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7 Great Father’s Day Board Games for Dad

Posted Sunday, 21-Jun-2015

Contributed by Troy Pitschman

 

Looking for a great way to bond with your Dad this Father’s Day? Here are 7 Father’s Day board games you might want to consider introducing to him.

All of the Father’s Day board games on our list are simple to explain and take less than an hour to play.

Our top Father’s Day board games for Dad

 

1. If Wishes Were Fishes

Is your father a fisherman? Does he always have a story to tell about the one that got away? Whether he’s a casual hobbyist or he goes deep sea fishing out in the Atlantic, If Wishes Were Fishes just might be the game for him. This game is all about catching the most valuable fish and selling them to the market for the best price. Just think, a way for the two of you to bond over one of his hobbies without the seasickness and fish smell.

 

 

If Wishes Were Fishes is simple and light enough to enjoy during Father’s Day.
If Wishes Were Fishes is simple and light enough to enjoy during Father’s Day.

 

A game of wits, If Wishes Were Fishes calls on players to catch the right fish at the most opportune time in order to make the most profit. The real twist of the game is the fish who grants wishes though, as this fish can turn the game on its head giving you a sudden advantage. If Wishes Were Fishes is simple and light enough to enjoy during Father’s Day or any other time for that matter.

If Wishes Were Fishes is available from $24.12.

 

2. Hanabi

Now this might not be the type of game you’d expect on a Father’s Day list but Hanabi is a great cooperative game if your father is more aesthetically minded.   Both of you will enjoy working together to create something as marvelous as a fireworks display, with a simple relaxed ruleset that will allow the two of you to reminisce.

 

Hanabi is a Spiel des Jahres award-winner.
Hanabi is a Spiel des Jahres award-winner.

 

The cooperative part will require the two of you to work together since only other players will be able to see your cards. Finally, Hanabi is a great conversation starter if you have fond memories of your father taking you to see fireworks as a child, this game might be a great way to reflect on those memories.

Hanabi is available from $6.99.

 

3. I GO!

I Go! is another great choice if your Dad is a fan of more traditional games. This great Father’s Day game revolves around drawing and discarding cards in order to improve the quality of your hand by forming a run, matching the top card of the display stack or just by keeping low value cards.

 

 

I Go! is another great choice if your Dad is a fan of more traditional games.
I Go! is another great choice if your Dad is a fan of more traditional games.

 

I Go! is fast-paced, light and has very little downtime that’ll keep either of you from getting bored.

I Go! is available from $6.88.

 

4. Claim it!

From designer Kris Gould,  Claim it! is a great game if your Dad has ever talked about striking it rich, likes games of chance or has an interest in the Old West. A game that’s part area-control and part dice roller this game is partially strategy and part luck and will appeal to player’s who are looking for either system.

 

 

Claim it! requires but luck and strategy.
Claim it! requires but luck and strategy.

 

The objective of the game is to create the most profitable system of mines with the idea that the more you roll the more you can claim; but the more you roll the more you risk losing it all. Careful though, this game might bring out the gold miner in your father.

Claim it! is available from $30.00.

 

5. Eight Minute Empire

Released in 2012 by Red Raven Games Eight Minute Empire is great for the old-school strategy enthusiast in your Dad, even better if his hectic schedule doesn’t allow him to devote as much time as he would like to these interest anymore. For this great Father’s Day game, players are given the objective of expanding their borders and earning points based on the areas they’ve amassed and the land’s resources.

 

 

Eight Minute Empire is a strategy game that takes 8-20 minutes to play.
Eight Minute Empire is a strategy game that takes 8-20 minutes to play.

 

Eight Minute Empire could be the combination of simple light-play with an engaging and interactive play that just might become one of his new favorites

8 Minute Empire is available from $15.99.

 

6. Archaeology: The Card Game

Archaelogy: The Card Game will appeal to the adventurer in your dad, especially if he’s an Indiana Jones fan. Explore ancient Egypt with the hopes of discovering treasuring as players piece together torn parchments, broken pots and ancient artifacts. The game doesn’t stop there though as the trade aspect of the game will appeal to the business savvy dad.

 

 

Archaeology: The Card Game works best with 3-4 players and take about 20 minutes to play.
Archaeology: The Card Game works best with 3-4 players and take about 20 minutes to play.

 

Archaeology: The Card Game is a game that has great thematic appeal combined with an engaging and interactive ruleset.

Archaeology: The Card Game is available from $8.99

 

7. Splendor

Splendor is an especially ideal choice if your dad is a gamer himself. While game is a little more complex than the rest of the games on this list, once you get Dad hooked you might have some trouble pulling him away from the gaming table.  Splendor is a game where players must put together the perfect system of gem mines, means of transportation, and shops in order to amass a fortune and gain prestige.

 

 

Splendor board game
While Splendor is a tiny bit more of a ‘gamer’s game’, it still have great mass appeal.

 

While Splendor may seem daunting at first, Dad will soon become enthralled at the prospect of becoming a gem merchant especially if he has an interest in history or has a knack for sales.

See our Review of Review’s for Splendor here.

Splendor is available from $24.99.

 

What are some of your favorite games to play with dad on Father’s Day?

 

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