13 board games to play at your summer family reunion

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  • Pacer Bountiful, UT
    July 30, 2019 10:29 a.m.

    I'll agree with bass679, Ticket to Ride is a fun one. Two current favorites, both obtained through Kickstarter campaigns: Squatch the Board Game, and Fireball Island.

  • gossamerica Livermore, CA
    Aug. 22, 2018 9:28 a.m.

    Any article that gets people to look beyond the old chestnuts (Monopoly, Sorry) is a winner in my book. There's no way to list every good game out there. Great suggestions in the article, and in the comments.

  • bibavoda Draper, UT
    June 19, 2018 2:16 p.m.

    I highly recommend the following:

    Happy Salmon - Imagine PIT on steroids. Call out what your card says...find someone that is calling for the same thing...perform the action...Pound It (fist bump), Switcharoo (change places), High Five and Happy Salmon (slapping handshake)...then you move on to the next card. Be the first one to match all 12 of your cards and yell FIN(ISHED). (3-6 players)

    Bang - The Dice Game - You are a sheriff, outlaw or a renegade. No one can be certain if you are trustworthy or not. Watch out for arrows and dynamite. Easier and quicker than the original Bang (card) game. (3-8 players)

    6 Nimmt - 10 cards, played one by one...don't cause an "avalanche" or you have to collect points you don't want. Strategy card game combined with a bit of luck. (2 - 10 players)

    Buzzword - One buzzword, 10 clues, each answer includes the buzzword. Get all 10 before time runs out but watch out because the other team can steal any clues left unanswered. (2 teams, 4+ people)

    The Game Of Things - Someone reads the statement (i.e. things that are sticky). Everyone writes an answer. Try to match the answers with the people that wrote them. (3+ people)

  • bass679 Novi, MI
    June 19, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    Always a big fan of Ticket to Ride at our family events. The Original US map isn't great but Europe and Pennsylvania are quite good.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    June 19, 2018 12:21 p.m.

    The author seems to have a narrow experience on games out there. The few respondents to this article have better ones more people would likely enjoy.

  • Xandreyn Old Fort, NC
    June 19, 2018 11:11 a.m.

    I agree to those.

    I also like Monopoly Deal! As it's easy to learn and games only take 15 - 30 mins.

    Dominion for it's flexible layout, which means every game is different.

    Captain Sonar - battleship for 8 adults. Takes some time to learn, but the game play is addictive and intense.

  • Jepherson Bothell, WA
    June 18, 2018 6:39 p.m.

    Lots of good titles here, but there are a few more that really should be on your list this summer.

    1) Grandpa Beck's Cover Your Assets. This is our families absolute favorite game right now. It's easy to learn, just the right amount of competitive, and everyone that plays it likes it. Seriously, you can't go wrong with this one (or Skull King by the same company)

    2) Code Names. We love playing this game at big family gatherings. It's challenging, requires creativity, and it's team based. It works great with large groups and if someone has to leave the game for a few minutes it doesn't affect the flow of the game.

    3) Quiddler. An oldie but a goodie. It's a word game, but it's easy enough for kids 8 and up to join in. This has been a go to for us for years.