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6 Playful Card Games To Inspire Deep Convos With Your Besties

Card games are such a fun way to get to know the people in your life on a deeper level – whether it’s with friends you’ve known forever, or with new people in your life.

Who doesn’t love a chance to get to know each other better?

Use these for your besties for a fun night in, at a party with a group of friends, or for some deeper conversations with your partner.

Card games can help initiate those questions and conversations that might be difficult to start, or might have never crossed your mind but leaves you feeling more connected to your friends at the end of the night. Who doesn’t want more purposeful friendships?

These are some fun options for card games that’ll get your friend group feeling more intimate.

1. Where Should We Begin – A Game of Stories

Esther Perel designed a game to help you get into storyteller mode with your friends and family. If you’re not already familiar with Esther Perel, you need to be. She’s a speaker, podcaster, and author who talks about intimacy in relationships – and her approach is transformative. Use this game with friends to deepen your bond with the power of story.

“The pandemic left us missing intimacy and play. So I created a game that helped us do both. The game is designed to help us connect and reconnect in a time of social atrophy.” – Esther Perel

2. Holstee Reflection Cards

Want a wholesome option for card games? Spark meaningful conversations with this deck that’s all about mindfulness and is informed by positive psychology. 

You can use these cards with friends, family, a partner, and even by yourself in your journaling practice.

What do your friends really think about you? Each question starts with “Who in the room…?” 

For example, “Who in the room pees in the shower?” And everyone points to the one they think best fits the prompt.

You’ll definitely need a kind-spirited group for this one, so no one gets their feelings hurt. But who doesn’t love to stir the pot and liven up a party with some fun banter?

we're not really strangers friendship edition card games

4. We’re Not Really Strangers

You’ve probably already heard of this card game, but we couldn’t keep it off the list. It’s a staple for a reason. It’s such a fun game for asking questions to go deeper with your friends. They have several expansion packs to make it work for your friend group vibe.

5. Let’s F*cking Date Let’s F*cking Play

If you want to turn things up a notch and get a little bit spicier, try the Let’s F*cking Date card games by Serena Kerrigan.

She hosted a dating show on Instagram Live during the pandemic – the first person I’ve ever seen to do something like that. Let’s F*cking Date is a card game best played with someone you’re dating or interested in.

The Play edition is more about pleasure and self-care, so use that one for your friend group.

Do you agree on the important things in life, like whether pineapple should be on pizza? Use this party game to start some trivial fights with your besties. If you’re an agumentative girlie, this is a fun one to unleash your unpopular opinions and find out just how weird your friends are.


Want more fun & play in your life? Tune into Playground To Purpose, a podcast with our founder Coley & her childhood best friend as they navigate adding more play in their everyday. Tune in wherever you listen to podcasts.