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5 Board Games That Are Fun For The Whole Friend Group

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5 Board Games That Are Fun For The Whole Friend Group

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There is nothing like a good physical board game to bring you and your friends together (and occasionally lead to some friendly disputes). Board games are a staple at gatherings, with someone inevitably pulling one out to kick off the fun. They can be entertaining, hilarious, exciting, competitive, and fulfilling all at once, and are certainly a treat to enjoy with friends.

Planning an upcoming get-together with friends and unsure what to do? Check out these six board games (though some are technically card games) that are sure to add excitement to your day. If you don’t own these games, your nearest board game cafe is likely to have them in stock. This list includes some familiar favorites as well as a few lesser-known options for groups looking for something different.

1. UNO

UNO Reverse, +4, and Block. The memories will flood back faster than your friends can say “UNO!” The blue, green, red, and yellow cards, along with various power-ups, have sparked countless moments of wonder (and arguments) among friends for a long time. It’s no wonder this is often the first game friends suggest. Never played it with your friends? It’s time to head to your nearest board game cafe and stir up some chaos.

2. Cards of Humanity

This is another classic that many friend groups are familiar with. Pick a prompt and the best card wins. Naturally, you and your friends will think of the dirtiest or most inappropriate phrases to match the prompt. The rules are simple yet incredibly effective at eliciting fun for the entire group. Just make sure no one gets too offended by the end of it.

3. Jenga

The final member of the classic trio, everyone has likely played Jenga by now. Remove a piece from the tower and place it on top without causing it to fall. The best part of the game is the anxiety you feel on your turn and the sneaky tactics to make the tower fall on your friend’s turn. Sportsmanship goes out the window as you blame nonexistent wind for the collapse.

4. Guess Who?

This may not be the first game that comes to mind when thinking of board games, but it’s still a lot of fun. You play by eliminating certain facial features to guess the person your opponent has picked. For added complexity, you and your friends can forego the distinct features and use “vibes” to figure out the person. After all, asking if the person has “never had a girlfriend” or “listens to Taylor Swift” is more interesting than asking if they wear glasses.

5. Exploding Kittens

Unlike the previous games, this one is relatively new but has gained considerable popularity. Players try to avoid drawing the “Exploding Kitten” card from the pile while using various cards to deflect or redirect the threat. The concept of “exploding kittens” is quite unorthodox, and despite a bit of a learning curve, the thrill of playing this wacky game is more than worth it.

6. Coup

Want a twist on the classic hidden role game like Among Us? Coup gives you two hidden roles with different actions to advance the game. Players take turns trying not to lose their two cards while performing various actions until only one player remains. The fun lies in guessing which cards your friends have and ensuring your cards aren’t immediately discovered or eliminated. It has a bit of complexity with the rules, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll question your friends’ bluffing skills even after the game is over.

There you have it, six exciting board games that are sure to elevate your next gathering with friends. Whether you’re looking for classic fun, strategic challenges, or hilarious chaos, these games have something for everyone. So grab a game, gather your friends, and get ready for an unforgettable time filled with laughter and friendly competition. Happy gaming!

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