Holiday Survival: Five Board Games to Play During Awkward Family Reunions

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Matěj "Dědek" Baťha
Settlers of Catan
Board games are the best way to have a conversation with people who you're forced to spend time with, and that is why Christmas and the other holidays that you buy stuff for are good. The only problem is that Monopoly sucks.

Good thing the board game renaissance has arrived and taken away the opportunity to slowly watch your dad remember that he bankrupted your family through bad land deals and self-loathing. Games available now might bring the sullen teen and cool teen together and teen alliances are important to having a happy holiday. Turns out board games are fun again and we've provided you with a short list of five games to consider picking up for when someone gets out Apples to Apples for the 80th time.

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5. Settlers of Catan
Players: 2-6 (more with expansions)
Ages: 10+
Game it is better than: Monopoly

Settlers is a strategic city-building game that's easy to pick up and will probably make people yell at eachother in a good-natured way. Basically, you put a city on a tile and roll the dice. Every time you hit the right number, you get a resource card which is used to build more stuff. Resource trading is where the fun comes in, as sparks will fly when someone will not part with the last bundle of wheat available on a forlorn island.

4. The Resistance
Players: 5-10
Ages: 10+
Game it is better than: Mafia/Werewolf and Clue

The Resistance focuses on social interaction. Armchair sherlocks need to figure out which of their group is secretly trying to sabotage The Resistance's plan to topple the post-apocalyptic cyberfuture within five rounds or their petty quarrels are crushed under the weight of the empire. Players will either be trying to fake the good guys out or figure out who the bad guys really are, and the results are ridiculously entertaining.

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