Finding a holiday activity that will please everyone in the family can be a tricky task. Your overachieving brother needs an activity that scratches his competitive itch, Dad refuses to do anything where he can’t wear sweatpants, and the annual family game of touch football has been canceled due to last year’s “unpleasantness.” Luckily, everyone is happy to play board games. But if family unity and harmony are what you’re after this holiday season, you’d best steer clear of these board games.
1. Settlers of Catan This game, in which players earn points by trading for resources and building cities, has built a cult following. However, it gets to be less fun when Uncle Bobby starts hoarding all the brick, and your sister and her husband refuse to trade their ore for your wheat because they’re still mad that you dented their car last summer. If your family is prone to deceptive trading practices and covert alliance-making, keep this game in the box.
2. Cards Against Humanity It’s just like Apples to Apples—but with an NC-17 rating. The makers themselves describe it as “a party game for horrible people,” and who are we to disagree? Scatalogical jokes abound, although there’s enough offensive material in the deck to offend everyone in your family several times over.