9 Board Games For Those Stay-In Nights

9 Board Games For Those Stay-In Nights


Now that Fall's here, the dark falls earlier and the temperature's dropping, and we're all gonna be spending a lot more time inside. Everybody loves to sit quietly with a cup of their favorite hot drink and watch a movie or read a book, especially during those perfect Fall thunderstorms. But the cold season can be pretty draining as well, and being on your own is not always favorable. So how does one find a way to socialize while maintaining that level of comfort? The answer, obviously, is board games. And if you're having trouble figuring out some board games that you and your friends might enjoy, fear not; below you'll find a few board games I've tried and loved.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

This is a pretty strong start, as Betrayal at House on the Hill is probably one of my personal higher-ups on this list. The innovation of this one is one of its most prominent positive attributes. It's played in two phases: the first, during which the players build the game board and create different circumstances each time; and the second, in which on player turns against the others after an "event" takes place. You can tell that a lot of thought was put into its creation, and playing multiple rounds is almost necessary.


Many people know about this classic, but not many appreciate its beauty. The goal, for those who aren't aware, is to get your partner (or team members) to say a certain word by defining it, but the trick is that you aren't allowed to use that word or certain related words. It's pretty high-energy, and the frantic shouting that ensues can get pretty amusing.

The Game of Life

In The Game of Life, you begin your career as an adult, and proceed to go through "the motions." Getting a job, buying a house, getting married, having children, everything all the way up to retirement. Things happen along the way, some good and some bad. At the end, the winner is the one who's happiest with their outcome. While it's only a board game, it's a really unique analogy for Life in general. Plus, it's like a more detailed game of "house" like you played when you were young.


Quelf is not for the faint of heart. One must have an exceptionally strong sense of humor, and an overwhelming lack of shame. Sometimes you must answer random trivia questions, and then act like a giraffe for fifteen seconds for extra credit. Other times, you have find exactly 68 cents before time runs out. Or, make a mask out of nearby objects. If you're goofy like me, Quelf is your best option.


At some point, we've all played Clue. And when we're young, Clue makes you feel like a real-live detective. But after a certain amount of plays, the combinations get boring, and the characters get too familiar. If you're looking for a more age-fitting, difficult, and altogether breath of fresh air, I highly recommend Sleuth.


I take no responsibility for any loss of friendships, family members, or limbs. That's all.


This one's a good thought provoker. You're given a list of twelve categories, and someone rolls a 20-sided letter die. When the timer is started, you must write up to three words for each category, starting with the letter that the die chooses. Any shared answers must be crossed out. This one's ore lowkey, but it's a unique kind of fun.


Pit's based off of the old bartering market system, in that one tries to trade off materials to get a certain more desirable one. There are 8 different suits (or types of card), and the player's job is to get a full hand of one suit, by trading with other players, in bundles anywhere from 2-4 cards strong. No body can know what they're trading for, so everyone shouts their bids and barters blindly until someone wins that round and the market closes. Probably among the most intense games you can play, but it's definitely worth that satisfaction of cornering the market on wheat.

A Plain Deck of Cards

Last but not least, the age-old deck of cards. Growing up, my mother and I would always play games of Rummy, and Go Fish when I was too young. My brothers and I would always play intense games of Spit, and I've become closer to some of my closest friends over games of Palace. You can never go wrong with a deck of cards, whether it's a game of War or President.

Again, board games are an amazing way to spend time with people on cold and rainy days, or when you're just too tired to leave your dorm/house. Especially now that Winter's coming, you'll need all the downtime you can get. If ever you're in the mood for a game or two, I highly recommend all of the games on this list; I promise you won't be disappointed.

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Being Hungry Sucks, No Kid Hungry Is Here To Save The Day

Hunger can be caused by many different things.

We all know that without proper nourishment our bodies can gain a host of problems, some of them being a “weakened immune system, physical and mental stunting, [and an] increased risk of diabetes.”

Hunger can be caused by many different things; living in a food desert, poverty, climate change or natural disasters to name a few. In the US alone, one in six children goes hungry every day. In my opinion, it’s the children that are most vulnerable because they don’t have the ability to gain access to the many social programs in place to help defeat their hunger without an adult.

In order to help the children in America who struggle with hunger, there is a program called No Kid Hungry based in our nation’s capital. At No Kid Hungry, there are multiple programs already in place to ensure children are receiving the nourishment their bodies and minds need to grant them success.

