What Do You Meme: Where Social Media Meets Card Games

Are you obsessed with social media? Do you scour Instagram on a regular basis looking for hysterical dog pictures and pop culture memes that make you laugh until your sides hurt? If so, you’ll get a kick out of What Do You Meme?, a card game that trades in memes and forces you to find the most hilarious combinations to win the game. What Do You Meme? is the perfect party game for the Internet age whose popularity will way outlast the viral memes on which it’s based.

Here Comes The Judge

What Do You Meme? is set up similarly to Cards Against Humanity in that each turn, one player is selected to be the judge who will pick the winner of that round. The judge will draw a card that represents the photo or meme for that round, while each of the other players will have to play the card they think represents the best caption for the meme. This shifting power dynamic is fun in that it allows everyone an equal opportunity to crown the victor while also getting to enjoy submitting their own captions for consideration.

The judge shuffles all of the cards and then reads them aloud to the amusement of all the players before picking the winner. Each round sees a new judge and a new winner, with whoever manages to win the most rounds being declared the ultimate winner. Unlike most card games, the fun in What Do You Meme? lies not necessarily in being crowned the winner, but in the hilarity of the cards and the creativity of the players.

Make Your Match

One thing that is really cool about What Do You Meme? is that the choosing of the winner is entirely subjective. You’ll have to adjust which cards you play based on the sense of humor of whoever is the judge at that moment. After, you might want to save that risqué caption for a round where grandma isn’t the judge!

The best way to win a round of What Do You Meme? isn’t always to play the card that fits the closest. For example, if you have to pick a caption for the meme of the sad looking fat cat, you might find that you’re more likely to win through shock value than for a caption that actually fits the mood of that fat cat (he really does look so sad!)

Later Editions

What Do You Meme? comes with 435 cards, so there are plenty of hilarious captions to choose from to keep the fun going all night long. For more advanced meme-lovers, there have been several expansion packs released that inject the game with some fresh humor and updated memes.

What Do You Meme? BSFW Edition is the Barely Safe For Work version of the game, which makes it a bit more acceptable for mixed crowds where the adult humor might be somewhat off-putting. What Do You Meme? Family Edition goes even further in sanitizing the humor of the game, allowing kids as young as 8 to enjoy the fun of being crowned meme king/queen.

May The Best Meme Win In “What Do You Meme?”

What Do You Meme? is suitable for ages 17 and up due to the adult humor of the caption cards, so it’s definitely not the kind of game you’ll want to play with younger kids. However, families can definitely enjoy one of the expansions for some family-friendly memes that won’t scar the kids for life. It’s also playable by anywhere from 3 to 20 players, so parties both large and small can enjoy playing the game equally.

Playing time lasts around 30-90 minutes, although really it can last however long the players want it to. Because rounds go in turns around a circle, players can choose to end the game whenever they want. What Do You Meme? is flexible enough that you can fit in a couple of rounds in between drinks or you can make it the main event of the party. The sky is the limit when it comes to the hilarious and raunchy combinations you’ll find with this line-crossing party game.

Picture a meme. Picture the perfect caption. Picture you winning. Picture it tonight!

Werewolves, Vampires, And Aliens: One Night Ultimate

While most card games involve hours of play time and dozens of cards to manage, One Night Ultimate gives you a fast-paced game you can play in only 10 minutes. Pick your card and take on a secret role to figure out who your friends are and who you’ll need to eliminate in order to win the game. Whether you go for the Werewolves, the Vampires, or the Aliens, One Night Ultimate is sure to have you pulling out the cards at every gathering to liven things up.

Werewolves

Each of the One Night Ultimate games can either be played on its own or added to each other for a fast-paced game of fun. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is the first game in the series, providing you with a ten-minute game full of horror and paranoia. In One Night Ultimate Werewolf, you take the classic tale of a wolf haunting the villagers and you set it all in one terrifying night. Each player gets their own unique role at the beginning of the game, which will then have major consequences once you reach the night phase.

Whether you’re the Troublemaker, the Seer, or one of the evil Werewolves, you’ll find that horrific things have happened in the middle of the night that the whole village is going to have to reckon with. You may even find that, although you started out an evil Werewolf, overnight you became one of the innocent villagers! When everyone wakes u in the morning, each player is tasked with figuring out who they are and who the Werewolves are so that they can stop them before they kill again.

The twist of the game comes from the switching of the roles that leaves you unsure of where your loyalties lie. Unlike most role-playing games where you’re fully aware of which team you’re one, One Night Ultimate Werewolf keeps you guessing at all times.

Vampires And Aliens

One Night Ultimate Vampire is the next edition of the One Night Ultimate Games, which introduces a brand new “Mark” system. While players begin with a plain mark at the beginning of the game, you may wake up to find you’ve become bitten and are forced to endure immortality as a Vampire. One Night Ultimate Vampire raises the stakes of One Night Ultimate Werewolf by adding deeper levels of deduction and complexity.

