Favorite Board Game? *christmas ideas!*

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Post # 2
4245 posts
Honey bee

We love board games. I especially like co-operative games- so you play the game and work together to accomplish a goal, rather than play “against” each other, if that makes sense.

Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert are two that we have that we really enjoy, they are fairly simple (Forbidden Island is a little easier to learn, though) and fun. Pandemic is fun too. You can play these games with two people, or in larger groups.

For non-cooperative games, there’s this game called Dixit that is kind of weird but also really entertaining. It involves cards with crazy pictures that you need to make captions for. This is more for 2+ people but a good party game!

We also have this card game called Exploding Kittens, it’s super quick and super easy to learn if you want to whip out something fast- again, can play with 2 people but it’s better with more. 


Post # 3
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Hmmm, Fiance and I are decently big board game people but all of ours are party games that we play with friends.
One that would be fun as a couple is the “Escape the room” board games where you two can work together to escape before an hour is up.

Post # 4
2217 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

yorp127 :  Some friends of mine brought this game with them once when we were having dinner together. It was SUPER fun and absolutely beautiful to look at. 


It’s sort of a modern-day stylized version of Clue, but with some different elements. I loved it.

Also, I know it isn’t a board game, per se, but my go to is a card game called Set


It’s all about pattern recognition and is deceptively simple. You are trying to spot a “set” of cards based on 4 characteristics each card has” color, number, shape, and pattern. It’s one of those games anyone can play from 8 to 80. It’s always a hit when I bring it out at parties.


Finally, my daughter and I like to set up a jigsaw puzzle during the holiday season. We try to pick a 500 piece that doesn’t look crazy hard. Something challenging enough to take a couple of evenings’ worth of effort. We have one going right now on the dining room table. People who come over will often stroll in and work on it for a little while too. It’s a surprisingly inclusive activity, assuming you have space you can dedicate to it.



Post # 5
422 posts
Helper bee

I just bought the original exploding kittens and the NSFW one as well, hopefully its fun!

Post # 6
5113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Commenting to follow!

I love board games, but we pretty much stick to the old standards and just play monopoly until someone gets pissed and storms off. 

I just read the description for Exploding Kittens NSFW edition… “card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and boob wizards and sometimes butts”. Sounds awesome, haha!


ETA: Yep, just ordered the Exploding Kittens NSFW. 

Post # 7
1415 posts
Bumble bee

We really like Red Dragon Inn

Post # 8
1524 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Have to second Mysterium (it’s by the same people as Dixit). I think you need more than 2 players though! It’s super fun with a crowd. And forbidden desert as cooperative is great!


Not cooperative, but we really enjoy Viticulture. We will drink wine and play 😂. Not a board game, but we love fluxx. We can sit there for hours and play together. Also not a board game, or for two but – we love Saboteur. Definitely not cooperative, but a blast with the right crowd!

Post # 9
5916 posts
Bee Keeper

SithLady :  “we pretty much stick to the old standards and just play monopoly until someone gets pissed and storms off. ”   

lol this is our fam with Risk. 

I love board games but pretty much stick to the standards – Scrabble, Boggle, Risk, Clue etc. 

Commenting to follow- maybe I can expand my horizons and get some gift ideas. 

Post # 10
4509 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our favorites of Settlers of Catan (not really new, but not old-school either), Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic. Linkee can be fun, too. These are all better with goups, though. 

If you like Cards Against Humanity, we have similar games called That’s What She Said and the Urban Dictionary games that are hilarious with the right crowd.

For two people, we tend to stick to the standards – Scrabble, Boggle, Scattegories, Phase 10 etc., with the occasional jigsaw puzzle thrown in.

Post # 11
1897 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

yorp127 :  Settlers of Catan hands down! We also liked Forbidden Island!

Post # 12
2460 posts
Buzzing bee

We enjoy bucket of doom. It’s pretty fun for the right crowd, works best with more people. It’s pretty similar to Cards against humanity, where one person picks a card and the rest of the group puts a card down then the one player picks who wins, but it’s different. A card will talk you a situation. Like handcuffed underwater and you have to pick a card in your hand to describe how you would survive the situation based on the item you pulled. It’s pretty comical. Like my answer could be puffer fish and I would use him to breath underwater until I could escape my handcuffs. Etc. The answer normally make no sense but it is really fun. 

We also play dark cranium alot with his family because it is hilarious. . Watching his parents do some of the stuff… Cracks me up… It is a pretty fun game, pretty appropriate, but hilarious. 

Post # 13
9098 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We have an entire shelf of things to suggest, haha.

Our favorites are:

Zombicide (Black Plague included, but the original three sets are great),
Exploding (and imploding) kittens (more a card game)
Once Upon a Time (Card game, great with friends.)
Bears vs Babies (card game)
Shadow Hunters
Joking Hazard (card game)
Munchkin (ruthless game)
Cards against Humanity (card game)

We have so many, these are the ones we play the most often. IMO I’d go for a big game like Zombicide because it has so much replayability.

Post # 14
1631 posts
Bumble bee

Pandemic is the best co-op I’ve played hands down.

Otherwise, Castles of Mad King Ludwig is fun. Intensive strategy and cute theme (you build a castle!) And it’s 2+

If he likes more military strategy games, twilight struggle is a fun 2 player game. 

Post # 15
684 posts
Busy bee

Walking Dead Risk, Gloom, Literati, and Bezzerwizzer.

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