6 Board Games That Have The Power To Ruin Friendships & Break Up Families, No Questions Asked

6 Board Games That Have The Power To Ruin Friendships & Break Up Families, No Questions Asked

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We all want to meet up for that friendly game in our dorm room or apartment just to pass the time. Have some friends over, eat some snacks, and pull out that board game that in a few minutes will have you grappling at each other's throats, pulling each other's hair, and screaming that it was an unfair game, they should have lost and they had all the best hands.

But no matter how bad it may get, we still come back asking for another round.

1. Risk

Not a personal favorite, but maybe that is due to my traumatic experiences with this never-ending game. Whenever my friends want to play this I cringe a little on the inside. The tension when alliances are broken and betrayal is happening is nearly tangible.

2. Monopoly

I played this growing up as a child and I never once thought about the amount of screaming one game could cause. It's a competitive world out there. Such a simple but ruinous game.

3. Concept

See, I wouldn't think that this would make the list. But the amount of frustration that the player gets when it is something so simple, yet everyone else is thinking it's something incredibly abstract, is just unbelievably frustrating and makes you want to just shout the word right in their face. How could they not know what you're trying to say (show)?!

4. Coup

A simple strategy of just trying to deceive people and then teaming on other people, infuriating them. Especially when some of the rounds are just rapid fire so it's a back-and-forth rival sometimes.

5. Telestrations (AFTER DARK)



OK, so I know this isn't an ultimate "ruiner of friendships," BUT having your friends not know what you draw or making it purposefully more inappropriate than it needs to be is a dark aspect of this game. Although incredibly hilarious and makes you just want to play, round after round. Plus it can get awkward real quick.

6. Settlers of Catan

Truly an addicting game that also has no problem ruining friendships, relationships, family members and the like. It is one of my favorite games right now but it also gives me such an unsettling feeling when asked to play due to the amount of stress I'm about to endure.

Happy playing!

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When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.

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Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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