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Bring on the board games and bring on the fun! If you are looking for a cheap and fun way to enjoy the company of your roommates without leaving your home, then there is no better option than to plan a roommate game night. Game nights offer an excellent way to get to know one another in an intimate location. Rather than spend a fortune on a dinner followed by a night out on the town, or working on your porch garden, consider putting on your comfortable clothes and unwinding with a good board game and great company.

Best Roommate Games to Play

There are so many options when it comes to board games and other games that you can literally spend an entire day at the Toy Store browsing through the various games. There are silly games that will have you in stitches, risqué games for the daring couples, personal games to test your knowledge of other people as well as brain teaser games to test your knowledge of the outside world (or matters of trivial importance).

Some of the most trusted and loved roommate board games include Sorry, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly. However, you can never go wrong with interactive game choices such as Pictionary or charades as well as brain teasers such as Scattergories and Cranium. Card games such as Poker and Rummy can also keep your friends entertained for a long period of time. However, it all depends on what you are looking for out of your game night experience.

When choosing your board game, consider the mood of everyone and of the group as a whole. If everyone is fairly shy or do not know one another too well, then risqué games and games that test your knowledge of one another, like Taboo, are probably not such a good idea. You could end up causing more embarrassment and awkwardness than laughter. Try to steer clear of games that point out someone’s short comings. For example, a Trivial Pursuit game dedicated to hockey is only fun for those that actually enjoy hockey. Games where everyone is on equal footing are best.

Game Night Preparation

In addition to supplying the board game du jour you should also stock up on a few tasty treats and cold beverages. There is no need to go all out at the grocery store. A few simple appetizers such as shrimp balls, sausage rolls and quiche can keep everyone’s munchies at ease. You can’t go wrong with a few plates of chips as well as an assortment of dips either.

One of the best things about staying in with a game is that no one needs to drive home. If you enjoy a drink or two, stock up on wine, beer as well as soft drink. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand as well.

Consider theming your menu with the game of choice. A good mixture for girl’s night in includes a couple bottles of wine, some tasty cheese platters and a specialized board game such as Sex and the City Trivial Pursuit. The boys will probably be happier with a good ol’ game of Poker teamed with some nachos and beer. For couple’s night, consider making some pre-blended drinks such as Margaritas or Daiquiris and choosing a ‘team’ board game such as Pictionary.

The most important recipe for board game fun is to avoid any unnecessary competition. Roommate game night is all about letting loose, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. You may win, you may lose, but you will most certainly have a good time if you don’t let it bother you either way.

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