• Nick Yahl

Day 2 Without Sports: Board Games


Day 1 without sports wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it's only going to get worse from here so we have to stick together. So far I've checked out some new tv shows on Netflix and Hulu, with plenty more left to check out and even started reading books!


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You'll eventually get tired of binge watching television all day so when thinking of alternative things to do, board games first came to mind. My family loves to play board games and we've now made it a Sunday tradition to play Settlers of Catan. If you're into strategy games Settlers of Catan is a fun one. There's multiple expansion packs and a ton of layers and different ways to win this game. I highly recommend it if you're into Risk.


Here are some other games people are playing during quarantine szn.


Clue - a murder mystery game for three to six players that was devised in 1943 by Anthony E. Pratt from Birmingham, England. The game was first manufactured by Waddingtons in the UK in 1949. Since then, it has been relaunched and updated several times, and it is currently owned and published by the American game and toy company Hasbro.


Betrayal at House on the Hill - a board game published by Avalon Hill in 2004. Players all begin as allies exploring a haunted house filled with dangers, traps, items, and omens. As players journey to new parts of the mansion, room tiles are chosen at random and placed on the game board; this means that the game is different each session. Eventually the "haunt" begins, with the nature and plot of this session's ghost story revealed; one player usually "betrays" the others and takes the side of the ghosts, monsters, or other enemies, while the remaining players collaborate to defeat them.


Uno - Easy to pick up...impossible to put down. Play by matching color or number, or play an action card against your opponent. When you're down to one card, don't forget to yell "UNO!" Contains 108 cards and instructions. For 2 to 10 players. Ages 7 and older.


Monopoly - The worlds most popular board game where you learn to buy real estate, collect rents, and build hotels - just don't go broke! Ideal for ages 8 and up. Perfect for 2-8 players.


Risk - The classic game of strategic conquest with 3 ways to play, faster gameplay, and updated map and playing pieces. Includes gameboard, 7 dice, deck of 42 cards, 5 sets of colored units, 5 capitals, 15 cities, parts sheet and instructions.


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Settlers of Catan - In Catan, players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan. Expand your colony through the building of settlements, roads, and villages by harvesting commodities from the land around you. Trade for a settlement, bricks and wood for a road, or try other combinations. Trade with other players, or at local seaports to get resources you might lack. The first player to achieve 10 points from a combination of roads, settlements, and special cards wins!


Sequence - The object is to get a "sequence," meaning a row of five poker-like chips on the game board. The board itself depicts lines of face-up playing cards. Players place their "crowning" chips on top of the card pictures, and can form sequences by using strategy and knowing which Sequence cards to keep or discard.


Trivial Pursuit - Trivial Pursuit is a board game from Canada in which winning is determined by a player's ability to answer general knowledge and popular culture questions. Players move their pieces around a board, the squares they land on determining the subject of a question they are asked from a card (from six categories including "history" and "science and nature"). Each correct answer earns a plastic wedge which is slotted into the answerer's playing piece.


Ticket to Ride - Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.

The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.


If board games aren't your thing, puzzles and coloring books are other options to help the time go by when you need a break from screen time. If you're feeling tricky, try a double-sided puzzles for increased difficulty!


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