Great games for casual gamers

I’m a fan of tabletop games. I miss playing Dungeons & Dragons (5e is really fun!) so my partner and I frequently have friends over for board game nights.

Here are a few great ideas if you’re a casual gamer or have friends who have birthdays coming up (most of these are Amazon Prime eligible if you’re in a time crunch):

Joking Hazard

Joking Hazard is a game created by Cyanide & Happiness. I backed the KickStarter and got my copy that way. It’s been a big hit at all of the game nights we’ve hosted in the past few months. It’s very NSFW or children. It’s similar to Cards Against Humanity but instead of filling in the blanks you finish a 3-panel comic strip. You can have 3-10 players (ages 18+) and it takes 30-90 minutes to play.

Sushi Go

Sushi Go is a game that secretly helps you learn (it reinforces probability, visual discrimination, and strategic thinking). It’s a “draft and pass” mechanic and there aren’t a ton of rules. You can have 2-5 players (ages 8+) and it’s a quick game, usually about 15 minutes.


In Gloom, your goal is for your characters to suffer, and to cheer up your opponents’ characters. You need 2-5 players (ages 13+), and it takes about 60 minutes to play through one game. There are also two expansions, which add one additional family each so you can have up to 7 players total.

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is a game created by The Oatmeal. They recently added an Imploding Kittens expansion pack, too. You need 2-5 players (ages 7+) , and can combine two decks together to have up to 9 players total. It’s really easy to pick up; the instructions say it takes 2 minutes to learn and 15 minutes to play. Try to match pairs to steal cards from your friends, or just follow the instructions printed on the card. Hopefully you’ll have a Diffuse card if you come across an exploding kitten!

Love Letter

Love Letter is super quick, super easy, and comes in a million different themes. (Seriously, there’s Batman, Adventure Time, and Archer, among others.) You need 2-4 players (ages 10+) and the game time is only about 15 minutes. It’ll only take a few minutes to learn the rules.


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