Playing a board game is a much more effective party icebreaker than discussing the weather or recounting the details of a three-act nightmare. Thaw out any social gathering with today's Groupon: for $13, you get a copy of the Awkward Family Photos Board Game from FamilyAndPartyGames.com (a $24.99 value).
Based on the popular website of the same name, Awkward Family Photos pits four to six players against each other in a battle of improvisational wits, as they attempt to evoke the most laughter from dreamt-up photo captions and back stories. Featuring a double-sided board with 62 freshly unearthed, oddly amiss portraits on each side, players take turns asking open-ended questions about specific snapshots, such as "What would you title this photo?", "What important lesson can be learned from this photo?", and "Is that Uncle Jerry?" After each board-combatant has sufficiently crafted a humorous response, missives are read aloud or shared in long form ballets, creating mounds of laughter to fuel endless nights of group fun.