Here are three different tabletop board games you can use to occupy yourself and your family during the pandemic, but I assure you ]they will be fun after things calm down as well. The three games are Exit: The Game, How Do You See The World? and Tattoo Stories. These games are a lot of fun and I am going to break them each down.
How Do You See The World? by Authentic Agility Games
This is a game by Authentic Agility. The game has 100 cards each with five questions. The game is very simple. Whether you are looking to explore yourself or get to know the people around you this is a great game. A player takes a card and rolls the die. You match the symbol on the die to the one on the card and ask that question. Go in a circle with everyone answering the question. Pass the die and keep going for as long as you like. The game encourages you to be truthful and authentic. You get to know yourself and others while helping further education. A portion of the proceeds from each box sold goes to help advance education and entrepreneurship. We had a lot of fun with this. Some of the questions were out of scope for my youngest (8), and some questions were answered silly by my oldest (12) but all in all a great game. I would consider this a great game to play with co-workers or business associates to help each other understand the other. Check it out here.
Tattoo Stories by Bicycle
This game is fantastic, even if you do not know how to draw. It is rated for 12+ though again we let the 8 year old play. Game time is about 30 minutes though with more players it will take longer. The game comes with enough white boards for 6 players. If you decide to use paper and play with more the points can get spread out pretty thin so be careful. But using paper to save the tattoo drawings could be a lot of fun as well if you want.
The game breaks down into a simple way. There is a pile of cards with tattoo themes. The judge draws out ten cards and of them picks five. The other five are put aside to potentially be used later. The five picked cards are laid out before the artists for them all to see. Once all cards have been read the judge starts the timer and the artists have three minutes to draw a tattoo using the elements on all five cards. The tricky part is there is no erasing during this three minutes. You make a mistake and you are out of luck. The artists are free to ask any and all questions of the judge. After the timer goes off the artists each get to present their work and explain why theirs is the best. The judge then assigns each card to the artist who best represented that element. All cards can go to one or they can be spread out as the judge decides. The judge then passes to the next player and play continues in the same manner. Do this until all players have judged twice. Count up the number of cards you have been awarded and that is your score. Whoever scored the highest gets to be the winner. Even though I can barely draw my way out of a paper bag I had a ton of fun with this. If you are having trouble with the dry erase boards and markers provided feel free to use paper and pen or pencil to get better detail. I highly recommend this game and think this could be a hit at parties. Check it out here.
Exit: The Game by Kosmos
While the last one was lighthearted and fun this is a serious thinking game. This game can take two hours or more so make sure you have the time and brain power to devote to this great game. Exit: The Game is a really great experience for those looking to try out the escape room challenge but have an issue with being trapped, or if like now when you can’t go to places like that. We played the Mysterois Museum, which is rated a 2 out of 5 difficulty. I have never been to an escape room but I have played many sessions of D&D with riddles and puzzles and I have to say the riddles to uncover in Exit were quite the challenge. I still had a blast and look forward to playing another story. And I do mean another story, as unlike other board games Exit is a one time game. The riddles do not change and in some cases you actually destroy the cards during play, cutting, bending, tearing, folding or whatever the situation calls for. I will say the board game collector in me shook in fear for the first card to meet the scissors. But I survived and actually had no issue using the scissors when the next occasion happened.
One of the great things about this game is it comes with a series of hints for each level of the puzzle if you get stuck. I am not afraid to say I was not using the most of my brain power that day and we did use a handful of the hints. The game has a load of different options. You choose the story and difficulty that suits you best. Check it out here.
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There you have three options for games to play while you are stuck at home. One to help find yourself and to get to know others better, one for pure hilarity and fun competition and one to seriously get your brain thinking and keep yourself sharp. What games are you enjoying lately? Got any recommendations of your own or have you played any of these three? Let us hear about them in the comments. Thanks for reading. Until next time, stay nerdy!