Favorite Board, Card & Lawn Games

A few years ago I hosted a monthly game night and potluck. This has diminished as our camping weekends have increased. B and I both love games of any kind and often play them on our camping trips, at the pub or at home and I thought I would share some of our favorites below.

Guillotine: A card game we have learned relatively recently from our camping buddy Jane. We enjoy this game a lot and B picked it up for us the other night.

Sample Cards

The tagline: The revolutionary card game where you win by getting a head. 

The game takes place during the French Revolution and players represent rival guillotine operators vying for the best collection of noble heads collected over three days. Action cards are played each turn to change the order of the line or otherwise change play so you can collect the best nobles. Heads are going to roll!

Dixit: B and I played this game for the first time at a Mardi Gras party a year ago. We have purchased a couple of expansions as well.

Sample Cards

The Tagline: Every picture tells a story – but what story will your picture tell? 

Players use the beautiful imagery on their cards to bluff their opponents and guess which image matches the story. Guessing right is only half the battle – to really succeed, you’ll have to get your friends to decide that your card tells the story! 

Every turn, the storyteller will call out a short phrase or word to match the image on his card. Then each player will choose the card that most closely matches that phrase, and then everyone must guess which card the storyteller saw when he invented his brief tale. Correctly guess the storyteller’s card, and you’ll move ahead. Convince everyone else that your card is best, and you’ll do even better. 

Zombie Dice: A dice game we learned at the pub a few months ago from our Geocaching friend Jenne.  

Sample Dice

Zombie Dice is a quick game, the 13 custom dice are your victims. Push your luck to eat their brains, but stop before the shotgun blasts end your turn! 

School Bus Die

I purchased the expanded edition and would like to get the school bus die which just ups the ante.

Phase 10: The first time I played this game was about 15 years ago while visiting a friend and her husband. Fast forward and I was introduced to the game again as I received it as a gift.

Card Deck

From the makers of UNO a rummy-type card game with a challenging and exciting twist. The object of the game is to be the first player to complete 10 phases. The twist is that each phase to be completed is specific for each hand dealt. Those who complete the phase advance to the next, but those that don’t must try again. 

Cards Against Humanity: I played this game for the first time a few years ago. It’s certainly a favorite. There are times where I am laughing so hard at people’s answeres I have to have B read out loud for me. 

Sample question and possible winning answeres

Tagline: A party game for horrible people, as despicable and awkward as you and your friends

Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

Exploding Kittens: This game we heard about through the creator of The Oatmeal. The Kickstarter campaign for this game was the quickest historically to meet its goal in just 7 days. 


Sample Cards

Tagline: A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. 

In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.

Ladder Ball: B and I first played this game at my company picnic a few summers ago. We bought a set and bring it camping when the weather is nice.


A lawn game for two to four players played by throwing bolas (two balls connected by a string) onto a ladder-shaped upright.

Kubb : I first played this Swedish lawn game at my brother in laws grandmothers lake house. He made his own game but you can easily purchase it.

Playing pieces

Each team throws their sticks underarm to knock down the Kubb’s on the opposite side of the game area. You can only knock down your King when you have knocked down all of your Kubb’s. The first team to knock down their King wins.

Settlers of Catan: B and I first played this game over Thanksgiving this last November. Our camping buddy Jane and her family play it. We have purchased one expansion for this game.

The basic game board

Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game.

Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations— grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber—to buy handy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice (even outside your turn).

But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly. And you never know when the wily robber might steal some of your precious gains!

We are always up for learning new games. What are some of your favorites?

4 thoughts on “Favorite Board, Card & Lawn Games

  1. I’m terrible at games, I have the attention span of a gnat so can never sit still long enough to play… BUT I really must try cards against humanity sometime, I’ve heard a lot of people say how funny/awkward it is.

  2. Wow, that’s a cool list of games. I have played Settlers of Katan with a Geocaching buddy recently and really enjoyed it. We love games too. We have also played Small world with our friends which is similar to Settlers. Some other favourites include Talisman, Labrynth and most recently we have been playing Warhammer Adventure Quest card game and love it. I have downloaed a couple of free games in the past, one was called Killing Dr. Lucky which was quite cool, a bit like cludo.

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