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Board Games Perfect for Your Next Backyard Barbecue

Here in Canada, the Victoria Day long weekend kicks off barbecue season and marks the unofficial start to summer. There’s no better time to enjoy warmer and longer days, the smell of grilling in the air, and board games that will get everyone playing along. Check out some Asmodee games below perfect to bring to your next backyard barbecue!

Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be cancelled!

With 550 words to guess and make others guess, no two games are ever the same. High quality erasable markers allow you to easily play this game over and over again at your next game night with friends and family.

3-7 players, ages 8+ | 20 minutes

Mysterium Park has many secrets to hide…grave secrets! The park’s former director disappeared a few years ago, but the investigation turned up nothing. Since that night, weird things have been happening on the fairgrounds. As psychics, you’re convinced that a ghost haunts this carnival.

In this cooperative game, the ghost sends visions with illustrated cards. The psychics try to interpret them in order to rule out certain suspects and locations. Then, they’ll seize their only chance to piece together what happened to the director. You have only six nights before the carnival leaves town.

2-6 players, ages 8+ | 28 minutes

Draw the Line is a party game where all teams play simultaneously. The sketchers must draw a mystery word by connecting icons on their sketchpad. They then need to mime those icons and make noises related to them so that their respective teammate can guess which icons they need to connect on their sketchpad to recreate their sketcher’s drawing. Players must act fast if they want their team to be the first one to find the mystery word. Simple to learn and guaranteed to make people laugh!

Box includes 8 reusable sketchpads and 4 dry erase markers.

4-8 players, ages 10+ | 15-30 minutes

Plot, scheme, and deceive as you build fantastical cities in Citadels, Bruno Faidutti’ s classic game of card drafting, intrigue, and cunning characters. The kingdom is in need of a new Master Builder, and you want the job. Recruit local citizens and use their expertise to outwit your rivals. Only the most majestic metropolis will earn its creator the coveted title.

This revised edition of Citadels retains the signature bluffing and intrigue of this celebrated classic, condensing all into a travel-friendly box. A game of intrigue awaits!

2-8 players, ages 10+ | 30-60 minutes

Wavelength is a social guessing game in which two teams compete to read each other’s minds. Teams take turns rotating a dial to where they think the hidden bullseye is located on a spectrum. One of the players on your team — the Psychic — knows exactly where the bullseye is, and draws a card with a pair of binaries on it (for example: Job–Career, Rough–Smooth, Fantasy–Sci-Fi, Sad Song–Happy Song, etc). The Psychic must then provide a clue that is *conceptually* where the bullseye is located between those two binaries.

2-12 players, 14+ | 30-45 minutes

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