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I love board game nights with my friends. We’ve made so many memories and we’ve learned so much about each other just by how a person plays! If you’re looking for some unique board games to play with your friends, here is my list of my favorite board games to play with my college friends!
This game is one of my favorites to play with my roommates and their friends! We’d stay up for hours playing this game because it’s so addicting! Basically, everyone gets a card with a number on it that pertains only to them, as well as numbered cards for every other play. For example, I get a card with the number 1 on it,
Overview: Basically, everyone gets a card with a number on it that pertains only to them, as well as numbered cards for every other play. For example, I get a card with the number 1 on it, person next to me gets card 2, person next to them gets card 3 and so on. Each turn, players rotate picking cards from the voting pile. The card may read something like this:
“Who is most likely to become the next president of the United States?”
If it’s my turn, I place the card in the middle and all players secretly vote on a player in the game who they think that card pertains to. The person who wins the most voting cards at the end of the game wins!
This is definitely one of my favorite games to play because you get to learn so much about the people you’re playing with in a silly way!
Four Players Minimum for Maximum Fun
Who knew a game about planting beans would be so incredibly competitive and fun? This game dates all the way back to the early high school days for me. I was introduced to it my sophomore year of high school and thought, “wow, this is stupid”. Four years later it’s practically my favorite game.
Overview: The object of this card game is to collect and trade bean cards between all players. Players have the opportunity to draw two cards per turn, they can either plant these bean cards or choose to trade them with other players.
When I played with my friends, “bean cartels” would form, aka, everyone gangs up on one player and makes sure they don’t win and that no one trades with them. Aka 99% of the time, that player was me. I still had such a fun time playing this game and I’ve made so many memories from it. If you love competitive card games, this one is for you guys!
This game is my group of friend’s favorite by far. Game nights would form SOLEY for the purpose of playing this game for hours on end.
Overview: This board game you actually BUILD the board so that each game is always different. There are different terrain pieces (grassland, desert, mountains, forests, etc) that can be rearranged to make the game as easy or as challenging as you’d like. After the game board is assembled, number coins are also randomly placed on the board. These numbers represent what dice roll is needed to obtain resources associated with your terrain pieces. These resources can help you build roads, houses, and purchase development cards!
Players take turn rolling the dice building roads and houses to get them to ten points. Players may also choose to purchase development cards to help them achieve 10 Points quicker!
Although this game sounds difficult to play, it’s really quite simple after you see the whole set up of everything. Although this game is quite difficult to win (I’ve actually never won a game, I guess I play with too many expert players) it’s still super fun to see everyone strategize and betray each other!
Two Players Minimum For Maximum Fun
This is absolutely the coolest board game I’ve ever played. And the cool thing is, the less players you have, the easier it is for the group to win! Yep, that’s right, this board game is a group effort, meaning you’re playing against a clock, not each other. And the coolest factor? You play with an interactive DVD. Maybe I’m old school, but I love DVD board games, and the fact that you interact with the game on a TV is pretty sweet.
The best way to play this game is to set up a perfect scary setting. Dim the lights, light a few candles, maybe play some ominous music in the background? Trust me, it changes the entire game.
Overview: Players write down their “greatest fear” on a slip of paper and place it into the Well Of Fears in the middle of the table. The object of the game is to collect six colored keys around the board while working against the clock (you have 49 minutes to beat the game) and the time delaying tactics of the gatekeeper (the creepy guy on the DVD telling you what to do). Players win the game once at least one player collects all six keys, reaches the center of the board, and is able to pull out their fear from the middle of the well.
During gameplay, the “Gatekeeper” (again, creepy guy on the DVD), will randomly appear on the screen. When he does, all players must stop what they are doing and do exactly what he says. Whether it be to draw a fear card, time card, or to participate in another interesting task. Players may only resume gameplay once the Gatekeeper disappears from the screen.
This game is extremely challenging, for I’ve only won it once with a few friends, but it is by FAR my favorite game of all time. If you love horror games with a twist, this game is for you!
Three Players Minimum For Maximum Fun
This is another team board game where everyone has to work together to beat the game. Pandemic is one of the more complicated board games if you’ve never played before can easily be learned by reading the instructions a few times. It’s definitely a game that makes you think because of how strategy based it is. I remember playing this game five times in a row because we were so desperate to try and beat it because it is difficult!
Overview: Each player gets a character card with a specific ability that can assist you in stopping the “pandemic”. The goal is to find the cure for four diseases in the game before too many outbreaks occur. The board layout shows a global map of the world with major cities. Each turn a player draws three cards and places disease cubes in those cities. If a city contains more than three disease cubes, an outbreak occurs, causing all adjacent cities to receive a cube and so forth.
Players have four actions each turn. During which they can move to different cities, cure and remove diseases, pass a matching card to another player, place research stations, etc.
Players lose the game if too many outbreaks occur or they run out of certain colors of disease cubes. Players win by curing all diseases and stopping outbreaks before they occur.
This game is for sure one of the most difficult to play, but the more players you have, the easier it will be to win because of character ability cards.
Four Players Minimum For Maximum Fun
What college game night isn’t complete without Cards Against Humanity? One of my college roommates had every expansion pack for the game and it made playing insanely fun! This game is wildly inappropriate so make sure the people you’re playing with know what they’re getting themselves into.
Overview: There are two different types of cards, white cards, and black cards. Each player should receive seven white cards and re-draw after each turn to always make sure they have seven cards. When it is a player’s turn they will draw a black card with a fill in the blank option. Every player but the one who drew the black card will submit cards anonymously. After looking over all the options, the player whose turn it is will vote on their favorite combination of cards. Whoever wins gets the black card. Whoever has the most black cards at the end of the game, wins!
If you have the money to invest, be sure to pick up the expansion packs. They have cool graphics, colors, and just hilarious phrases on them.
And so many more! This deck of cards I absolutely love because they’re rainbow colored! Who doesn’t want to play with colorful playing cards!
I love board game nights with my friends. We’ve made so many memories and we’ve learned so much about each other just by how a person plays a simple board game!
What are your favorite board games to play with your friends? Leave a comment below!