20 Board Games For Friendsgiving

By Rene Santana on November 19, 2019

With the recent release of Disney+, everyone is reliving their childhood days watching their favorite films. Come Thanksgiving day, instead of binge-watching, play some board games with friends instead! Use this time to invite some of your co-workers or friends as it is Friendsgiving after all, too. Who knows, you may even have a couple of board games that need some dusting off. Or perhaps you need an update. So many new titles out, I’d like to help you find a few new games to get.

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Settlers of Catan
A classic board game based on farming, trading, and throwing lots. You’ll laugh, cry, rage, and want to play this game over and over again with friends and family alike.
How to play: https://www.catan.com/game/catan

7 Wonders
Crush your enemy with brute force or patiently gather victory points to outsmart them. Use the great mythic powers and ancient structures to work your way to complete victory.
How to play: http://rprod.com/index.php?page=description-22

Bang
Everyone knows who the sheriff is, but as for the rest of the town, it’s an all-out western showdown.
How to play: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3955/bang/ratings?comment=1

Ticket to Ride
It’s a race to complete as many routes as possible. Have a group of 6 or more? Playing it in teams is just as fun!
How to play: https://www.daysofwonder.com/tickettoride/en/usa/

Deck Building Games
The end goal is to gather as many points as possible, but with one catch. You need teamwork to defeat each obstacle and obtain better rewards.
Options: https://gamecows.com/best-deck-building-games/

Exploding Kittens
The Oatmeal’s outrageous creation, it’s a modern twist on the classic Russian roulette. Except with kittens that could explode.
How to Play: https://explodingkittens.com/how-to-play

What Do You Meme?
Memes are how we communicate in the digital age. So why test your trivial knowledge of memes and see who can share most feels?
How to play: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/226610/what-do-you-meme-millennial-card-game-millennials

Punderdome
You won’t get bored with this game, because it’s not a board game! Only play this game if you’re not allergic to puns.
How to play: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/533671/punderdome-by-by-daughter-father-duo-jo-and-fred-firestone-creators-of-punderdome-3000/

Say Anything
A unique spin on comparison games, write a response to a selected card, place bets on the best answer, and watch if the judge picks your choice.
How to play: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/33604/say-anything

Oregon Trail
Who will die on the long and deadly adventure through the Oregon trail? You may have been alone on the computer version, but now you’ll have to work with friends to make it to the destination, along with having the unfortunate decision to choose who lives and dies.
How to play: https://www.pressmantoy.com/product/the-oregon-trail-card-game/

Celestia
Take turns commandeering an aircraft, collecting treasures along the way with other players. A fantastic board game for fans of steampunk style artwork.
How to play: https://www.jestatharogue.com/game-reviews/review-celestia/

Small Worlds
Control lands as elves, trolls, Amazonians, or wizards, you’ll have the chance to earn as land credit as possible over eight turns.
How to play: https://ncdn0.daysofwonder.com/smallworld/teaser/en/playing-small-world.html

Scythe
Gather, steal, and fend for your resources in this alternative history game. Among the pastures and farmlands, giant mechs roam the regions as a fallen king attempts to regain his honor and standing.
How to play: https://ncdn0.daysofwonder.com/smallworld/teaser/en/playing-small-world.html

Santorini
Quick, easy, and endless, this board game is a must for any party set. Set on the Greek island of Santorini, players must build their victory. Yes, it really is as simple as that.
How to play: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1842960/santorini-detailed-review

Superfight
Have the best possible pair of attack cards against your opponent and let the table judges decide who wins the fight. It’s similar to a hypothetical street fight as you determine what fictional characters would win in a deathmatch.
How to play: https://www.superfightgame.com/how-to-play/

Zombicide
Who doesn’t want to play out a possible zombie apocalypse scenario? Work in a team to defeat hoards of zombies and pray you all make it out alive.
How to play: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/113924/zombicide

Wingspan
Build and attract as many birds as possible to your habitat. With dozens of birds to attract, each with unique growth rewards, the replay value is considerably high. It’s won the 2019 Kennerspiel des Jahres award having only been out for less than a year.
How to play: https://stonemaiergames.com/games/wingspan/

Betrayal at House on the Hill
Travel through a haunted mansion, deciding each step of the way what room or hall to enter. In this game, you’re either a traitor or a hero, you pick.
How to play: https://www.ultraboardgames.com/betrayal-at-house-on-the-hill/game-rules.php

Azul
Lay your combinations down and watch as your artwork either flourishes with praise or gathers dust with dismay. It’s a diagonal match game. First person to have a line of five consecutive tiles on their wall wins the round.
How to play:https://www.nextmovegames.com/en/home/48-azul.html

Carcassonne
Thoughtfully construct your version of southern France. Turns are quick, so don’t get too carried away with roads and cities!
How to play: https://www.zmangames.com/en/products/carcassonne/

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