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Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, or simply enjoying a relaxing night in with your loved ones, a board game is are a sure-fire way to stir up your competitive side.
We tested and researched the best board games aimed at adults, considering the strategy, humor, and number of players involved in each pick. Based on our insights, Settlers of Catan is our best overall pick. The strategy game appeals to a wide audience, has easy-to-grasp directions, and a high replay value for hours of adventurous fun.
Here, the best board games for adults that you’ll want to add to your game shelf.
Many board games for adults have more sophisticated rules, but that doesn’t mean they have to be so complicated it makes you want to quit before you even begin playing. Opt for games that are both easy to understand and quick to explain (so you don’t spend half of the night reading the rules) but still require some serious strategy skills. All the options above fit into both categories: easy to explain and challenging to play.
Number of Players
Games that can accommodate both two players and many players are ideal. While family-friendly games may be designed for more players so all the kids can get involved, many board games for adults are meant to be fun and competitive with as few as two players. Of course, there are party-style games that are great for a crowd, but if it’s just you and a friend playing, choose one of the options built to challenge groups of two.
Who doesn’t love to laugh and let loose? Thankfully, many adult board games include an aspect of humor and wit. Unlike games for kids that may play on silly humor or outrageous outcomes, the humor of a board game for adults is usually developed with a more mature audience in mind—one that can appreciate irony or agonize over embarrassment. Look for a game that’s aligned with your humor, and you’ll be much more likely to play often.
There’s no definitive answer to this question. The internet is littered with subjective lists of the most popular board games for adults that vary according to who is compiling them. These lists may focus on games that are currently trending or have been around for ages, from ancient but still ubiquitous board games such as Chess to vintage classics like Monopoly to contemporary games such as Catan, which was first released in 1995 in Germany and is trending in the U.S. in 2022.
According to the British Museum, the first board game was The Royal Game of Ur, which can be traced back approximately 4,600 years to ancient Mesopotamia. The museum has an original model from 2,500 BC on display in its collection, and sells a modern reproduction of the board game which it describes as “the famous race game played by the kings and queens of ancient Ur.” The two-player game includes a board, two sets of variously colored game pieces, and tetrahedral dice. You can watch a British Museum curator show you how it’s played, if you’re curious.
You can organize board games alphabetically, according to age group (kids, adults, whole family), according to the size of the box they come in, by color, or anything else that makes sense to you. You can organize board games in closed storage like a credenza or a closet, or horizontally or vertically on open shelving. Just be sure to keep them where they are easy to access and put away for everyone who wants to play. While some people like organizing board games in plastic tubs, or emptying pieces into plastic baggies, there’s really no need to load up on all that plastic when they already come in a cardboard storage box.
This article was written and researched by Meredith Hurd, who focuses on digital marketing and copywriting for wellness brands and tech start-ups. Additional research was done by Megan McCarty, a writer for The Spruce and MyDomaine with over 13 years of experience in both print and digital media. She regularly contributes to design-focused outlets such as Architectural Digest, Domino, House & Home, and Hunker.
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