As a family we often sit down and play games.  Although we like video games, Mariokart being one of our favorites, we also play board games.  We play games where logic, skill, and fun are what it takes to win and claim yourself as the family champion.  Here are nine of our favorites…

3 Games Recommended by a 20 Year Old

I have always been one for the games that are not video games. Maybe it is a little bit of the nerd in me or maybe because I did at one point live a life before video games were a real thing. Either way, video games are not always my forte. Games are a great way to spend time with people and you can always get good laughs out of them too.

That being said, here are my top 3 non-video games:

  1. Telestrations – This is a fairly new game and I never actually played it until I was at college. It is similar to the game telephone. Instead of whispering in the person’s ear the phrase you want, you draw the picture and guess. There are always some good laughs with this one. For example, the other day a drawing of a raccoon turned into a rocket ship and a drawing of a microwave turned into a small water.
  1. Scattegories – This is a classic and it’s a game that always gets played when I’m at my grandpa’s for Christmas as well as other times. It’s the thinking concept that I enjoy – probably.
  1. Clue – Here is another game that makes me think. I enjoy thinking – in case you haven’t caught on by now.

So there you have it. You top three games from a 20 year old engineering student. In all honesty though, it doesn’t matter what game you play but instead the people you play with and the memories you make with them


3 Games Recommended by a 49 Year Old

Game #1 – When I was 7 years old, my uncle introduced me to a game I have played all my life.   Although this two player game is not really a family game, I am now playing it with my 7 year old nephew.  Unfortunately, my uncle and I stopped playing Chess after I won a game about a year after we started playing.   However, if you are looking for a strategy game that makes you think and where no two games are exactly the same, this is a great game to teach your kids.  I ended up playing in a club in grade school and high school.   Our high school team, my senior year, ended being very good and qualified for the team state championship.  Two of us qualified for the individual state championship that year.  Now I play with my nephew who is very good.

Game #2 – My second game is a game where you need at least 3 people and can be played by everyone ages 3 to 93.  Uno is a card game that requires players to get rid of all the cards in your hand before anyone else.  But be careful, there are Skips, Reverses, Draw 2, Draw 4, and Wild cards that allow you to “get” the people sitting immediately beside you.  We played this game one New Year’s Eve for four hours with about ten people.

Game #3 – My final game is another logic game, Clue.  Clue is a who done it board game.  In order to win you have to determine who killed Mr. Boddy, what room it happened in, and what weapon was used.  My kids and I always have fun playing the game.

3 Games Recommended by a 70 Year Old

1.  Rummikub is a tile-based board game combining elements of the card game rummy and mahjong. Players make runs of at least 3 consecutive numbers or groups of at least 3 of the same number. While the object of the game is to get rid of all your tiles, the fun of the game is to manipulate the tiles on the board by rearranging tile sets to get rid of your tiles.
2.   Uno is a card game with a specialty set of cards including numbers, colors, and action items, which come into play often.  It is very easy to learn but hard to win because of all the changes which can spring up from other players and the deck of cards.
3. Sorry! is a board game where players try to travel around the board with their pieces faster than any other player.  The game title comes from the many ways in which a player can negate the progress of another, while issuing an apologetic “Sorry!”

Well there you go.  Now it’s your turn.  What non-video games do you like to play?