The Board-ing House

Hello there. I hope you and your loved ones (both furry and non-furry) are keeping yourselves safe, well and happy.

Where I am the rain continues to fall (as it has been for weeks now), with more flooding expected to come through in the next few days … fingers crossed things will begin to dry out sooner rather than later!

Perhaps it’s due to the subdued start to our new year, or perhaps we can blame it on the rain … whatever the reason, the Mr and I thought we might increase our board game collection. The aim is to start a regular board game night for ourselves, just for a bit of non-computer related fun.

As you can see, our current range of games is rather sad. So, I’d love to hear your recommendations for which games we should invest in first? On my list so far are Scrabble, Cluedo and Yahtzee.

I’m open to any and all suggestions, with one exception – I will hear no talk of Pictionary (the Mr and I have some rather unpleasant prior history with that game – let’s just say that drawing and me don’t mix).


  1. Dan

    Settlers of Catan. The ultimate board game. It’s fantastic!

    Think it’s a three player game though. To be honest there aren’t many of the more adult complex games that cope with just 2 players.

    Shadows over Camalot is another fantastic game where the players team up rather than compete against each other – however three players or more again.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Dan – Oh the ‘Settlers of Catan’ … what a fantastic name for a board game!! I haven’t heard of that one before.

      I don’t think we’re ultimately opposed to games requiring more players, so I shall add that game to the future list of board games.

      ‘Shadows Over Camelot’ is another awesomely named board game – is that part of your criteria for excellent game play? 😉 … Games where players team up are always fun, though Lee and I can self-destruct as a team – I think we can be too individually competitive … haha.

  2. Erika Lee Sears

    Catan is fun! Hmmm Apples to Apples is fun with a group. 🙂 Dominos is fun but not a board game. Scrabble is fun but my husband and I can’t play it together because we are both poor sports with each other. lol

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Two votes for ‘Settlers of Catan’ … gosh, I’m really going to have to check that one out sooner rather than later.

      I haven’t heard of ‘Apples to Apples’ either … so that’s another that shall require some research. I love playing Dominos … I passed many a happy hour as a child stacking and re-stacking those pieces! 🙂

      Scrabble is great, though I do fear that my husband and I may face similar ‘bad sports’ issues as you and your husband do … we tend to get caught up in the action sometimes! 😉

  3. Gabrielle Bryden

    I’d say Trouble – but that might be for a younger crowd (I still love it – the way you push the middle plastic bubble). Hope you will be alright in these floods – it is all a bit unbelievable – take care.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Oh I love Trouble, though I haven’t played it in YEARS!! It used to be one of my favourite games – all the noise and excitement – so much fun!! 😀

      We’re doing OK now, just doing a clean-up and worrying about the CBD, and all those people far worse impacted than us. I hope things are looking better out your way too.

      Take care

      1. Jeff

        If you like trouble, why not get the adult version, Parcheesi. Not sure I spelled that right.

        That might cause a flare up of that competitiveness you guys seem to have, though. My wife refuses to play with me anymore because I actually follow the rules. 🙂

        1. tracey (Post author)

          Hi Jeff – I’ve never heard of it, I’ll have to investigate some more … there’s always ‘one’ who has to follow the rules to a tee (I only do that if it works in my favour).

  4. Andrew

    For ultimate marital happiness, “Risk” is the game. Remember – Never fight a ground war in Asia.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Haha, I’ve never played Risk … it’s always looked like one of those ‘serious’ board games …

      Anyway, how are you???? It’s been too long since we’ve seen you … I hope life’s treating you more than just well, and that you’re loving every minute of it!! 😀

  5. Franca

    Ok, this is a great question for me! I spent most my Christmas holiday playing board games! Board games are big in Germany, and my parents have loads. They are in a board games club as well, which meets once a month.

    So, Settlers of Catan is the classic. It’s amazing! I call it the shouty game because in my family it’s also a tradition of to come up with elaborate insults if someone builds where you wanted to build or doesn’t trade with you. You don’t have to shout of course, but i think it’s more fun.

    There’s also something called Elfenland (fairy land). Not sure if its out in English. There’s less oportunity for others to get in your way, which makes it more peaceful and easier.

    The final one is a new one that my parents got, RoboRally. It’s made by a British company and there are loads of different boards in it, so you never get bored of it.

    Hope that helps!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Franca – Oh I see you’re a board game expert … playing games over your Christmas holidays sounds like a lovely way to spend many pleasant hours. How wonderful that your parents are part of a board games club … I wonder, does it get really competitive?

      I can’t believe how I’ve never heard of ‘Settlers of Catan’ before … where have I been? I definitely think we’d end up doing lots of shouting … I love games like that, you just can’t help but get involved and trade insults when things don’t go your way (I suspect I may be a bit of a bad sport … I MUCH prefer to win!!).

      ‘Elfenland’ sounds interesting … I’ll have to see if it’s available in English. It sounds like a nice calm balance against the action of ‘Settlers of Catan’.

      RoboRally sounds cool too – I love those packs that offer lots of different games in one.

      Thanks so much for all your suggestions – you’ve been a wealth of board game knowledge (thank you!).

    2. Dan

      I’ve got Robo Rally. It’s a lot of fun although I’m convinced is a game of pure luck rather than skill

      1. Franca

        That’s what my brother in law said too! Is true that if you get pushed about then it’s annoying that there’s nothing you can do. But you still have to apply logic and develop a sense of left and right and plan ahead! I really enjoy it anyway.

        1. Dan

          The whole thing feels like an exercise in Chaos Theory to me 🙂

          Love it though!

