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Awesome Board Games Everyone Must Play at Least Once

Board games come in all shapes, sizes, themes, genres, and fandoms. You will have heard of many and others not so much. Today, we want to share with a few games that are truly awesome, but may not be as well-known as Pictionary, Risk, Scrabble, etc. If you are a hard core board gamer, you may just have heard of them. If you haven’t, try them out and let us know how you experienced it.

  1. Settlers of Catan – Catan may be the one game that more people have heard of on this list. Some people love it and others hate it. We love it. IT’s awesome. The rules are simple, the strategy is real, the chances of ruining another player’s strategy are plenty, and it plays fast. It is a lot of fun and you and your friends will have fun wishing for a 8 or 6 and praying no-one builds a road where you want to go.
  2. Dead of Winter – This is a reader favorite. He recently sent us some pictures of him and his friends enjoying this game. The game is about surviving during the winter months in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. You have to keep resources stocked and prevent people from dying while going on a bigger quest like finding a cure or leading an army. We’ve tried it and also really enjoyed it.
  3. Survive: Escape from Atlantis – This is a game that has been around for many years and has a new version out. Board game enthusiasts all over are having fun with this game. You have to survive the sinking island of Atlantis. The people were bad and now they get punished. It is every guy for himself.

If you have not heard of these or tried them, go for it. If you are on the lookout for something new to play one of these will be the one you love. Or maybe even all three. We would love to hear what you liked and disliked about the games, so let us know.

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Why Do We Love Board Games So Much?

Some people like to call us nerds or geeks or weirdos because we love board games. Luckily, we don’t much care. We like being nerdy. Besides, board games are so much fun that it actually doesn’t matter. We can convert anyone to become a board game enthusiast in no time. So, why do we enjoy it so much? Here’s why.

1. The Company

Instead of yelling at each other in a loud bar or paying lots of money for some other form of outside entertainment, you get to spend an evening or a weekend with like-minded people. Board games offer the opportunity for laughter, frustration, creating new memories, having amazing conversations (reality or game-related – we like both) and eating all the snacks you love and didn’t have to pay double for. Friends who play board games together will always be friends.

2. The Challenge

Every board game offers its own challenges. Reaching your goals, thinking fast, strategizing, and learning to network are the most fun parts of these games. You have to do things, say things, and try things you may never have considered in real life. It actually develops your problem-solving skills and teaches you to think ahead.

3. The Variety and Options

There are so many great games to choose from. Most of us here at Board and War Games have crates or closets full of games. (Yes, we still play all of them). From war to strategy to card to themed, it doesn’t matter, there will be games that you enjoy. Not everyone has the same taste in board games and that’s fine. Some people prefer the general knowledge or creative ones and others enjoy the war or strategy games more. There truly is a game or five for every taste and preference.

Board games make life interesting. It may not take place in the real world, but the memories you create with friends when you play are priceless. It’s the social aspect more than anything else that really pulls us toward board game play.

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The Best Entry Level Board Games You Need to Try

There are many war board games out there. Some are more complex than others and take a lot longer to play. If you are a beginner when it comes to war games, you should try out one of the games on our short list of favorites. War games take time to get used to. These ones are still entry-level and relatively easy to follow and have a short play time. If you find you enjoy the strategy and confrontation that these games bring, look out for our more advanced war game posts.

Memoir ’44 – The original game is a two-player game. There are upgrades and variants that allow for more players to play and you can go up to 8 players. The game is easy to understand and set in WWII which most of us already have some knowledge of. No matter how much you know, you don’t need to be a history buff to play this game. It learns, easy, its rules are easy and it plays quickly.

Kemet – This is an Egyptian-based war game and is a great starting game for someone who is not so comfortable with confrontation yet. It is a very good game to introduce a beginner to war board games. The basic idea centers around Egyptian tribes fighting to win territories. There is a variety of upgrade options in the game and you can do all sorts of different things. That is one of the things that makes this game so enjoyable – every player can play the game differently and you can play a different way every time.

Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit – If you haven’t played war games before but enjoyed the Star Wars movies, this is a good way to get started. The board game is based on the movie Star Wars: Episode 1 and the final battles that take place in the movie. Card play and die move you forward in the game. It requires strategy and fast decision-making as the characters are fighting four wars at the same time. This is definitely an exciting game to start with.

If you want to ease into war board games, start with one of these three. They will give you the idea of what to expect and they are easy to follow.

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