We're getting an early start to our holiday weekend today (Tuesday) by driving 6+ hours to visit my younger brother and his family in Idaho. Our son will be joining us there (almost halfway) from his first semester in college in Eastern Idaho. My sister-in-law said 'bring some games'. (Of course I asked first.)
So, what games do you hope to play with family and friends this holiday weekend, whenever yours begins?
I'm taking a few games to share. Since I don't know their game experience, I'm taking a mix of games and unsure how many will actually be played over the next four days:
#Downforce easy one to introduce to non-gamers and plays up to 6. You are betting on a car race. You can win even if your own car doesn't come in first place.
#King of Tokyo yahtzee meets Godzilla. Another easy game to introduce and plays up to 6. Roll dice, attack other monsters, try to claim Tokyo and survive.
#Draftosaurus drafting dino-meeples. Fun short game that's also easy to teach.
#Bandido play cards to prevent the bandit from tunneling an escape. Simple concept, you win some-you lose some, quick game with few rules.
#Five Crowns my sister-in-law said she liked simple card games, so this on is for her and my wife. Five suite deck of rummy-style play. Goes ten rounds, each round with a different wild card, and play all cards from your hand to go out. Unplayed cards cost you points. A family and friend favorite.
#Qwixx easy dice game. Every player can mark a number on their score pad on another player's turn which eliminates down time between player turns. Mark off numbers on your score pad from left to right. Game ends when one of two conditions have been met, then add up your points based on how many numbers have been crossed out on your pad.
#Just One easy party game for up to 7 players, the more players the easier it is to win. Play with 13 cards. Active player chooses a word on their card (they don't get to see it) by stating a number between 1-5. All players write a clue word on their easel to help the player guess the unknown word. Any duplicate clues are turned face-down before active player sees remaining clues and tries to guess the word. Keep the card for a team point if guessed correctly, lose the card if you pass, and lose the card plus another card if guessed incorrectly. Trying for most points out of 13.
#Cartographers Heroes this one is really for me. I've got both games and five of the six expansion maps. I really like this game. You're drawing a map based on shapes and terrains from played cards. Four scoring cards, each scored twice over four seasons. Monster cards are drawn on your neighbor's map, and heroes can destroy monsters. I like using colored pencils (although the yellow for fields can be hard to see on some expansion maps). Did I say I really like this game?