Stuck at home and looking for something new to do? Guest Geek blogger Ashley Lipman has rounded up several fun board games to break the boredom of being stuck at home during these “safer at home” pandemic times.
Best Board Games to Try During Lockdown
With everyone trapped at home during the lockdown, now is the perfect time to bring out the board games. You can get out the old favorites like Monopoly or Clue for hours of classic family fun.
However, it’s a great time to try out a few newer and different board games. Not sure what to play? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few fantastic board games that are fun for the whole family.
Mayhem with Dungeons and Dragons
If you and your family love board games, the chances are good that you’ve either heard of or are a fan of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s one of the most popular table games of all time. Collectibles range from DND hoodies and clothes to action figures and computer games.
However, one of the lesser-known games is called Dungeon Mayhem, and it’s one of the few D&D table games that can be played by kids under ten. It’s short, fast-paced, repeatable – and hilarious.
Played in battle royale style, it’s all about being the last man standing. Your usual culprits – rogue, barbarian, wizard, etc. – are all available. However, instead of ordinary powers and enemies, you have things like the ‘Finger-wag of Judgement,’ ‘Kobold Maid,’ and ‘Cubes Have Feelings Too.’ It’s side-splitting fun for kids and adults.
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Although this game is recommended for ages twelve and over, younger kids can still play. It’s an award-winning board game, and with good reason. You and your companions are set to explore an old mansion, ‘discovering’ rooms with effects, good and bad omens, or items.
Eventually, one of the team members will become a betrayer. That changes the game rules and pushes the game into a fast-paced battle for victory. The betrayal scenario is randomly generated, depending on the omen card, the room it was drawn in, and the chosen characters.
Explore this creepy house as you try to avoid traps and curses and solve the secret of the betrayal. This is an incredibly fun game with amazing replay value – perfect for long periods stuck in lockdown.
Hours of Fun with Twilight Imperium
Any true-blue geek will be familiar with Babylon 5, whether you’re a fan of the series or not. Twilight Imperium is a massive sci-fi board game, with sessions lasting around eight hours. If you’re looking to cure long periods of boredom, this might be the game for you.
Assume the mantle of one of your favorite space-faring races, including the Ferengi or Centauri, and start your quest to control the galaxy. With strategy, diplomacy, and obscene amounts of tiny plastic spaceships, you can become a force to be reckoned with.
The 4th edition, released in 2017, is by far the most detailed and enjoyable version of the game. For any geeky family, this board game is an absolute must-have.
Embrace Irony with Pandemic Legacy
See if you can do better than the current world governments with this outbreak-focused board game. It’s a great game for ages 13 and up, with games lasting between one and two hours.
Use actions to treat diseases, do research, and develop cures. Some diseases are harder to cure than others, while some have unique objectives. Random scenarios keep the game interesting, giving you hours of re-playable fun.
The game is very much about teamwork. Every player only has four actions per turn, so make sure you all work together to stop the end of the world.
Perfect Time for Family Fun
If there ever was a time to try out new board games, it’s now. With so many of these available via the internet, you don’t even have to leave your home to get them. With a few clicks, you can have great board games delivered right to your door.
If you’re looking to fight boredom, it’s time to try out a few new games. Gather the snacks and bring out the games for enjoyable, mysterious, and fast-paced fun with these fantastic games.
Who said that lockdown has to be dull?