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Author Topic: My board game recommendations for family holidays  (Read 2282 times)

mouser

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My board game recommendations for family holidays
« on: December 17, 2016, 03:09 AM »
I thought I would make some recommendations for board games for family gatherings over the holidays.

Note: You can read some of my general board game mini-reviews in this thread: http://www.donationc...ndex.php?topic=23854.

These recommendations will specifically be games that I think are well suited for families with kids and adults of mixed ages.



Codenames or Codenames Pictures
A really wonderful game that can be played in teams with any number of players (best with 4-6), where a team leader tries to get their team to guess cards based on ambiguous clues.
This is a crowd favorite which is easy to learn and can be enjoyed by people of varying skill levels, and it appeals to women as well as men.  Great fun.
Note: While super easy to learn, this is a *thinky* game, and young kids may not appreciate it.
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Concept and Imagine
These are two games that are similar -- they involve one player trying to give clues to the other players to guess a concept or phrase or thing.  They differ in how the player gives clues, but in both cases the player is forced to be creative in order to convey the meaning.  It has a similar vibe as codenames, and like codenames, it may not be suitable for young children who don't like to stress their brains.
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Next up is Kaleidos, which is a game for all ages.  Players each look at a picture showing a scene with hundreds of objects.  A random letter is chosen and players hunt for examples of objects in the picture that begin with that letter.
It's frantic fun for all ages, and it's fun to debate with each other about whether an object is a valid example for the given letter.
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Re: My board game recommendations for family holidays
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2016, 03:22 AM »
Continuing on, another great game for families of ALL ages, is Telestrations
Telestrations is more of an activity than a game.  Players pass around drawing pads and have to alternatively draw and then guess what other people are drawing.
It's frequently hillarious, and the worse people are at drawing the funner it is.

I'm hard pressed to think of a funner game for a family with wide ranging ages and interests.

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Re: My board game recommendations for family holidays
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 10:38 AM »
Continuing on, another great game for families of ALL ages, is Telestrations
Telestrations is more of an activity than a game.  Players pass around drawing pads and have to alternatively draw and then guess what other people are drawing.
It's frequently hillarious, and the worse people are at drawing the funner it is.

Deozann describes the version he knew of this game:
Just get some pieces of paper, enough so that each person has as many as there are people playing (so if 26 people are playing, each player needs 26 sheets of paper). Then you just start by writing a word or sentence, then pass it the paper to the left. Everyone plays simultaneously. When you get a drawing, you try to write the sentence that the drawing was of (on a blank paper) then you pass it to the left. When you get a sentence, you try to illustrate it with a drawing (on a blank paper) then you pass it to the left.

When everyone is out of blank paper, they pass their entire stack to the right. The person to the right takes the paper from the bottom of the pile (assuming oldest drawings/sentences are on bottom) and passes the remaining stack to the right. This process is repeated until all the stacks are gone. Now everybody should have all the papers for their original sentence, in order (or reverse order, depending on which way the stack was facing). Then you go around one at a time, reading the original sentence, then showing the drawing, then reading the sentence of the drawing, then showing the drawing of the sentence of the drawing, etc. until everybody has had a chance to be the center of attention and laugh at all the silly drawings and twists of the original sentence/word.

If you use pads of paper, it simplifies the process of getting the story back in order, since you can just flip back toward the front of the pad. But other than that there's not much difference and no need to limit the number of players or the possible "secret words" since you're limited only by the number of people who want to play and their imagination. Even people who use the same starting word/sentence could result in very different stories by the end of it. (c:

We've played this a fair bit, it's especially popular with my 11 year old niece.
Can be great fun, but always interesting what comes out at the end :up:

has been christened here (translated) the drawing-writing-drawing game

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Re: My board game recommendations for family holidays
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 02:55 PM »
Ack! ~2.5 year old typo!

Thanks for reminding me of this game ("Telestrations"). Maybe I'll try to get a group to play it in the coming days. :)