What do pirates, raccoons, babies, unicorns, and dragons have in common?
If you thought Game Night, you're correct!
I ♥♥♥ playing games with my friends and family. We usually get together once a week to hang out and snack on treats together. Honestly, it's probably my favorite night of the week. All my stress from writing goes away, I laugh more than anyone probably should, and just love the time I spend with those closest to me.
This week, I thought I'd talk about one of my favorite hobbies: playing games. It doesn't matter if they're board games, card games, video games, or even high fantasy imagination games. If you're looking for something new to play or wanting to reminisce over one of your favorites, this is the post for you. Read on for some of my most loved games, in no particular order!
Unstable Unicorns is a fun card game where you try to corral the most unicorns before your friends. Some of those magical creatures are sneaky though, so be sure to read their special power. My advice-- get rid of that Extremely Fertile Unicorn as fast as possible and banish Queen Bee before she even sets foot on the table!
In the same vein, Exploding Kittens is a card game where you try to be the last person standing when the kittens --er-- explode. You can diffuse the bomb with special cards, as well as trick your friends into drawing cards that will help you instead of them! You'll want to read each card out loud, as there are some hilarious hijinks involved.
Bears Vs Babies is exactly what it sounds like. Build monsters and do your best to defeat the armies of horrible babies aiming to destroy you! The combinations of cards in this game will leave you rolling on the floor. My favorite monster part? Absolutely the T-Rex arms. No, not T-Rex arms-- arms that are literal dinosaurs holding nunchucks!
Munchkin is a favorite with my family, and has several different version (my favorite so far has been Spell Skool). This one is also a card game, filled with monster fights and treasure looting. You'll need the free companion app to play this one, as it can get impossible to keep track of your level and skill points without it. The first player to level ten wins! These cards are worth reading out loud as well. Watch out for Wandering Monsters!
Five Minute Dungeon is a game that can literally be played in five minutes, twenty-five at the most. Players pick characters like the Ninja or Barbarian and have specialized decks to help them fight a deck of monster cards. Once you finish the deck, the Dungeon Boss awaits... but you only have five minutes to get through it all! If you don't make it in time, start from the beginning and see if you can make it through all five dungeons in twenty-five minutes. This game has a stellar free app as well. It times your dungeon for you and has a number of different narrators who will spice up the gameplay for you. There's also a Marvel edition! The only downside is that you can only have five people playing at once. There is an expansion coming soon though that will add more players.
Dungeons and Dragons is probably one of the more nerdy/geeky things I enjoy doing 😅 It's so fun though! I just started playing this year, hoping to flesh out my character building skills. I'm also learning how to be a Dungeon Master, so I can create games based on the books I'm writing and explore their worlds fully. If you've never played before, I would suggest doing it at least once. It will take some organization to get it going, and you'll need dice at the very least, but it will be fun!
Oh, Cards Against Humanity. How you feed my inappropriate side, making me laugh until I cry and almost wet myself. This game is fantastic for an easy, almost no rules game. It can get gross, and it can get hilarious, but if you're willing to go there then I say do it! This card game is a lot of fun for those nights when you just want to sit around and enjoy yourself.
Last, but not least, I present you with a simple card deck. We've used it to play Dummy Rummy, Bull Shit, Egyptian Rat Screw, Poker, and whatever else we feel like. (My husband usually feels like trying to do magic tricks, haha) We've played by the fire pit, around the kitchen table, on camping trips... I would not dismiss a deck of regular cards when thinking of game night!
Some other games we've really enjoyed are Trash Pandas, Pathfinder, and World of Warcraft. Oh my goodness, I did not even get into the computer and console games we've played together! The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros, Destiny, Diablo III, I could literally go on forever. For now though, that's it!