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The Best College Board Games

DormEssentials January 21, 2018

Board games are a past time that will make a comeback in your college days, even with the added rounds of BP, Rage Cage, etc. while partying. No longer reserved for just the hardcore DnD players, casual social board games have become a highlight of many gatherings. Whether you’re looking to have fun pre-gaming prior to heading out for the night, or you’re looking for an activity to enjoy with friends, our hand selected list of games will strengthen friendships and provide ample laughs. While not all may actually have a board, these college boardgames are tried and tested party pleasers, so enjoy our affiliated list with the best college board games! Or, if you want something more active check our top dorm sports too.

1. Cards Against Humanity - College Party Game

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Now version 2.0! Over 150 new cards since the last version. Contains 500 white cards and 100 black cards for maximum replayability. Includes a booklet of sensible game rules and preposterous alternate rules. America’s #1 gerbil coffin.

2. Codenames - College Board Game

Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table.

3. Jenga

Pull out a bock without crashing the stack to win at Jenga. Includes 54 Jenga hardwood blocks, stacking sleeve with instructions. Genuine hardwood blocks. Simple, solid, and timeless. It takes skill, strategy, and luck! Challenge yourself or play with friends.

4. One Night Ultimate Werewolf - for College Game Nights

The original among us. Each player gets a unique role: A Werewolf, Seer, Troublemaker, or another, all with special abilities. After a secret night phase that includes changing roles, players have just 5 minutes to find a Werewolf. Includes a free iOS/Android app that makes playing incredibly engaging and addictive.

5. Catan - Classic College Board Game

Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game. 60 minute games with 3-4 players, this is a game of the century award winner.

6. Ticket to Ride

The Ticket To Ride Board Game is a cross-country train adventure that celebrates Fogg’s impetuous and lucrative gamble to travel “Around the World in 80 Days” by proposing a new wager. The stake is a $1 million prize in this winner-takes-all competition. The objective of this train board game is to see who can travel by rail to the most cities in North America in just seven days. This Ticket To Ride game can be played by two to five players.

7. Exploding Kittens - Card Based Game

In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.

8. What do you Meme - College Game Night Game

Think you’ve got what it takes to out-meme your friends IRL? Compete to create the funniest meme by pairing Caption Cards with the Photo Card in play. A rotating judge picks the best combination each round.

9. King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo is a game for 2 to 6 players where you play as mutant monsters, rampaging robots, or even abominable aliens battling in a fun, chaotic atmosphere. Roll the dice and choose your strategy: Will you attack your enemies? Heal your wounds? Improve your Monster? Stomp your path to victory!

10. Dixit - Old School College Board Game

One player selects a card from their hand and speaks a word, phrase, or sentence represented by the picture. The others then play a card which best represents what was said. The cards are revealed and each player votes for the best image. Points are awarded for correct guesses, clever choices, and good stories.

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