Sick of playing the same games? We researched five fun but lesser-known card and board games to spice up the final days and weeks in isolation. Now that gatherings of up to 10 are allowed, but bars and restaurants remain closed, you could even make a night of it with a few good friends and a glass of wine.


This one is a modern-day classic and helped bring board games back in a big way. It’s easy to see why. In this game you’re trying to get the most points by placing your people down on cities, roads and monasteries. You do this by drawing tiles at random and putting them together one by one so that they form one coherent picture.

Beautiful art with simple rules means a game you can teach easily and play over and over. There are also a lot of expansions that can add new layers to the game if you’re looking to spice things up.

You can find more detailed instructions here.


The silliest way to pretend to be a spy! In codenames you have two teams. Each team has one master spy and some field agents. The master spy has to give clues to their agents about which codenames they have to pick, but they can’t ever say the codenames they’re alluding to. It’s a race to see who can figure out their team’s codenames first!

Click here for a rules explanation.

Secret Hitler

Not as sinister as it sounds… Secret Hitler is a game about deception. Most of the players are labelled liberals while there are a few players secretly labelled fascists. One of these fascists is also Hitler. Every turn, a pair of players try to get elected as President and Chancellor, and they try to pass either fascist or liberal policies. The liberals want to pass liberal policies and kill Hitler while the fascists want to pass fascist policies and get Hitler elected chancellor.

You’ve got to keep a strong poker face and you’re sure to be surprised to find out who the traitors were at the end of the game.

Here you can get a more comprehensive explanation.


Two things will win you a game of articulate: trivia and trust. You work in teams of two and on your turn, you and your partner try to get through as many clues as you can. But the catch is, you have to describe the words without using them. It’s a lot of fun and seeing people desperately try to explain some very abstract things can be very funny.

For clearer instructions click here.


The most “complex” game on this list, but probably also the most rewarding. Concordia is a game set in the time of ancient Rome. It’s about trying to get settled in different areas, get different resources and buy certain cards. It’s reasonably easy to learn and you will pick up the rules in a few turns, but it is the definition of ‘easy to learn and hard to master’.

Figuring out the optimal moves and when to make them is the big draw of this game. It’s very satisfying to have a plan that comes to fruition and you’ll want to play this again as soon as you finish.

For a more comprehensive explanation, click here.

Join Our Community
You May Also Like

Related Posts

Top 10 movies about families even more dysfunctional than yours

  Ever think your family are the most insane people on Earth? No matter how well adjusted your family is, you’re probably at each other’s throats from time to time. Still, every so often it’s important to come together to spend quality time with one another. If your family is looking to come together but […]

Hobbies not to start when you are already on the brink

You’ve cleaned out your wardrobe numerous times, read that leaning tower of books on your bedside table and gotten through a shameful number of TV shows on Netflix. By now, you are probably at that point where you are questioning your sanity and looking for new hobbies to fill the endless void of time. Many […]

Perth’s coolest record stores talk up their in-store Jazz favourites for International Jazz Day

On Thursday April 30, we celebrate the ninth annual International Jazz Day. We spoke to Diabolik Records, Safari’s Record Shack and Junction Records, the stores leading the way for jazz music, to find out what their top record picks were and what oddballs they have in store. Plus, in the midst of COVID-19, they’re offering […]