The last time I played Monopoly, I was just out of high school and a few of my friends decided to break it out and play a quick round. Four and a half hours later, I was sitting alone, deeply upset about having to mortgage my last property to pay for utilities, while Steve was screaming at Matt, who was refusing to talk about what we now call “The Railroad Incident.” Needless to say, the experience soured me on board games for a while.
Thankfully, I soon realized that there are tons of other games out there. What’s even better is most of these games are in no way arduous or draining! Imagine that — games that are just pure fun.
Furthermore, there are games now that are made specifically for adults. For some, that means the games are too intricate or complicated for younger players. Others, however, might make use of certain language, or require the use of “adult beverages.” Today, I will be telling you about the latter. Here are my favorite adult party board games.
A fun twist on skill games like Jenga, Wonky makes you stack oddly shaped blocks, building a precarious tower that is destined to fall. Oh, and you drink throughout the game. With “side effects” and “protocols” that alter the gameplay or make you take a swig, the fun never stop with Wonky. Please play responsibly.
In terms of concept, games don’t get much simpler. You get a handful of cards. On them are events. You and your friends take turns placing them in chronological order. In practice, however, Timeline will have your group of friends howling as they try to figure out when the Wizard of Oz came out in relation to Frank Sinatra first album.
If you like games that elicit confusion, conflict, and creativity, Codenames is for you. Two teams posing as secret service agencies go head to head, trying to contact all of their agents without accidentally selecting the “assassin.” To start the game, there are 25 cards on the table, each with a code name on it. Eight cards are your agents, eight cards are their agents, seven are civilians, and one is the assassin. Each team selects a captain to issue clues, and the rest of the team works to decipher the clue to select the right code names. A game best played with 6-8 people.