Benefits of playing board games
Playing board games brings people together by helping you meet new people. Playing board games teaches you to set goals and to be patient. They also help you learn to negotiate and strategize, which increases brain function. Plus, playing board games with friends reduces stress and provides tons of laughter.
Below is a full list of the board games that are available to check out at TU. Use the menu to the left to filter by category.
5 Minute Dungeon
5-Minute Dungeon is a chaotic, co-operative, real-time card game in which players have only five minutes to escape the randomized dungeon.
5 Second Rule
Players are given 5 seconds to answer assorted trivia questions.
You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes, and affirm your military supremacy.
The basic idea of the game is to end the monopolistic practices of the 3-company-combinations of the game board.
Apples to Apples
Each round, the active player draws a Description card from the deck, then the other players each secretly choose the best match.
Betrayal at the House on the Hill
Betrayal at House on the Hill quickly builds suspense and excitement as players explore a haunted mansion of their own design, encountering spirits and frightening omens that foretell their fate.
Blockbuster Party Game
In the Movie Buzzer Battle, both teams are given a topic, such as “Movies with dogs”. You start the 15-second timer, yell out a relevant movie, then whack the buzzer to reset the time.
Canasta is generally agreed to be best for four players, playing in partnerships. However, there are playable versions for two, three or six players.
In Captain Sonar, you and your teammates control a state-of-the-art submarine and are trying to locate an enemy submarine in order to blow it out of the water.
Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it.
Cards Against Humanity
A party game for horrible people.
In Catan, players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads.
Catan: Explores & Pirates
This lengthy and challenging scenario brings everything from the previous scenarios together! Explore new lands, capture pirate lairs, find fish, and befriend the inhabitants of the spice isles!
Catan: Settlers of America
The 19th Century has arrived, and Americans are heading west. Settlers of America: Trails to Rails uses the familiar Catan hex-tile grid to present a map of the United States.
Chess is a two-player, abstract strategy board game that represents medieval warfare on an 8×8 board with alternating light and dark squares.
Burgle your way to adventure in the deck-building board game Clank! Sneak into an angry dragon’s mountain lair to steal precious artifacts.
In Clue, players move from room to room in a mansion to solve the mystery of: who done it, with what, and where?
In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first.
The Uninfected team simply needs to survive until the end of the game, while the Infected team secretly attempts to destroy them.
Diamonds is a trick-taking card game in which players collect Diamonds — not cards bearing that suit, mind you, but rather actual “Diamond Crystals” (acrylic crystals) included in the game.
Humorous Party Card Game With Loads Of Imaginative Storytelling
In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards.
A family of games using the “Western” style tiles. The standard set of tiles is based on the 21 different combinations made with a roll of two six-sided dice.
Dragonwood A Game of Dice & Daring Board Game
Dragonwood is a dice and card. A “game of dice and daring” with a medieval fantasy theme.
Dungeons and Dragons
A fantasy adventure role playing game where players create their own characters and go on adventures as a group.
Exploding Kittens is a kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game.
Forbidden Island is a visually stunning cooperative board game. Instead of winning by competing with other players like most games, everyone must work together to win the game.
Fourteen different factions live on seven different kinds of planets, and each faction is bound to their own home planets, so to develop and grow.
Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters
Four intrepid treasure hunters are on a quest, searching for precious hidden jewels, but the phantoms in this house do not give up their bounty easily.
Gin Rummy is a popular two-player “draw and discard” standard deck playing card game.
Gloomhaven is a game of Euro-inspired tactical combat in a persistent world of shifting motives. Players will take on the role of a wandering adventurer with special skills.
Great Western Trail
In great western trail, you are rival cattlemen in 19th century America, herding cattle from Texas to Kansas city in a circular trail.
King of New York
The game board for King of New York is larger than in KoT with each monster occupying a district in the city and everyone trying to shine in Manhattan.
King of Tokyo
In King of Tokyo, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens—all of whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo.
This game attempts to mirror life events many people go through from going to college, raising a family, buying a home, working and retiring.
LOTR – Journeys In Middle-Earth
Each individual game of Journeys in Middle-earth is a single adventure in a larger campaign. You’ll explore the vast and dynamic landscapes of Middle-earth, using your skills to survive the challenges.
Your goal is to get your love letter into Princess Annette’s hands while deflecting the letters from competing suitors.
Machi Koro is a fast-paced game for 2-4 players. The goal is to develop the city in order to complete all of the landmarks under construction faster than their rivals.
Mansions of Madness
Mansions of Madness: Second Edition is a fully cooperative, app-driven board game of horror and mystery for one to five players that takes place in the same universe.
Players take the part of land owners, attempting to buy and then develop their land. Income is gained by other players visiting their properties and money is spent when they visit properties belonging to other players.
This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience… with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff.
All sorts of gruesome deaths await you and the rest of your wagon party in this official multi-player card game version of the classic computer game.
The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.
The spark of life is about to jump from your hands to spread out in the world. Deploy your mountain ranges and your deserts, spread out your oceans and your glaciers.
The abstract game of Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden blocks with six different shapes in six different colors. Players begin with 6 blocks each and take turns.
Possibly the most popular, mass market war game. The goal is conquest of the world.
Root is a game of adventure and war in which 2 to 4 (1 to 6 with the ‘Riverfolk’ expansion) players battle for control of a vast wilderness.
Players try to get rid of all your tiles by forming numbers into runs of 3 tiles or more, or 3 to 4 of a kind. The colors of the numbers on the tiles are like card suits.
Scattergories is a great game for any group to play. In the game each player fills out a category list ‘with answers that begin with the same letter.’
In this classic word game, players use their seven drawn letter-tiles to form words on the gameboard. Each word laid out earns points based on the commonality of the letters used.
It is a time of farming and war. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of five factions of Eastern Europe who are attempting to earn their fortune and claim their faction’s stake in the land around the mysterious Factory.
A dramatic game of political intrigue and betrayal set in 1930s Germany. Each player is randomly and secretly assigned to be a liberal or a fascist, and one player is Secret Hitler.
Race your four game pieces around the board in this Pachisi type game. Players turn over a card from the draw deck and following its instructions, moving their pieces around the game board.
Spirit Island is a complex and thematic cooperative game about defending your island home from colonizing Invaders.
The object is for each player to collect all the necessary items of their nationality and land on the winners square.
Sushi Go Party!
Sushi Go!, is a party platter of mega maki, super sashimi, and endless edamame. Up to eight players can join in on the sushi-feast.
Players take turns describing a word or phrase on a drawn card to their partner without using five common additional words or phrases also on the card.
In Terraforming Mars, giant corporations, sponsored by the world government on earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable.
In the cooperative trick-taking game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, the players set out as astronauts on an uncertain space adventure.
The Resistance is a party game of social deduction. It is designed for five to ten players, lasts about 30 minutes, and has no player elimination.
Ticket to Ride
Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.
A card game played using 220 cards. Each card depicts a historical event, invention or discovery on both sides, with the year in which that event occurred, invention or discovery was made on only one side.
Players race to empty their hands and catch opposing players with cards left in theirs, which score points. In turns, players attempt to play a card by matching its color, number, or word to the topmost card.
Werwölfe is the ultimate game for even larger groups of all ages. Take on the role of a villager and unmask the werewolves.
What Do You Meme
Each round, one player takes the role of judge and plays a photo card, after which everyone else plays a caption card to complete the meme.
You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves.