Favourite Games

28 Feb



The nights are still dark and the purse is still bare. What are we going to do to fill our evenings I hear you cry? Well, playing a board game is always a good option. It’s entertaining and you get to spend quality time with your friends and family too. Okay, so the initial outlay is often significant (the average board game costs £15-£30) but if you treat them with care they can last you a life time.


So, without further ado, here are my 5 favourite board games in no particular order…


Age of Empires


(Tropical Games)

2-5 Players



The basic idea:

Players must earn victory points by colonising the new world, building up trade and making discoveries.


Why is this a good game?

This is a fairly complex game, but can be played by 2 players with is good for us. It’s a bit like Risk but is more fun as you can trade goods and discover new continents – not just fight wars. You don’t have any idea who will win right until the end either, so it keeps the suspense going.



img_9090(Klaus-Jurgen Wrede) 2 – 5 Players


The basic idea:

Player place land tiles turn by turn. As they do so the roads, cities, fields and cloisters emerge and grow. On these players can deploy their ‘followers’ and earn points. The player with the most points when all tiles have been used is the winner.


Why is this a good game?

This is also a game that can be played with two players. It’s very simple and so can be played quickly and with almost any age group. However, if you add any of the extension packs on game-play is made more complicated and challenging.


Absolute Balderdash

img_9101(Our friend thought it was called Bladderdash for ages – so now we call it the game of incontinence!)

(Drumond Park) 2 – 8 Players


The basic idea:

Each go one person reads out a question from one of 5 categories…

a)     What is the meaning of this word?

b)     What is this person known for?

c)      What do these initials stand for?

d)     What is the plot of this movie?

e)     Complete this law…


Each player then writes down a made up answer for the question. Then they are all read out along with the real answer. Points are awarded if you guess the correct answer, and if people guess your made-up answer as the right answer.


Why is this a good game?

You can always guarantee you will be laughing all the way through this game. It’s so simple, but the answers people give are hilarious!


Settlers of Catan

img_9100(Mayfair Games) 3-4 Players


The basic idea:

You and your fellow player must colonise the island of Catan which is made up of resources of wood, wool, stone, brick and corn. You collect resources depending on where you build your settlements and rolls of the dice, and use them to build more settlements, cities and roads in order to gain points. The first person to ten points wins.


Why is this a good game?

This is a real tactical thinking game…the problem is, if everyone has got the same tactics things get heated, and more fun!



taboo(Hasbro) 4 or more players


The basic idea:

You must get your team to guess as many of the words you describe from the game cards as possible within the time limit. However there are certain ‘taboo’ words which you must not say, and you will be penalised if you do.


Why is this a good game?

I have so many good memories of hysterical laughter while playing this game, I love it!


10 Responses to “Favourite Games”

  1. Thomas February 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    I think Balderdash is my favourite game of those, but I enjoyed the Settlers of Catan. But I think my favourite board game has to be Cluedo.

  2. Linda March 1, 2009 at 10:16 am #

    This is a Scrabble household!

  3. Keith March 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    Have you tried the Settlers of Catan card game? It is only designed for 2 and we really enjoy it.

  4. psa37 March 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    No we haven’t – Maybe a present idea for Josh’s birthday?!?! (incase you’ve forgotten it’s on the 18th!)

  5. Amber March 5, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    We love board games too!! Settlers of Catan is *great* and I second the Scrabble vote as well. Have you ever heard of Apples to Apples? It’s my all time favorite and a great party game! Check it out here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apples_to_Apples

  6. psa37 March 5, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Thanks for that Amber, I hadn’t heard of it before. Sounds fun!

  7. Lori March 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    I second Amber’s comment–Apples to Apples is a great party game! We are big boardgame players and my husband and I highly suggest Catchphrase–it is our favorite party game.

    Other favorites of ours include Fluxx (comes in several variations including the Monty Python version,) Zombies, Sequence, Ticket to Ride and Bohnanza. I don’t know how available any of these games are in your neck of the woods, but here in the US they tend to show up in game and comic shops.

  8. psa37 March 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    I played ticket to ride for the first time last night – it was fab! Definitely one for the birthdat list!
    I’ve never heard of the others, but will look them up!

  9. farfa11e March 23, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Hiya! I’ve been reading your blog for a while (since I found out I was moving to Aber last spring!) but have never posted a comment. My husband and I love playing games as well and enjoy the ones you’ve mentioned. We found a way to play Settlers with just 2 players which is fun. Another one that we like and Lori has recommended already is Bohnanza. It seems crazy to think that a game about bean farming could be so much fun, but it is!

    Would you mind if we put a link to your blog from ours? We’re at http://www.mycraidd.com

  10. psa37 March 23, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    No not at all, link away!

    Thanks for commenting, always good to hear from other Aber people!

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