There’s nothing quite like bonding and laughing over something awful.
Or choose a cartoon from your childhood that you haven’t seen in years – you can find a bunch of old shows on Netflix and just about everything has been uploaded to the Internet somewhere. As a graphic designer, board game enthusiast, and someone in a long distance relationship, I felt that there really needed to be some more easily accessible and free board games that could be played without a dependency on Internet connections.
There’s almost nothing you can’t find for free if you look hard enough. Online games are fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t work in relationships that rely on phone calls or snail mail.
My boyfriend got points for being much faster, but I won anyway since his crane looked like a pile of mush. One person chooses a person, character, or object and the other tries to guess who or what it is by asking yes or no questions until he arrives at the answer. Charades is always a good back-up game if you are bored and have nothing planned, since it requires next to no set-up or preparation. It was played as a competition between sets of couples, but you can switch it up and compete with your partner. There are quizzes and personality tests out there for every topic under the sun. This is a challenge designed to see how well you can communicate with one another.
Technically the guesser is only allowed to ask 21 questions, but my boyfriend and I throw that rule out the window and just play for fun. Simply print and play my version of the game from my blog: . Pick a few quizzes that interest you – anything from determining your spirit animal to which Hogwarts house you belong in, and compare results with your partner. It can also be a lot of fun to create your own quiz with your partner, and then share it so others can enjoy it too. Do an image search online for some abstract geometric shapes and patterns.
(Or search for tangrams shapes.) Something that could work well is an image of two slanted rectangles intersected by an arrow shape, all inside of a circle.
The partner who finds the image online has one minute to give instructions to the other, describing exactly how to draw the shapes.
includes a wide variety of activities for any situation, whether you have access to Skype and a webcam, a cell phone, or even just snail mail. Making things out of duct tape was a bit of a fad at one point.
For more activities (a full list of 60 fun things to try), a list of conversation questions, and long distance relationship ideas and advice, read my ebook, available the weekend of October 11, 2014. Mythbusters even created an episode based on surviving on an island with nothing but a lot of duct tape.
You just have to do a bit of research and find what’s right for you. Read aloud a game with your partner and take turns making the decisions. This is probably the single most popular long distance relationship activity, as it is so easy to set up and mimics the traditional in-person movie date so well.
(Or make them together.) If one of you is code-savvy, you can even use the site’s own programming language to make your own games together and upload them for sale. Get snacks and run Skype in the background so you can communicate during the movie.
The game is affordable so you can purchase a copy for each of you and play via Skype. is one that has a bunch of excellent and popular games (popular in the gaming world, at least) like Hive, Coloretto, Saboteur, Jaipur, Seasons, and many more, and they are free to play. If you need more ideas, check out though you’ll have to pay for a subscription. There are many more of these Massive Multiplayer Online games than I can mention – if you’re a gamer you’ll already know many of them (World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Call of Duty, etc.), but if not, then it can be hard to know where to start.