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This week is a freebie and, until yesterday, I had no idea what topic to choose for this post. All I had in mind was that it should somehow relate to summer and the summer holidays. And then it hit me! I do a lot of reading in the summer, naturally, but I have another hobby that my whole family joins in with. Board games! So, I figured I’d introduce you to ten of my favourite board games which are perfect for the summer holidays.
Top Ten Summer Board Games
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a caveman? Well, here’s the game for you! This is basically a game where you make caveman noises, and you try to remember the caveman noises other people have made. That description makes it sound a bit pathetic, I’ll admit, but trust me, this game is hilarious. It generally ends with everyone collapsed on the floor giggling.
Essentially: do the action that corresponds to the shape before anyone else does the action. Again, it sounds simple, but when there are ten of you sitting around 8 combinations of shapes/actions, it’s really hard to win. And there will always be that one person who just keeps getting wrong, which is just funny.
Dobble tends to be the first choice for games in any of my friendship groups. The best way to describe it is probably as “complicated snap”. You get cards which have eight pictures on, and each card has one picture in common with every other card in the deck. You just have to find the pair!
In Mascarade, everybody gets a character that they look at once at the very beginning of the game, and then never look at again. So as long as you can remember which character you are, you should be fine. But then everybody starts swapping characters under the table so you don’t actually know if they’ve swapped. And then everyone starts claiming that they’re the king, even though you’re confident that they’re not, and so everyone just gets very confused. But hey, it’s a lot of fun!
YOU GET TO BUILD SPACESHIPS!! OUT OF SEWER PARTS!! And then you fly your beautiful spaceships through space and watch them get destroyed by meteors and pirates and cannon fire and more meteors, while hopelessly trying to pick up (and hold on to) some cargo. This is the perfect family game – it’s all about laughing at other people while desperately hoping that your spaceship will survive it’s journey through space.
One player picks up a character e.g. teacher, caveman, rapper, cheerleader etc. Everybody else looks at the cards in their hand, each of which has a word on it e.g. rope, music, underwear, powder etc. Then each player combines two words to create a product to sell to the chosen character, and comes up with convincing reasons why their “candy pocket” is so much more useful than somebody else’s “future tie”. Yeah, just go and play it, and then you’ll understand.
This one is snap with animal noises. There’s nothing else to say. It comes with cute little animal figures and little barns for the animals to live in. It’s adorable.
Dixit is a hard game to explain. It comes with lots of strange, fancy art which you have to describe with a word without being too vague or too specific. Then everybody else will try to pick out your card from a selection on the table. Oh, and for some reason each player is represented by a different coloured rabbit? I don’t know, I don’t think this one can be explained. It’s definitely worth playing though.
You and your friends are the only protectors of the castle, which is currently being attacked by a horde of goblins, trolls and orcs, along with other terrifying beasts such as dragons and hydras. Your task: defeat the monsters before they destroy your six castle towers. (And if you enjoy this, I highly recommend the expansion packs).
Again, this is another “complicated snap”. (Clearly, it’s the perfect summer group game). This one involves cards which feature both a symbol and a category. If your symbol snaps with anybody else’s, you have to shout out something from the category on the other player’s card before they can shout out something from your category. Confused yet? This one definitely takes a lot more brainpower than some of the others on the list – it’s really strange how being put on the spot makes you forget the names of every chocolate bar ever.
So, are you fancying any of these? Do any of my descriptions even make sense? Have you played any? Do you have any board game recommendations for me? Do you play board games often?