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Board Game Gift Guide 2016!

board game gift guide

‘Tis the season for giving great family board games as gifts.

It’s that time of year again – time to find great gifts for your family and friends.

And what better thing to give them than something you can enjoy together – board games!

Like in years past, we’ve got some great game ideas for you to check out. Many we’ve done full reviews for so you can find out even more about them by clicking on the links after each snippet.

This year’s Board Game Gift Guide includes 42 great game ideas!

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Top 10 Board Games of All Time

Top 10 Board Games

Time for a Top 10 rundown.

This time of year, many board game video reviewers run through their Top 100 Games of All Time.

With thousands of new and fun board games being published every year, these reviewers take time to adjust their lists and publish an update to their Top 100 games.

While we haven’t gone so far as to do a Top 100 Games every year, we have occasionally updated our Top Game lists – mostly being around a Top 10 or so.

Our most popular list over these many years of game reviews turns out to be Mom’s Top Games lists.

Both of mom’s Top Top 12 Family Games lists — one from 2012 and one from 2015 — continue to be our most popular posts on our site!

The rest of us have posted lists as well, but they’re just not as popular as mom’s.

Perhaps moms are still the ones most on the lookout for great family board games.

The Discriminating Gamer

The Discriminating Gamer updates his Top 100 games of all time.

But that also doesn’t stop us from tying.

Recently, I was invited by The Discriminating Gamer to join him for his final segment of his rundown of his Top 100 Games of All Time.

It’s a series of 10 videos where he runs through 10 different games starting with numbers 100 down to 91.

A few weeks ago I joined him as we counted down from 10 to 1 — describing why we love these games.

And last week he posted the video of us counting down our Top 10 Games. Check it out!

You may notice in the video, our lists are quite different. Much of that probably comes down to who we play most of our games with.

I’ve been familiar with Cody of The Discriminating Gamer for many years because he used to be in many plays at our top notch community theater, The Hale Center Theatre in Salt Lake City. We enjoyed watching him in a number of plays over the years.

Then a few years ago, I saw him pop up on YouTube as a board game reviewer and started enjoying his game video reviews. Since then we’ve met briefly a couple of times at SaltCon. And this year I finally started getting to a few of his regular game nights.

Anyway, he plays tons of games, produces great video reviews, has a discerning eye, and is a great guy. If you’re not familiar with his reviews, you can check them out at

And if you haven’t yet watched the video and you’re a good guesser, perhaps this image will give you a hint to the games I share in the Top 10 Games of All Time video with Cody.

Top 10 Board Games

My current Top 10 board games.


Digital Board Games just keep coming!

Colt Express board game

Colt Express is a fun board game that’s gone digital.

We know one of the great reasons to play board games is the social interaction.

Sitting down at a table face-to-face and engaging in a shared activity with family and friends is a lot of fun.

There’s also a great tactile element of fun to playing board games in moving items and cards around the table or on a board.

But it’s hard to ignore the tons of fun board games and card games that are now being published in digital form.

We first wrote about the draw of digital board games a few years ago and have posted about a few of the ones we enjoy since then.

Today we’d like to share about a few more that we’re excited about and think you will be too.

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Car racing with Anki Overdrive rocks!

Anki Overdrive car racing

Start your engines!

Wow has car racing come a long way since I was a kid!

Bridging video games, mobile games, and physical track car racing, Anki Overdrive is a ton of fun!

Or as we like to call it in our house, Mario Kart Live.

Why? Because Anki Overdrive is the modern way to race cars in your living room.

It’s an amazing racing system where the cars fly around a variety of tracks but players control their cars through their digital devices. And just like in racing video games, players earn points through their accomplishments on the track and use them to level-up their cars and equip them with all sorts of gadgets.

Anki Overdrive car racing

We’re ready to race!

We bought Anki Overdrive last Christmas for our family and we’ve had a blast with it!
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It’s Garbage Day! (and a Giveaway)

Garbage Day card game

A card game in a garbage can!

Parents around the world all know what it’s like trying to get their kids to clean their rooms. It’s a constant battle we all go through.

And even when a child says their room is clean, all it takes is a peak under their bed or in their closet to see where they really stashed everything.

Well, we’ve got just the game for you – Garbage Day!

In Garbage Day, no one wants to take out the garbage or clean their room. So players try to see how much garbage they can get away with stacking on the growing pile or stashing in their rooms.

It’s a fun premise that everyone can relate to. And it’s a fun game that everyone can enjoy!

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Full of Gratitude

With Thanksgiving this week in the US, we want to take some time to express our gratitude.

There are so many things to be thankful for that this post could be a very long one.

But we’ll keep it short.

The first thing we’re most thankful for is our family. It’s not easy being a parent (or sibling) and some days are tougher than others, but it’s so worth it. There’s no other place where we can learn to love another so much as in our own homes.

The Board Game Family 2016

So grateful for our family! It’s the best place to learn to love.

We’re also so thankful for our extended family. We were recently reminded of amazing family bonds at the funeral of one of my uncles. We may not see each other very often, but it’s so nice reconnecting with cousins and other family members.

Likewise we’re so grateful for the many friends and neighbors that have such a big impact in our lives. We’re continually inspired by great men, women, teenagers, and children we get to interact with on a regular basis. They make us want to be better every day.

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Loony Quest – Count us in for loony!

Loony Quest board game

Let’s test your drawing skills on a Loony Quest.

It’s time for a closer look at one of the games we included in our Game Gift Guide this year – Loony Quest.

We reviewed a predecessor to it last year called Doodle Quest and also included it in our 2015 Board Game Gift Guide.

While Doodle Quest is a fun drawing game and great for practicing spatial perception skills, Loony Quest amps up both the fun and the skill level to great effect.

And Loony Quest much better deserves its title of “Quest”.

Because in Loony Quest players have different goals to complete for experience points along the way — kind of like in a video game realm. The last level of each world also has a Boss for players to defeat.

So we know kids are going to love it.

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More Broken Token Game Inserts

The Broken Token box organizers

The Broken Token box organizers are out of this world!

Last month we shared our thoughts about the 7 Wonders box organizer from The Broken Token.

Well, today we’re back with even more organizing goodness from The Broken Token.

But this time we’re going out of this world… looking at the organizers for both Cosmic Encounter and Among the Stars.

Right off the bat I’ll let you know that The Broken Token box organizers are the easiest of all the wooden box organizers / game inserts we’ve put together.

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