One Night Ultimate Alien is the next game in the One Night Ultimate lineup that is very similar to One Night Ultimate Vampire. This game features less role switching but introduces two bungling aliens who have to fight to be the last one left surviving. Figuring out everyone’s motivation for why they want certain people dead can help you piece together the clues to their identities and win the game.

Werewolf Daybreak Expansion

While One Night Ultimate Werewolf can be combined with either the Vampire or the Alien edition, there’s a special expansion called One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak that takes the original Werewolf game and allows you to play up to 10 players. There are no more basic villagers—each of the 11 new roles has a secret hidden ability that can make this fast-paced game even more of a wild ride!

Take Your Pick Of Monster With One Night Ultimate

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is playable by 3-7 players, although some of the other editions and expansions allow you to fit up to 10 players. This game is absolutely perfect for parties of all sizes, and you don’t have to worry about choosing a moderator or having anyone get eliminated. With a playing time of 10 minutes, you can easily fit a game in before dinner or drinks as a fun icebreaker.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is also suitable for ages 8 and up, so younger kids can join in on the fun without getting confused by complex rules or adult themes. Still, One Night Ultimate games are all fun and interesting enough that adults will be able to enjoy the deeper strategy of the game. One Night Ultimate is the perfect game for anyone who loves monsters and using their skills of deduction.

Grab your flashlight and put on your thinking cap for an adventure tonight!

Throw Throw Burrito: A Card Game With A Delicious Twist

If the game of dodgeball was played with burritos, the world would be a better place. Luckily, the creators of Throw Throw Burrito decided to give the ultimate gift to the world in the form of a card game that combines matching cards with squishy burritos. You won’t be able to stop laughing as you engage in the deadly burrito war and seek cover in an effort to avoid getting a costly burrito bruise. With rapid-paced gameplay and a unique and hilarious concept, Throw Throw Burrito is a game you won’t soon forget.

Matching Cards, Dodging Burritos

Throw Throw Burrito begins with each player being dealt 15 cards to draw from, while the rest of the cards go in the center of the table next to the two foam burritos. The goal of the game is to earn points by matching sets of cards. Throughout the game, you’ll draw and discard cards in an effort to get matching sets of three while also dodging flying burritos.

One of the most interesting aspects of Throw Throw Burrito is that it doesn’t involve turns, but rather forces you to move quickly as everything happens at once. The game is played over two rounds, with the winner being whoever wins the most points during the round. You’ll win one point for matching three sets, win two points for declaring a burrito battle, and lose a point for getting a burrito bruise. The round ends when all six burrito bruises have been dished out.

Burrito Wars, Brawls And Duels

Throw Throw Burrito involves three different types of battles: wars, brawls, and duels. The person who declares the battle gets to sit it out, while the people in the battle must duke it out using the foam burritos in the center of the table. A burrito war pits all the players against each other, forcing them to move quickly to grab a burrito and toss it at another player. Whoever gets hit takes a burrito bruise and loses a point—if they catch the burrito, however, then whoever threw it is the one who takes the bruise.

If someone calls out a burrito brawl, the players on either side of them must try to quickly grab the burrito and chuck it at their opponent. The burrito duel is where things get real, as the declarer must choose two players to engage in a classic duel where they walk three steps apart before firing their burrito. While no one is allowed to interfere in a burrito battle, players are encouraged to fight dirty and take whatever steps they can to avoid the deadly burrito bruise.

Game Pieces

Throw Throw Burrito is so much more than just your average card game thanks to its eccentric game pieces and adorable stuffed burritos. The deck of cards comes with special burrito cards that spice up the game, while the foam burritos feature cute little designs that make you feel guilty when you toss them at your opponent’s head. The “Fear Me” badge is what really takes the cake, however, as the round’s winner gets to proudly pin it on their chest to proclaim their victory.

Throw Throw Burrito: May The Best Burrito Win

Throw Throw Burrito is playable by 2-6 players, although you can definitely accommodate more players by combining multiple games. Throw Throw Burrito also has a short playing time of 15 minutes. Since it takes place in 2 rounds, however, it’s easy to reset the game and play it again right after. Tossing a burrito at your closest friends is not the kind of thing you’ll get tired of anytime soon, so Throw Throw Burrito lends itself to repeat playing!

Throw Throw Burrito is suitable for ages 7 and up, which makes it perfect for getting younger players involved in the shenanigans. Young and old players alike will have a blast engaging in burrito duels and quickly snatching up cards to earn the right to wear the “Fear Me” badge. If you’ve ever felt a desire to relive your high school years playing dodgeball (minus the gnarly bruises), you’ll love the wacky fun of Throw Throw Burrito.

