Get Your Game Face On

3 Apr

One of my favourite hobbies is playing games with my friends. This has always been one of our favourite things to do as a group and this has been the case for over ten years! My parents ignited my love for boardgames from an early age.

I wanted to share with you all a few of my favourite board games and party games, in no particular order.

1. Apples to Apples

This game is fantastic because you can have between 4 and 10 players. The objective of the game is once the cards (red apples) have been dealt, a green apple is drawn. Each player must select the card from their individual hand and put it in the center of the table face down, selecting a card that they think works best with the word on the green apple card. Each round has a judge, so choosing the card is also determined based on who the judge is. If the judge selects your card, you win that round. The role of judge alternates every round and it adds a fun dynamic to the game because some rounds get more heated than others.

The other great part about this game is that every time you play it is a completely different experience. Whether it is because of the people you are playing with, or the cards you are dealt. This is a must play game if you’re looking for a fun couple hours.

2. Taboo

Taboo is one of my favourite games. I have played it with my friends, family and even my students! Warning to teachers playing Taboo in class, skim through the cards because hearing a grade 12 boy describe lingerie to his team is slightly uncomfortable.

The object of the game is to describe the word at the top of the card, without using any of the 5 words listed underneath the word. Here’s an example:

If you accidentally say one of the forbidden words, a member from the opposing team will buzz you with the obnoxious sounding buzzer provided. Each team will try and go through as many cards as possible within the time limit. This game is always fun when playing with close friends/family because you can often use inside jokes or say things that will be a direct hint for what the desired word is. Taboo is a fun, lighthearted game that always has the players laughing as each round goes by.

3. Cranium

The beauty of Cranium is that this game is fun for everyone. Like a traditional board game, the objective of the game is to move your player piece around the board and reach the center of the board first. The great part about Cranium is how you arrive to this point. There are four different options in Cranium: Creative Cat, Star Performer, Word Worm and Data Head. Each turn is unpredictable because you can go from answering a trivia question, to humming the tune of a song, to sculpting an object, to unscrambling a word. This game gives everyone an opportunity to shine, whether you’re a right brain or a left brain.

4. Settlers of Catan

It’s true what they say, don’t judge a book (or a game in this case) by its cover! My good friends, Amy and Ross, are wonderful hosts for many of our frequent game nights. It was at their house that I was introduced to The Settlers of Catan, or Catan for short. This game did not sound appealing to me originally and I regret doubting this game because it is truly amazing.

The objective of this game is strategy based, which makes for a great competition.   Players must expand their colonies by building roads, settlements, and villages by harvesting commodities. The Settlers of Catan website explains in more detail: Trade sheep, lumber, bricks and grain for a settlement, bricks and wood for a road, or try to complete other combinations for more advanced buildings, services and specials.

Trade with other players, or at local seaports to get resources you might lack. The first player to achieve 10 points from a combination of roads, settlements, and special cards wins.

If the opportunity ever arises, do not pass up the chance to play Catan. The game could last up to several hours but the fight to the end is always a lot of fun.

5. Trivial Pursuit

Of course, everyone knows about Trivial Pursuit. Trivial Pursuit is an obvious classic. The objective of the game, for those of you who are unfamiliar (if there are any of you), is to move around the board and answer questions correctly. You receive a wedge for answering a question correctly. There are 6 categories so you want to get a wedge from each category, answering a question correctly for each of the categories, and get to the end of the game first.  Whether you win or lose, you always leave with a little bit of useless trivia at the end of a game of Trivial Pursuit.

If you have any favourite games that you want to share, please do!

Until next time,



4 Responses to “Get Your Game Face On”

  1. Lara April 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    You left out Malarky, “so basically” ” Essentially, how it goes” ” Insofar as I’m telling the truth”…xx

    • merzybean April 14, 2012 at 12:10 am #

      Malarky is a classic and I definitely thought about adding it in! It’s always in my heart though. xoxo

    • 2busybrunettes April 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

      We both love Settlers of Catan! And it is SO true about judging it by its box! I didn’t want to play it for so long because it didn’t look appealing to me, but never again! Settlers is the best! -Leslie

      • merzybean April 20, 2012 at 1:10 am #

        It truly is the best! I love that every time you play the game is completely different. It’s always a lot of fun! Thanks for the reply, love reading your blog and am pleased you stumbled over to mine! Take care.

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