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The Best Way To Test A Friendship

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Jack Kocsis Director of Commerce
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A buddy of mine likes to say that the easiest way to find out if you can be friends with someone is to spend a couple of hours with them playing a board game. The idea behind this is that devoting time to trivial matters is one of the hallmarks of friendship.

I tend to agree with this, and to the rationale I’d like to add a corollary — if you can remain on good terms with a person after a particularly intense game of Settlers of Catan, then you really can stick together through anything.

But what board game to play? Of course there are the old classics — think Monopoly and Risk — but games like those aren’t nearly vicious enough to test my corollary. To truly spark a rivalry that must be overcome, one must consider the “strategy games,” the new trend that requires more than rolling the dice.

Over 70 games like 7 Wonders are currently up to 40% off on Amazon (Photo via Amazon)

Over 70 games like 7 Wonders are currently up to 40% off on Amazon (Photo via Amazon)

There’s 7 Wonders. There’s Walled City. There’s Five Tribes. There’s Legends of Andor. There are many, many, many more.

These are some of the best reviewed board games in history, all consistent winners of Game of the Year Awards. They require not just strategy, but also cunning, sedition and interpersonal manipulation. They are also all currently on sale for up to 40 percent off online.

That’s right. Currently, there are more than 70 strategy games on sale on Amazon. As summer rolls in, so does the possibility of new acquaintances. Few things are worse than wasting time on doomed friendships, so prepare a game night and nip those situations in the bud.

Strategy board games on sale for $7.99 – $49.99

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