Board Game Night: 3 Hits for Every Occasion

Published on March 26, 2024

On a black surface with dominoes and dice, letters spell out

By Pete H.

Planning a game night? Look no further! This week we’re diving into three fantastic board games that cater to different moods and group sizes. Whether you’re craving a strategic showdown, a quick and social deduction game, or a relaxed route-building adventure, we’ve got you covered!

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Great for families: Catan: Settlers of Catan

  • Players: 3-4
  • Playing Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Mechanics: resource management, dice rolling, trading

Catan is a classic for a reason! Players take on the role of settlers on a modular game board, collecting resources (wood, sheep, brick, ore, and grain) by rolling dice. These resources are used to build settlements, cities, and roads, earning you victory points. Negotiation and trading are key, as players can strike deals to get the resources they need. Catan offers a perfect blend of strategy, chance, and player interaction, making it a great choice for a well-rounded game night experience.

Other suggestions: Blokus, Qwirkle, Forbidden Island


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Great for parties: One Night: Ultimate Werewolf

  • Players: 3-10
  • Playing Time: 10 minutes
  • Mechanics: social deduction, hidden roles

Calling all fans of bluffing and deduction! One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast-paced social deduction game where players take on hidden roles – villagers trying to uncover the werewolves hiding amongst them. With the help of a free app, each game night offers a unique experience thanks to different character roles and abilities. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is perfect for larger groups and those who enjoy quick bursts of social intrigue.

Other suggestions: Just One, Spyfall, The Resistance, Exploding Kittens


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Great for 2 players: Ticket to Ride

  • Players: 2-5
  • Playing Time: 30-60 minutes
  • Mechanics: set collection, route building

Embark on a train journey across America (or Europe, Asia – there are many versions available!) in Ticket to Ride. Players use colored train cars to claim railway routes on a beautifully illustrated map. Completing routes earns you points, and the player with the most points at the end wins. Ticket to Ride offers a strategic yet relaxing gameplay experience, making it a great choice for families and those who enjoy a bit of friendly competition.

Other suggestions: Pandemic, Carcassonne, Patchwork, Lost Cities



So, which game will you choose for your next game night?

These are just three of the many fantastic board games in Siouxland’s collection. With a variety of mechanics, player counts, and themes to choose from, there's a perfect board game for every occasion. Check one out today with your library card!