So here we all are, being responsible and staying home, away from friends and family and definitely social distancing like we’re supposed to. And you, like me, really want to play a board game. However, you may not have anyone to play with or you have someone who just doesn’t like playing games. So what do you do?
Well, I got you boo! Below is a list of games that I’ve enjoyed playing alone and a couple I’ve convinced my mom to play with me. Each title will take you to the game on Amazon, should you wish to add it to your collection.
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Horrified by Ravensburger
Oh yes! I am starting with a (vaguely) Halloween themed game because it is almost Spooky Season baby!
This is a collaborative game, meaning all players work towards the same goal. You play as one of the heroes (perhaps an explorer, detective or a mayor maybe?) and you have been tasked with keeping the town, and it’s people, safe from monsters. You get to choose which monsters and how many you face during the game (ranging from about 2-4 at a time) and the game gives you suggestions on which ones to choose if you don’t know where to start.
Eldritch Horror by Fantasy Flight Games
Yep, another game with “horror” in the title. Listen, I like spooky things and horror, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling on the inside.
This is another game that is based on collaboration which makes it great to play alone because you (and anyone else you end up playing with) are working towards one goal. This game takes time. It takes time to figure out the rules (watch this video, it helps: https://youtu.be/6PxySn6RCXw) and it takes time to play. This is one you save for an especially rainy day when you have nothing to do.
Like Horrified, you choose your explorer, along with their stats and navigate the game, this time saving the world from one of several ancient evils you get to choose from during one game. Again, this one is much more complicated but once you find your groove, you’ll be slaying monsters and closing portals (or slowly going insane) in no time. 🙂
BANANAGRAMS by BANANAGRAMS
Alright, so something much different from the first two but it’s simple and especially fun if you like words and Scrabble. There are several ways that you can play it, some provided within the game itself and I’m sure more that you can find online. It’s quick and just something to occupy your mind when you get that tabletop game itch and no one is there (or wants) to play with you.
Also, it’s really cute and cheap, so if you don’t have it in your collection yet, what are you waiting for?
Games for 2 or more
Ok so these are for those of us who have someone else we’re quarantining with and or have someone willing to play with us. They’re fun, quick and easy to grasp so that they don’t change their mind about play.
Welcome to the Dungeon by IELLO
This is a fun wagering type game. My mom doesn’t really enjoy playing games with me, but she really enjoyed this one. Probably because she won (and I’m not bitter about it at all).
It’s an easy enough concept to grasp. You choose one hero (for everyone) for the round, going back and forth between players, deciding whether you want to either place a monster in the dungeon deck or keep it out and take away one of the heroes’ weapons or armor. Eventually one of you will duck out, passing your turn and the remaining player enters the dungeon with whatever equipment the hero has left, defeating the monsters inside (or dying ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) and gaining a success card upon your victory. First person to 2 successes wins.
Splendor by Asmodee
This is one of those games that looks like it’s educational and your 4th grade teacher is trying to trick you into learning something about history. But not so! Much like Settlers of Catan, it’s much more entertaining than it looks.
This is a card game where you trade jewels and build up your wealth in order to buy the favor of the nobles at the top of the “board.” It’s a poker type game that can get a bit competitive and you sometimes have to be quick in changing your strategy should someone buy the mine or property you had your eye on. Overall a quick game to understand and play and one that was often a staple during game nights in the before times.
SO there you have it. No reason to neglect game night because we are alone. You are already in the best company, so why not enjoy it! Let me know what your think, do you have other suggestions? Do you play games alone (no shame in it)? I’m always open to finding something new.
Until next time, stay safe and healthy!