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Best Board Games to Play on Family Game Nights in 2020

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

by Guest Contributor: Ashley Lipman

You can't go wrong with any of these board games for family game nights in 2020.

When it comes to family bonding opportunities, nothing beats a family games night. It's an affordable option that brings everyone together in some friendly competition. It's also a way to develop problem-solving skills for children.

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The key to a fun family game night is to keep things fresh with new and exciting board games. Here are some of the best board games for 2020.

The New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons

The title says it all! The New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons board game simplifies this classic RPG in a way that makes it accessible for newbies and children. For lifelong D&D fans, this board game is a great way to introduce your family to your Dungeon Master alter ego and get them interested in the game.

Once you've mastered this beginner version of D&D, you visit the D20 Collective and start to expand into the RPG version over time. This is a great board game for using problem-solving skills and your imagination.

The key to a fun family game night is to keep things fresh with new and exciting board games.

A Fistful of Meeples

A Fistful of Meeples is a great family board game for older kids, such as preteens and teens. What, you may ask, is a Meeple? Meeples are the small humanoid game pieces used in games like Carcassonne. It's said to be a blend of the words "my" and "people."

In a Fistful of Meeples, your board is the main street of a small town in the Wild West. The object of the game is to move Meeples to take advantage of different resources and acquire the most points. For example, the deputy Meeple will get points for being moved near burglar meeples. A burglar meeple gets points for being moved near miners.

The game follows a traditional mancala structure that will encourage everyone to think strategically and pin family members against each other in showdowns.


The PARKS game allows you to explore the US National Parks from the comfort of your home. Not only is this game fun and relaxing, but it also raises funds for parks throughout the country.

The goal is to collect resources along the way, which gets more difficult as the seasons change.

In PARKS, each player is a hiker taking a stroll through the various parks during the changing seasons. The goal is to collect resources along the way, which gets more difficult as the seasons change. Players are tasked with finding a balance between building their player engine and spending resources to get further ahead. The player with the most points at the end of the "year" wins the game.

Minecraft Builders & Biomes

Minecraft is one of those surprising success stories in the world of video games. The sandbox-style structure with pixelated imagery was released in a time where graphics were becoming more realistic and immersive. However, it's this simplicity that's built an empire, one pixelated block at a time.

Minecraft Builders & Biomes isn't the first board game version of the computer game, but it's the best. It has a high rate of replayability and is great for the whole family.

The object of the game is to mine resources and build structures, similar to the video game. Points are awarded based on various components of your structure as you go along. In addition to building, you'll have to ward off the infamous Endermen, Creepers, and mobs. This game is perfect for getting kids away from the screens while engaging in something they're passionate about.


Tsuro is a simple board game with a fun dynamic that simultaneously has you trying to keep your own player alive while thwarting others. In Tsuro, each person has a token that starts on the edge of the board. At every turn, someone pulls a tile with a maze-like path depicted on its face.

The paths must connect, and your piece must follow the path that's laid out ahead of them. Your goal is to avoid the edges at all costs. If you fall off the edge, you're out of the game. The last token standing is the winner.

You can't go wrong with any of these board games for family game nights in 2020.

About Our Guest Contributor Ashley Lipman

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Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart - all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.

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