The title says it all. I really enjoy board games. Growing up, we had a ton of board games that we would play with friends or siblings, and as a family. Of course, my tastes have changed over my twenty-ish years of playing board games, but these are some of my favorites.
Apples to Apples: Very simple concept here - cards with a word on them and cards with a category or group of some kind on them. Everyone plays their card that will best match whatever the current category is and the judge selects the best one (not knowing who played which card). We laugh every time we play this one and there's plenty of trash talking about how certain you are that someone will pick your card. And the judge has so much freedom - I like to pick cards that are quirky or the opposite of what you'd expect, which the people who are playing "properly" don't always appreciate ;)
Pay Day: I think this game illustrates how much I've always enjoyed thinking about money and finances. Your mission is to pick a number of months and see who can survive living paycheck to paycheck and finish the game with the most money. Of course, we bent the rules a little while playing to make the lottery more exciting (money was mysteriously "donated" by the bank each time to make the winnings greater). And as a child who wanted nothing more than to receive mail every day, this game's "mail" spaces were the most exciting to land on.
Life: A classic. I'm sure you've heard of it. ;) We've played this so many times that even the most unlikely situations seem to have happened at least once - have you ever landed on the "baby" space so many times you needed an extra car? I have! haha
Hey! That's my Fish!: A great game to pull out when you only have 10-15 minutes to play. You play as a small wooden penguin who's hungry for fish. You can move to the ice floes that touch the one you're on to catch more fish, but you have to try to avoid the other penguins who will block you into a corner so you can't move. Based on strategy, but there's still a little luck involved.
Scattergories: This is kinda similar to Apples to Apples now that I think of it. You're given a category and a letter and a time limit (usually 1-3 minutes but we've been known to change that depending on who's playing). You have to think of as many words as you can that fit the category. I think I like this game because I talk too much and really enjoy arguing about why a word should count.
Quelf: Very strange, but highly entertaining. This game involves rule cards that you follow for varying lengths of time. For example, every time the doorbell rings, you have to shout a certain phrase or balance a shoe on your head for five seconds. My favorite is when my brother drew a card, read it, and said he had to go to the bathroom. We waited for 20 minutes before one of us went to make sure he was okay - and balked at his card, which stated he had to wait in the bathroom for someone to check on him! We still laugh at that memory. :)
What are your favorite board games?
Oh, and I'd make approximately 2¢ if you clicked on one of those game links and purchased something. No pressure! I just figured I'd try it out.