The one thing that might be more important than finding a community? It's cultivating and strengthening that same community.

While everyone shows and receives love in different ways, intentional time can be a great way to connect with others and bond over new experiences.

Our favorite way to do that: With board games. We have monthly board game nights at Shine HQ, and it's a chance for our team to connect and unwind together.

Here are a few of our favorites for your next board game night:

Qwirkle

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Strategy, family friendly, and colorful: What more do you need from a game!? As one reviewer said, "This is the game to play with people who might not be the biggest fan of board games."

Monopoly Deal

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If you're a fan of the OG Monopoly, you'll love this. It takes your beloved board game and turns it into a fast-paced card experience that will leave you just as hyped as the original.

Settlers of Catan

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Take it from this passionate review: "Beware! Don't try this unless you plan on getting addicted. Your life will forever be altered. You'll find yourself begging strangers to come over to play."

Catchphrase

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If you're not into cards, this is a great alternative. It's an engaging game that combines trivia with charades in the best way.

Exploding Kittens

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A modern day version of Russian Roulettte, or as they describe it: "Exploding Kittens is the perfect card game for adults, teens and kids who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats."

Jenga

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It would be a disservice to board game lists across the internet to not include the classic, Jenga. It's the game made for those brave enough to see things fall down and those eager to build things back up.

What Do You Meme?

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If you've ever wanted to create your own memes—or you're that friend with plenty of memes stored on their phone—this is the game for you. Warning: Definitely for adults.

Quiplash

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Quiplash is technically an online game and you have to be physically present with others to play it together. Use your phones to create funny moments.

Monikers

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If the New York Times calls it "the perfect party game" then you know you're in for a good time. It's similar to Cards Against Humanity but with charades and taboo sprinkled in!

Bananagrams

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Any game that comes in a zip-up banana pouch is a quality game indeed. It's similar to Scrabble, but excellent for all ages.

Cards Against Humanity

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This is definitely not a game to play with children—but one to play if you're not easily offended and open to having outrageous conversations.

Go

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If you're a fan of Knives Out, try this game out! The classic Asian strategy game is played in the critically acclaimed movie.

Rummikub

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If you love a challenge, Rummikub is the game for you. It's a fun, engaging game that has one member of Shine HQ's family obsessed.

Listography

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If you're familiar with the Listography books, then you won't be dissapointed with this game that lets you match lists on various topics to the players you're with.

Codenames

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Whether you're with one person or a large group, this game can be fun and played all night long—plus, it'll help you brush up on your vocabulary.


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