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7 Tabletop Games to Play with your Family in Quarantine

Perhaps one of the least considered effects of having to stay in with your family during quarantine is the sheer boredom of not being able to go out and do fun things. In a closed environment, tensions can rise if a family runs out of positive experiences to have with each other. What better way to get through the boredom in quarantine together than by ordering a brand new board game with your family?

That being said, it might be time to retire those copies of Monopoly, Life, and Clue. They might be timeless classics, but there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of board games produced in the last few decades. These tabletop games have pushed the boundaries with their new and interesting mechanics, fantastic themes and stories, and beautiful art, and amazing ways to spend time with your friends and loved ones.

Here are just some of the best family-friendly tabletop games to enjoy during the quarantine:

1. Sushi Go Party!

Number of Players2–8
Playtime20+ minutes
ComplexityVery easy

This small but incredibly successful board game from 2016 has become a staple in many households, with its adorable art and fun mechanics. The game involves earning points by creating the most delicious sushi dishes using the ingredients in the game. The wonderful thing about this game is how easy it is for young children to learn it. And the best part is that up to eight players can play at a time, making it a great game for big families. Just make sure you have actual sushi nearby in case you get hungry.

Click here to buy a copy of Sushi Go Party!

2. Compounded

Number of Players2–5
Playtime30–90 minutes
ComplexityEasy

Compounded is not just good as a family-friendly board game, it is a wonderful educational game that uses the basic concepts of chemistry in the mechanics, simulating what it’s like to work in a lab. But even with the complex scientific ideas in this game, it is a relatively easy game to learn. It is also a good game for five people to play, so it should fit the average household.

Get your family’s copy of Compounded here.

3. The Resistance: Avalon

Number of Players5–10
Playtime30 minutes
ComplexityModerate

This social card game based on Arthurian legend is great for big families, as you can enjoy it with 5–10 players. This game involves the use of deductive reasoning and clever social maneuvering to win. It is especially fun for families who enjoy bantering with each other back and forth. Accusations will be flung, social skills will be tested, but fun will be definitely had.

Click here to buy a copy of The Resistance: Avalon.

4. Smash Up

Number of Players2–4
Playtime45 minutes
ComplexityEasy

Smash UP is a card game that is chock-full of pop culture references, from the various monsters in horror movies, to the popular tropes in current media. Smash Up can be a different experience every time with all the different possible combinations you could have. And the best part of this is that there are plenty of expansions to add onto the game. Each of these expansions add new mechanics to the game, ensuring ever-evolving fun for the whole family.

Get a copy of Smash Up for your family here.

5. Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate

Number of Players3–6
Playtime60+ minutes
ComplexityModerate

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is a fantasy and D&D spin on the modern classic, Betrayal at House on the Hill. Those familiar with these board games will tell you that this is one of the most bang-for-the-buck games, as there are over 50 different scenarios, each with their own different endings. You could play it once a week for a whole year and never play the same game twice. With some chilling music and candles, you could create a great board game night for your family.

Get your copy of Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate here.

6. Dixit

Number of Players3–6
Playtime30+ minutes
ComplexityVery easy

This critically-acclaimed social board game is famed for its beautiful and plentiful art. The rules are simple and perfect for chill game nights. Not only that, but it makes great use of the connections you have with the people you wanna play with. That makes it perfect game for the family, as it lends itself well to all the inside jokes and shared experiences between the players. And the great part about Dixit is that there are plenty of expansions to add more beautiful art to the game.

Grab your copy of Dixit now.

7. Splendor

Number of players2–4
Playtime30+ minutes
ComplexityModerate

Splendor is one a board game that has amassed a great following, especially since there are now competitive tournaments worldwide based on this fun game. This board game utilizes logic and strategy. It is generally easy to learn, but skill in the game is definitely developed over time with more play. If your family prefers games that involves more strategy and logic than social politics, Splendor is the board game for you. Luckily, there are also expansion sets available for this game that can mix up the gameplay or even add more players.

Click here to get a copy of Splendor.

Final thoughts

These are just seven of the great multitude of board games out there, but any one of these games can be an essential part of your family bonding. They are fun, creative, and facilitate social interaction and positive experiences. You could find yourself spending hours and hours enjoying these board games with your family.

And if you’d like to look at other board games, check our selection out. The Dragonforge has board games, card games, and tabletop games of any kind, for any kind of family.