Best Board Games to Play During the Next 6 Weeks of Winter

So, by now you've probably heard that the groundhog saw his stupid shadow on February 2nd.  Whether you believe in this strange superstition or not, we still have a long way to go before Spring.  That physically hurt me to type.  I loathe winter.  However, I love board games.  I'm basically an old lady in every way possible--a cat-obsessed, puzzle-doing, homebody!  Here's my list of some of the best games I've ever played, which you can entertain yourself with this winter.  

Note: I'm including unique/not as well known games so maybe you find a new game to play!  I'm also not including card games---but play Cards Against Humanity and Exploding Kittens because they are both hilarious.


1. Pandemic

I love Pandemic and my roommate and I play it a lot throughout the school year, either failing terribly or saving the world.  

Info: "Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks."

Players: At least 2, but I recommend 3 or 4.


2. Monikers

Monikers allows you to act like a fool, watch others act silly and just have a genuinely good time.  Even my family, who all hate charades, had a fun time playing and wanted to play again.

Info: "Monikers is a dumb party game that respects your intelligence. The rules are pretty simple: get your friends to guess the name on your card. Each team has 60 seconds to get through as many weird, inappropriate names as they can. In the first round, you can say anything you want. In the second, you can only use one word. And in the third, you can’t say anything at all — just charades. The same cards are used in each round, so by the end of the game, you’ve made up a bunch of hilarious jokes together."

Players: You play on teams of 2, so 4, but there can be more than 2 teams


3. Imaginiff

Imaginiff is a fun game to play with friends because you get to answer questions about them and then find out their opinion.  

Info: "It's simple to play. A set of names is chosen, usually the name of every player plus those of several absent friends. When it's your turn, one name is selected as the subject of the question. You pick a card--one of hundreds--that poses a question and six possible answers (for example, "Imaginiff _____ were a crime. Which would he/she be?"). Read the question aloud, plugging in the subject's name. Then read out the six answers (in this case, they range from "homicide" to "indecent exposure"). Each player picks an answer to fit the subject; those who have picked the most popular answer move forward. But though you win by advancing, winning is obviously not the point: laughter and arguments are. 

Players: At least 2, but it's always more fun with more people


4. Hanabi

Okay, I'm breaking my rule about no card games, but this one is interesting to play and a good memory/strategy game.

Info: "In this challenging cooperative card game, players work together to launch a spectacular firework display. Trouble is, it's dark out, so you can't really see what you are working with. Each player holds their cards so that only the other players can see them. They must give each other vital information and remember all the information received. Then use the information to choose which cards to play. Helping each other play the right cards at the right time is the key to creating an unforgettable show and avoid being booed by the audience."

Players: At least 2


5. Guesstures

I found this one in a thrift store for about 50 cents, but it's really fun.  A timed and challenging charade game that makes everyone look stupid. 

Info:  "Act and guess as fast as you can in this hilarious, high-speed Guesstures game! All you have to do is pop four cards into the Action Timer, then set it and start acting fast! The words may look easy, but you only have a few seconds to use classic charades techniques to get your team to guess each one. Did your team guess right? Then you’ve got to grab the card out of the slot before it gets “munched” by the Action Timer!"

Players: Teams again, so at least 4 people


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