Tabletop gaming is huge right now. Once relegated to children and uber-nerds, board games have gone mainstream. If you're looking to add some tabletop fun to your next get-together, here are 11 games that will appeal to a wide range of interests.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of gamers posts.
Years before I became a homeowner, way before I moved into my first apartment and took interest in decoration my living space, I played The Sims. My firsts design screw-ups, brilliant ideas, questionable color choices and architectural fantasies where all tested on my favorite video game. All in all, I had tons of fun, testing, creating and learning. And isn't that what decoration should be about? Fun! Here are the five things that playing The Sims³ taught me about decorating in real life…
When I first met with Kelli from Shindig Events to scheme my April staff/reader meet-up, we did a little brainstorming on activities, and it went like this:
Ariel: What if we did, like, hipster bingo cards but catered to Offbeat Empire reader interest? People could wander around being all, "You're wearing an octopus accessory! Are you lactating? Who here had a home birth?" I know my readers' tastes like the back of my hand [delicious!], and it could be fun! Sort of like… mingling bingo?
Kelli: YOU MEAN MINGLO!?
Me: I MEAN MINGLO!
And thus a party idea was born. And now you can steal it.
My dog Charlie is The Cutest Dog. He's sassy and scrappy at the same time. He hates getting wet and loves to be cuddled, but he'll dig a hole six feet underground and rip cardboard to shreds. …What's that you say? Your pet is cute, too? Let's take this to the internet — with Cute Fight.
My husband is a gamer. Not a random "whenever I'm feelin' it" kind of thing, but a serious GAMER. I, on the other hand, am most assuredly not. I know we can't be the only couple out here like this. It's inevitable in this day and age of gaming there are multitudes of gamer/non-gamer couples. Yet every single person I know has asked me at least once "How does that even work? If he's always on [insert game here] how is your relationship not suffering?!" Well, there are some very decidedly nice perks about gamers…
The real problem is, I'm a bit of a sore loser so we try to find two person, non-competitive games. Do any offbeat homies have ideas on games we can try out while I work on my sportsmanship?