We rekindled our love for the best board games at the start of the pandemic, just as we discovered games to play on Zoom was a thing. And we can thank The Queen’s Gambit for our newfound urge to play chess (which at this point also feels like a welcome reprieve from the 1,000-piece puzzles that may or may not be collecting dust under the couch).
Whatever plot, strategy, or pace you fancy, there are so many reasons why adult card games and classic board games are perfect for the holidays and beyond. Be real: Doesn’t playing some of the best adult party games with friends sound much nicer than celebrating New Year’s Eve in an overcrowded bar? They also make for great last-minute gifts when you’re down to the wire and need to come through.
Either way, a nostalgic round of checkers or Catan is exactly the kind of distraction we need during the holiday season. Whether you’re playing with two, four, or more people, below are 20 of the best board games to have on deck.
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