        2. tracey (Post author)

          Hi Franca – All this discussion has me even more intrigued … it’s time for some serious board game buying! 😀

      2. tracey (Post author)

        Hi Dan – A game based around luck rather than skill doesn’t sound too bad to me!
        (so long as I’m winning) 😉

  6. bobbi

    I was just suggesting Pictionary, but then you said you don’t like it. I always play pictionary with my friends: it’s fun to see them fighting over who teams with me. Being an illustrator, it means who plays against me is going to loose.
    When I was a kid I used to play Master Minds with my mom for hours, but maybe it’s a kid’s game.
    Stay warm and safe…we had a flooding a couple of months ago and it was a disaster. I was so sad to hear about the flooding in Australia. And it hasn’t stop raining here either.

    We could ran away with our bags full of sylvanian families and Paul Newman’s pictures…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Haha, the ONLY reason why I don’t like Pictionary is because I can’t draw … so I’d be like your friends – vying to partner with you so I could be guaranteed a win! 😉

      The last time I played it was before my husband and I were married, and apparently my drawings weren’t up to scratch for him to be able to decipher them … whatever! 😉 (I blame his ‘boy’ eyes at failing to see what was right in front of him … haha). It’s not all bad though, as I ended up marrying him! 😉

      I love games played as a child with our parents – some of my fondest memories are of playing a board game with mum and dad on a rainy day.

      The flooding hasn’t been too bad at our house – but it’s certainly causing a lot of damage to my home city … hopefully the clean up will go smoother than expected. I hope the flooding you had a few months ago didn’t affect you too badly.

      YES!! I love, love, love your plan of running away together with our bags full to the brim with Sylvanian Families and Paul Newman pictures – I don’t think we’d ever be bored with such company and such goodness in our possession! 😀

  7. Andrew

    Not board game recommendations, but related…..

    I love jenga, the game usually comprised of wooden bricks. You start with a tower and have to take turns to remove a brick. Simple, but fun.

    I also enjoy blackjack and have meant for years to learn poker.

    Wishing you all the best through this hard time with the floods.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – I love Jenga too, it’s so much fun and can get quite tense (especially as that tower grows and grows). I’ve played that heaps of times with my family … I wonder where our set has gone??

      I’ve never learnt blackjack and like you, poker is a game I’ve been meaning to learn for a while … I think it would be fun to take part in a regular game amongst friends – that way I wouldn’t lose too much money I hope! 😉

      Thanks for your well wishes … Lee and I are doing OK now – we’re just cleaning up and worrying about the impacts on the people and buildings of our lovely capital city.

  8. Narnie

    I’m a board game junkie. Articulate is THE best after dinner party fun along with Masquerade (charades but oh so much harder… e.g. ‘talking a lemming out of suicide’) and then finishing with a bit of fisticuffs over Zuma. But for the sit down couple, where on earth is your scrabble? It really, really can’t be beat. 🙂 🙂

    1. Narnie

      (synchronicity, eh? You were there and I was here. 🙂 Hope you’re keeping dry. x)

      1. tracey (Post author)

        Hi Kiersty – Great minds think alike and it seems visit eachother’s virtual houses at the same time too! 😉

    2. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – Oh yes, I think I’ve seen Articulate before … that sounds like lots of fun (there’s just something about ‘after dinner’ games I think). Masquerade would definitely be a challenge, but it sounds great too!
      *adding them to my list*

      Haha … why is it that so many games end in anger and violence? 😉
      (perhaps that’s just the mark of passionate people fully committing to the board game experience?).

      Where is our scrabble indeed????? I know, I have NO idea why we don’t have it … perhaps my husband is scared to play me? 😉
      (it’s my next board game purchase).

  9. Rol

    Louise is a big board games fan but though we have quite a collection, the one we keep coming back to is Scrabble. You can’t mess with the classics.

    All the best to you and Lee – hope the floodwaters don’t rise too high.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – I agree, Scrabble is a classic and NEEDS to be amongst every board game collection. I think the few times Lee and I have played Monopoly against eachother it doesn’t end well at all … 😉

      Thanks for your flood-related well wishes … our house is largely unaffected (we just need to do more cleaning), but our poor city is still suffering the consequences.

  10. Debby

    Ooh I hope the rains stops for you…it’s getting scary….

    I’m intrigued by your Pictionary experience……we all played Square Pants Sponge Bob Monopoly over the holidays….which made a change…

    I think the weekly board game plan is a great idea to continue after the holidays.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Thank goodness the rain has stopped for a few days … though I’ll feel much better when the floodwaters have subsided and we can start preparing for what needs to be done to get the city back to relative normal. Some people are just having to face the most awful of circumstances … my heart goes out to them.

      Haha, Pictionary is just not the game for me because I completely suck at drawing – so I end up getting frustrated at myself and at my team-mate who is normally some sort of drawing superstar (like my husband).

      Regular board game play is not only fun, but I think it’s good for the mind too! 🙂
      Take care.

  11. Arjan

    ..again not a boardgame..but : rummikub, mikado (classics, but they’re still fun and 2 player compatible).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Arjan – Anything that’s two player compatible AND fun sounds great to me! Thanks so much for your suggestions … I have a feeling I may have come across Rummikub before, but perhaps my mind is playing tricks on me.

      Thanks! 🙂

  12. Jeff

    I loved Milles Bornes as a kid. Chess and checkers are of course classics. Boggle is one that my wife loves.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jeff – Wow, there are so many games I’ve never encountered before … I feel like I’ve been missing out.

      I’ve never been much for chess, I just don’t think I have the right mindset for it. Checkers is great fun though!

      Haha … ah yes Boggle – that’s lots of fun too.

      Thanks for your suggestions.

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