Daddy’s Top Board and Party games
If you know this Daddy, you’ll know he thinks most social situations need snacks, a flow of good beers (gin or wine also suit) and a plethora of good board or party games to play. So Here are my seven, top board and party games in no particular order.
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P for Pizza – Big Potato Games
P for Pizza, whose box isn’t edible like the photo suggests, is a super simple party game for 2 – 4 players. Being suitable for two players, it was the perfect lockdown companion for evenings when we officially ‘ran out of Netflix‘.
The rules could not be simpler. Match a category with a corresponding letter and shout out an appropriate answer before your teammates. Quickest correct answer wins a slice to build their own pizza pyramid. As the pyramid gets taller, the choice of categories lessens, increasing the difficulty towards the win.
P for Pizza is on the list for is simplicity to explain and get into and how everyone asks for another game.
- Age 8+
- 🕑 20 min
- 👤 2 – 4
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Game of Thrones Board Game
The GOT board game is a fantastic board game I haven’t had the pleasure of playing since University, yet it still makes the top list because of some very fond memories.
Imagine a Risk style board game, but set in Westeros. You compete as one of the six great houses aiming for domination of Westeros to claim the Iron Throne.
In each battle the tides can be turned by using characters alongside dice roles and players should always be aware of the risk of the Wildlings attacking from north of the wall! So in essence, its Risk, but with many, many more layers of complexity.
At 2+ hours gameplay (though it took us 6 hours the first play), this certainly isn’t one for a quick evening game and you’ll need a team as it requires 3 to 6 players.
Game of Thrones board game is on the list as it is totally immersive, bringing you into the battle and the feel of fighting for the iron throne.
- Age 14+
- 🕑 2 h +
- 👤 3 – 6
Carcarsonne was another lockdown favourite, as not only a physical board game, but also digitised on the site Board Game Arena; a online board game website with a plethora of games to play.
Take turns placing tiles to build cities, monasteries and roads to link them together. Score points by placing a ‘meeple’ on the feature and completing it, or setting them in a field to be scored at game end. Use the large meeple (which counts as two) to compete for ownership and steal points from other players.
Carcarsonne is on my list and I have been so addicted since playing it for the first time. Simple as that.
- Age 7+
- 🕑 35 min
- 👤 2 – 5
Sushi Go – Gamewright
Sushi Go is a deluxe, 2 – 8 player 20 minute sushi feast game!
A game of Sushi Go last three rounds. In each round, each player is dealt a hand of cards. Simultaneously, each player chooses 1 card to play and places it face down. When all players have chosen the cards are turned and each player passes their hand to the left.
Sushi Go basic game set up (left) and hand during gameplay (right)
The round ends when all the cards have been placed, and then cards are scored depending on the type of sushi. For example, Nigiri are scored individually for 1, 2 or 3 points, however you need a group of three Sashimi to score 10 points. If pudding is collected, these are scored at the end of the three rounds. The player with the highest points wins.
Its on the top games list as its so accessible to all and enjoyed by most.
- Age 8+
- 🕑 20 min
- 👤 2 – 8
Linkee – Linkee Ltd
Linkee is a fun team game which works best with three of more teams of two or more players. A question master reads four questions one by one, then a clue if required, out loud to the teams. The first team to shout ‘Linkee!’ and guess the link wins the card. Each card has a letter on the other side, and the first team to spell ‘Linkee’ wins.
Linkee example card (left) and winning collection (right)
There’s two extra little rules to use when you collect spare cards you don’t need. You can ‘buy’ a letter from the bank in exchange for three cards, or delete one from another team at a cost of two cards.
Linkee is a favourite as its simple but highly competitive, getting everyone poised to shout ‘Linkee!’
- Age 12+
- 🕑 30 min – 1 h
- 👤 2 – 30
Munchkin – Steve Jackson Games
Munchkin is another game with a lot of rules. In simple terms, its a 3 – 6 player game which can last anything from 40 minutes to several hours.
Munchkin Zombie starting set up (left) and example monster (right)
The object of the game is to get to level 10. This can be done using special cards, but, most importantly, defeating monsters. As you play, you get the opportunity to level up your character as you go, adding items to power up your Munchkin.
At any time, you can attack other players with cards too, making it a constant game of battle to reach level 10 and win. Like I said though, that’s it in very basic terms, there’s quite a few more rules!
Munchkin comes in a variety of themes. Each can be played individually or merged together. So Munchkin Zombies could become Munchkin Zombie Superheroes by combining two decks.
Munchkin made the list as its always in my bag for a games night. It’s geeky whilst enjoyable.
- Age 10+
- 🕑 40 min – 2 h
- 👤 3 – 6
Don’t Get Got – Big Potato Board Games
Don’t Get Got is the ultimate party game as it can be played simultaneously with other games, alongside a meal or, to be honest, any get together.
Don’t get got example wallet mid game (left) and game contents (right)
Each player gets a mission wallet with 6 tasks. The first is simply a ‘Guess what?’ which you succeed if someone replies with ‘What?’. This one can be attempted multiple times.
Then there’s 5 more secret tasks such as ‘Hide this card on a player without them noticing’ or ‘stick this card under a table and get a player to notice it’. These can only be attempted once, as if you are caught, you fail the task, so choose your opportunity wisely!
The first to pass three tasks wins.
Don’t get got is on the list as its one of a kind. I’ve never seen anything like it in that it can go alongside any social gathering.
- Age 14+
- 🕑 As long as it takes
- 👤 2 – 8
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So that was Daddy’s top board and party games. What’s your board/party game of choice?
Thanks for reading,
Daddy and Munchkin