GAME NIGHT: 4 Board Games for Adults

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A fun night with friends doesn’t have to equal a night out and spending a lot of money. Instead, grab a couple six-packs, some snacks and your crew for an adults-only game night.

Apples to Apples

This is normally thought of a family game, but you can change it up a bit and make it more geared for adults.

If you’ve never played before, it’s pretty simple. Everyone has a hand of red cards (nouns), and on each person’s turn, a green card (adjective) is thrown. Everyone else selects a red card from their stack for the noun they think will be picked as the best word to match the green card. Whoever “wins” the hand, gets all the cards, and it’s his or her turn to throw a green card.

This becomes infinitely more fun over a couple beers or cocktails when inside jokes and nonsensical picks come out. Bonus: blank cards you can fill it with any noun of your choice.

Or, take the competitive route, and instead of just throwing the cards in and leaving the decision up to one person’s views, give the players the chance to defend their cards. It gives the adults a chance to defend their choices with heated debate that can lead to some not too PG language.

Cards Against Humanity

I’m sure most have heard of this explicit game, and if you haven’t here is a short description: An X-rated version of Apples to Apples.


This game was very popular while at school and it seemed that a dorm room or apartment wasn’t complete with out a set of these cards. Note: It is not a game for the faint of heart or for someone who will easily be offended.

BONUS: Cards Against Humanity have a bunch of extensions, like Apples to Apples, but try this new twist, Crabs Adjust Humidity — perfect for summer.


TriBond is a fun puzzle game that gives three seemingly unrelated clues and challenges you to find what they have in common.

“What do a violinist, an arch and a fancy gift all have in common? A bow!”

It’s a great game for any size group and teams can range from large to small. The game is also great if you are looking for something a little less structured to do in between conversations.

Heads Up

The Ellen DeGeneres game is one of my favorites to play with groups of people. You can take the game anywhere because it’s also an app you can download to your phone, and we even play it at bars sometimes.

Superstars, animals gone wild and Blockbusters and movies are just some of the free categories to choose from. There is also a category called “Act it Out,” which is like charades.

You can buy other categories to expand the game. I would suggest the “Adult Supervision” category.

Game nights seem to get lost now with everyone wrapped up in the technology. If you want everyone to get their heads out of their phones and interact, a game night is the perfect way to go.

What games do you and your friends play on game night?

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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