The past few months have given many of us a chance to spend lots of quality time with our families. There are plenty of things to do at home alone, but if you are looking for something to do with the whole family, why not dust off some old board games? Here are some of my favorite board games to revisit.

Hero Realms

hero realms board game

This is one of those games that never gets old. Seriously, my gaming group has played this game at least a hundred times. Hero Realms is a player vs player fantasy deck-building game. A deck-building game starts all players off with a simple deck and gives players an opportunity to customize and grow the deck during gameplay. In Hero Realms, players can choose to be a specific classic fantasy character like a Cleric, Thief, Archer, and Wizard, each character having their own special perks and flaws. You customize your character by buying cards from the Market pile in the center of the table during your turn. I love this game because every playthrough is different.


Nothing beats the classic game Scrabble. This game is held in very high regard with my gaming group, we play it often. I love this game because the gameplay is lots of fun, no matter if you are playing with seasoned players, or ones just learning how to spell. I am always eager to play a new game to see how my vocabulary has progressed since the last one.

Settlers of Catan

settlers of catan board game

Settlers of Catan is a great game for larger groups. The goal of the game is to be the first player to reach ten victory points. You reach this goal by bartering resources with other players to build your own civilizations. The best part about this game is that it is very easy for beginner board gamers to learn how to play. There are a lot of other versions of Catan that are fun too! After you have tried the original game, I recommend testing the waters out with Catan Seafarers expansion!

Want some more inspiration? Check out Wil Wheaton’s episode of Settlers of Catan on TableTop.

Shards of Infinity

If you can’t tell, I am a giant fan of deck-building games. Shards of Infinity is basically the science fiction version of Hero Realms. Set in the distant future, each player controls a champion that fights to be either the last one standing or the first one to max out their Mastery level. This means there are two ways to win and the game becomes a race to the end. Shards of Infinity also has expansions that allow cooperative gameplay where players are working together to stop evil forces from destroying the world.


Player beware, this game is highly addictive. Sequence is an awesome family-friendly game. It’s basically tic-tac-toe with extra steps and my family can’t get enough. I have an incredibly competitive family and this game always gets us riled up. It’s one of those games that is so simple to pick up and learn but is still challenging.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

betrayal on hill house board game

For those of you who like the horror genre, I give you Betrayal at House on the Hill. This game starts off cooperatively where you and the other players enter a mysterious house. Evil lurks in this house and each player takes turns exploring from room to room to unlock the mysteries hidden within. This game has so many twists and turns. Chances are, during the game, one of the players will succumb to the darkness, and the object of the game shifts entirely. I love this game because there are 50 different scenarios that might play out, so each playthrough is completely unpredictable.

Which board games do you go back to again and again? Tell us below!