The programs are:

1. School Breakfast

Many kids do not get the chance to eat a healthy breakfast before heading off to school in the morning. Without a proper breakfast, children struggle to focus in school and therefore their grades can be impacted negatively. Since the launch of the school breakfasts with No Kid Hungry, 2.8 million additional children are being served breakfast at the beginning of the school day with their classmates.

2. Summer Meals

Children who rely on discounted or free school lunches to fill their bellies often times struggle to continue receiving proper nourishment during the summer when school is no longer in session. As a result, No Kid Hungry has implemented the Summer Meals program where children can receive free meals at schools and community centers all summer long. However, some sites have limited hours of operation, can be difficult to get to, or may be closed during severe weather. In order to help make meals available to every child at every time of day no matter the circumstances, No Kid Hungry is working to introduce mobile meals delivery.

3. Afterschool Meals

Children who come from impoverished families and neighborhoods often times only have access to the free lunch they receive at school, making it their first and sometimes last meal of the day. With Afterschool Meals children are guaranteed to go meals to be satisfied.

4. Food Skills Education

Although school meals are helping children, one of the best ways to help them is to educate their parents and guardians on “how to shop for and cook healthy affordable meals.” In order to educate the public in different ways (no one learns the same) the Food Skills Education programs teach through the use of “interactive grocery store tours, hands-on cooking classes, smartphone apps and other resources – all free, and all run through trusted local community programs.” Through the program, a staggering 464,000 families have learned how to shop smarter and cook healthier.

All of these programs are amazing on their own right, but it takes more than just offering these programs in select cities to truly end childhood hunger. How can you help? Well, for starters you can make a donation. You can also be an advocate and if you're a parent or teacher, you can work on bringing No Kid Hungry to your community. You can start a fundraiser, attend an event, and speak up for kids by contacting your local and national government officials to protect the programs already in place such as SNAP.

So, how will you help?




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13 Life Hacks That Will Help You Live A Happier Life

Simplicity and prevention are keys to a happier life.

A piece of advice I often hear from my mother is that simplicity is always best. It was only when I began to truly mature that I realized the utter truth in this, and began adapting it to all aspects of my life, something that I think has made me an overall happier person. Another great piece of advice from my mother is that prevention is always best. I really began to put these pieces of advice into practice during my last two years of high school, and I realized that some little things I changed really helped my overall happiness:

1. Sleep well

I can’t stress the importance of this. Helps you focus, helps your mood, you are 100% more productive and at the moment during the day. Is something I am constantly underestimating, and possibly the point on this list that I struggle the most to live by, but when I do it really makes a difference.

2. Achievable to do lists

There is nothing more frustrating than thinking you didn’t achieve anything after a day of work. Sometimes its just because you are a terrible procrastinator, but it can also be due to too high goals. Start small, make the first point something you can easily tick off, this will motivate you to do the rest.

3. Exercise

Positive endorphins are released, you get to burn off your stress and you live an overall more healthy life.

4. Eat before you get too hungry

Hunger physically hurts, you aren’t able to concentrate and your bad mood bothers those around you.

5. Drink water

Do you sometimes get weird headaches that seem to come from nowhere? Could be dehydration.

6. Gum in your bag

For when you are feeling sleepy but can’t take a nap or when you don’t have time to brush your teeth but have a terrible taste in your mouth.

7. Pretty and comfortable clothes

Itchy sweaters, skirts that you constantly have to pull down and jeans whose zippers are constantly opening are all small contributors to a bad mood.

8. Ask help when you need it

Know when you are out of your depth and instead of becoming increasingly frustrated while trying to do something ask for help.

9. Know your support system

From the friends and family you can rely on to having your doctor’s office’s address and telephone number within easy access, you will find you will stress less about some things going wrong because you are more prepared to deal with disasters and accidents.

10. Eat healthily

I don’t believe in going to extremes such as cutting junk food off completely, but a balanced diet has done wonders for my mood.

11. Take medicine when you feel bad

This goes for an occasional headache or having a cough drop if you feel a cold coming on, for more serious things obviously go see a doctor.

12. Don’t hold your pee

It's unhealthy, it hurts and is terribly distracting.

13. Write everything down

Write things down as you remember so you don’t have to depend on your memory.

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