Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 17 geeky board and card games

17 great board and card games, 17 ways to fall out with your family this Christmas

Few Christmas traditions are as enduring as the family getting round the table to play a game together.

In fact, the only one that rivals it is 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 17 fantastic games, covering everything from quickfire word play to geektastic, rule-heavy strategy titles.

Cosmic Encounter (RM240)

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.

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Zombicide (RM400)

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