Ready! Aim! Fire!

 

Left Center Right: The Ultimate Conversation Starter

Left Center Right is an oldie but a goodie, taking classic dice and poker chips and turning them into a kid-friendly party game. Left Center Right comes with a small tube of chips and dice that you can easily bring with you to the bar or on a camping trip for a fun distraction. Whether you’re looking for a way to teach children about numbers and directions or you’re looking for something to break the ice at a party, Left Center Right is a timeless game that will get the dice rolling.

Rolling The Dice

Left Center Right is incredibly simple both in the rules of the game and in its components. The game comes with three dice, each with the letters L, C, and R printed on each side. The game also comes with a set of poker chips, which each player takes three of to start the game with. The game then proceeds in turns in a clockwise direction, with each player rolling the dice on their turn and distributing their chips according to the results of the dice.

For every “L” that you roll, you give one chip to the player on the left. For every “R”, you give a chip to the player on the right. If you roll a “C”, then you put a chip in the middle of the table, where it’s taken out of the game. In addition to the letters L, C, and R, each dice comes with a single dot on the other three sides. For every time you land on the dot, you do nothing. The game ends whenever one player manages to acquire all of the chips.

It’s Not Over Yet!

Left Center Right is incredibly simple, as the person who ends the game holding all of the chips is the winner. However, just because you lose all of your chips doesn’t mean you’re disqualified! You can still come back from the brink if someone else rolls the dice and gives you a chip. You also roll the same number of dice as the number of chips you have, so whoever’s holding onto most of the chips may change in a second based on an unlucky roll of the dice.

LCR Wild

Left Center Right’s simplicity is both a benefit and a drawback, as the game relies solely on the luck of the dice and does not offer the opportunity for strategy. However, there are a few variations of the game you can play to make things a little more difficult. LCR Wild is the same as the regular game of Left Center Right, only the dice feature an additional “W” on one of the sides. If you roll a “W”, you get to take a chip from any player you want.

If you roll two “W’s”, then you can take two chips from either two different players or from the same player. The ultimate roll is if you manage to get three “W’s”, which means you instantly become the winner! Because LCR comes with such simple game pieces, you can easily use regular dice instead of the LCR dice and use whatever tokens you prefer instead of the poker chips from the game. This makes it handy when playing with large groups of people or adding your own unique rules to the game.

Roll The Dice And Count Your Chips With Left Center Right

Left Center Right is playable by anywhere from 3 to 12 players, although you can add an infinite number of players if you use substitute tokens in place of poker chips. The playing time lasts around 20 minutes, although the more players you have, the longer the game will be.

Its short playing time and simple rules make Left Center Right the perfect game for a quick icebreaker rather than something that will be the main event of the party. Left Center Right is suitable for ages 5 and up, so don’t be afraid to get the young ones in on the game. If you’re looking for a game that grandpa and grandson can play together, Left Center Right is an excellent way for them to connect!

Get your game on today!

Stack The Decks And Cover Your Assets

Cover Your Assets is a cheeky card game from Grandpa Beck’s Games that pits family members against each other in a greedy race to become a millionaire. By building towers of valuable assets and stealing from the competition, you’ll accumulate enough wealth and luxury to beat the other players and win the ultimate bragging rights! With quick to learn rules and dynamic strategies, Cover Your Assets is the ultimate game for competitive families.

Collecting Your Assets

Every player in the game has to build their own stack of assets using matching sets of cards. Each set of cards will match two of the same type of asset cards. There are 10 different kinds of asset cards in the game, from sparkling jewels to overflowing piggy banks. Each time you create a new set you’ll stack it crosswise on top of the previous set to build your tower of assets.

Each turn you have one of several options. The first option is to make a pair of assets from your own hand, which you can then add to your assets tower. Wild cards can be used in place of any type of asset, so be sure to keep an eye out for these valuable collectibles. The second option you have is to draw the top card from the discard pile, which can be used to make a pair and add to your assets tower. If the first two options don’t work, you have the third option to discard one of your cards and draw a new one from the draw piles.

Stealing And Defending Assets

The last option you have is to try and steal a set of assets from one of your fellow players. This is where the name Cover Your Assets comes from, and it’s the most diabolical part of the game. To challenge another player and steal their assets, you need at least one set of assets in your own stack. The other player also needs at least two sets of assets on their stack (although you can only attempt to steal the top set).

In order to steal someone’s assets, you have to show them a card that matches their top set. This is where it gets interesting, however, as that player can defend their assets by showing you a matching card of their own. If you’ve got another matching card (or a wild card), you can continue this back-and-forth until one of you runs out of that type of card. The winner gets ALL of the cards used in the challenge, and can proudly add them to the top of their stack (and rake in the points at the end of the round).

