One of my favorite things to do with friends has always been to play board games (Pro tip: make sure to check things like this with your potential roommates – when I was looking for roommates one of my first questions was always if they enjoyed board games, which led me to live with five other competitive board game loving girls). Over the last month in our apartment, we have played many games and come up with a few favorites that we play all the time.
Below are some of our favorite games that I highly suggest you try out. Feel free to leave a comment about some of your favorite games!
Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan is my favorite game, and it has quickly become a popular game for the whole apartment as well. The perfect blend between strategy and luck, Catan is a game that any sort of game lover would enjoy. The object of the game is simple: Get 10 victory points before anyone else does.
To get points you must collect resources, build roads, settlements, and cities, and even potentially build an army. The game can take a while (usually around an hour if you play with four people) but it is super engaging and very competitive. If you’ve never played before, I highly recommend!
The Big Deal
The Big Deal is a new addition to the list of games I love. My roommate brought this one from home and has since taught us all how to play. I would describe it as a simultaneously more complex and less complex version of the classic game Monopoly. The idea is similar, but whereas in Monopoly you want everyone else to have no money, in The Big Deal you just want to have the most.
A game of buying properties and selling them off for a profit (or not if you get unlucky), The Big Deal is an exciting game of chance and risk. With many spaces on the board asking you to gamble, you have a high chance of winning big or going bankrupt.
I have always loved word related games, so Boggle has been a favorite of mine for a while. This game is much more simple than the two above, you pretty much just look for words within the jumble of letters. After that, you cross out any words that multiple players found, and then count up the points!
It’s a fun game that can be played super quickly (it only takes three minutes + the time it takes to read out words and total up points) or can take up hours if you get super into it.