With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re gearing up to help you and your loved one(s) have the most unique holiday experience possible. Not dating anyone right now? No worries, grab a friend, a board game and celebrate Palentine’s Day instead.
Here is how you celebrate Valentine’s Day board gamer style!
Best Valentine’s Day Board Games
One of the best qualities of a board game is that it offers a shared experience you can participate in almost anywhere. Consequently, it offers countless hours of fun and entertainment. This Valentine’s Day, why not stay at home, make a nice dinner and play some board games? Here are our top picks for you and your partner(s) on Valentines Day:
Fog of Love: Essentially, this is a romcom in a box. The two of you will assume the roles of characters who will fall in love, face trials, and tribulations and make difficult decisions. In effect, it is all about how you react to the situations that are thrown at you, how do you make this relationship work?
Patchwork: A tried and true classic. It is designed for just 2 players, only takes 30 minutes to play, and is very simple to set up, so you get playing right away. Hence, great for a night where you want to play a few different games or play best-of-three. Who knew that competitive quilting could be so captivating?
Tsuro: A beautiful and elegant game where you place tiles on the board to lay a path. But make sure not to lead yourself off the edge – the last player still on the board wins! Tension increases as the game goes on and tile spots fill up. It’s great for two players but scales well to accommodate up to 8. It’s the rules are so simple but can take a lot of strategy to win.
Pandemic: This co-op game has been a classic staple since its launch in 2007. There is nothing quite as exciting as working together to save the world from impending doom. You assume roles such as Medic, Scientist, and Researcher. Together you will attempt to cure several diseases plaguing the world before they overwhelm humanity.
Long Distance Board Game Night
In a long-distance relationship? Order some pizza for the night, set up a video chat, and play some board games via an app! We live in the future – remote game night has never been easier.
Here are some of our favorite board game apps:
Lords of Waterdeep (iPhone/Android): This is a modern classic worker placement game. You assume the role of one of the secret lords of D&D city of Waterdeep and use agents in the city to take control.
Splendor (iPhone/Android): This is such a simple engine-building game you will want to play over and over again. Collect fancy gems and trade them for profit. Can you become the most prestigious gem merchant?
Carcassonne (iPhone/Android): Make a beautiful map in this tile-placement game where you build a vast landscape of towns and fields. In addition, the great thing about the app? It does all the tedious scorekeeping for you, allowing you to just focus on enjoying the game and having fun.
Onitama (iPhone/Android): This elegant chess-style game plays in about 15 to 30 minutes. Its design and rules are incredibly simple but can take deep strategy to win. The goal is to remove your opponent’s main pawn from the game or make it to their starting position. Each game is played with a selection of only 5 moves that are passed back and forth between players and change from game to game.
Board Game Cafe Date Night
Don’t want to cook? We don’t blame you. Visit your local board game cafe and have them take all the stress out of Valentine’s Day for you. Get a little snack or full dinner, depending on the options at your local FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store). Next, make sure to ask them for some game recommendations, most games stores will be happy to help you get started with a new game that matches your interests. A hassle-free way to build memories and indulge in your favorite pastimes.
Before heading out to your FLGS make sure to check out if they have something special planned for Valentine’s Day. Most game stores will do something special for the day like game demos, tournaments or social nights.
If you happen to be near a Mox Boarding House on Valentine’s Day make sure you stop by. We will have lots of great events, food, and games ready for you.
-Meet you at Mox