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Once you’ve played your turn, you’ll draw cards to replenish your hand until eventually the draw pile runs out. The round ends when there are no cards left to play—although these last few moments can often be the most critical! A last minute steal can win you valuable assets that can boost your score enough to put you over the limit and win the game. Scores will be tallied at the end of every round, and the first player to reach one million dollars in assets wins the game. If two players reach a million dollars in the same round, whoever has the highest score wins!

Cover Your Assets: A Game For Ruthless Families

Cover Your Assets is playable by 2-6 players and is suitable for ages 8 and up, so families with multiple generations can all enjoy the addictive nature of this ruthless card game. Playing time lasts between around 15-45 minutes, which is short enough to hold young kids’ attention while allowing more advanced players to still enjoy the thrill of long-form strategy.

Sometimes the best way to bring the family together is by pitting everyone against each other. Stealing assets and challenging the other players adds a deliciously malicious nature to the game that keeps things interesting while remaining lighthearted at the same time. Cover Your Assets is small and easy to pack, so it’s the perfect thing to bring along to spice up any vacation!

Buy it today!

May The Best Camel Win With Camel Up

Have you ever felt the itch to go to the racetracks and place a bet?  If so, Camel Up satisfies your craving for gambling without the risk in the form of a fun and family-friendly board game.  In the world of Camel Up, you’re a rich desert inhabitant looking to score a fortune by betting on some speedy camels.  Do you have the skills to choose the winner?

Legs of the Race

The game begins with each player taking on the role of a rich desert inhabitant placing bets on a camel race.  Five camels race around the game board, giving you different opportunities to place bets and potentially win or lose coins.  Each camel starts out within 1-3 spaces from the start line depending on the roll of a die.  The race is then run in several legs, with each camel moving once per leg.  

Betting Tiles

Each turn you get four options.  The first option is to take a betting tile, which allows you to bet on the camel you think will win that individual leg.  First and second place winners get coins, but losers end up with a one-coin penalty, so place your bets carefully!  

You can also bet on which camel will win the overall game at any time, which will remain secret until the very end.  The earlier you place this bet the more coins you’ll win, but patience may allow you to weed out the strongest camel from the rest of the pack.

Pyramid Tiles

Taking a pyramid tile will allow you to roll a die and move the camels.  One of the coolest elements of the game is the cardboard pyramid located in the center of the board, which allows you to shake one die loose at a time.  The color of the die corresponds to the color of the camel that moves, and the leg ends as soon as each camel has made their move.

Desert Tiles

One final option that you have each round is to play your desert tile, which each player has one of.  This tile can be placed on an empty space anywhere on the board, and if a camel lands on it, they’re forced to either move one space forward or backward.  You’ll also gain a coin every time a camel lands on your space, so it pays to place your desert tile wisely in order to rake in those valuable coins!

Totaling The Score

The game ends as soon as one of the camels crosses the finish line.  You’ll calculate everyone’s total points and then read through the bets on the winner in whichever order they were placed.  This is where betting early can make a real difference, as correct early guesses can win much bigger awards than ones placed later.  Your prediction skills will be on full blast in Camel Up, as you may have to risk it all if you want to walk away the winner.

Later Editions of Camel Up

Camel Up is a simple game that allows for anywhere from 2-8 players.  Later editions, however, have implemented new elements that make gameplay a bit more challenging and even allow for as many as 10 players in one game.  The 2018 second edition of Camel Up comes with a new game board and pyramid design.  It also comes with new and interesting game modes such as rogue camels, which begin the race by running in the wrong direction.

Camel Up: Supercup builds off of the base game with four additional modules.  The new modules add elements such as an extended race track that lengthen gameplay or betting partnerships that allow for greater cooperation between players.  This expansion can turn a simple game of Camel Up between into a captivating game for a large group.

All Bets Are Off with Camel Up

Camel Up is the perfect family game, with incredibly simple rules and gameplay that’s suitable for ages 8 and up.  Playing time is only 20-30 minutes, so you’ll be able to get multiple rounds out of this entertaining game.  Place your bets and choose wisely with this lighthearted game in the land of Egypt!

This is one of the best games there is… You want it. (Jedi hand wave)

 

How to Play Camel Up

Break Out the Pen And Race Against the Clock With Telestrations

Nothing livens up a party like Telestrations, a drawing-based game that will have you scratching your head and asking, “Is that supposed to be a cat or a pony?”  While charades has been a time-honored classic for parties, Telestrations gives it a run for its money by adding a unique premise and a more complex method of gameplay.  Telestrations’ simplistic set up and gigantic supply of secret words to draw from will keep you playing this game for years to come.

