Ben is a copywriter, musician and scholar of the arcane arts from the dark realm of Kidderminster.

The sun has finally decided to put its hat on, and just in time too, as we’re currently sitting on the cusp of two glorious Bank Holidays in the month of May. (Considering we’re printing this well before the second Bank Holiday, I hope you’re right Ben – ed.)

For many young families and couples alike, the bank holiday season means one thing – a weekend away. Of course, whilst we’d all like to think the weather will hold, with the unpredictable nature of British springtime, it’s always a smart idea to have a solid backup activity planned on any domestic holiday in case the heavens open and you’re stranded in a Cornish caravan.

As such, I thought I’d focus this month on the ‘emergency’ games that you might want to consider bunging in the suitcase alongside the wine and the (hopeful) beach towel on your next Bank Holiday break.

Sushi Go

Sushi is a pretty divisive snack, but this game is so easy to pick up and play that even the most seafood-averse amongst you will soon be eying up the local Yo Sushi!

A simple and incredibly portable card game that can be played by up to 5 people, it’s essentially a cutesy version of Go Fish, albeit with a few more tactical opportunities and the aesthetic of a conveyor belt sushi restaurant. Easy to teach, easy to play and surprisingly difficult to master.

Fog of Love

If you’re on a bank holiday break with your significant other, the rain needn’t put a pin in your romantic plans. A quirky 60-minute romantic comedy condensed into an elegantly packaged game, Fog of Love admirably attempts to gamify the ups and downs of a not-so-typical relationship.

It might lead to some heated arguments, but it will at least make your own IRL relationship seem quite healthy and normal by comparison!

A Fake Artist Goes to New York

Comfortably the best drinking game on this list (my liver can attest as much), this cult Japanese game is like Pictionary’s odd cousin, with a dash of hangman thrown in for good measure.

The aim of the game is simple – deduce who amongst you is the titular ‘fake artist’ via a process of elimination, with players taking it in turns to add single strokes to a collaborative drawing as the faker bluffs their way through.

Simple enough that once you’ve learned the rules all you need to play is a notepad and some pens – if you add booze to the equation it’s a game you’ll always remember and always forget.

Run, Fight or Die

A zombie-bashing game that combines dice-rolling with dark comedy and features some incredibly nifty figures, this effective and oddly charming game from Richard Launius is a terrific, affordable

and breezy experience that sees players competing to save and recruit allies amidst a zombie apocalypse.

Take note, however, that useful allies are actually worth fewer points here – it’s those that manage to survive with the zombie-fodder that rake in the wins.

Tiny Epic Galaxies

Small enough to comfortably be played on a picnic table, but with enough tactical intricacy to make sure that every 30-minute game is a fresh experience, this is the latest (and perhaps best) in a long line of Tiny Epic games.

Built around resource management and dice rolling, it’s a quick and portable experience that also has a solo play option if you’ve had enough of your travelling companions.

This is a guest article, written by Ben Hiorns, for Board Game Crate; Imagery from Board Game Geek.

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