Like your table isn't full enough with all that delicious food on it, am I right? But let's just say you've cleared the table and are looking for some fun with the family while those leftover turkey sandwiches are being made for a late dinner.
These are my recommendations for games to play with the family around Thanksgiving. Many of the games are personal favorites and others came from recommendations from gamer friends and past experiences with my family. Some are for your more adventurous and edgy families and others are for the whole family, regardless of age. These are listed in alphabetical order.
There are several expansions on this classic and popular game to help enhance your gameplay.
Alfredo's Food Fight (2005)Alfredo's Food Fight plays 2-4 ages 5+ and runs about 20 minutes. I found this game when browsing holiday options for my daughter. With all the tension surrounding these types of holidays, I though, "What could be better during the holidays than a food fight?" Essentially you're flinging meatballs at Alfredo as he spins around. A fun dexterity game for all ages. It's sure to make you laugh without making a huge mess.
The game itself is played using actions to try to expand and establish these routes. The different color cubes determine what you can do and the types of actions you can take. Players sail their ships and try to explore new islands and collect resources. You'll have to purchase defense to help protect what you earn. A great game of strategy and learning about early settlements in the Americas.
BANG! The Dice Game (2013)
Cards Against Humanity (2009)
Diamonds (2014)Diamonds plays 2-6 players ages 8+ and lasts around 30 minutes. Diamonds is a brand new trick-taking game in the vein of Hearts or Spades from Stronghold Games and noted designer of Mystery Rummy games and the classic CCG Wyvern, Mike Fitzgerald. Diamonds shares the same foundation as its elder cousins where each round one player leads the trick and the rest of the table is supposed to follow suit. What makes Diamonds a stand out in its class are the little acrylic diamond tokens players collect as they play and the fact that any player that wins the trick or cannot follow suit gets to take a "suit action" with the card they played. These suit actions move diamonds on the table around, either stealing from opponents, taking from the central pool, or moving it from your "showroom" into your "vault' behind a little cardboard screen. Players are out to collect the most diamonds. If you love trick-taking games, this is a phenomenal reinventing of the wheel and the game is a perfect choice for the family table.
Fluxx (1997)Fluxx plays 2-6 players ages 8+ and last around 15 minutes. I've seen games go pretty long, though, depending on players and how often the games changes. Fluxx is just that, it is a card game where the rules are always fluctuating and changing. One minute you could be about to win the game, when someone changes the outcome rule and they take it for the win. A great family game with so many editions that no matter what your geek passion is, you are bound to find one that fits the tastes of your family. You can choose from the original or pirates, zombies, Cthulhu, Wizard of Oz, Monty Python, and the list goes on.
Gloom (2005)Gloom plays 2-4 players ages 8+ and lasts about 60 minutes. You are one of four families that are set on being the most miserable families ever. Your goal is to play as many negative cards on your family members as possible before they are killed. Storytelling goes along with each event that unfolds and the events can be quite. . . unique. It's hard not to think of the eccentricities of the Addam's Family. Gloom has expansions and editions, including a Cthulhu edition. This game broke creation barriers with it's see-through cards that function as part of the gaming dynamic.
Hedbanz Act Up (2013)
Keyflower (2012)Keyflower plays 2-6 players ages 12+ and lasts around 90 minutes. A worker placement game at its very core, Keyflower is played over four rounds, which represent the four seasons. Just like the pilgrims in Plymouth, you have to create a productive settlement as more settlers come to try to make a new life for themselves. This plays similar to a blend between Carcassonne and the Settlers of Catan, through it's use of meeples and tiles. The setup is original and is sure to be fun for the family.
Last Will (2011)Last Will plays 2-5 players ages 13+ and lasts about 60 minutes. What family gathering wouldn't be complete without a discussion or two about the future of the family heirlooms. A strategy card game, Last Will celebrates the enjoyment of money. Your rich uncle will leave his millions to the family member who can demonstrate how much they appreciate spending money the most. Each player will start with some spending money and after 7 rounds or the first player to go bankrupt, the game ends. Who will be the heir to millions? Spend an evening contemplating what your last will has in store for the ones you love.
Lewis & Clark (2013)
New World plays 2-5 players ages 8+ and lasts about 45 minutes. Like the original Carcassonne game, you place tiles to expand your settlements. What makes this one special for Thanksgiving is that it is set in early America. While you play you are forced to explore westward in order to win. If you love Carcassonne, New World is the perfect way to add a new twist and theme it out with the holiday.