Best Board Games At Home

Board games. The only “sport” that won’t have you move a muscle. But whatever it is, no one can deny that board games are the solution to a lazy, boring evening. They are addictively fun and Interactive. Which is why today we are going to introduce to you a few known and a few lesser known board games that are going to add heaps of friendly competition and drama between you and your family and friends.

Let’s start!

Ludo

Ludo is one board game is has been popularized recently by Facebook. However, this less than popular is immensely famous and the go-to board game in South Asian countries for the longest time.
Ludo, played among 2-4 people, involves a dice and a lot of luck. Each player has a total of 4 tokens which they must race to finish before the opponent’s token beats them to it. Each are on their own and fighting to the finish line. The throw of the die and how to choose to progress in each of your turn decides your Ludo fate. The player to secure all 4 of their token before anyone else.. . wins! There’s a race to the end line, lots of competition and very calculative moves involved. Think you are up for it?

Monopoly

Ah yes, the good ol’ classic monopoly. Nothing says family drama and an overflow of emotions quite like a go at a monopoly game. Played with 2 double-sided dice with as many as 4 people at once. Monopoly, unlike most generic board games, doesn’t really have a finishing point or end. The person to go bankrupt first is the cue to end the game and pick out the winner based on their assets. But apart from its notorious reputation of tearing families apart, this board game is however a very good lesson on finance, spending and of course, trust. Watch out with this game!

Serial Killer Trivia Game

Okay, this is a personal favorite. Every one of us loves to play cop, but for those who like to think and play like a cold-blooded killer, you have the Serial Killer Trivia Game! This game is played by up to 5 players (or serial killers) where each killer plays a range of trivia cards and scenarios. The player with the most “victim” tokens on their platter wins! It a must-play board game for people who are fascinated by and take interest in learning about serial killers and their crimes. How high is your body count?

Mint Works

Mint Works is literally a board game played out of a mint box! Compact and tiny enough for you to store in your pocket and play anywhere you want with up to 4 players. It involves cards and 30 “mint” tokens among many other things. Each player has a limited amount of Mint Tokens, which represent their workers. The game is over when winner earns 7 points. Lighthearted, easy, fun and play-anywhere-anytime sort of game that you could enjoy with your friends or family on the go!

Chess

Chess, although very well-known and a common board game, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you are a true intellect who love to indulge in working your brain and mind, then there not a better board game than chess. Played between 2 players only, each player takes turns into forwarding their army and utilizing their special roles to establish the final move, checkmate. Chess tests you sportsmanship along with your ability to detect the slightest changes, strategy and even read minds. A game for smart, patient and intelligent, only.

How do I start juggling?

Choosing the right balls

When you are just starting off, stay low and take it easy. You want to begin your first class by juggling with knives and balls of fire. Instead, you want to pick objects that are lightweight, easy to juggle and have a great hand feel.

The rule of thumb when looking for juggling objects is to find things that do not bounce or jiggle much. Soft tennis balls are of course the most common go-to juggling starters. However, if you want to take the cheaper way out, you can opt for beanbags that you can DIY at home, or even bags filled with sand or pennies!

Getting the hang of the sport

Listen, you are not competing in the Olympics this Saturday, okay? Juggling is very fun and exciting, but it also requires a bit of skills in terms of stability, balance and speed. All of which takes a lot of time and practice.

So take it easy and take your time getting the hang of the whole thing. Balls will fall here and there… .a lot, in fact, But that’s fine. You are learning! However, we recommend that you practice somewhere a little open and spacious with high ceiling. You could also of course practice outdoors. Within a few days into it, you will be able to understand and control a lot of things like the positioning of your feet, hands, the speed, and reflexes and so on. Take it slow.

Scoop!

After you feel you have grasped the idea and feel for juggling, you can now begin by moving on to practicing some fundamental moves. Starting with “scooping.”

Scooping is basically a routine of hand movement. You sway and dip your hands a little lower and before tossing the ball out of the other hand, and then do the same thing on the other hand again. The arc of your scoop should not exceed the eye level and you should have a smooth, swaying movement going on. Try scooping without any balls or bags first.

1 ball, 2 ball, 3 ball!

And then finally comes the slow and steady addition of your juggling balls into the scooping movement. You, of course, want to begin with just 1 ball. Although it isn’t juggling per se if there’s only 1 ball, but this is just for transition into the 2nd ball.

Then, throw in the second ball. And this is where the REAL juggling begins. Toss one ball, and when it reaches the top of its arc, toss the other ball to the other hand. Do not transition into adding any more balls until you can perfectly juggle between the 2 balls. Practice and take your time to master this step until it becomes a piece of cake. And then finally, throw in the 3rd ball and continue with the same principle before adding in any throw balls.

Over-the-top

With the 3-ball juggling now mastered, you now want to move on to a new juggling basic, the over-the-top technique.

This technique is the same thing as scooping, but the exception that you will be doing in with just one hand in the opposite direction. The over-the-top principle has you scooping under and then releasing the ball, you catch it. And then you scoop to the outside and throw it over. This process is definitely a tad bit more challenging, so take your time learning it thoroughly. If you mastered this, you are already juggling. Congratulations! Try adding in a 4th or 5th ball, if you like.

Practice

Juggling takes heaps of practice and patience. So trying your hand at it once in a while won’t do anything. Instead, we recommend that you practice juggling in small sessions every day. And with the basics and handwork taken care of, you will be juggling like a pro in no time. Good luck!