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#1 Mumma3

Posted 21 April 2019 - 01:34 PM


What are your favourite family board games?

I’ve been doing a cull of our old board games, as my youngest is almost 15 and I really think it’s time to farewell the “Green Eggs and Ham game” and it’s friends!

But each one I come across reminds me of the different stages the kids were at, who was good at each one, which ones the kids could easily win without me letting them....
There are some I will keep for nephews and friends who might come over, and others which are good for all ages.

My favourites (that I can’t farewell just yet) are Pictureka, card games like UNO (which we still play, and always take on holiday), Blokus, And of course Cluedo, Scrabble, Boggle,  Monopoly (we have 3 versions!!), Risk and more recently Settlers of Catan. So many more, I might just put them all back in the cupboard for a rainy afternoon 😉

#2 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 21 April 2019 - 02:35 PM

I think that Sequence would be an across-ages favourite here.

#3 tenar

Posted 21 April 2019 - 02:51 PM

Keepers for me are:

Set
Uno
Ludo (nice with little ones)
Chess/draughts
And the good old pack of cards...

#4 Caribou

Posted 21 April 2019 - 02:58 PM

Keeps are

Monopoly
UNO
Cluedo
Trivia Pursuit
Chess.

#5 Ghost Girl

Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:15 PM

Game of life is a fav in our house, two versions plus the ipad version.

#6 spr_maiden

Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:49 PM

HP cluedo is spread across the dining table as we speak.

Other faves atm:
UNO
Sequence
Spot it
Sushi go
Labrinyth Maze

Monopoly was banned last year due to the frequent cheating n tears. It is yet to resurface.

#7 Etcetera

Posted 21 April 2019 - 09:58 PM

We love board games and have several hundred. Our favourites at the moment are

DS11 - Century Golem
DS13 - TMNT Shadows of the Past
DD6 - Indigo
Me - Alhambra

Rat a tat cat gets a lot of love here too.

#8 JomoMum

Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:03 PM

Our 5 year is obsessed with snakes and ladders! And Guess Who.

#9 Mumma3

Posted 21 April 2019 - 11:03 PM

View Postspr_maiden, on 21 April 2019 - 03:49 PM, said:


Monopoly was banned last year due to the frequent cheating n tears. It is yet to resurface.

So true about monopoly. One of my kids loved being banker, but I have suspicions he wouldn’t rate highly if the Royal Commission has extended to a Monopoly bankers!!!

#10 HighlandPinky

Posted 21 April 2019 - 11:56 PM

Carcassonne is a favourite in this house.  As well as rummykin.  Also quite fond of the scene it games.... Particularly the Harry Potter version

#11 kim11

Posted 22 April 2019 - 12:17 AM

Our new favourite is Sushi Go.

Does anyone have suggestions for a game which requires thought and planning for a teen boy? He hates games of chance based on the cards you get etc. But surprisingly he likes charades because he has to think. Any other ideas?

Monopoly is a good one but he just hoardes money and won't buy properties which can make it boring if there aren't many players.

#12 -Emissary-

Posted 22 April 2019 - 12:17 AM

I have many but at the moment we’re playing:
1) Tickets to Ride
2) Settlers of Catans - we got two expansions
3) Exploding Kittens
4) Munchkin
5) Sushi Go

#13 hunter4

Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:13 AM

Oh geeze we have so many these days.  My favourites in no particular order are:

Settlers of Catan,
Carcassonne
Takenoko
Castle Panic
Pandemic
Forbidden Island
Ticket to ride
Five tribes
Harbour
Fury of Dracula
Flash Point fire rescue

#14 Octopodes

Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:42 AM

We mostly play card games. Our current favourites are

Exploding kittens
Bears v babies
Evolution
Carcassonne
Loot
Sleeping queens

#15 Caribou

Posted 22 April 2019 - 06:23 AM

View Postkim11, on 22 April 2019 - 12:17 AM, said:

Our new favourite is Sushi Go.

Does anyone have suggestions for a game which requires thought and planning for a teen boy? He hates games of chance based on the cards you get etc. But surprisingly he likes charades because he has to think. Any other ideas?

Monopoly is a good one but he just hoardes money and won't buy properties which can make it boring if there aren't many players.

HobbyCo shops have a lot of board games requiring stragetic thinking. There’s also a board game website I love called afternoonfied.

https://www.afternoonified.com.au

#16 lozoodle

Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:29 AM

Frequents in this house are monopoly, game of life, scrabble, scattegories, Cluedo and uno

#17 onetrick

Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:15 AM

View Postkim11, on 22 April 2019 - 12:17 AM, said:

Our new favourite is Sushi Go.

Does anyone have suggestions for a game which requires thought and planning for a teen boy? He hates games of chance based on the cards you get etc. But surprisingly he likes charades because he has to think. Any other ideas?

Monopoly is a good one but he just hoardes money and won't buy properties which can make it boring if there aren't many players.

Risk is one my DH loves and he and his friends have been playing since their teenage years. We have the iPad and dr who versions, but the original is good.
If he likes quiz things then the 'bet on it' version of trivial pursuit is fun as you 'bet' on the likelihood of other players getting a question right after seeing the category- makes it more even if playing against younger people with different interests...

#18 LucyGoose

Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:22 AM

Games that we now play,  after I posted on here for advice,  are Sushi Go,  Exploding Kittens and Sequence.



#19 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 22 April 2019 - 09:03 AM

View PostMumma3, on 21 April 2019 - 11:03 PM, said:



So true about monopoly. One of my kids loved being banker, but I have suspicions he wouldn’t rate highly if the Royal Commission has extended to a Monopoly bankers!!!
There is now a Monopoly Cheaters Edition.

#20 spr_maiden

Posted 22 April 2019 - 09:47 AM

^ haha,  this will have to be on the list of games to buy next.

#21 spr_maiden

Posted 22 April 2019 - 09:49 AM

*also, off to google exploding kittens..*

#22 Pink Flamingo

Posted 22 April 2019 - 10:13 AM

My kids are still young but I’ve enjoyed teaching them to play connect 4, guess who, snap. Operation is fun too! I might did out the UNO cards and start teaching DS1 to play.

#23 cvbn

Posted 22 April 2019 - 10:48 AM

Organ Attack, my lot, aged 4 to 21 play it together.

#24 BadCat

Posted 22 April 2019 - 10:55 AM

We keep coming back to:

Risk
Settlers of Catan (with a bunch of add ons)
Carcasonne
Power Grid
Puerto Rico
Ticket to Ride
Make Five
Quiddler
Pass the Pigs

We still have Monopoly and Stockmarket but they rarely get played.  There's a bunch of others that I really should clear out.  I should sell some of them that were quite expensive but we ended up not really liking.

#25 Dianalynch

Posted 22 April 2019 - 10:59 AM

View Postkim11, on 22 April 2019 - 12:17 AM, said:

Our new favourite is Sushi Go.

Does anyone have suggestions for a game which requires thought and planning for a teen boy? He hates games of chance based on the cards you get etc. But surprisingly he likes charades because he has to think. Any other ideas?

Monopoly is a good one but he just hoardes money and won't buy properties which can make it boring if there aren't many players.

He might enjoy Settlers of Catan, if you hoard your cards you run the risk of losing them.




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