Now that the clocks have gone back the nights are getting darker earlier. There has never been a better time to stay in and play board games whilst snuggled up under a blanket with a hot drink! My boyfriend and I love board and card games, although frequently there are only two of us playing- which makes finding a game that works well with two players fairly difficult. We did a lot of research into games that were recommended as being good for couples (as well as being lured by the art for a couple of games!) I figured that other people may have the same issue, so here is my top five games for playing as a couple (ignoring the old time favourites such as monopoly and scrabble!) Aside from the Lord of the Rings game they all also work really well for more people- great for a games night!
Love Letter is a great little card game with a great price- we got our copy for £7.99 from amazon and you can sometimes find it cheaper. It is a game of luck, risk and deduction where you are a suitor who has fallen helplessly in love with a princess and using allies from the castles servants you must try deliver your letter to the princess. It is a simple game that is quick to learn, and rounds are quick so it is great to pick up for a speedy game. I love the art on our edition, and they have several other editions as well- even some branded editions such as Batman and Adventure Time (Which I have my eye on!) It comes in a small box which is great for travel, or is also available in a drawstring bag.
Lord of the Rings the Confrontation
We picked this up on Ebay, and it is the only game on the list which is strictly for two players. In this board game you play as either the Light or the Dark characters. Each player controls 9 characters- examples of the light side include Aragorn and Frodo and the dark side includes Sauron and Shelob. You win by moving Frodo into Mordor (light) or by killing Frodo/moving 3 Evil characters into the Shire (dark). There is a new deluxe edition available but we picked this up because it was cheaper! I love Lord of The Rings, so was lured to this game and it is great fun. Warning- may cause arguments!
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfrye
This card game is great fun and can be played with 2 to 6 players- so a great upscaler for a games night! It is a tad more mature than the other games in that it is rated for people 15 and over- probably due to the rather violent game art and crude spell names. The point of this game is to be the Last Wizard Standing, and this is done by combining spell cards into combos- when you are ready to play the card you read it out, and put the effects into motion. It is a hilarious game that will make you laugh out loud (The spell in the picture is Professor Presto’s Mysterious Bedazzlement if you were wondering!) It is great for playing with more than two- we have played it with my parents and they loved it! The only problem with this game is that it has gone out of print so getting hold of it can be difficult and expensive. The boyfriend found this on Ebay and had it shipped from America. Definitely worth playing if you can get your hands on it however.
Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride Europe is a really fun board game, and I find it really cute due to the fact that you build routes using tiny train carriages! The game is simple and quick to learn and great fun. There is an original version set in America however we chose the Europe version which is set in 1900s Europe and it is brilliant. The point of the game is to build routes across Europe earning points as you go. You collect train cards in the correct colours for the routes you wish to take, and then spend them to get train carriages. You can either match to route cards or just go where you want. It is a great game to play as a couple or with more people and I love the art style- the game board is lovely!
Small World is a great civilisation board game, and what I particularly like about it is that it has different game boards depending on the number of players- so if you have two players you have a different board compared to if you had more. This is great for keeping the intended cramped feeling of the board where you have to fight to conquer and control a board that is too small for all the races. It is suitable for 2-5 players although there are expansions so that you can play with more. What I love about the game is how it plays differently each time. There are different races and powers that combine (such as Wealthy Halflings) and you have to choose carefully to have the best chance of winning. You win by the having the most coins at the end- which is kept secret so you don’t know who has won until the final count. There are loads of expansions for this game, which is good for keeping it interesting but honestly the base game has more than enough content to replay it again and again.
So here are my top five board/card games- although there are also other great ones! I may do another post in the future with more suggestions as I think that games are a brilliant way to spend time with your partner or friends/family and also a great way to have a break from technology!
I’d love to hear suggestions for other games I may have missed out on!