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You love playing board games with your family but want a bit of change? There’s nothing like the old pen and paper games to get in on the action! Whether you play tic-tac-toe or a fantasy role-playing game, don’t miss out on the fun.

From board games to video games to arcade adventure, there’s no shortage of fun things to play out there! But there are certainly those moments where you’re tired of sticking to the same old things that technology offers. It’s easy to forget that simple things are often the most fun: like pen and paper games for adults. Whether you opt for a classic like Hangman or try something new, don’t take the simplicity of paper for granted!

What are Pen and Paper Games?

 Whether it’s with a video game console or a smartphone, there’s endless possibility when it comes to playing a game. Cards and board games might offer up more interaction, but they can be difficult to take on the go. Fortunately, for those moments when all you have is pen and paper, there are plenty of games you can play. Whether you’re passing time or want to come up with something creative, a pen and paper is easy to have on hand. You can even use a notebook computer and stylus pen and discover your own game on a family app!

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What are the best Pen & Paper Games?

Pen and paper games for groups can be a great ice breaker and lots of fun! The following are some of the best and most popular paper-gaming options out there.

  • Hangman– This is among the classic pen and paper games for couples when it comes to guessing the word. By drawing gallows and choosing a word that needs to be filled in, the ‘hanging’ man will be drawn in with each incorrect letter choice. The ultimate goal is to figure out the word before the man is fully drawn!
  • Categories – It might sound easy enough, but this game can keep everyone entertained for quite a while! To start, choose a category and write it at the top of a piece of paper. Each player picks a letter of the alphabet and writes down all the words they can think of starting with that letter. After one minute, players tally up the word count. This is one of the best pen and paper games to play by yourself too!
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    You can play tic-tac-toe with chalk and hearts, too.


What are the best Pen-and-Paper Games for Two Players?

When it comes to pen and paper games, there are many places to begin. But the following are some of the best games you can do on paper with two people. You may even want to share them on FamilyApp!

  • Tic-Tac-Toe– Few games are easier to learn than Tic-Tac-Toe, and few can provide as much simple fun! Start by creating a grid of two horizontal and vertical lines for 3 columns and 3 rows. With one person as ‘X’ and one as ‘O’, the game wins whoever gets three of the same in a row.
  • Connect Four – Many people know this game from the fun boardgame version. But, it’s pretty easy on paper too! Much like Tic-Tac-Toe, players draw ten lines horizontally and vertically to make 20 squares. Players will take turns drawing circles row by row in a space of their choice. Whoever gets four in a row wins the game!

Connect 4 games

If you don’t have the Connect 4 board game, you can play with pen and paper.

 What are the best Pen and Paper Role-Playing Games?

 There’s more to the old pen and paper games than just some lines and boxes. In fact, if you’re ready to use your creativity, the following fantasy games are a great place to begin!

  • Dungeons & Dragons– While this pen and paper RPG has been around since 1974, it’s morphed into many different forms since then! It’s actually one of the first role-playing games of its kind and involves wargaming where each player creates their own character. The Dungeon Master is the game’s storyteller and referee while the characters solve problems and do battle. You may want to share your experience of this unique game on a family app!
  • Shadowrun – It might not be as famous as Dungeons and Dragons, but this is still one of the best RPGs out there! Created in 1989, this tabletop game includes everything from novels and card games to video games. It tells the story of industrial espionage in a future dystopian world, providing hours of endless play.

 With an iPad or a PlayStation, there’s certainly plenty of opportunity to keep yourself entertained. But pen and paper games for one person can also be a great way to have fun without relying on technology! Do you have a favorite pen and paper game or RPG? Let us know in our comments! Hangman and Tic-Tac-Toe may be classics, but there’s always new game out there to play.

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