Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 18 geeky board and card games

Eighteen great board and card games, 18 ways to fall out with your family this Christmas

The 15 best board game gifts for Christmas

Few Christmas traditions are as enduring as the family getting round the table together sometime between the Queen's speech and the James Bond movie to play a game together.

In fact, the only one that rivals is it probably the family getting round the table together and having massive rows while they play a game together.

Of course, to do it properly you need some decent board or card games: standard edition Scrabble and Monopoly just won't cut it. Below you'll find 18 fantastic games, covering everything from quickfire word play to geektastic, rule-heavy strategy titles.

Star Trek Catan (£36)

The 15 best board game gifts for Christmas

Just in case a game about forging a mighty empire by railroading resources from competing settlers isn't nerdy enough for you, how about re-designing every element of the game so that the pieces, the board and the language are all themed around the 23rd century?

For anyone familiar with Catan, this is the same game but Captain Kirk-ier. For anyone who hasn't played Catan, you are REALLY missing out.

Buy Star Trek Catan here

Cosmic Encounter (£40)

The 15 best board game gifts for Christmas

One of the best games you're ever likely to play, Cosmic Encounter is a game of intergalactic double-dealing that’s different every single time.

Before engaging in its simple card game, players pick an Alien to play as, each and every one of which breaks the game in some way. The Virus is a monster that must be stopped. The Loser wins if he loses. The Gambler can bet on the outcome of fights, and the Citadel can build impossible fortifications. It’s the dumbest smart game you’ll ever play.

Buy Cosmic Encounter here

Zombicide (£57)

The 15 best board game gifts for Christmas

Like a board game version of Left4Dead, this collaborative survive-'em-up requires that you blast the heck out of the zombie horde. You and your compatriots have to find weapons to take down the zombies, but the brainless throng is far more numerous than your rapidly depleting ammo stock - so strategy is also key.

Buy Zombicide here

Tales of the Arabian Nights (£39)

The 15 best board game gifts for Christmas

First published in 1985, this classic choose-your-own-adventure board game is now available in a beautiful, even more ambitious edition.

Will you find a magical sword and become the Sultan of some glittering city? Find your true love in the belly of a giant sea creature? Or just get arrested for trying to mug a wizard and spend the whole game in prison? All you can rely on is that the game will make you laugh.

Buy Tales of the Arabian Nights here


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