Sketching The Secret Word

The game begins with each player being given his or her own drawing book, marker, and a card with a list of secret words.  A player then rolls a die to determine which of the six secret words each person has to sketch, and players have 90 seconds to draw that sketch to the best of their ability.  You’ll have plenty of opportunity to sketch, however, as the books get passed back and forth from one player to the next during each of the three rounds.  

Getting Creative

While you may think that the best artist in the group is going to have the upper hand, this isn’t always the case with Telestrations.  One of the most fun elements of the game is the way it allows for endless creativity, forcing players to come up with creative and unique ways of depicting their secret word.  You may not be a Picasso, but that doesn’t prohibit you from coming up with some pretty funky drawings.  You may also end up winning points simply by appealing to sense of humor of the player making the guess, so know your audience!

Guessing Game

Telestrations puts a fun and unique twist on this guessing game that makes it much more interesting than charades.  Instead of each person having to guess what one player has drawn, each player will pass his or her book to the left for the next player to guess.  Once each player has finished writing down their guess, players pass the book again to the next person, who will then draw the word that the previous player guessed.  This back and forth of guessing and drawing continues until each player ends up with their original book.

Awarding Points

The person who wins the game isn’t always the person who was able to draw the best.  At the end of each round, each player is given three points to award.  The first point goes to whichever player drew their favorite sketch.  Whether it’s the funniest sketch, the best-drawn sketch, or even the worst-drawn sketch, each player gets to choose their favorite according to their own rules.

The second point goes to whichever player made their favorite guess.  This can just as easily go to your savvy sister who guessed correctly as it can to your clueless aunt who was way off base.  The last point is awarded to each player if and only if the final guess corresponds to his or her secret word.  The final winner is whoever managed to win the most points throughout the three rounds.  With the potential for endless creativity and comedy, you’ll be sure to enjoy Telestrations regardless of who wins.

Sketch Against The Clock With Telestrations

Telestrations is suitable for ages 12 and up, although you can definitely accommodate younger kids by using simpler secret words to guess from.  Telestrations can be played by 4-8 players, which is great for parties or large families.  Because game time only lasts around 30 minutes, it isn’t too big of a commitment.  The flexibility of how many rounds you play allows you to stretch or shrink Telestrations to whatever length you prefer, making it a versatile game that can fit any kind of party.

The biggest thing that makes Telestrations stand out is the fact that it gives you erasable sketchbooks and markers to draw from and unique secret words to choose from.  This makes the experience neater than charades while also retaining the guessing game aspect that makes charades such a widespread favorite.  Give it your best guess, bring out your inner artist, and have a roaring good time with Telestrations!

Exploding Kittens: No Cats Were Injured in the Playing of This Game

When looking for a fun new game to play with friends and family, you might be looking for something with higher stakes than UNO and a little more entertaining than charades.  What could come with higher stakes than a board game literally inspired by Russian Roulette?  Exploding kittens comes with the same nerve-racking concept of Russian Roulette without the risk.  Cat-lovers and thrill-seekers alike will enjoy the wild intensity of Exploding Kittens.

Avoiding The Exploding Kitten

Exploding kittens is a card game that involves people taking turns drawing cards from a deck.  Card by card, each player draws until BOOM—one player draws an exploding kitten and loses the game.  The game only gets more and more intense as the deck continues to shrink, leaving everyone to wonder who will be next to explode.

Once you explode, you’re out of the game.  However, there are a few tricks you can use to stop the kitten from exploding and leave you to fight another day.  Defuse cards can be used to keep the kitten from exploding, with hilarious distractions such as kitten yoga, catnip sandwiches, or laser pointers (every cat’s favorite nemesis).

Sabotage Your Competitors

Sabotage is another unique feature of the game, as you can play certain cards that will allow you to attack one of the other players, sneak a peek at the deck, or even skip your turn entirely.  Some cards will even allow you to secretly move an exploding kitten to somewhere else in the deck, giving you the opportunity to strategically remove another player from the board the next time they draw.

The Nope card is a particularly nefarious move you can make that will allow you to stop another player in their tracks.  If another player uses a special move card to peek at the deck or skip their turn, you can play your Nope card at any time to keep them from using that card.  While this may not be a very subtle way of sabotaging your foes, it’s sure to stir the pot and add some spice to the game (while making enemies along the way!)

Cat Cards

While the kittens in Exploding Kittens can be deadly, the cats will be your friends.  Cat cards give you special powers you can use to get ahead.  Collect two of the same cards (Tacocat and Hairy Potato Cat are some of the best) to steal a random card from another player.  Collect three of a kind, and you can choose a specific card to steal.  These cats are more than just cute—they may end up being the key to winning the game!

