, have you ever played the computer game called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes? It is a great 2 player game, but also works well with a group. This is a really good game for communication between couples or groups. Only one person is on the computer (disarming a “bomb”) and the other person(s) is looking away from the computer and has the bomb diffusing manual. Communication is key to success. A great mind challenge as well.

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