Board games

There has been a renaissance in board games in the last 15 years or so. Most of the newer games are made in Germany, for some reason. What’s different about the newer games is that they rely on more strategy and less luck. Many of the games give you different ways of getting points, so that you can try different strategies in different games.

For some of the games, you might find that if you read the rules it seems very complicated. Don’t let that stop you — once you get playing, it will make more sense. If you can, get someone who knows how to play it to explain it to you — that’s often an easier way to learn a game.

Here are some games that I highly recommend. You won’t find these games in just any store, but if you don’t have a good game store in your area you can order them online.

Settlers of Catan is the best board game ever made — lots of strategy, different ways of getting points, you can trade with other players, and the board is different every time you play.

Longer Games (roughly 45 to 75 minutes)

  • Settlers of Catan
    • the basic game
      • The Settlers of Catan
    • expansions
      • Cities and Knights of Catan
    • standalone games
      • Candamir: The First Settlers
      • Elasund: The First City
      • Starfarers of Catan
  • Other
    • 7 Wonders
    • Blue Moon City
    • Dominion *
    • Elfenland
    • Ticket to Ride Europe *

Shorter Games (roughly 15 to 45 minutes)

  • 10 Days in Africa *
  • Blokus Trigon *
  • Kingdom Builder
  • Wooly Bully

Cooperative Games

  • Pandemic

2 Player Games

  • Battle Line
  • Catan Card Game
  • Dragonheart
  • Lost Cities

* There are other versions of these games — I’ve listed the version I’ve played most often.

Other games that might make it onto this list once I play them a few more times include Carcassonne, El Grande, and Lord of the Rings.

There are lots of other great games that you probably know about — games like Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Scrabble, Balderdash, and Cranium — but I wanted to bring to your attention these great games that you might not know about.

If you want to read information or reviews of board games, here’s one place you could look:

Board Game Ratings.com

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