Exploding Kittens Expansions

If the original edition is too tame for you, the NSFW edition of Exploding Kittens is sure to spice things up.  Both editions support 2-5 players, although the original is suitable for ages 7 and up while the NSFW edition is better suited for adults.  There are also several expansions including the Barking Kittens and Imploding Kittens expansions that can extend gameplay and add fun new rules that mix things up.  

Because the original edition features a game time of around 15 minutes, consider adding one or more of these expansions for a longer game.  Combining multiple editions also allows you to include up to 10 players, making Exploding Kittens a perfect game for parties with bigger groups of people.

Play The Game But Don’t Blow Up!

Exploding Kittens is a wicked good time that capitalizes on humor appropriate enough for all ages.  Adults and kids will both have a roaring good time avoiding the exploding kittens and collecting the special Rainbow-Ralphing Cat cards.  Exploding Kittens is a creative and imaginative game that shows that there’s plenty of humor anyone can enjoy.

Gameplay isn’t that long at 15 minutes, so Exploding Kittens is more of an appetizer of a game rather than a main event.  However, it’s funny and complex enough that you’ll want to pull it out anytime you have friends over to the house.  Pick a card and choose your cats wisely, because Exploding Kittens will quickly become one of your favorite new card games!

Codenames: A New Take On Spy Vs. Spy

Did you grow up watching Mission Impossible and wishing you could experience the thrill of being a spy?  If so, Codenames will give you the chance to put on your spy cap and take on the role of secret agent.  Sifting through the clues and choosing wisely is your imperative if you wish to identify all of your agents and avoid the deadly assassin.  This 2015 board game is fun for all players, because whether you win or you lose, everyone can enjoy deciphering the clues.

Spymaster

The goal of Codenames is to figure out which codenames in a certain set correspond with the hint you’re given.  Players will split into two teams of red vs. blue, and each team will select one member to be its spymaster.  The spymaster is an incredibly fun role, as you get to dole out hints to the members of your team in order to help them figure out the clues.

The hints that you give as spymaster consist of one word and one number.  These hints will be related to the cards belonging to your agents, but be careful—if your team selects the wrong card, you may end up helping the other team.  The fun part of the game is that you are allowed to choose whatever you want the hint word to be, which allows a skilled spymaster to come up with creative and guessable hints.

Field Operatives

The other roles can be just as fun, however, as anyone not designated the spymaster is automatically a field operative.  Field operatives get the fun task of having to guess which card belongs to their agent based on their spymaster’s hint.  Alongside your teams’ agent cards are agent cards for the opposing team, as well as innocent bystander cards.  If you slip up and end up selecting an innocent bystander, your turn is up!

The Assassin

While guessing the wrong card may end up helping the other team or involving innocent bystanders, there’s one card that means lights out.  The assassin hides among the crowd, looking to everyone like just your average guy.  But if you make a mistake and end up selecting the assassin card, it’s game over for your team!  The stakes are always high while the assassin is afoot.

Winning The Game

The winner of the game is whichever team is the first to correctly select all of the agent cards belonging to their team.  With 25 agent cards and two teams, gameplay is relatively fast at around 15 minutes.  Codenames is a simple enough party game that can easily fit in between rounds of conversation.  It also fits 2-8 players, so it’s something that a big group can play with no problem.

Codenames is suitable for ages 14 and up, so it’s probably a better fit for parties than it is for families with young children.  However, even bystanders can enjoy the fun of watching the adults and teenagers deciphering clues.

Codenames Spinoffs

Codenames has released several later editions that you can either play by themselves or integrate with the original game.  With Codenames: Disney Family Edition, you’ll guess Disney characters instead of secret agents.  This version is suitable for ages 8 and up, so it is perfect if you want to play Codenames with younger kids.  If you’re looking for something more adult, however, Codenames: Deep Undercover includes loads of adult references and double entendres not suitable for the kids.

They’ve also released Codenames: Marvel for anyone who loves the fantastical characters of the extended Marvel universe.  And if you’re a fan of the long-lasting cartoon The Simpsons, there’s even a version of Codenames that features characters and references from your favorite series.

Choose Wisely With Codenames

Codenames depends heavily on the skill of the players, but it is definitely an enjoyable card game that you can play from time to time without losing its luster.  If charades is growing stale and you’re looking for something with a little more structure, Codenames will give you the same level of puzzle solving with an added layer of excitement.  Bust out your gadgets and tap into your inner James Bond with Codenames!

How to Play Codenames

Party Like a Hero with Red Dragon Inn

Sure, everybody knows the story of the heroic adventurers who save the day, slay the evil monsters, and collect their share of the treasure.  But what happens to them after they’ve finished their righteous conquest?  A night of drinking, gambling, and roughhousing of course.  Red Dragon Inn is a comical game with rapscallion characters engaged in a debauched good time.  

