Today is a glorious day my friends!
It’s International Tabletop Day! Brian and I shall celebrate by gathering with some of our board gaming buddies and playing copious amounts of games while snacking and boozing. Life is good today. In honor of this beautiful nerdy-as-fuck holiday started by one of our favorites, Wil Wheaton, and crew (Geek & Sundry, y’all), I thought I would share with you some games that you may not know exist. But should. Because holy hell are they fucking awesome. Also, these games are not for the weak at heart. These games are specifically chosen because they involve a lot of yelling. Screaming. Fuck-your-mother-ing. But I’ve played all these games with my mother. So there’s that.
Trailer Park Wars
When introducing non-gamers into the world of serious gaming, I used to use The Settlers of Catan as a gateway game. I like to think of it as Monopoly meets serious gamer. But then I discovered Trailer Park Wars. And oh shit you guys. This game is fucking hilarious. And ridiculous. And SUPER easy. The concept is simple, build a trailer park with trailer cards, amenities, and residents. Each amenity and resident offers benefits and (most importantly victory points). While you’re building your own park, your opponents are doing the same…but you’re also trying to destroy one another’s parks. With cards that send tornadoes through your neighboring park’s trailers, infestations and romances, you can kill, steal or move trailers, people and amenities. Flamingos flank your playing area as the victory points. Hillbilly accents and names are highly recommended. (One day, I’ll introduce you to my alter-ego Gina May). My PARENTS think it’s hysterical. My friends love playing. If you’re into horror flicks, you can also add the expansion, Trailer Park Wars: Terror in the Trailer which gives you more cards and more ways to screw your neighbor.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Did you ever play MAFIA or WEREWOLF at Denny’s on school nights? No? Just me? Okay, well, this is the ultimate lying and deduction game. There’s a werewolf (or a few werewolves) in the town, and the villagers are ready to hunt this shit down. Except that no one knows who’s a villager and who’s a werewolf. Each person receives a card revealing their identity, but no one knows what anyone else’s card says. The first phase of the game allows some people (werewolves and villagers) to do things in secret while everyone’s eyes are closed (there’s an app that tells you when you can do your thing!). Some people can look at other cards. Some people can look at each other. Some people can even move cards around. Then you open your eyes and the clock starts. You have to decide who the werewolf is and kill them. If you’re a werewolf, you want people to kill a villager by mistake. There’s a lot of yelling. And lying. And “YOU’RE THE WEREWOLF!!!!!” It’s pretty much amazing. This one’s a favorite in our gaming group, but I also got my parents and aunt & uncle to play on Saint Patrick’s Day. My mom was laughing so hard it hurt (probably because she’s a TERRIBLE liar). She’s still on the fence on this one. Oh yeah, this one ALSO has an expansion, which they Kickstarted last year: Daybreak. The expansion adds MORE characters. Additional features. Overall more stuff. Perfect for completionists like me (at least that’s what Brian says, anyways).
Ca$h N Guns
This one is equally as fantastic. You’re a band of thieves. You work together to rob a bank, but now what? Oh, right. You take out the competition. Each person has 3 bullets (Bang! cards) and 5 blanks (Click cards). You choose your weapon card, and on three, everyone points their foam gun (did I mention there are foam guns?) at someone else. At this point, depending on how many guns are pointed at you, you can choose to go forward for the loot (BONZAI!) or chicken out (put your gun down, homie). Those who chickened out and those who are shot, are out of the running for the loot. Everyone else divides the pot between themselves. At the end of 8 turns, the most money wins the game. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend playing with people you don’t mind stabbing in the back. I felt REALLY bad for my friend Beth’s boyfriend (and Brian), because of five of us, they were the two that I felt comfortable destroying. I made the mistake of going for Cletus once, and he wrecked me right back. So the other two guys it was.
What are some of your favorite board games? How will you celebrate International Tabletop Day? What’s the best lying, cheating, backstabbing, screw your neighbor game you’ve ever played?
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All of these sound fun but absolutely THE BEST screw-your-teammate game HAS to be Munchkin. Any variety.
Ticket to ride is slow and fun, and a bit of a longer screw-over, with less intent, rather just WINNING.
I didn’t know this day was Wil Wheaton’s fault. GOOD MAN!
Oooh I love Munchkin! We have several versions!
Tonight, I played a game that was like Ticket to Ride, but with planes and a stock aspect. Airplanes Europe. Pretty cool!
Oh! That sounds like a giggle 🙂 Not one I’ve heard of before.
I hadn’t either! Apparently, it’s the same creator as Ticket to Ride.
Well I FORSURE like that. I have the 10th anniversary edition of the American one. Not sure if I’ll be allowed to keep it, as Husby bought it as a gift for me…perhaps he’ll let me keep it. We’ll see. It’s just Stuff, in the end. It’s fun stuff though.
Have you tried Carcassonne? I LOVE that game. And Dixit is great, too.
I like to think he will let you keep it. But if not, you can always get another. Just stuff.
(Hugging you with my mind)
We have a 2-player version of Carcassonne, but haven’t played it yet. I’ve seen Dizit, but never played. I’ll but them on the list!
Carcassonne is AMAZING. It’s one of my absolute faves. Dixit is fabulous but you need a few people to make it really work. I’m ASSUMING you’re a fan of CAH. Cos how would you not be?
And yeah. Stuff. But I think he will. Probably.
Oh yeah… I even have CAH cards with my name on them. LOL.
That intrigues me 😀
Trailer Park wars is TOO fun!!
LOL. You’re adorable.
We stopped playing board games because of way too many fights and drunken arguments. Someone is always angry playing Monopoly!
Hahahahahaha! There are games that my family is not allowed to play. Scattegories is one of them (although it depends on who’s playing). Too many drunken fights for SURE.
Oh how I love drunken game nights. Amongst my friends Scattegories is always a good one. Much arguing is had. Can’t have a board game without Settlers. I mean there is just so much opportunity to screw people over in that game. If you ever want a simple game that gets progressively harder the more you drink check out Ghost Blitz
Seriously. There are cards and wooden figurines and much grabbing and shouting.
That sounds FUN!
It’s so much fun but honestly it’s quite simple….till you have a few drinks. Then you’re yelling….blue book BLUE BOOK!!!!
I’m dyeing over here after seeing the picture cards on Trailer Park Wars. Cracking me up! I need to find some gaming friends. I can barely get Jim to play Scrabble with me twice a year.
It was SERIOUSLY so much fun. Give Tiny Small a few more years and she will game with you! 🙂