Let's be real—we are all so over the small talk. That said, with the winter chill still nipping at our noses (and everywhere else), going out on the town doesn't sound like a fun option right now. The solution? Conversation card games.
Storytelling, memory-recounting, and answering the big questions that move past the "How's your day?" and "What's the weather like?" are the best ways to get to know someone. Luckily, there are a whole host of question and conversation-based card games that you can keep on hand for a cozy dinner party at home, stash in your purse to bring with you on a date, or play virtually over FaceTime or Zoom. Whether you're with a partner who you've been with for years, a group of new friends and strangers, your best friends, family, or a combination of them all, these games will have you laughing, thinking, tearing up, and secret-spilling in no time.
Unlike the classic ice breakers that harken back to the early days of Google Meets happy hours, these decks spark more engaging thought-starters that help you really get to know your company. No "Two Truths and a Lie" here. Ready to get deep? Scroll down to shop the best conversation card games to spice up your cozy winter night in.
The best conversation card games
From the host of the popular dating and relationship podcast with the same name, “Where Should We Begin,” Esther Perel created this game to tell the big stories. Since every kind of healthy relationship is built on storytelling, the cards build intimacy and connection by allowing you to talk about the events and experiences that rarely come up in day-to-day conversation.
Over the course of the past few years, this question-based game has become so popular, you can seldom go to a house party or dinner without someone pulling out the infamous red box. The purpose-driven card game empowers meaningful conversations and relationship building with three different levels to deeper connection with whomever is in the room. They even have expansion packs that are catered towards couples, families, and more.
Made to spark and spread empathy, this pocket sized card game sparks conversations about the big topics like one’s background, values, and important issues like diversity, inclusion, the environment, and even mental health. It’s the perfect catalyst to move past the small talk stage, and really get to know someone.
Made to mentally stimulate and ignite exciting, deep conversations, this game is perfect for parties, hangouts with friends, and even dates. The question cards span topics like “Should your partner be allowed to go through your phone?” to “Which is worse: physical or emotional cheating?” and “Would you do 5 years in prison for $10 million?”
From the creators of the fan favorite game, What Do You Meme? comes this saucy trivia game. To start, players take turns “drawing a trivia card while the rest of the group competes to guess which answer is correct. Once everyone has guessed, the judge reveals the correct answer and awards one point to those who chose correctly.”
With nearly 8,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this 500 card deck is all you need for the perfect girls night in. To play, whoever has most Instagram followers starts by rolling the dice then picking a card from the corresponding colored deck. Laughter ensues when the player (or the group) reads and performs the activity on the card.
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