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

Time to pay that Boardwalk rent, Mom.

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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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"


It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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