Stocking Stuffers for the Board Game Lover

Game night – for some it’s the toll of a boring evening in, but for others it’s a chance to explore new worlds and expand have tons of fun with friends and family. If your someone who loves board game night(or you know someone who does), then this post is for you.

Cards Against Humanity Expansion One ($10)

Cards Against Humanity First Expansion

Raucous, rowdy, and a little raunchy, these cards will make you laugh, even if you feel bad about it afterwards. Did I say a little raunchy? I meant don’t play this with kids…or parents…or anyone that is easily offended. For everyone else it’s loads of fun, even if it does make you question your humanity. As for the Holiday cards – only buy one set. The cards are the same, but the supported charity changes each year.

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Dixit ($23)

Dixit

Dixit deservedly won the 2010 Spiel des Jahres Game of the Year award. Designed in France, each card is like a beautiful work of art. In this game you describe this card in any way you like, then, everyone else chooses a card to fit the description, but not too exactly – ambiguity is part of the fun! Everyone votes on which card they believe it is, and points are tallied, but don’t be too obvious or you’ll get nothing! If you liked Apples-to-Apples you’ll love this version with a French twist.

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Catan: Traders and Barbarians Expansion ($38)

Catan Traders and Barbarians Expansion

If you loved Catan, but building the same old town, city and roads is starting to bore you, this expansion is for you. This expansion traces the growth and development of Catan after the establishment of the first towns and cities. From fishing to caravans, to glass and barbarians, the Traders and Barbarians expansion will breathe new life into your family game nights all year round.

Note: This requires the original game, and if you already have the 5–6 player expansion, you may want to consider the 5–6 player Traders and Barbarians expansion for this also.

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7 Wonders ($32)

7 Wonders

Like the history of civilization, if all our ancient wonders were printed on cardboard. Choose your wonder, and then craft your path to victory with resources, armies, and science! Play with up to 6 of your friends, and finish in only 30 min so you have time for more. I’m currently on a 3 game win-streak – see if you can beat it.

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Hanabi Card Game ($10)

Hanabi Card Game

This 2013 Spiel des Jahres Game of the Year Winner is all about cooperation. Work with your friends to build a spectacular fireworks display, or fail, and watch it fizzle out. The real twist is that you can see everyone’s cards except your own…good luck.

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Munchkin Deluxe ($20)

Munchkin Deluxe

Ever wanted kick down a door with your Boots of Butt-kicking or stab your friend with a blunt Mace of Sharpness? This tongue-in-cheek game will coax out your inner dungeon explorer in the most hilarious way possible. Even the directions are snarky and entertaining. Just watch out for those cheat cards – they’re totally legal!

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Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar ($45)

Tzolk'in The Mayan Calendar

Please the gods and lead your tribe to glory! You only have 260 days to work, and it’s up to you to decide what to work on. Will you harvest early, or improve your harvest by growing a little higher. Navigate carefully because this board comes with a literal twist – it changes after every turn.

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Terra Mystica

Terra Mystica Board Game

Do you have what it takes to survive and expand in this award winning magical land? Each of the 14 different playable groups has it’s own special ability, and there are four different religious cults that offer other advantages. Just remember, building close to others gives you more strength, but it also prevents you from expanding as quickly. Will your Dwarves engineer their way down from the Mountain before the Mermaids conquer the land from their lake home? With the right strategy, and a little luck – you just might win.

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Firefly: The Game ($40)

Firefly the Game

Choose a ship, hire a crew, and navigate the gorram galaxy. If you think you have what it takes to manage an unruly crew and keep them happy by finding and completing new jobs, then maybe you’re cut out to be a captain. If you can spot double-crossing employers, negotiate Alliance patrols, and get away from Reavers, maybe…just maybe you can keep on flying.

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