Listography: The Game

Listography is another party game that includes everyone and tests your knowledge. It works for 3-6 players and can take anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes to play. The rules are very easy to learn, it’s as easy as making lists.

The game is made up of rounds. Each round, a card is drawn, which gives the topic and the type of list to be made. Topics have a wide range of subjects to choose from, but there are only three types of lists. Either you’re trying to match with as many people as possible, match with only one other person, or match with no one. After the card is drawn and everyone sees it, a timer is started and all players make their lists. When the time runs out, players share their lists. Points are awarded for every word that qualifies and tracked on a board.

This game is another staple for family game night. It works for all ages and never grows old. The only problem I have with it is the board is too short, but that can be fixed by going through the board multiple times to win. I find it easy to play and interesting to see how your knowledge matches with others. This is a game I recommend playing and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Taboo

Taboo is a great party game to play with 4 or more people. It is very easy to pick up, perfect for a warm-up to a perfect games night. Plays usually last between 15 and 30 minutes, but can go on for however long you choose. The topics in Taboo range from a variety of words, which works for all ages.

The point of taboo is to get your teammates to say the word on your card, but the most obvious ways to describe that word are banned. One member of a team has a card with the word on the top and a list of words that cannot be used below. A timer is running while the team is guessing. As soon as the team guesses the word correctly, that card becomes a point and another card with another word on it is picked. Teams try to guess as many words correctly as possible within the time limit. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.

Taboo is one of my favourite games to play. My family plays it almost every time we get together and it never gets old. The game is very easy to set-up, so after dinner we get straight into it. No matter how many people are playing, it includes everyone. Then, after about an hour of guessing and trying to describe words, it easily gets put away for next time. Taboo is a classic party game and a must-play. I recommend playing it and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Blokus

Blokus is a very simple yet interesting game. 2-4 players face off against each other to be the last one remaining in this easy to learn game, which takes about 30 minutes.

Blokus is all about squares. The board is made up of a grid, in which players will place their own colour of tiles. Each tile has a unique shape made up of individual squares, like life-size pixels, but every player has the same set of unique tiles. The tiles of one colour can only be connected to the corner of another tile of the same colour, so players cannot put their tiles right next to their tiles that are already placed on the board, but can be placed beside other players’ tiles. The goal is to place your tiles strategically to block other players while keeping yourself safe from the other players’ advances. If a player can no longer fit any of their tiles on the board, they are eliminated. The winner is the player who has the least amount of tiles remaining.

I first played Blokus when I was about 8 years old. It was fun then and it’s fun now. This game has always been a part of family game night and, now that I’m older, it’s great to play with friends too. The simple rules but complex strategy and the pure competitiveness this game causes makes for an outstanding play. I recommend playing this games and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Ugg-Tect

Ugg-Tect is a party game where teams race to build the structure the fastest. It allows 2-8 players and is quick to catch on to the rules. It will only take a practice round to get the hang of it. Games usually take 20-30 minutes, but it can take however long you choose by picking the amount of rounds in a game. The prehistoric theme of Ugg-Tect make this game truly unique. You even get your own inflatable club to swing around.

This game puts a spin on the classic charades format. Two teams race to build a structure shown on a card. There are many cards so each play through has its own challenge. The catch? Only one player on each team, the architect, gets to look at the card, while the other members have to build the structure. To communicate what’s on the card to the builders, the architect must speak in a caveman-like language and make gestures to indicate which blocks to use and where to put them. There are translation cards to help. After the builders make a move, the architect smacks their club down either once or twice to indicate if the builders got the placement right or wrong. The first team to build the structure correctly gains a point.

This game is great to play as a warm-up for a games night. It’s quick, fun, and full of laughs. I find it’s better after you and all the other players get used to it because the translation cards become unneeded and it becomes much more of a race. I recommend playing this game and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at House on the Hill is a strategy game that works for 3-6 players. This game could be the main event to any games night, as it takes about an hour to play. The rules are a little complicated and confusing at first, but easy to catch on to while playing and, once learned, make for an enjoyable play. The horror theme and complexity make it not recommended for young children.

The gameplay for Betrayal comes in two parts. The first, all players are on the same team with a goal of exploring the house. Players take turns going into different rooms and discovering what lies inside, while building up the board with tiles representing each room. The random selection of tiles makes the board different every playthrough. Eventually, one player will trigger the second part of the game; the betrayal. A random player is selected as the traitor and a random scenario is also selected. There are 50 scenarios, each having a unique approach to the game. Some scenarios will have the players escaping the house, others will have them find something hidden inside, all while avoiding the schemes of the traitor, which are unknown to the rest of the players. The sheer number of possible outcomes for this game make it worth replaying many times.

In my own experience, I’ve played this game many times with my friends and family and I have still not played every scenario. Each time I play has had a different approach to the gameplay, but all enjoyable. This is a game I recommend playing and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

About This Blog

This blog was created with a focus on recommending board games for anyone to play. I find that most blogs on this topic are too overwhelming and I would like to read a simple review instead, so I’m creating my own. The process of my recommendations will be in three steps. First, the mechanics of the game; how long it takes to play, how many players can play, how easy it is to learn… Second, a brief summary of the gameplay. Lastly, my own personal experiences with the game. I will only recommend games that I enjoy, if I dislike any I will simply not write about it. I’m excited to get started and hope that this blog will improve over time. Thank you for checking out my blog.

Sushi Go Party!

Sushi Go Party! is a great game to play. It works for 2-8 players, which is perfect for any occasion, whether it be family game night or just a quiet night with a friend, this game will be loads of fun. Learning how to play the game is quick and easy, after a practice round or two, you’ll get the hang of it. Games go by pretty quick so you can stop playing whenever you like and its easy to fit in a game at any time. The design is cute and fun, perfect for kids and adults.

The premise of the game is simple; pass hands of cards around, picking one to keep before passing the rest to the other players, trying to get the most points for yourself while keeping your opponents from doing the same. To do this, players will have to decide which cards to collect, whether it be creating a whole set of sashimi or adding wasabi to your nigiri. At the end of the game, after a total of three rounds, players will have the desert they’ve collected throughout the game, to combine with their total points in hopes of gaining the most.

Personally, I just took this game camping with my girlfriend. It was lots of fun to play with just the two of us and easy to set up and clean up in the campground. We played for hours during our time there and never got bored. This is a game I recommend and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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