During the holidays and the winter months, we often find ourselves indoors with family and friends. As gamers, we usually don’t consider ourselves “stuck” when we’re inside, but sometimes it can be difficult to get everyone to agree on what to play. And then it can be even more difficult for everyone to remain friendly after a highly competitive board gaming session. By the third stolen train route, everyone wants to just go sulk in a corner.
For that reason, we have compiled a selection of table top games to play with your family and friends that will bring them together instead of driving them apart. Many of them are cooperative, and all of them have qualities that will appeal to people who play different kinds of games (because your family is not necessarily part of your weekly play group). These can help keep everyone happy around the holiday table.
If you find yourself trying to get casual board gamers and hardcore wargamers to play together, Sentinel Tactics may be the answer. Easy enough for casual gamers but flexible enough for more tactical thinkers, Sentinel Tactics is a superhero combat game by the makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse (and set in the same world). Its primary play mode is asynchronous, pitting one player (as the villain) against all the rest. So if you have a wargamer who is particularly interested in the tactical side, make that person play Baron Blade.
Great list! Thanks!
I agree with this list. We’ve loved playing Pandemic legacy around the holidays!
Love the list
Zombicide 2nd edition ????
Mysterium is a great game.
Need to add heroquest!
Mysterium definitely brings a sense of togetherness. Codenames a bit more divisiveness. Haven’t had a chance to play the others yet!
I’ve just played codenames and it’s overly funny. You should help your secret agent to learn wich codename should be use, but you need to be careful or he will pick your opponents’ codenames.
We so much love Escape the dice rolling fury!
Good article. For my family we like to play Gingerbread House this time of the year.
Thanks for the suggestions. My X-mas plans are shot, so I’ll be playing games with friends!
Codenames is hysterical with my family! I haven’t tried the others yet.
We tend to like the lighter, faster games at holiday get togethers. It’s already loud, tons of activity, so we like the large group party games. Codenames, just one, fake artist goes to New York. If we play something that is not a party game, it has to play 4+ players, so Azul, Sagrada, Cascadia are great options.
Betrayal at House on the hill fits in this list too, at least sometimes.
Sometimes you get to play all against the game, sometimes one player and the game against the others, but it’s just a little bit competitive, so for me it’s a great addition here.