My family is naturally competitive. Whether it's a soccer game, playing Mario Kart, calling "shot gun" first, or debating the correct lyrics of an Ariana Grande song, baby.. We were born that way. BUT... There is absolutely nothing that beats the competitive nature in my house than a board game. My sister, Brittany, and her husband, Jordan, own a zillion board games. Every Sunday they visit Portage Road, we find ourselves sitting at the table till 12 AM screaming and laughing over who gets the point, who cheated, or how stupid an answer was. This past holiday season was no exception. The only difference was that we didn't just play on Sundays, we played every single day. That is why I've created the ULTIMATE BOARD GAME LIST OF 2015. I'm telling you, if you're finding yourself awkward when you have a group of people over, these games will break the ice like you're in the opening sequence of Frozen. So without further ado, here are my five favorite board games for the new year.
1. Catch Phrase
I cannot count the amount of laugh attacks I've had playing this game. I'd like to think of it as hot potato meets Taboo. The objective is to make your teammates guess what word/phrase you're given before the buzzer runs out. Whichever team ends up with the buzzer in their hand, loses that round. You'll get a great ab work out laughing at the explanations people come up with (My mom likes to ramble on with stories). Try it, see if you crack under pressure (say crack again) Crack.
Oh, Scattegories. How I love thee. A decent way to describe Scattegories is a fun Acrostic Poem. A card is chosen containing a topic and a word or phrase. For example, the topic may be "Things that float", and the phrase might be "NO GRAVITY". You need to come up with a "thing that floats" for each letter of the phrase. A- airplane, I- ice, etc. The tricky part is if two people have the same word under the same letter, they cancel each other out. Ergo, no point. You're also on a time limit. First person to 25 wins the game (we usually go to 50)! If there was a way to make this game my day job, I would do it.
WARNING: People who think they will be horrible at it are usually amazing.
3. Even Steven's Odd
DICE GAME. Looking for a way to get your heart rate up while sitting down? THIS IS IT. I'm not sure when in elementary school you learn about 'even' numbers and 'odd' numbers, but I must have missed that week... Because I'm really not great at this game. It requires a little mental math, quick reflexes, and pure luck. Each player is given a color coated set of dice, and a card from the deck is chosen containing a combination (ex. All Odd Numbers, All 5's, Two 5's and Four 3's, etc). Everyone starts rolling their dice at the same time, and the first person to get the correct combination grabs the "Even Steven" squishy-dice-thingy. It's exhilarating and you accidentally get smarter playing it.
4. Spot It
The tip-of-the-tongue game. There are a couple different ways you can play Spot It, but it has the same objective either way. There are eight items on each card (a snowflake, an apple, cute lil things like that), and ANY TWO cards have EXACTLY ONE symbol in common. How that is possible, I will never understand. Once you see a match, you blurt it out and take that card as a point. That's usually where T.O.T.T.S flairs up (Tip of the Tongue Syndrome). See you local Doctor for info.
5. Dutch Blitz
This game was invented by a guy named Werner Ernst George Muller.
WERNER. ERNST.. GEORGE... MULLER.
HOW AMAZING IS THAT NAME??
Buy Dutch Blitz and play it. My bro-in-law Jordan always explains the rules perfectly, so call his Game-Explaining Hot Line at 1-800-555-6789. You really don't want me trying to describe it, I'll ramble on for hours. Just trust me when I say you'll have a hoot of a time playing.
So, what's you're favourite board game? Please tell me! We're always looking for new games on Portage Road! For now, I challenge you to get off the internet, invite your pals over, and have a blast laughing your butts off playing one of these five games. Let me know when YOU try one!
My playlist while writing this weeks post:
▸ Quit Playing Games with My Heart (Backstreet Boys, The Very Best of the Backstreet Boys)
▸ Wildest Dreams (Taylor Swift, 1989)
▸ Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts, Greatest Hits)
▸ Bloodstream (Ed Sheeran, x)
▸ I Want It All (Queen, Greatest Hits)
▸ What It Means to be a Friend...... (13 The Musical.. L.O.L)
Lots of love xo,
1/13/2015 06:49:01 am
Ty and I got Guesstures for Christmas. It's charades but you have a plastic card holder thing with a timer and the cards drop down into it. You have to be able to make your partner guess the word and grab the card before it drops! It's so fun!
1/13/2015 09:23:58 am
I've never played Guesstures but I heard it's amazing! Next time I'm home we need to play!!
1/13/2015 07:14:24 am
Cranium! I'd just like to throw it out there that Jeremy and I remain undefeated after almost 7 years ;) We may need to challenge the Portage Road crew!
1/13/2015 09:24:59 am
Cranium is DEFINITELY one of my favorites too! The reason you and Jeremy are undefeated is because you've never played us... CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
1/14/2015 10:21:59 am
I think the Portage Road has been officially challenged!! Jessica I don't ramble, thank you very much ! :)
1/16/2015 12:45:05 am
Suuuure you don't ;)
11/2/2022 09:06:12 pm
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4/24/2023 02:16:19 pm
Lovely blog you have here
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Hi! I'm Jessica. I love beaches, ice cream, onesies, and cuddles. I try to follow my instincts in all aspects of life. I love hearing peoples stories; How they got to the exact moment they're in. The glass is half full. I love the big dipper. The Secret changed my life. Love is w o n d e r f u l. August 24th is my favourite day (No, it's not my birthday). YOU. ARE. ENOUGH. Yolo-ing through life, but mostly singing.