8 Board Games You’ll Actually Want To Play With Your Family Over The Holidays

If you’re reading this post, you probably don’t need much convincing about the national treasure that is board games, but as the selection gets bigger and bigger, it becomes harder to parse out which ones are actually worth buying and playing.

Board games that fall under the “actually enjoyable” category are usually discovered by word of mouth and IRL playing them at a friend or family member’s house. So here it is! Words from my mouth.


Quiplash (NOT a board game, but easily accessible on your phone, laptop, or video game console)


Yes, I’m going a little rogue here by including a non-board game, but it’s such a good group party game that I have to mention it. You buy the game for your computer or video game console and an unlimited number of people can login into the game from their phones using a special code to play. You could even include people long distance if you wanted to.

But basically, the game asks an absurd question, everyone answers, and then you vote on the best ones. It’s kind of like Cards Against Humanity, but the answers come from your brain.

Get it for $5 on your PC/Mac, $9.99 from the Apple app store, $5 from Amazon for the Android version, or $24.99 for the Jackbox Party Pack (includes four other games) for the Nintendo Switch.

What unexpectedly fun board games do you swear by and why?

Let me know in the comments! I need some new games.

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