What are your "Must-Have" board games for your family?
These are the games that you'll run back into your burning house to rescue. Or if the fire marshall stops you, they are the first games that you purchase back even before you collect the insurance money.
We wrote about our Top 10 on our website:
Here they are:
1. Ticket to Ride
3. Settlers of Catan
5. Pandemic or Forbidden Island
9. Chutes and Ladders
10. Boggle or Word on the Street
What are yours?
Mine would be:
Chicken Cha Cha Cha
Ticket to ride
for my house, games have to play well with two.
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Our MUST HAVE List is:
Monopoly Deal Card Game
Lord of the Rings
Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot
Ticket to Ride
Forbidden Island ...we started playing some of the island configuration variants shared on BGG
Killer Bunnies ...we add a Booster to the collection/game on special occasions
Catan ...we usually play this with Cities & Knights
Apples to Apples Junior ...just got the Family version
"Family Games?" Mine would have to be:
I know I know, that's eleven. But I'm sure it would be just these games...
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For me, the family games would have to be:
Settlers of Catan
Of course, the above would be chosen based primarily on what I think everybody else in the family would like to play. If we were going to base this on my personal preferences, the list would be somewhat different:
O Zoo Le Mio
Mystery of the Abbey
Shadows Over Camelot
Take it Easy
Hey, That's my Fish
Wings of War
Chain Reaction 3
Menin Gate at Midnight, Will Longstaff, 1927.
"At the landing, and here ever since" - Anzac Book, p. 35.
If you have a family of 4, you MUST have Loopin' Louie. It's fun for all ages. We regularly play it with 4 adults and it's the favourite of many friends.
Another good one (with families of up to 8) is PitchCar.
Standard 'gateway' games that have fallen flat with my family include "Ticket to Ride" and "Carcassonne."
But ones that have gone over well (i.e., play on their own without me, request, or will agree to playing just about any time) include:
The "10 Day..." series (in our house: USA, Europe and Asia)
Some of the games that have worked for a family of four over the last several years (kids are now 8 and 11):
Micro Mutants: Evolution
Games that are favorites of one kid but not the other:
Carc and Incan Gold (8yo boy loves these)
Ticket to Ride and Apples-to-Apples (11yo girl loves these)
A family game we have enjoyed that is not mentioned with particular frequency on the Geek and recommended if your collection is wanting in the "tangram" genre:
El Grande. It is a family heirloom.
Games the whole family would want to rescue would be the following 3:
The Downfall of Pompeii
Pyramid (Fluch der Mummie)
Ticket to Ride
A La Carte
Hmm. For Family Games, I would select these:
Elfenland (edit: or, maybe Zooloretto instead)
Geister & Gespenster
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Family of 4, 5 with son in law, so:
Crokinole - 4 player
Pitchcar - more than 4
Survive - 4 player
Leaping Lemmings - more than 4
Thurn and Taxis - 4 player
Nexus Ops - 4 player
Guillotine - more than 4
Acquire - more than 4
Stock Car Championship Racing Card Game - more than 4
Big Boggle - more than 4
We usually only have 3 or 4 playing at a time, sometimes 5.
These will hit the table over the holidays along with some 2 player wargames, and hopefully at least 1 game of Fortress America.
My four y.o. boy and six y.o. boy are my usual family-gaming companions, and for them the must-haves would be:
War & Sheep!
Talisman (2nd Ed)
Roll Through the Ages
Of course, for my wife the list would be quite different:
Catan Card Game
Somehow, my wife isn't as entranced by ameritrashy orc killing as the kids are...
The one definite is likely History of the World, but the others likely include
Catan Card Game
Monty Python Fluxx
Ingenious: Travel Edition
Race for the Galaxy
among others, such as Twenty-Two, a simplified climbing game played with a normal deck.
The big hits in our family are:
Frank's Zoo (the all-time favorite; we're on our second deck--the first one got too worn out from overuse!)
Duck, Duck, Bruce
The aMAZEing Labyrinth
An honorable mention (it's not my wife's cup of tea, but my kids and I enjoy it): Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
By the way, I started a recommendations thread on games for large mixed-ages groups (9 players or more). If you ever play games at family-get-togethers, you might be interested in it:
+1. I got it recently (this Christmas) - its awesome! Check my stats for number of times played since Christmas ... Yes, I know, it only takes 5 minutes to play!
Another fun thing is that my geeky friends also loves this one as a fun filler!
Definitely go back and get these three:
Ticket to Ride
And most certainly let these three burn: