10 Great Camping Board Games
Lets face it the great outdoors are not for everybody but here are 10 games that will turn that camping trip into a holiday to remember even for the most reclusive shut in’s.
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1.Roll for it
A fantastic alternative to Yahtzee this game offers a much larger player count making it a great game to play with a large group of people.
Roll For It! is a casual, family-friendly dice and card game. Each player starts the game with six dice of a single colour, and three target cards are laid face-up on the table. Players take turns doing the following: On a turn, a player rolls all of her dice not already on cards, then places any dice that match the targets on the corresponding cards. (Alternatively, before taking her turn, a player can first choose to reclaim all of her dice from all cards.)
If the player now fulfills the target with her dice – e.g., a pair of 3s, a quartet of 6s, or a specific combination of numbers – she claims the card, takes back her dice (and returns any other dice on the card to their owner), then places a new card on the table. Each card is worth a certain number of points. The first player to earn forty or more points wins!
The ultimate portable game (with Tiny Cards and loads of expansions) that is best when the wifi is gone and people are left to there wits trying to work out the date Peanut Butter was created or when Fire was discovered, this is a great game for all ages and you might even learn something for that next trivia night.
Timeline is a card game played using 110 cards. Each card depicts a historical event on both sides, with the year in which that event occurred on only one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in a row on the table. After placing the card, the player reveals the date on it. If the card was placed correctly with the date in chronological order with all other cards on the table, the card stays in place; otherwise the card is removed from play and the player takes another card from the deck.
The first player to get rid of all his cards by placing them correctly wins. If multiple players go out in the same round, then everyone else is eliminated from play and each of those players are dealt one more card for another round of play. If only one player has no cards after a bonus round, he wins; otherwise play continues until a single player goes out.
This game speaks for itself its fun engaging and great with a glass of wine its also super portable, it makes the list due to the fact that it would make the list for every travel scenario.
Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.
In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
Codenames: Win or lose, it’s fun to figure out the clues.
For those that don’t want to lose the experience of playing a big box game but just dont have space this is the game for you.
In Kingdomino, you are a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand your kingdom. You must explore all the lands, wheat fields, lakes, and mountains in order to spot the best plots. But be careful as some other Lords also covet these lands…
Dominoes with a kingdom building twist. Each turn, connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. The game mechanics for obtaining the tiles is clever: the order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game! The game ends when each player has completed a 5×5 grid, and then points are counted based on number of connecting tiles and crowns.
With only a small amount of cards involved this game is perfect not just for camping but you can take it everywhere you go.
Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2–4 players. Your goal is to get your love letter into Princess Annette’s hands while deflecting the letters from competing suitors. From a deck with only sixteen cards, each player starts with only one card in hand; one card is removed from play. On a turn, you draw one card, and play one card, trying to expose others and knock them from the game. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long, however, and your letter may be tossed in the fire!
6.Archaeology: A New Expedition
This fantastic little card game has multiple variants making each game feel like a completely different one. Great for moments when you a suck for space in your backpack but don’t want to play the same board game over and over all weekend.
In Archaeology: The New Expedition, you want to find treasures and make the most money possible by selling them to the museum. Players start with four treasure cards in hand; one monument tile is chosen at random, then the chambers of the monument are loaded secretly with treasure cards.
On a turn, a player digs for treasure by drawing from the deck. If they find treasure, they don’t show anyone and keep it; if they find a thief, they steal a card at random from an opponent; and if they find a sandstorm, all players lose half of their cards in hand to the marketplace, which starts the game with five face-up cards. (Each player has a tent that they can discard to avoid the effects of one sandstorm.) After digging, a player can:
- Discard one or more maps to explore one chamber of the monument, looking at all the cards there and keeping some number of them.
- Trade at the marketplace by laying down one or more treasure cards and picking up cards with equal or lesser trading value.
- Sell to the museum by placing sets of treasure cards in front of them; in general, the more cards you have of a type, the more the set is worth.
Players can explore only once, but they can do the other actions repeatedly, and they can take these actions in any order. Once the deck is empty, players keep taking actions until they all pass in turn, after which they sell treasures to the museum. Whoever ends up with the most money wins!
This classic card game is a great alternative from the overplayed classics loved or endured by every family, its simple and easy to play over a camping table.
Skip Bo involves Each player being dealt a stockpile of 30 cards. The winner will be whoever manages to empty their stockpile first. Cards are played onto four shared building piles in numerical sequence from 1 to 12. On each turn, a player draws until they have five cards in their hand, and then plays cards from: their hand, a top card of their discard piles, or their stockpile. At the end of their turn, a player must discard onto one of their four personal discard piles. Strategy involves the organising of cards into the discard piles, care in not setting up the next players for good plays, knowing when to play from which option, and especially the timing of playing a valuable “Skip-bo” wildcard.
If you go camping with as little on you as possible or if you enjoy heading into the complete wilderness then Hive is the game for you. Not to mention, it keeps in line with the nature theme as it is all about bugs. This is a game for two people and requires a bit of strategic thinking. Therefore, it is likely to keep you entertained for quite a while. While it is best played with adults, it will not take long for someone over the age of ten to catch onto the rules of the game.
The great thing about Hive is that all you really need is the twenty-two pieces belonging to the game and a flat surface to put them down. Even if you are outdoors, with just the ground to rely on, you will be able to make do. It is just a matter of making sure that you have all of the pieces with you.
All of the pieces are composed from plastic which makes them perfect for any camp setting. Whether you are dealing with wind, rain, or mud, there is no need to fear your game getting ruined.
Looking at the pieces in Blokus you may be reminded of an old Tetris game brought to life. This game can be played with between two to four players. A typical game should last around half an hour, meaning the game will not stretch on for too long. Blokus can be played by most ages as long as they understand the concept of the game. Although it is an abstract game, it does not require too much strategic thinking.
Now, there are quite a few pieces to this game – eighty-four in all. They are brightly colored and relatively large which makes them difficult to lose. The board is quite compact and all of the markers are really light. Carrying this game around will not be a chore. A small flat surface should suffice to play this game.
All of the pieces and the board are made of hardy plastic. As such, it will stand up well against the elements and it is perfectly fine if it gets a little dirty. You just have to make sure that all of the pieces are kept together and not lost during the trip, however.
Even if you have never played Trouble you have probably played a game of Ludo at one point or another. Well, think of Classic Trouble as a fuss-free version of Ludo, then. The concept is the same, it is just that the board makes it more difficult for the pieces to be upset. Therefore, you don’t really need a table or even solid ground to play this game on!
This really is a great camping game because all of the markers fit into snug little slots. Even the dice is placed in a little capsule so that it cannot escape. Also, all of the pieces are quite large and brightly colored, making it unlikely that you will misplace them. The board and the pieces are incredibly light and not difficult for you to carry. Furthermore, its size makes it great for travel and to set up even on the smallest of surfaces.
The entire board and all of the pieces are completely made of plastic. This means that this board can survive rain and wind without anything messing up your game. Classic Trouble really can be crowned the official camping board game with ease.