6 Fun And Wacky Board Games For College Students

By Elana Goodwin on May 28, 2014

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Staying in and hanging out with friends doesn’t have to mean popping in a movie or using your Netflix account. There are lots of board games that are timeless or geared toward older players that can turn your night in with friends into a fun and friendly competitive game night.

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Can’t think of a game you or your friends would all enjoy? No problem; here is a list of 6 fun board games college students will enjoy.

1. Quelf. This game calls for players to answer funny trivia questions, do outrageous stunts and activities, or follow wacky rules, and calls for you to be creative and play with a sense of humor. Players go through the game as one of eight characters, with names like “The Dude,” “Super Ninja Monkey” and “Queen Spatula.”

The game’s cards fall into five categories, from Showbiz, which will prompt the player to sing, mime, write poems, do impressions, and more, to Quizzle, which consists of challenging and bizarre trivia, riddles and brainteasers. Quelf works best if you have at least four to six people playing.

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2. Cards Against Humanity. Described as a “party game for horrible people,” Cards Against Humanity is similar to the game Apples to Apples; each round one person, the “Card Czar,” asks a question from a black card and then the other players pick their funniest white card to play as answers to the black card.

The Card Czar then reads all the white cards submitted and picks the one he likes best, earning the chosen white card’s player a point before the process repeats with a new Card Czar. The name of the game comes from the phrase “crimes against humanity” which plays on the fact that some of the game’s cards are offensive, crude, or not PC. The game can be played by as few as three people or by a larger group of over 20.

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3. Balderdash. Fans of word games will love Balderdash as the first “dasher” selects a “definition card” from the pile, picks a word from the card to use, and then has the other players each write down a definition of the word, or if they have no idea or otherwise want to, they can write a made-up definition that sounds plausible.

The players who have written a correct definition each get three points and if more than one person has submitted the right answer, they keep the points but the round is over. The definitions, including the real one, are all read aloud and then the players write down which they think is right, receiving two points each if they vote for the correct one. If a player has their false definition picked by another player, they receive one point. If nobody correctly picks the right definition, the dasher gets three points before the dasher position is rotated to the next player and the game continues. The game requires at least three people.

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4. Pictionary. This classic guessing game is fun for all ages and Jimmy Fallon even plays it on his show with guests. To play, you need three or more players and if you have at least four, you can divide into teams. The way the game works is one person picks a card from the deck and then has to try to draw a picture of what was written on the card while their teammate or the other players guess in the allotted amount of time. The guesses can be hysterical and the game can get quite rowdy as the players race against the clock or each other to figure out what is being drawn.

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5. The Game of Things. This game asks questions like “things people do when nobody is looking” or “things you shouldn’t keep in your pockets.” All players then write down whatever comes to mind and the responses are shuffled and then each person reads one aloud and everyone tries to guess who said what, attempting to eliminate each other by correctly guessing who wrote which answer, as the last person left wins that round. The game can last for as long or as short as you want, and the answers can be as straightforward or as hilarious as the players wish. To play The Game of Things, you need four or more players.

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6. Loaded Questions. This questions-based game works best with six players but can be played with at least four. The objective of the game is to be the first player to get from the starting square on the board to the “Win!” square at the end by rolling the dice. Once the player has moved according to the dice, they draw a card and ask the question that correlates to the color of the square they’ve landed on–either orange, purple, blue or yellow, which correspond to the categories of the questions.

The categories are “Hypotheticals,” “Personals,” “Anything Goes” or “No-Brainers.” After reading the questions, all the other players write down their answers on a piece of paper and one responder reads all the answers out loud to the questioner and roller of the dice, who then has to guess who said what. For each correct guess the roller makes, they move an additional square on the board, until their turn is over and the next person rolls the dice and repeats the process.

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So the next time you and your friends decide to stay in, try out one of these fun games and let the hilarity ensue.

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By Elana Goodwin

Uloop Writer
I love reading, writing, and sweater weather. Also, dogs. That is all. Follow me on Twitter at @EllaRayy!

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