Top 5 (long) board games to play with others


By Daniel Kuriakose, Reporter

Picture the roll of dice against a board, then anxiously waiting for them to land at the right number. It is an eight, allowing you to reach the end of the board and win. Board games offer a fun way to spend time with family and friends when there is nothing else to do. Some are just too short and quick, so they are not as enjoyable as others, but here are five fun and long board games to play with others.

#5 Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons is a roleplaying game where the players create a story about a quest together. The players get to be whatever they want to be (like a wizard, ranger, or even a barbarian, go on quests for treasure, and have battles with deadly enemies. The game has no real winner because it focuses on the enjoyment with friends of board games, and not the aspects of competition. A game can run more than 2 hours, but it would be a fun 2 hours. It can be played with 4-6 players, plus the dungeon master.

#4 Risk

Risk is a game of war with the objective to conquer territory by building up an army and taking risks. Secret missions are given to the players by the game and the first one to complete theirs wins the game. Regular missions include conquering a certain country or occupying territories – objectives that have to be completed in order to continue on. This game usually lasts around 1-8 hours, so it is not a game for those who are impatient. It can be played with 2-5 players.

#3 The Game of Life

The Game of Life lets the player be whatever they want: an educator, doctor, or celebrity. Players start off as a child, then receive a job. Later, players may experience marriage, children, and retirement, depending on where they land on the board. The winner is decided by either whoever has the most money at the end, or whomever has the best life. The game usually lasts around 45 minutes to an hour, and can be played with 2-4 players.

#2 Clue

Clue requires the players to use their detective skills to solve a mystery. There is a certain timeframe where the person who killed Mr. Boddy has to be solved by guessing who the murderer is, what weapon they used, and in what room, otherwise, all of the players lose. There are actually different types of mysteries to solve, depending on the variation of the game, some of which include murder and kidnapping scenarios. The game time ranges from 10 minutes to an hour, and can be played with 2-6 players.

#1 Monopoly 

Monopoly is an economic game where the players buy properties to eventually bankrupt the others. Special cards called Community Chests and Chances are also used to give the player an edge or to weigh them down. There are many different versions of Monopoly designed to fit anyone. Some of these include Super Mario, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars. The game can last 90 minutes, but depending on house rules and version, it could be longer or shorter. Ideally, 2-6 players can play this game.