Favorite Family Games

I’ve played games with loads of family in the past few months, and that usually means quick, easy to learn games that can play 5 or more players.  With spring and summer break approaching, I know many people will have extra gaming time while on vacation! What are some of my favorite family games as of March 2016?

Qwixx

Such a fun and quick dice game! Loved by my whole family!
Such a fun and quick dice game! Loved by my whole family!

I played Qwixx back in Thanksgiving but didn’t buy myself a copy until after Christmas. I later learned that it’s also my in-laws current favorite game! I’ve taught this game to over 10 people, and all have loved it.  It’s one of the best gateway games out there. Qwixx is a 2-5 player dice game by Gamewright and plays in about 10 minutes.  Easy to learn, fun to play, even my strategy game group enjoyed it.

Codenames

Definitely my favorite party game of the year. Best part is the looks of confusion when someone does a weird clue.
Definitely my favorite party game of the year. Best part is the looks of confusion when someone does a weird clue.

Codenames is my favorite party game for a variety of reasons. It uses logic and word association in a very fun way.  I love that it’s a team game, so new players can jump in and not worry about doing everything right.  I’ve introduced Codenames to about 20 people since Thanksgiving, and every single person has enjoyed it.  Highly recommended!  Codenames is a team word game for 2+ players, although I suggest playing it with 4 or more.

Carcassonne 

Carcassonne is my favorite strategy game to play with my parents.  They've gotten quite good at it.
Carcassonne is my favorite strategy game to play with my parents. They’ve gotten quite good at it.

I found a love for Carcassonne about a year and a half ago.  I had played the ipad version and my friend’s copy, but knew I needed to get my own. Now I have several expansions and standalone versions, and many custom meeples.  I was so happy my parents enjoy Carcassonne, so we get to play it with them often. It’s 2-5 players and has easy gameplay. It’s a good gateway to heavier games, and tile laying has always been one of my favorite mechanics.

Duel List

Best part of Duel List is trying to determine a valid word! Much laughter has ensued with this game.
Best part of Duel List is trying to determine a valid word! Much laughter has ensued with this game.

Now I may be biased about my own game, but it is one of my favorite family games.  Duel List is a knowledge listing game for 2-8 players and is on sale on The Game Crafter.  I’ve had so many laughs with this game and enjoy every play.  I’m so proud that I’ve gotten to introduce this game to so many family members and even made a custom expansion for my nieces.  My dad says it’s his favorite game other than Bridge and often wins at it.

Rolling America

Rolling America is such a great puzzle game. Simple but so hard to do well.
Rolling America is such a great puzzle game. Simple but so hard to do well.

I really enjoy Rolling America, and it was more strategic than I originally thought upon purchasing the game. Rolling America is a dice puzzle game where you try and get the least amount of X’s on your map. It’s all about mitigating the bad rolls. I like that Rolling America can be played with any amount of players since the play is simultaneous.  It’s also great to play solo as well!

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