Board games seem to have undergone something of a resurgence of recent years-no longer the preserve of boring weekends away with your parents in a caravan in the pissing rain, board games are now serious business for those who are not overly enamoured of adulting in an orderly fashion, but who are still rebel enough to forego the odd night out at the metal club for a good old slob in front of the TV.
Anyway, I was slow on the uptake with this (as ever), so when my neighbours asked if I wanted to come over and get pissed over a board game, I wasn’t sure if that was slang for something else, or if I was just that behind the times. Turns out it was the latter-board games are now A Thing.
So, what board games work well for grownups when combined with beer and a general lack of enthusiasm for anything more lively? Well I’m going to tell you.
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity is billed as “a party game for horrible people,” and so is more than relevant to my interests. This is what we played at our Slobbing Out Pants Party, and when lubricated by some ale, works very nicely indeed. The game involves matching statements on black cards with the most relevant/funny white answer card, with horrendously amusing results.
Chez Goth is a spin-off of the Chez Geek franchise, and can be played as a standalone game or in combination with the other games from the set. It’s another card collection game that is a little bit like Game of Life, only less dull.
The Addams Family board game
This game is both Gothy, and due to its old age, potentially hipster too-but don’t let that put you off. If you can dig up (geddit?) a copy, the Addams Family game is a board-based game where you take turns to move around, and hope to avoid the various pitfalls that stand in your way.
Articulate is one of those “stand up and make a fuss” games, the point of which is to describe the word on your card to the rest of your team, without actually saying the word itself for them to guess. It can get pretty rowdy and/or competitive, and once more, mixes well with alcohol.
Other games I haven’t played include Goth: A game of pure Gothing Horror, which is reviewed here.
Is there a better Gothy board game I don’t know about? Tell me in the comments.