Nothing brings family and friends together like a good board game, especially during the holiday season. While we’ve all wasted countless hours playing a game of Monopoly or Life and wet our pants a little as we laughed during games of Quelf and Cards Against Humanity, Bookmans Ina recommends a few more obscure board games, games that tug the strings of our “geeking out” hearts.

Board Games

The boys down at Sentinel Comics have us swooning over their game Sentinels of the Multiverse. If you love comic flavors, this one is right up your alley. It’s almost as if you’re playing IN a comic book world. Sentinels is a fixed-deck card game and typically takes about an hour to play, however if it’s your first time expect a bit longer to get your bearings. There are ten heroes to play as you try to defeat giant robots, alien warlords and mad scientists. The arena for your epic battle can change each game with four environments that affect game play. Being a hero is easy on Earth but don’t let your guard down too much, after you’ve defeated your villains in Sentinels you’ve got to blast over to the game Empires of the Void and help save the galaxy.

In Empires of the Void by Red Raven, the galaxy is in danger and it’s up to you to help save it, or not. As the Pyrious Empire falls, alien races see it as a golden opportunity take over the galaxy. Each player has an empire they’re trying to expand, as you land on new planets you’re faced with a tough decision: reap the planet of its resources and conquer it or make allies of the native aliens and obtain their special ability. It’s not an easy decision to make, but with a beautiful space backdrop and an enticing storyline, players work hard to earn their victory points and win the game. I’m sure too many of us have spent time musing over the extent of the stars, which is why this game can take up to three hours to complete, but for a true savior of the galaxy a measly few hours passes by in the blink of an eye.

The Lord of the Rings card game has us itching to get home and play. This game can be played with up to four people, but is originally intended for one to two and only takes an hour or so to play. Remember crying when the Barlogs whip lashed out at Gandalf and he fell off the bridge of Khazad-Dum? Don’t worry, that won’t happen in this game. You are in control. Play Middle-Earth like you’ve never done before in this action packed and captivating game. It’s like stepping into a portal and emerging in the Shire. You can thank Fantasy Flight for this epic game!

These board games won’t last. Stop by Bookmans Ina today and grab yours! These geeky games aren’t the only ones we’ve got. We have all the classic board games, gaming dice, Pokémon cards and even Ouija boards. Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas present or you want to impress your friends, Bookmans has you covered.