Board games to fight boredom

You've blasted through Netflix's Tiger King in a weekend, and now the week stretches out in front of you like a barren wasteland. How about digging the board games out of the game closet and getting your competition on? Here's your chance to determine if Colonel Mustard did indeed do it in the library with the candlestick.

Retailers have seen an uptick in board game purchases in the last couple of years, suggesting we've been looking for some good ole'-fashioned fun, long before the Coronavirus came along. But now board games are being boosted even more by a COVID-19 fueled renaissance and giving, us all a chance to connect with our housemates on a non-digital level.

If you're tired of Monopoly (or you just don't want to fight over who gets to be the racecar), here's a few newer games we have in heavy rotation.

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  • Exploding Kittens. Not as messy as it sounds, and a quick game when it's getting close to bedtime.
  • Settlers of Catan. A good strategy game that lets you build civilization. But settle in, this one takes a minute.
  • Ticket to Ride. Because who doesn't want to be a ruthless railroad baron.
  • Codenames. And Disney Codenames, for the younger set.
  • Cards Against Humanity. Adults only please, unless you're ready to scar your kids for life.

Oh, and there's a game called pandemic, if you're feeling meta.

 

And if you need more players, ingenious types have been using Zoom to get their board game fix with their fellow gamers.