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Best Board Games for Thanksgiving 2015

Published:  November 23, 2015

Ars Technica employees compiled a list of their favorite party games especially suited for the casual holiday gamers. The list has thirteen of their favorite games, among them are Buffalo and Munchkin Deluxe. Check out the entire list here.

 

 Buffalo ($19)

Publisher: TiltFactor
Players: 2-8

This card game is actually a study on stereotypes in disguise but don’t let that ruin the fun. Created by a research team at Dartmouth College, Buffaloasks players to shout out answers as soon as they find a connection between a random noun card and a random adjective card—meaning, you get the point for being first, not for offering a particular judge’s “favorite” answer (though sometimes, you may have to BS the judge to get credit for a made-up answer you submit). Maybe you’ll make connections with celebrities (“Asian-American” and “athlete,” how about Yao Ming), fictional characters (“British” + “wizard” = Harry Potter), or people at your gaming table (I have gotten points for yelling my own name upon seeing “disgruntled” and “journalist”). However you find yourself answering each two-card prompt, the game’s stress on speed makes for a fun, brain-bending take on rapid-fire card gaming.

 

 

Munchkin ($20)

Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
Players: 3-6

 

Are you tired of "that kid?" You know, the one who always, not matter what the circumstances, captures two sides of the Monopoly board over the course of just three complete circuits? After which the game is given over to watching the snot-nosed little tyke strangle the living daylights out of any fun that might be had. You know what you need? You need revenge. You need a game that doesn't just allow but encourages you to gang up, betray, backstab, and cheat your way to victory—or, more importantly snot-nose's defeat.

Munchkin is the game for you. At heart, the game is simple. On each turn, you kick down the door to a room in a dungeon. If you are lucky, it has some pathetically weedy monster inside that you can kill and move up a level. Once you reach level ten, you get the treasure and declare victory. Unfortunately, most monsters are not pathetically weedy, so you need to collect armour, weapons, and potions along the way. Even with all the paraphernalia, you need to make and break alliances to get you through difficult patches.

And, since you really don't want snot-nose to win, you have to collect curses and monsters to drop on fellow players at crucial moments, stomping all over any optimism he or she might have had.Munchkin is just plain fun. It is full of crude jokes, stupid jokes and, best of all, dad jokes. It is an argument waiting to happen and an excellent way to settle scores. It is, quite simply, the true spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled up into one. Now, you'll have to excuse me, but I have to go backstab my wife.

 

 

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