Boardgames

BOARD GAMES PROS AND CONS

Maybe you’re going camping or you want to have a technology free weekend, so board games are your go-to option. But which one(s) should you buy? You should probably think about the number of people going and their skills and personalities, however, once you have done that here I have prepared a list of the pros and cons of the different games.

MOUSETRAP

This can be great fun, trying to carefully set up the contraption and then compete against the other team members. It can be played with 2-4 people. The unfortunate thing about Mousetrap is that you need to be super careful not to lose any pieces, as each one is crucial to the trap working. So perhaps taking it camping is not the best idea!

BATTLESHIP

Enjoyed by everyone young and old, you can buy a board or a travel version or just draw on a piece of paper! Only for 2 players but others can be watching and cheering their friends on (as long as they don’t give away any positions!) the drawback would be that you really are just guessing so it’s not such a sign of skill if you win!

CHINESE CHECKERS

A great game that up to 6 people can play, and especially good for those who feel bad about ‘capturing’ opponent’s’ pieces, as you can’t with Chinese Checkers! You simply jump over your own pieces or theirs and everything stays in place. The only negative is that some people may think this isn’t competitive enough and could get bored.

DOMINOES

A fun and easy game that any number of people can play, that is if you buy a large amount, and you can adapt the rules to what suits the group. No drawbacks with this one.

TRIVIAL PURSUIT

Everyone wants to show off their knowledge, and this game can help with that! An issue would be if the cards you have are too well known by the players, as then they would just be remembering from the last game instead of actually knowing the fact.

CLUEDO

Who doesn’t love a murder mystery? You need 6 people playing as each of the suspects, and then you use your deduction skills to make accusations and get information from the other players. It could be a problem if some players are not concentrating enough – perhaps you need to play at the start of the night.

SCRABBLE, CHECKERS or CHESS

These three, of course, can be fun, but with not so many players able to join in and the serious nature that some people take them, they might not be the liveliest party addition.

MONOPOLY

Last but not least we come to the competitive game of Monopoly. Most editions only allow for 4 players but you can find ones that allow for many more, and special dice to help the game move faster (sometimes you don’t have all day/night to play!). A definite must for any camping trip or board game night.

 


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Katie Reaburn
katiercontributor@dinga.com.au

Katie is keen on cooking and adapting meals to make them easy for the campsite. She loves hosting parties with different themes, food and drinks. She enjoys writing and sharing a variety of her experiences from different cultures. She also is an animal lover having lived with a large amount of different pets.