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How to play board games online with a mobile device:
Do you have a smartphone or tablet? If so, you have everything you need to play board games online. That’s because tons of board games are available on the iOS App Store and Google Play on Android.
And I’m not just talking about basic board games like checkers, Scrabble, dominos, and Monopoly. You can find all of those, along with many of the game night favorites gaining popularity in recent years. Settlers of Catan has an app. So do Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, and Dominion. If you have a favorite board game you’d like to play on your phone or tablet, just search your phone’s app store. Chances are, you’ll find it.
How to play board games online with Facebook:
You have a Facebook account. All of your friends have Facebook accounts. So does the dive bar down the street. It’s part of being alive in the age of social media. While Facebook is a fine place for posting family pictures (and for your nutty uncle’s conspiracy theories), it’s also a fine place to play board games online.
Pretty much any standard board game is playable on Facebook, from Scrabble to Yahtzee to chess to Uno. While you may not find some of the newer hits, there’s a good chance you’ll find the classics you enjoyed playing as a kid. Just search under the “Apps” tab from your home screen or visit Facebook’s Gameroom page.
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From shooters to strategy, builders to bingo. Play, watch, and share your game in Gameroom.
How to play board games online with a browser window:
Just as board game makers have been putting their games on mobile devices and Facebook lately, many have also added browser-based versions. To play most browser games, all you need is Adobe Flash and a free account.
Some games, like Dominion, have dedicated sites for their browser versions. Others are easiest to access through sites that host a bunch of board games. Here are the two most popular sites to play board games online.
Pogo: Pogo offers an array of classic games, including Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Risk, Connect 4, and Battleship.
Board Game Arena: Board Gamer Arena focuses on deeper, more niche games. Here you can play games like Puerto Rico, Race for the Galaxy, Carcassonne, and Through the Ages.
How to play board games online using Steam:
If, for whatever reason, you find browser games lacking, download Steam. Steam is a digital video game store that offers a huge number of games in all shapes and sizes—including board games.
Because of the cost of development, it’s mainly bigger, more popular games that appear on Steam. In addition to titles like The Game of Life and Scrabble, you’ll find big indie games like Pandemic, Carcassonne, Tokaido, Ticket to Ride, and Blood Bowl. These are some of the most polished digital board games available.
How to play board games online using a game console:
Another place to find exceptionally polished versions of board games to play online is on a dedicated game console like Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
You’ll find games like Uno, Pure Chess, Boggle, and Battleship. For a great deal, try The Hasbro Family Fun Pack, which comes with Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and Risk all in a single collection.
The Nintendo Switch is a much newer platform than its competition. As such, its gaming library isn’t as stocked with board games as Xbox One or PS4. That’s likely to change in the future, but for now, it’s not a great platform for playing board games.
Fun Paper and Pencil Games to Play:
Dots and Boxes.
Remember the time it took to form an array of dots across the page? To play Dots, you need a square of dots on the page (start with 6×6 and challenge your kids to go up to 30×30 or more). Once the square is created, players (2 or more) take turns with a different color pen creating line segments between dots. When a player forms a square with their line, they may put their initial in that square and play again. The game continues until all the lines between the dots have been drawn.
Tic Tac Toe.
The simple game of tic tac toe is a two player game of Xs and Os. Play begins with nine spaces on a paper created by crossing two perpendicular sets of two parallel lines. One player begins (take turns being the first player) by placing an X in one square. The next player draws an O in another square. The game continues until there are three Xs or Os in a row or all squares are filled–a draw game, also called cat’s.
Draw six dots in a hexagon. Two players take turns drawing line segments between each dot in their own color pen. The object of the game is to avoid drawing a triangle in your color pen.
Players secretly write down common phrases on pieces of paper and fold them up. The first chosen artist randomly picks a phrase then must draw and get the others to guess the phrase without talking or drawing letters or symbols. Once guessed correctly, a new artists is picked. Variation: instead of common phrases, write books, characters/celebrities or films.
Three or more people each begin with a piece of paper. At the top of the page, they all draw a picture and pass the paper to the next player. With this new piece of paper, each person writes a caption sentence below the picture then folds the top of the paper over so only the sentence can be seen. This piece of paper is then passed to the next player who will draw a picture to go along with the sentence. Each player again folds the paper, now so only the picture can be seen and passes it along. The game continues until there is no more room and every player can open up the paper and be amused!
Pencil and Paper Games is devoted to games you can play with nothing more than a pencil and a piece of paper. These games are ideal for entertaining children and adults on rainy days or dark evenings, at home or on holiday.