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Should I Play a Card Game Or A Board Game?

Card games and board games are a great way to spend time and have fun with friends and family. Learn more about the pros and cons of board games and card games to help you the next time you get to choose the game for the night!

Should I Play a Card Game Or A Board Game?

What’s The Difference?!

If they are both games, what's the difference? Well, there’s actually a big difference between the two. Pretty much the only thing they have in common is that they are fun! 

Card games are typically only played with a deck of cards. But the possibilities are endless with a card game. You can play alone, or with friends. 

Board games are typically played with a group of friends. On average, most board games are played with 3-4 people. Although with a board game, you are pretty limited with what you can do in the game besides playing by the rules. 

 

Pros and Cons of Card Games

First up are card games. As stated before, you can play alone or with a group. And with a deck of cards you have endless possibilities. You can play a game where you only have 2 cards in your hand and you have to combine them with the “dealers” cards and try to get a better hand. Or, you can play a game where you try to beat other players with a single card. With an estimated 10,000 different card games, odds are, there’s a game for you. 

Pros:

  1. Endless Possibilities of Games to Play
  2. Shorter Games
  3. Improves Concentration, Social, Strategy, and Memory Skills
  4. Short Set-Up Time
  5. Requires a Small Amount of Skill (many games depend on luck, but many also depend on skill, like we said, there’s a game for you)

Cons:

  1. There’s a Small Learning Curve
  2. Hard To Master (you can learn a game in 10 minutes, but it takes years to master)

Popular Card Games

If you’ve never touched a deck of cards in your life, you have probably heard of Poker. This is by far the most popular game in the world. It's so well known people can make a living off of this game.

Some of the other most popular card games; Rummy, War, and Blackjack. Although with many card games, there are different variations of each game. So your household may be playing Rummy in a totally different way than your next-door neighbor. 


Beginner Card Games

First of all, if you are brand new to card games, take a look at this blog. It will give you plenty of information you need to know when starting off with card games. 

Some of the best games to start off with are:

  1. Go Fish
  2. Crazy Eights
  3. War
  4. Old Maid
  5. Speed
  6. BS

There are plenty of tutorials on the internet about these games if you’re looking to play them.

Advanced Card Games

If you’re looking to play something a little more advanced, and involves a little bit more strategy than luck, look into these games:

  1. Poker
  2. Trick Taking Games (Hearts, Euchre, and Spades)
  3. Rummy

Why Choose Card Games?

Overall if you’re looking for a game that you can play a few rounds of and move onto the next, choose card games. Chances are, in the group you are playing with, there is someone who can shuffle, and that’s not even a requirement!

Pros and Cons of Board Games

Board games are widely popular, almost as popular as card games. As with all things in life, there are pros and cons to it. Regarding versatility, card games are superior. With a deck of cards you have 10,000+ games to play. With a board game, you have 1.

Pros:

  1. Develops your Concentration, Social, Strategy, and Memory Skills
  2. Brings you closer to your Family/Friends
  3. Easy to Follow
  4. Low Skill

Cons:

  1. Not Versatile
  2. Time Consuming
  3. Can Become Too Competitive
  4. If Someone Leaves, the game is at a Standstill

Popular Board Games

train on Monopoly square

I’m sure we’ve all heard of Sorry, Monopoly, and Battleship. While those are popular, there are many more board games that you may not have heard of before.

  • Life, Clue, Candy Land, Scrabble, Operation, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Boggle, Mousetrap, Jenga, Mastermind, Cranium, Traffic Jam, Trouble, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Speak Out, Mad Gab, and many many more. 

Beginner Board Games

That's a pretty big list, what if we are just starting out? Well, here are 5 board games that are great for beginners. 

  1. Life
  2. Sorry
  3. Battleship
  4. Monopoly (plan on dedicating some time for this one, up to 3 hrs)
  5. Yahtzee

These are just suggestions, do a Google search for board games, and pick 1 out of the thousands to purchase and play. 

Advanced Board Games

Alright, Sorry and Monopoly are for kids. Show me a real game! 

Okay, these games involve a little more strategy and skill. But once you develop your plan when it comes to the game, they can be much more fun.


  1. 7 Wonders
  2. Balderdash
  3. Agricola
  4. Carcassonne
  5. Bang

Why Choose Board Games?

Board games are very popular, for a good reason. Card games can only go so far when it comes to your imagination. But with board games, you can play a game where you try to pass go and collect 200. Then move on to a game about the wild west. 

Essentially, if you want something more interactive and takes longer to play, try a board game. 

What Should I Choose?!

If you’re looking for a great way to pass the time without the use of electronics. Why not both? 

But if you’re limited by budget, card games are definitely for you. 2 decks will cost you no more than $15. Plus they will last you a pretty long time.

Monopoly costs $15 on its own. And with that you only have 1 game. With a deck of cards you have thousands. 

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Derek Monk

Mar 12, 2021