If you’re bored in the house and in the house bored, and tired of hearing the same TikTok song over and over to keep you entertained, then it must be time to find a new hobby.
At a time of uncertainty such as a pandemic, it could be helpful to play board games that have an end goal in sight. Interacting with the people in your house could be a refreshing way to feel human again and there’s also the satisfaction of being able to finish a game after a long and thoughtful process. It’s therapeutic in a way… at least, that’s how I cope with the stress.
In the list below, we’re featuring five board games that we play while we’re in the house bored.
In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world. The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.
Yes, this game is a little ironic seeing as we’re dealing with a real-life pandemic, but what I like about this game is that you’re playing not against other players, but rather as a team. Additionally, after playing this board game, you could have more understanding or key takeaways on how hard it is to deal with a pandemic, but also having that hope that one day, it will get better… with enough determination and cooperation with your teammates, that is.
Ticket To Ride
The goal in this game is to complete the tracks. With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in under 15 minutes. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets – goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.
You can also download Ticket To Ride on your mobile app store. That way, you can also play with your friends or family from far away!
Apples to Apples
The party game Apples to Apples consists of two decks of cards: Things and Descriptions. Each round, the active player draws a Description card (which features an adjective like “Hairy” or “Smarmy”) from the deck, then the other players each secretly choose the Thing card in hand that best matches that description and plays it face-down on the table. The active player then reveals these cards and chooses the Thing card that, in his opinion, best matches the Description card, which he awards to whoever played that Thing card. This player becomes the new active player for the next round.
Acquire is a multi-player mergers and acquisitions themed board game. It is played with tiles representing hotels that are arranged on the board, play money, and buildings. In Acquire, each player strategically invests in businesses, trying to retain a majority of stock. As the businesses grow with tile placements, they also start merging, giving the majority stockholders of the acquired business sizable bonuses, which can then be used to reinvest into other chains. All of the investors in the acquired company can then cash in their stocks for current value or trade them 2-for-1 for shares of the newer, larger business. The game is a race to acquire the greatest wealth.
This is the Tagalog version of Scrabble. How many Filipino words can you name? Now, this is a crossword challenge to improve your skill and abilities in our native language.