Ahhh board games. I don’t care how advanced or interactive gaming systems have become, no competitive experience can match a good old-fashioned board game duel. I’ve been thinking for a while that certain games must appeal to different personality types. For example, I love strategy games but my ESTJ mother-in-law prefers word games. My ENTJ dad pretty much hates playing games (what a waste of time!) but when he was a teenager he won the World Record for playing Monopoly the longest (yep, that’s his picture below). Of course, his record was beaten several day later, but he enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame.
You could say that board-gaming is in my blood 😉 So I decided to take my gaming nerdiness to a new level and write an article about which game each personality type would be AWESOME at! Ready to find out? Let’s get started!
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ENTJ – Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
Okay, ENTJs, I’ve got the perfect game to get your high-powered, strategic minds working in overdrive. What’s the premise? The world as you know it has been obliterated and a new world order is needed to prevent another apocalypse. In Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia you and your fellow players are middle-level managers who must seize power over the four factions and gain control over this dystopian world. Your path to victory is paved by the sweat of your workers. All knowledge of the past is gone. All that matters now is the future you will create. You’ll have to use logic and keen strategic insight in order to dominate this game. If anyone’s up for the job, it’s you!
Find out more about this game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia Board Game
INTJ – Risk
I was really tempted to choose Chess for you INTJs. Sooo many books make comparisons between the INTJ way of thinking and the way a game of chess is played. Plus Bobby Fischer was an INTJ. But after speaking with a number of INTJs, I realized that many of you had pretty mixed feelings about the game itself. None of you had mixed feelings about Risk, however. This strategy game is the perfect vehicle for your long-term planning skills and focused, visionary way of thinking. Risk is a global domination game that puts your mastermind abilities to their best use. Your job is to take over the world by creating a clever military strategy, making alliances, and forming surprise attacks. If you haven’t played this yet, you haven’t lived, plain and simple.
Find out more about this game: Risk
ENTP – Fief: France 1429
Want to use that massive amount of strategic thinking you have stored away in your brain? Look no further than Fief: France 1429. Take on the role of a noble in 15th century France and fight to become the most powerful ruling force in the kingdom. This game will take advantage of your amazing intuitive abilities, your logical deductive skills, and your charm. You’ll have to work to make deals, negotiate, form secret pacts, and more. The complexity and intrigue of this game have been known to break friendships, but I believe you’re up for this ruthless yet entertaining job!
Find out more here: Fief: France 1429 Board Game
INTP – Stratego
Stratego requires a knack for strategy and complex analytical thinking (Ti). I know several INTPS who are hooked on this game, and now you can be one of them…although, if you’re anything like the INTPs I know you’ve probably been playing this game since childhood! The game board is your battlefield, and you have an army and six bombs at your disposal. You must protect your flag and capture your opponent’s flag. This will require clever deception, skillful strategizing, and a taste for variety. Sounds like the perfect Ti/Ne combo to me! No two games are alike, which means you can never. get. bored.
Find out more here: Stratego
ENFJ – Pandemic
Join a team of medical specialists as you fight to save humanity from a scourge of virulent diseases in Pandemic. Work with your team to treat disease hotspots while finding cures for each of the four plagues before things get out of control. This suspenseful game will use all your abilities to inspire and bring out the best in your teammates. Pandemic is a great game for ENFJs because you don’t have to worry about making enemies of your friends. Cooperation and teamwork are key, plus your intuitive mind will make strategizing a breeze. This game allows you and every other player to showcase their unique abilities. A perfect game for your ever-friendly Fe-dominant, Ni-auxiliary mind!
Find out more here: Pandemic Board Game
INFJ – Mysterium
Feel like putting your oft-described “mystical” abilities to work? Look no further! Mysterium will use all your insightful, deductive abilities as you take on the role of a paranormal expert. Mysterium places you in a mansion after a horrible murder has been committed. The owner of the mansion was falsely accused and sentenced to prison where he died alone. He has now returned to the walls of his old home and needs you, plus a team of other experts, to put his soul to rest. Each night, you will receive a dream card featuring abstract, imaginative artwork. You must decipher the dream card and pay attention to symbolism, hidden meanings, and more. If this doesn’t sound like a game that is uniquely built for the INFJ, I don’t know what does!
Find out more here: Mysterium
INFP – Balderdash
Okay INFPs, we know you are all masters of language and creativity, right? I mean, come on. You’ve got authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, A.A. Milne, and Edgar Allan Poe in your group. I’m not jealous, noooo….well, maybe a little bit. Balderdash will harness your creative writing and imagination and, if my experience is any indicator, you’ll clobber all the other players…very sweetly, of course. Balderdash contains a box full of obscure words that hardly anyone has ever heard of. After one of the words is read out loud, each player tries to write their own made-up definitions of the word. Only one person will write the actual description of the word. You’ll gain points for guessing the right word and gain points when other players guess your word as the definition. This gives you the chance to flex your creative muscles as you write the most creative and unique definitions and trick your opponents with your writing mastery.
