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6 Board Games to Play with Teenagers & Adults

I married into a family that loves to play games. When I first started dating my husband, they mainly played card games, but over the past few years we have started playing more and more strategy-based board games.

I’ve never been the biggest fan of card games but I do love board games so my husband and I have started collecting some of the family’s favorites.6 board games to play with teenagers and adults

Playing games is such a great way to come together and spend time with people you care about all the while getting to bring out your competitive side. Below is a list of my favorite strategy-based board games starting with my least favorite (which is still fun!) on down to the game I like the most.

6 Board Games to Play with Teenagers & Adults

1. Carcassonne Big Box

Highlights

  • 2-8 players
  • 40 minute game play
  • Suitable for ages 13+
  • BoardGameGeek.com Rating: 6.551
  • BoardGameGeek.com Ranking (for original game, not big box expansion): 126

About The Game

Carcassone is a tile-placement game so there is not an actual board you are playing. Each player gets to choose and place a tile on their turn that feature cities, roads, cloisters and fields. The goal of the game is to get the most points from building cities, completing roads and other actions before all of the game pieces have been placed.

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2. Pandemic

Highlights

  • 2-4 players
  • 45 minute game play
  • Suitable for ages 8+
  • Co-operative game
  • BoardGameGeek.com Rating: 7.589
  • BoardGameGeek.com: Ranking: 57

About The Game

After four diseases have broken out across the world, it is up to a team specialists with varying skill sets to provide treatments and develop cures before mankind is destroyed. Players work together using their specialist’s strengths to plan a strategy to eradicate each disease before outbreaks wipe out the planet.

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3. Ticket To Ride

Highlights

  • 2-5 players
  • 45 minute game play
  • Suitable for ages 8+
  • Easy to learn
  • BoardGameGeek.com Rating: 7.397
  • BoardGameGeek.com Ranking: 105

About The Game

While simple to learn the basic rules, once you start playing Ticket To Ride, you will find that there is a lot of strategy needed to help win the game. The goal of this cross-country train adventure game is to collect and complete tickets with different destinations across North America using game cards and their corresponding miniature trains to make the journey.

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4. The Settlers Of Catan

Highlights

  • 3-4 players
  • 90 minute game play
  • Suitable for ages 10+
  • BoardGameGeek.com Rating: 7.141
  • BoardGameGeek.com Ranking: 220

About The Game

Players (settlers) work to dominate the island of Catan. On each turn, players can gain resources through dice rolls and trading to help develop settlements, cities and roads. First player to 10 victory points wins the game.

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5. Terra Mystica

Highlights

  • 2-5 players
  • 30 minute game play
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • BoardGameGeek.com Rating: 8.151
  • BoardGameGeek.com Ranking: 4

About The Game

Players take on one of 14 factions and transform the landscape of the game board in order to build structures and earn points. This game involves very little luck so players with strong strategic thinking skills will do well.

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6. Lords of Waterdeep

Highlights

  • 2-5 players
  • 60 minute game play
  • Suitable for ages 12+
  • BoardGameGeek.com Rating: 7.682
  • BoardGameGeek.com Ranking: 45
  • I love all of these games but Lords of Waterdeep is my favorite!

About The Game

After selecting a lord, players hire adventurers to complete quests, construct buildings and play intrigue cards to help increase their influence over the city of Waterdeep.

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What games do you like to play with your family? Let me know in the comments, I would love to play them too!

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