My family is extremely picky when it comes to our game selections during the holidays. We usually settle in after Thanksgiving dinner and pick a game and usually not everyone is thrilled with the selections. You can only imagine how surprised I was when watched them all thoroughly enjoying this new game I introduced to them called Off Topic! Off Topic is a board game that forces you to use your brain and you’re almost guaranteed to create some laughs as well.
You should find the following items in your box: a 20-sided die, 16 game cards, 8 white boards, 10 dry erase markers, and a 2 minute sand timer. The game is designed to be fast paced, but not with my family. Especially since there is some defending your answers involved.
The rules of the game are simple. First, you’ll draw a card to pick some topics. Then you have to roll the die to set the letter that your responses must begin with. Next, you will flip the sand timer and that’s when it’s time to write down answers for each topic that begin with the letter rolled. Once the time runs out it’s time to begin debating answers with your friends and family. That’s when things get CRAZY! it really gets you to not only think but engage with the other players and encourage interesting conversations.
We all agreed that this game seemed to be a mix between Scattergories & Cards Against Humanity. It seemed to be more of an adult game, so that means you might want to stash the kids in a different room once those answers are being read. Overall, I believe it’s something my family will be playing again.