Many people love the social aspects of RVing. For many, games can provide a lot of that social interaction. We thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of the more popular games for those on the road. Here is a list of five games every RVer should have on board.
Scrabble is a great game for two or more people and can even be played by teams. The classic game involves building words using tiles drawn at random and then building on other’s words as well. It is fun, challenging, and educational and there always seems to be a word or two played that will draw challenges, or laughs, from the other players. Just be sure to bring a dictionary along to test if the words are real or imaginary.
Yahtzee is a game played with dice and an official Yahtzee scoring sheets. One of the nice things about Yahtzee is that it doesn’t take much storage space. It is played with five dice. After throwing the initial five dice, a player will have up to two more rolls to create the best “hand” they can. As the game progresses, players will need to fill in the necessary “hands” like a full house, 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, small and large straights, and the elusive “Yahtzee”, meaning five-of-a-kind. The game moves along fast so you don’t need to set aside hours to play.
Unlike Yahtzee above, you better have a good chunk of time to set aside for a game of Monopoly. Players buy properties as they move around the board, and build houses and hotels after collecting sets of properties. As other players land on these developed properties they are forced to pay the owner “rent”. The person left with the most money and property at the end of the game is the winner. Each circuit around the board allows winners to pass “Go” and add $200 to their bank. “Community Chest” and “Chance” cards keep the game interesting while “Jail” puts players in a time-out. Monopoly is for older players but there is a “junior” edition available.
Trivial Pursuit is a challenging trivia game that requires players to answer questions from a variety of subjects. Players will need to be well versed in several different areas of knowledge in order to succeed, which means that team play can make the game more enjoyable. While the classic trivia game is still lots of fun, the franchise has created a variety of additional games that target a specialty area like Rock ’n’ Roll or a certain decade.
Uno is a card game played with a special deck of cards with numbers and four different colors. Players sit around a table and follow suit in color or number. A series of special cards may reverse play, skip a player or have the player pick up several cards. If a player cannot follow suit, he must draw for the draw pile of cards until he gets a card that can be played. A player must call “Uno” when he has one card remaining, alerting his fellow players. The player who is first to play all of his cards is the winner. Uno is simple enough to be played by younger players, yet offers enough strategy options to keep older players interested.
Playing games on the road can help you, your family, and your friends bond and build lifelong memories. Tell us what your favorite road-trip games are in the comments or on Facebook!