Choose Your Adventurer

In Red Dragon Inn, players get to choose between four different heroic adventurers who’ve just come back from a fresh conquest.  Each character comes with their own special deck of cards that provides them with unique abilities during the game.  The first is Deirdre the Priestess, an elf under the protection of a goddess that can get her out of scrapes and help her heal.  

Fiona the Volatile, on the other hand, is a tough female warrior who can cheer on her fellow players to drink more heavily while turning her own drinks into greater strength.  Gerki the Sneak comes with plenty of cheat cards that make him an excellent gambler (as well as a few poisons hidden up his sleeves).  The last is Zot the Wizard, whose half-demonic pet rabbit Pookey aids him in his quest to drain the other players of their gold.

Gambling, Drinking, and Roughhousing

Every player gets their own board where they can store their decks, discards, and drink cards.  Players start out with ten gold coins and seven cards that they can use to gamble, drink, and gain the upper hand against the other players.  Each turn gives you several options: you can discard however many cards you like and redraw, you can play an action card, or you can buy a drink for someone else.

Buying a drink for someone else will add another drink card to their stack, but it also forces you to take a drink yourself by drawing a card from your own stack.  While this may end up raising your alcohol content and getting you one step closer to passing out, you may end up gaining fortitude from the drink.  You can only play one action card per term, and these cards will usually force the other players to either take damage or drink more.  

Hold Onto Your Coins—and Your Sobriety

Some action cards will trigger a round of gambling, which invites each of the players to bet their gold and play their gambling cards.  Some characters are better at gambling than others, so your character’s profile will play heavily into your strategy of whether or not to favor gambling or drinking.

If a player’s alcohol content gets too high, they’ll pass out and lose the game.  However, running out of gold coins from gambling too much will also kick you out of the game.  The winner is whoever manages to be the last person to hold onto their coins and stay conscious.

Red Dragon Inn Sequels

Red Dragon Inn has spawned a handful of standalone sequel games that can also be integrated with the original game.  Red Dragon Inn 2 adds characters such as Dimli the Dwarf, a gold-hoarder who can handle his liquor like nobody’s business.  It also adds Fleck the Bard, a music loving half-elf who steals the hearts of all the girls.

Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains puts a unique twist on the premise of the game by taking on the villain’s perspective.  With this dark and twisted sequel, you can engage in Boss Battle mode that pits all the players against one evil villain.  No matter which Red Dragon Inn sequel you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy fun new characters that can make the original game even more expansive.

Enjoy the Spoils of the Hunt with Red Dragon Inn

Red Dragon Inn is suitable for ages 13 and up, mostly due to its slightly adult themes.  It can serve 2-4 players, but adding expansion can allow for larger groups and parties of up to 8.  Playing time lasts around 45 minutes, which should make for a decent round of debauched fun.  With Red Dragon Inn, you’ll be sure to enjoy its lighthearted nature and clever spin on the classic “hero”.

 

How to Play The Red Dragon Inn

Find the Pattern and Lay Down the Line With Qwirkle

Qwirkle is an abstract tile-playing game that takes the concept of Scrabble and turns it on its head.  Instead of forcing you to spell out difficult words with tiles that will send your friends and family scrambling to the dictionary, Qwirkle is played with tiles bearing colorful shapes that you have to arrange in a line.  No game board is required with this simple and creative game—all you need is a flat surface and a yearning for a little competition.

High Quality Wooden Game Pieces

As opposed to the bland little brown tile pieces you use in Scrabble, Qwirkle comes with 108 shiny black tiles featuring colorful patterns in various intricate shapes.  The delightful game pieces are often one of the most memorable parts of any board game, and Qwirkle delivers in spades.  From the whimsical clover to the dynamic eight-point star, Qwirkle’s quirky tiles will be sure to build a beautiful pattern by the end of the game.  

Laying The Tiles

Gameplay begins with mixing all of the tiles in the bag and having each player draw 6 tiles at random.  Every turn, each player will place one or more tiles on the table to form a row.  The rows need to each share one attribute of either color or shape, but not both.  For example, one row can consist of clover tiles in different colors, while a different row may be each of the shapes in the color red.

Unlike Scrabble, which forces you to play with the tiles you’ve got before drawing new ones, Qwirkle allows you to spend your turn exchanging the tiles in your hand for new ones.  This can end up making the game way more dynamic instead of saddling you with a dud hand for the rest of the game.

Scoring Points

Every time you place a tile in a line, you score one point for each tile within that line.  If you complete the line with the sixth and final tile, congratulations!  You win a 6-point bonus that can jettison you into the lead.  An additional 6-point bonus is given to the first person to play all of their tiles once the bag has run out, which is just enough of a boost to keep things competitive until the very last second.

