Stuck on what to get Dad this Father’s Day that he’ll be able to use and enjoy at home?
Well look no further than the gift that keeps on giving – board games!
A fantastic way for the whole family to celebrate Father’s Day, board games require interaction and engagement between all players, which is all Dad really want’s on his special day isn’t it?
So without further ado, here are our Top 5 Picks for Father’s Day!
As a struggling author, players are trying to finish novels for their editor so they can live the dream and perhaps pay the bills in this beautiful and brain-testing deck builder.
Beginning with a starting hand of letter cards, players try to form words to gain money to purchase more powerful and useful letters and accumulate victory points to win the game.
Cards have abilities that activate once played, with certain genres providing different advantages over the others – introducing an exciting element of strategy.
The longer the played word with more face up letters (face-down cards are wild whose abilities do not activate that turn) the more advantages players obtain and the further along they race towards victory.
A fantastic small game that backs a big punch, Paperback includes 4 mini expansions and a cooperative variant as well, meaning that your word-smith Dad can enjoy it over and over again.
If that wasn’t enough play time, there’s also the Paperback Unabridged Expansion that introduces 100 new cards and more ability mechanics.
Additionally, if Dad’s more of a hardback fan, he’ll love the equally compelling and beautifully presented, sequel Hardback, of similar vein.
The OG board game that started it all, Catan is the classic family game that is a wonderful introduction for anyone wanting to step up from your generic Monopoly into the wonderful world of board games!
A 3-4 player resource-management game that incorporates elements of deep strategy, Catan sees players compete to become the dominant force on an island by developing settlements, cities and roads.
By collecting resource and development cards used to build their civilisations and accumulate military power, players strive to gain the 10 victory points to win.
But beware, there is trouble afoot as robbers seek to steal your resources and dismantle your plans with each turn.
The ideal way to get Dad and the whole family involved and addicted to board games!
A lover of Japanese art and majestic koi fish?
As well as being a purveyor of fine taste and quality, your Dad will love this exciting (and frustrating) 1-4 player masterpiece.
Beautifully thematic right down to the excellent components, Koi invites you into the interconnected world of the koi pond.
As koi, players compete over seven days (rounds) to become the most well-fed fish in the pond, gobbling up as many frogs and dragonflies as they can.
Drawn cards each round dictate the moves your fish are able to take for that day – some optional, others mandatory.
Players will need to think about their path to gain more food and ensure they have enough movement and provisions spare to overcome any attempts by other fish to thwart their plans.
A light strategy game that is easy to introduce and play through, Koi is a visually appealing masterpiece that is sure to please Dad and family alike!
4) Power Grid
This is one for those Dad’s that are board-game aficionado’s and perhaps well-acquainted with the energy sector…
Power Grid is an excellent 2-6 player resource-management game, incorporating elements of worker placement and deep strategy.
Players complete to build the largest energy network and successfully power it by travelling to various cities in their region, purchasing power plants and buying resources to power those plants.
You will acquire power plants and resources through player auctions and must compete with others to gain access to superior equipment or less-expensive resources; thus granting your fellow energy monarchs the opportunity to engage in insidious business practices.
Players must ensure they monitor each other’s progress, expand their network and manage their money in order to power their grid!
A fun game that may require a couple of play-throughs to get the hang of, Power Grid is well-worth the time and plays smoothly and quickly once you have the rules down pat.
Check out Power Grid and its many expansions here!
5) Ticket to Ride: Europe Edition
Another board game classic, Ticket to Ride: Europe Edition, builds on the award winning, fast-paced original game.
A completely separate board game adventure (this edition is not an expansion and therefore does not require the original base game), employs the same rules as Ticket to Ride, with a few extra additions to keep play fresh.
A 2-5 player family game that is very quick to learn, the Europe Edition sees players traverse the continent in an effort to gain the highest number of total points by placing train carriages between cities to claim routes, fulfilling destination cards and trying to accrue the longest continuous path across the board!
A light and easy game perfect for young and older families alike, Ticket to Ride: Europe Edition adds another layer of strategy and incorporates exceptional artwork to delight engage.
A worthy addition to the family board game shelf, you can check out our other Ticket to Ride products here!
And that’s your Father’s Day gift sorted!
Wishing all those Fathers and Father-Figures in your life a wonderful day from us here at Gameology!
Have an excellent day spending quality-time with your family over one of our board games.