Find out more here: Balderdash
ENFP – Dixit
Join your friends in a group storytelling adventure with Dixit. Your imaginative Extraverted Intuition will come to life as you spontaneously come up with an expression, word, or gesture that represents the picture in your hand. Your opponents will select cards from their hands that they feel closely resemble the word or expression or sound you made. Now each player must guess which card is yours. You’ll take turns being the storyteller and the ‘guesser’. This game features dreamlike images that will delight the Ne-dominant mind. Your creative ability will come into play as you spontaneously act on the cards in your hand with off-the-cuff storytelling abilities. Sounds like the perfect adventure for your inspiring, engaging personality!
Find out more about this game here: Dixit
ESTP – The Resistance
Become a Resistance Operative or an Imperial Spy in this dystopian social deduction game. The Resistance will call on your masterful deductive logic and your smooth charm (thank you, tertiary Fe) to shatter imperial strength OR infiltrate the resistance ranks and sabotage their success. There’s lots of deception involved in this game, so if you don’t like looking at your friend and outright lying to his face this isn’t the game for you. But c’mon ESTPs, we know have more than enough charm and wit to pull this off without a hitch. Plus your deductive Ti abilities will help you to figure out a pathway to freedom or to your friends’ ultimate destruction.
Find out more about this game here: The Resistance (The Dystopian Universe)
ISTP – Stronghold
There has been a siege of the castle and it’s your job to either attack or defend! Stronghold will utilize all your tactical thinking and sensing abilities as you quickly have to discern how to build war machines, equip soldiers, build cannons, and do whatever you can to either hold or destroy the castle for as long as possible. Lots of other types would get stressed during this suspenseful, violent game, but with your ability to think swiftly in a crisis you are built for this job. Your personality type contains some of the swiftest, fiercest warriors of all time. As David Keirsey says, ISTPs “are fearless in their play, risking themselves again and again.” Good luck finding an opponent who is worthy of your quick-thinking tactical abilities!
Find out more about this game here: Stronghold
ESFP – We Didn’t Playtest This At All
Don’t be fooled by this game’s modest, simple packaging. We Didn’t Playtest This at All packs gigantic amounts of silliness and fun into short time intervals. You’ll have to be quick on your feet as you combat opponents in rock, paper, scissor battles, escape random dragons or sidestep ominous black holes. Maybe you’ll be lucky and be saved by a kitten ambush! The hazards are plenty and so are the laughs in this fast-paced party game. We Didn’t Playtest This is perfect for your entertaining social abilities. You’ll be able to crack jokes, spark laughter, and spontaneously react to some of the most absurd attacks you’ve ever heard of!
Find out more about the game here: We Didn’t Playtest This at All – With Chaos Pack
ISFP – Scribblish
ISFPs, it’s your turn to take the spotlight in Scribblish. Don’t worry, you don’t have to perform in front of a crowd! You just have to show us all your incredibly creative artsy abilities. ISFPs are often called “The Artists” or “The Composers” and it’s not hard to see why with people like David Bowie, Paul Gauguin, and Mozart in your ranks. In Scribblish you will grab your pencil and take turns drawing pictures and captions that will make your friends laugh or admire your skills, one or the other! If you’re tired of Charades and performance games that put you on edge, this game gives you a chance to show your skills while creating from your quiet corner of the table.
Find out more about the game here: Scribblish
ESTJ – Pay Day
As one of the highest-earning personality types, you can showcase your financial planning skills in Pay Day. You’ve got 31 days to handle various bills and expenses while making deals on properties to earn money. At the end of the game, the player with the most money wins, and since you and ENTJs are neck-in-neck the highest earners of all, this game should be yours to dominate (unless, of course, you’re playing with an ENTJ..which I would like to watch). This game will showcase your practical economic skills and will give you a chance to socialize with your friends and family. We know you’ve got this!
Find out more about the game here: Pay Day Board Game
ISTJ – Trivial Pursuit
Okay ISTJs, it’s time to showcase your advanced memory recall! Trivial Pursuit will call on all your mental reserves as you try to answer questions that relate to geography, history, entertainment, arts & literature, science & nature, or sports & leisure. We know your path to victory is easier than most with your attention to detail and facts. In fact, don’t be surprised if after the game is over your friends accuse you of having a photographic memory! Games that involve trivia and remembering details are the veritable playground for the Si-dominant mind.
Find out more about the game here: Trivial Pursuit Master Edition
ISFJ – Scrabble
We all know you ISFJs have a knack for vocabulary knowledge and correct spelling. I mean, after all, you are the second most common type among education majors and one of your major pet peeves is misspelled words. Plus with your Si-dominant mind, you’ll remember those obscure two or three-letter words involving X and Q like nobody else! Showcase your skills and cast aside your sweet-natured temperament to dominate your opponents in Scrabble.
Find out more about the game here: Hasbro Scrabble Crossword Game
ESFJ – The Game of Life
Use your responsibility and planning skills to dominate this game of career choices, marriage, parenting, and more. We know you’ve got the practical mindset to wind up in the lead in The Game of Life! After all, ESFJs are the third highest-earning personality type out there! Plus this board game will give you the chance to own that modern victorian home you always dreamed of or have that daughter you can plan out endless coffee dates with! Let your imagination and practical mindset lead the way while you enjoy a great time with your friends and family.
Find out more about the game here: Hasbro The Game of Life Game
What do you think?
Do you like these games? Do you have any other recommendations? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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