Qwirkle is simple to learn, but definitely gives plenty of opportunity to employ strategy.  Blocking other people from continuing a pattern can be just as effective as plotting out your own high score combination.  However, the luck-based element of the game will throw a wrench into even the most carefully laid plans.  This combination of luck and strategy will keep you coming back to Qwirkle time and time again.

Fun For Families And Non-Gamers

Qwirkle is the perfect game for families and kids of all ages.  It’s an excellent game to use to teach younger children about concepts like shape and color matching and counting, while older kids can learn concepts like strategy and planning.  Suitable for ages 6 and up, Qwirkle is incredibly easy to learn and will having you playing like an expert within minutes.  But just because it’s so simple doesn’t mean that it’s boring—Qwirkle leaves plenty of room for more advanced players to play the long game while novices can enjoy it at the basic level.

Qwirkle is also much more accessible to non-gamers than hardcore games like Catan.  Because the rules are so simple, even people who don’t normally enjoy board games can find themselves drawn in for a 30-40 minute game.  This dynamic game can join together serious and casual gamers, serving as a gateway game towards more advanced board games.

Walk The Line With Qwirkle

Qwirkle is a simple game with an abstract concept that can appeal to a wide variety of gamers.  Its accessibility is where it truly shines, even if that removes a little bit of the complexity of the game for people who are looking for something with a greater challenge.  Still, if you’re a visual gamer who likes building intricate patterns and playing with beautiful wooden game pieces, you’ll love the quality that Qwirkle has to offer.

Pandemic: The Perfect Board Game For 2020

With the current COVID-19 pandemic on everyone’s minds, what better time is there to step into the shoes of our front line heroes and battle your very own fictional pandemic?  The board game Pandemic has been a favorite of countless players since it was first released in 2008.  A delightful mix of strategy, cunning, and luck, Pandemic offers countless hours of fun for both families and friend groups.

The World Of Pandemic

In the world of Pandemic, you’re not just dealing with one crisis.  Multiple virulent diseases are breaking out at the same time all across the globe, causing a worldwide pandemic that’s up to your little group to solve.  You and the other players are specialists from the CDC who are tasked with treating hotspots of disease while at the same time racing to find a cure for these four viruses.

Pandemic uses a game board that portrays 48 major population centers on the globe.  Players begin the game at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, with each person being assigned a random role and several Player cards.  Each turn you take you get to choose up to four actions, some of which will require cards that you pull from the deck.  

Depending on the card you select, you can build a research station, discover a cure for one of the viruses, travel from one city to another, or treat the infected.  Be careful, however, as the deck also contains special “Epidemic!” cards that will only worsen the spread of the diseases. 

Roles In Pandemic

One of the most fun aspects of the game is the different role that each player gets assigned at the beginning of the game.  This is where luck meets strategy, as your strategy depends on the strength of your specialist.  Roles such as the Containment Specialist or Operations Expert contain powerful abilities to treat infection, while the Contingency Planner and Pilot are much weaker roles.

Whether you succeed in treating the infections and averting a worldwide meltdown depends on how well you play the role you’re given.  This is part of what makes Pandemic such an excellent game for repeat playing, as you may find yourself handicapped with a weaker role that makes gameplay much more challenging.

Unlike most board games, Pandemic requires players to work together in order for everyone to win.  Your biggest competitor is the disease itself, rather than the person sitting across from you.  Work together to keep the diseases from spreading too far by sharing cards and preventing Outbreaks.  This isn’t the kind of game where you shut people out and clinch the victory for yourself.

Pandemic Expansions And Spinoffs

Pandemic comes with several expansions that expand gameplay to include new threats and additional roles.  The first official expansion “On the Brink” was released in 2009, which came with additional roles and Special Event cards.  Since then, there have been two more expansions that allow you to do things like research cures in a laboratory.  One even adds a fifth disease, an incurable Superbug that makes the game much more difficult.

Spinoffs of Pandemic add new features such as dice to the game, which introduces an additional element of chance.  One unique spinoff called Pandemic: Contagion flips the script entirely, putting players in the role of the diseases and forcing you to work towards the eradication of the entire human race!  And if you’re into mythical monsters and H.P. Lovecraft, you’ll love Pandemic: Reign Of Cthulu, which pits you against occultists who are trying to summon the legendary monster.

Save The World From Pandemic

Pandemic is a perfect game for families, as it accommodates 2-4 players from ages 8 and up.  It’s not too difficult to get the hang of, but it’s also challenging enough that you won’t get bored of it after a few plays.  The additional expansion packs are a creative way to extend gameplay and get a few additional years out of this classic.  But above all, Pandemic stands apart from other games because of its focus on cooperation.  If you can get kids to work together to rid the world of disease, there’s nothing you can’t do!

 

How to Play Pandemic

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