Winona winters can be rough. Snowy and cold weather makes it a pain to walk to classes. Sometimes the last thing you want to do on weekends is go out in the cold, so it’s nice to have a Friday night inside every now and then. Board games are essential in a dorm room because it can be a fun, relaxing activity. It’s also a great way to meet new people in your building. Board games are something I love to play with friends in my free time, and I have some suggestions if you’re looking for something new to do on a cold winter night. Board games are also really cheap, so if your bank account is rather low, board games are great!
This game is a classic and super easy to play. You may end up angering your friends but…oh well. Sorry comes in many different editions so if you’re sick and tired of playing the traditional game, see if someone else has a different version. I have played Disney Sorry and that’s a fun twist to this game. I always play as the villains because they’re my favorite. Even if you don’t have Sorry, it probably is in your building waiting to be rented.
I’m super biased towards Clue because it was my favorite board game growing up but it never grows old to me. I always play as Miss Scarlett because I get to go first. Clue is also great for college students because the more the merrier. Clue is much easier when there’s two people so invite your floor mates to make it more challenging. The bonus with Clue is that like Sorry, it’s a classic so it can be rented for free at your dorm room with a student ID.
This is a less familiar game, but it’s really fun. It’s a tad more complicated than Sorry or Clue, but if you’re looking for something new to play, I suggest this one! You play as different members of the CDC trying to discover cures to four deadly diseases. The goal is to discover these cures without any outbreaks in the globe. The board is the world map so you travel around discovering cures to diseases. This game may seem complicated, but reading the rules will better your understanding on how to play. This game can be played with two people, as there are ways to make the game more challenging if you have less people. If your roommate is a board game person too, you two can enjoy this game together. Otherwise it’s easily played with six people too.
4) Red Dragon Inn
This game is another unfamiliar game to some, but it provides endless fun. The goal of the game is to not let your character lose their health. You can pick from four characters in each box that have different characteristics. For example there is Dimli the Dwarf and Eve the Illusionist. The characters are mythical in some way and they each have their own character deck. You can also gamble in this game, which provides more fun. Each edition costs around $30-40 so if you’re willing to buy this, it will definitely provide some fun! Each edition has four characters, but there are expansions so you can easily have more than four if you own the expansions. I played a game with 14 people so that got crazy quick. The expansions are also cheap costing around $10-20.
I can’t forget about Uno. It’s a card game, but I think it can still apply to this list. It’s easy to carry around in your backpack, which is great compared to these other board games I listed. Again, this is a nice way to get your floor involved and meet new people. It’s a simple game to play and it probably can be rented from your building or dorm that you’re in.
Board games are a nice, cheap way to have some fun this winter. They’re still useful in the spring because then you can play outside by the lake. These are a couple suggestions, but any board game can lead to a good time. Except Monopoly-that’s how you lose friends.