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Favorite Party/Board Games?

As Sam mentioned to you all last week, Austin got hit with some nasty weather last week that left hundreds of thousands in the city without power for a variety of days.

I just got my power back this morning after it went down last Wednesday at 5 AM.

After my fiancee and I got used to the cold and dark, we realized we were SO BORED. We had a few board games, like Clue and Codenames, but definitely could have used some more 2-player options.



So with that in mind, I was wondering if any of you all had some recommendations for fun party/board games? (2 players or more!)

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It is hard for me to think of ones that are specifically 2 player. However, these are some fun ones.

  • Sushi-Go
  • Throw Throw Burrito
  • Munchkins
  • Tapple
  • Catan
  • Codenames
  • Exploding Kittens

I really enjoyed Munchkins

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Throw throw Burrito is my favorite name now.

Exploding Kittens, that's cruel. lol



Now that's an awesome topic!

I do have some and I did played a lot. Now with a baby its hard to find time, but He will grow and then maybe we can play together. Well.. Doom Board can wait a bit more lol.

- To get a family game started, play UNO!
- To get a family WAR started, play Monopoly!
- To make fun of others doin' funny stuff we have Party.
- The Educational Mars 2049 (MARTE 2049) good for kids.
- XCOM for single player board game against AI
- To round up those old school nerd friends, DOOM or Muchkins
- To get everyone confused, Clue (CLUEDO)




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I played a lot of "Don't Break The Ice" when I was a kid. We also had "Candy Land", and a standard deck of cards.

I just learned how to play "Speed" again after not playing it for nearly 10 years. 

I remember playing "Guess Who" "Battle Ship" and "Connect 4". 

There is actually a "Dark Souls" board game that I had fun with but it does take a little while to finish a campaign.

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A Dark Souls board game sounds kind of awesome... is it as hard as the real game though? hehe

It's fun and I would say it is difficult. You should look into it. Last time I played it was nearly two years ago so it is a little foggy but I do remember I had a blast.

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TBH, I never did like board games. But I was always the one that got his butt kicked with bad rolls, crappy "Draw from this stack" cards, stuff like that. But then again, no one could beat Opa at Scrabble. My sister inherited his Scrabble set, because she was most indubitably the favorite grandkid. It now sits in a place of honor in her family room. If a game of Scrabble does happen, she has a regular set.

At least with a deck or two of regular playing cards, the odds were a bit more in my favor. I'm still the family poker champ, and I was pretty good at a game we called "Bull****" that I learned when I was on course as an Air Cadet in my teens. My other Opa was dominant at Canasta. Mom was the Cribbage King.

Performance over Pretty.

When in college my mom and her sister played Scrabble a lot.  They both had a vocabulary that I only wish I could achieve.  in the winter months, they would always talk me into playing with them and like you, I was just a third wheel. 

Those were the day's😊  

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My wife Sandra always kicked my butt at Scrabble.  She is much smarter than I apparently.  Sadly, it's taken me so long to realize that!

As Albert Einstein said, "I could have done so much more with a Big Al's Computer!".

A post around Christmas about the best gift you ever gave was up.  I had completely forgotten about this gift until this conversation about scrabble.  As I stated my mom was incredible at this game and she always wanted an unabridged dictionary.   In 1976 or 1977 my new wife and I got her an unabridged dictionary.  Mom cried when she unwrapped it.


  • Uno
  • Monopoly
  • Trouble
  • Checkers
  • Spades

I'll give anybody the smoke in Uno. That's my joint. 😆

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Uno is the new monopoly in our house. Banned after a game got out of hand for one of my friends who I kid you not drew like 15 cards in one go. 😂

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Oh man, this post is RIGHT up my ally. 

Before I get into games, I want to recommend Vigilante Gastro Pub in Austin. They have EVERY board game, and game masters that will guide and explain how to play every game. It's only $5 per person if I remember correctly. The funniest date night I've had with friends! 

Now, to our collection at home - 


  • Incoherent 
    • Hilarious, and full of laughs but only for so long. Gets old sometimes
  • House of Danger 
    • Honestly, we have this and haven't played it. But it's like a murder mystery-type game. Gives big dungeon and dragon vibes. 
  • Snakesss
    • You play with a group, and one person is a snake and lying while all the others are telling the truth. And you need to figure out who the snake is in the situation. V fun. 
  • Scattergories 
    • All time favorite word game on the planet. 
  • Wits and Wagers 
    • Has cards with range questions that like most people wouldn't know and you have to bet how close you are with your answer to being right. Really fun 
  • Bezzerwizzer 
    • Trivia game that honestly is very difficult for my brain to comprehend. 
  • The Fuzzies 
    • Very cute kerplunk-type game, but with fuzzy cotton balls. Has different rules to make it challenging, really recommend.
  • Herd Mentality 
    • There are questions and everyone writes down an answer, but you do NOT want to have the same answer as others. So you need to think outside of the box. 
  • A little wordy 
    • It's a two-player game we have but have not tried yet!
  • Quiddler 
    • A card word game that is so fun and gets your brain pumping. 
  • Yahtzee 
    • I do not need to explain this one I hope hahah 🙂 A classic. 
  • Bananagrams 
    • I feel like this is like freeform scrabble, but fun!! 
Adept II

I've been looking to get into Stratego again but don't see an online version. Remember having a lot of fun with it.

I actually picked up Stratego recently (for the ice storm), but we haven't cracked it open yet!

Some photos to keep the topic fresh! 🤓

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XCOM Gameplay can be quite confusing


Fighting the Aliens

Deploying your Fighter Jets



The Englishman

These look insane. I'm very interested in the DOOM game...

I made a short game but long video about it.
I'm playing solo but its meant to be at least two persons (Marine VS Deamons) up to five (4x Marines VS Deamons)

Looks confusing at first, although its actually very easy and cyclic, you'll end up doing the same things till everyone gets fragged.

The fresh part, there is a campaign with several levels. Even if you end the 15 map you can build your own later. Lots of customizations to the marine as well, from medic, engineer, marksman, etc...

Lots of guns! Glory Kills! Double sided map pieces, but in the end... the Dice is calling the shots. 😉

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My 2 favorite board games:

  1. Chess
  2. Trivial Pursuit



@Vynski wrote:

My 2 favorite board games:

  1. Chess


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No mention of Risk?  It's one game I'm good at.  

I like the idea of Global Domination.  Reminds me of Unreal.I like the idea of Global Domination. Reminds me of Unreal.

As Albert Einstein said, "I could have done so much more with a Big Al's Computer!".
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It's funny now that I look back on my career.  For about five years, I was performing risk assessments at government installations.  I never thought about the connection to this game, but there it is.  

As Albert Einstein said, "I could have done so much more with a Big Al's Computer!".

That is a great game! And you have so many versions now, like monopoly.

I've been wanting to grab this:



The Englishman
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I really like Cards Against Humanity. Or alternatively, if you want something more family-friendly, then Codenames is a great game.

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