Board games for grown-ups: Monopoly for Millennials, Balderdash and more
In case you missed it, board games have passed the point where they are merely child's play. From strategic games that forces you to work that intellect to downright cheeky ones you need to unwind this holiday, stocking up a decent edit will turn your peaceful NYE's indoors — that is if you're not keen on the Phase 3 crowds — into a night that could really go on for forever. A time of fun, laughter and possibly finger-pointing accusations — just the mood we need.
Basically a true test of how well you know your friends — and how they think. A word association game that keeps every player guessing and stringing names together — no matter how bizarre the connection is. To keep things interesting, gather at least 3 players in teams of two, and put your heads together to solve the codes of what your fellow friend is plotting.
Codenames is available on Lazada.
Monopoly for Millennials
The tagline for Monopoly for Millennials is a painfully real one for the most of us. Forget about real estate (with reference to the original game which deals with properties) because "you can't afford it anyway". Instead, it's all about collecting experiences such as a trip to the vegan bistro or a week-long retreat. Monopoly for Millennials is jam-packed with stereotypes that most of us can relate to like our love for avocados, a coffee in a to-go cup; even game tokens depict emojis, hashtag and sunglasses. Laugh over the struggles we face in life with your friends or give your parents a crash course to our lives with this reinvented version of Monopoly.
Monopoly for Millennials is available on Amazon.
Don't let the name of the game turn you off; Secret Hitler can be a lot of fun to play with your sceptical and detective-loving friends. Secret Hitler is a deduction-focused party game that is similar to Mafia or The Resistance but with more accusations of fascist behavior being thrown around. You begin with five to ten players where most of the players start as common 1930s German Liberals, with a few card-carrying Fascists — one being Hitler himself. Each round is the embodiment of collusion, lies, and accusations as the fascists gather to either discreetly enact Fascists policies or elect Hitler as chancellor against a chosen president or chancellor elected at the start of each round.
Secret Hitler is available on Amazon.
Another trust game to test the limits of your relationships. Coyote can be played with six people in under ten minutes per round. The rules of the game are simple: each person has a number attached to their head and takes turns declaring numbers. If the next person doubts that the number you just announced is higher than the sum in play, he may call your bluff. To play up the game, a set of special cards like negatives, multipliers, zeroers, etc. are introduced and create confusion to mislead players. The game ends with a clash between the last two players.
Coyote is available at the Mind Cafe.
Balderdash is the ultimate guessing game — but with obscure words. The game starts with one person reading a single word from a card like "onomatopoeia" and everyone else writes their mock definition for the word. The same person reads all the definitions, including the correct one and a vote is carried out on what everyone thinks is the correct definition. Points are awarded for voting correctly or if your definition is voted by others. Who says board games can't be educational as well?
Balderdash is available on Amazon.
Bang! lets you kill each other — Wild West style. Players are either a sheriff, deputy, bandit or renegade and your identity is kept a secret from others at the start of the game. Depending on your identity, you are given a unique ability which allows you to shoot better or heal better and you will also need to kill different people. The fun starts when everyone takes turns shooting at each other and wreaking havoc via the cards in your hand.
Bang! is available on Amazon.