Family Game Night: Competitive Board Game Edition, Volume 1

I mentioned last month that we love playing board games in our house. We often stick to cooperative games because Christopher can get too competitive, but sometimes you just need a little competition. Here are some of the games we’ve played lately.

Catan Junior

This is one of the only kids games we play. Jim and I were first introduced to European-style games back in 2004 with The Settlers of Catan, so we had to get this one for Christopher a couple of Christmases ago. It’s a watered-down version of the original. You build pirate lairs and ships by getting and trading resources. The rules are fairly simple; it’s meant for ages 5+. And it’s still pretty fun for adults. The game can be played by 2-4 people.


We learned about this game on Wil Wheaton’s YouTube show, Table Top. It’s meant for ages 8+ and can be played by 2-4 people. It’s a tile placement game, kind of like dominoes. Placing tiles gets you different color lantern cards, and you use those cards to purchase victory points. It’s a quick game that takes a little skill, but not too much. I love playing it with Christopher (or with other adults). And the box is so pretty!

Ticket to Ride

This game is also for ages 8+, but the rules are a little more complicated. Each player (2-5) has a set number of trains that they use to build routes on a map. The original game is the United States, but other editions have other regions. Different routes earn different amounts of victory points, tallied up at the end of the game. There is a kid version too, but I’ve never played it. Christopher does just fine with the original version. And it’s fun to play with only adults as well.


This is another tile-placement game for ages 6+. You have to complete patterns with the different colors and shapes to earn points – Scrabble style. Christopher is really good at this game. You can play without much strategy or you can strategize and kick butt. It’s a pretty great game. Again, it’s for 2-4 players.

Star Wars Risk

This game is one we got fairly recently. A friend told Jim that he and his 5 year-old son play it a lot. It’s not like Risk at all except that it’s for 2 players (or two teams) who are fighting to win an epic battle. One player is Luke Skywalker and the Rebels, and the other is Darth Vader and the Empire. You have cards which allow you to choose different actions on your turn. There are quite a lot of options and areas to win-over to achieve victory, but I can’t see why it’s for ages 10+.

What competitive games does your family enjoy?

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