Best board game

(58 Posts)
thoughtsbecomethings Wed 20-Nov-13 22:18:33

Want to buy a board game for family to play at Christmas age range 13 - 67. What's the best board game ??

TrueBoo Wed 20-Nov-13 22:21:15

Balderdash

drinkyourmilk Wed 20-Nov-13 22:22:15

Sequence

paperlantern Wed 20-Nov-13 22:33:56

Lords of waterdeep
settlers of catan
ticket to ride (either usa of Europe version)
dominion (either the "intrigue" or slightly more complex "hinterland" starter pack)
eaten by zombies
killing Dr Lucky by cheapass games (this is a free downloadable board game. takes about 15 mins to print and cut out, a little longer drunkgrin )
seven wonders

Margetts Wed 20-Nov-13 22:34:05

Clue do is my favourite

Margetts Wed 20-Nov-13 22:34:48

Blinking auto correct I mean Cluedo

paperlantern Wed 20-Nov-13 22:48:01

it is just an opinion....

I used to think games like monopoly and cluedo were good. however IMHO any of the games on the above list beats those old games hands down.

of you want to play traditional games you might as well check out your local charity shops. they are so prolific there really is no point in buying new.

if you like cludo, dr lucky works on a similar idea but is wittier.

if your buying new have a look at one of the games above. ticket to ride is arguably the most accessible but I've listed them in order of my favourites

shockers Wed 20-Nov-13 23:05:23

Need my bed, but marking this thread cause we're always on the lookout for good games smile.

Our family really enjoy articulate

paperlantern Wed 20-Nov-13 23:07:43

I might be a mashoosive board game fan and somewhat evangelical about the quality of some of the board games of recent yearsblush blush blush blush blush blush

Misty9 Wed 20-Nov-13 23:16:31

Fond memories of articulate. And of the older generation not quite getting the rules and saying, but why can't I just say (word on card)!

Heathcliff27 Wed 20-Nov-13 23:20:58

Paper, i can safely say i have never heard of any if those board games shock. Either we're on different continents or i'm so out of touch with the young un's these days

NeonGolden Thu 21-Nov-13 02:00:13

You're not out of touch, they are just aimed at a more "niche" market. If you don't have that much "serious" boardgame extreem experience I would recommend ticket to ride as well! especially the Europe version. It is easy to learn and I have yet to meet somebody that doesnt like it! smile

fuzzpig Thu 21-Nov-13 07:56:18

I agree paperlantern, there are vast amounts of high quality games now. Mind you there is an awful lot of crap available too (especially TV/character based games, and gimmicky ones aimed at children)

We are thinking of getting Forbidden Island this year, might be fun as it's a cooperative one. But I'm also tempted by Ticket to Ride.

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 07:56:21

most of them are only niche because they haven't been around for long!!!!

I don't think most people will know them. But they are seriously good.

dr lucky is absolutely niche, not from the point of view of game play; but the philosophy behind cheapass games. eaten by zombies is niche because the instructions are impossible to understand, but once you do its an awesome game

yes "ticket to ride" is always suggested as the easiest way in to the games above.

but IMHO settlers of catan is equally learnable and a lot of fun at a party. especially if everyone is slightly squiffy.grin

fuzzpig Thu 21-Nov-13 07:57:36

We got settlers of catan as a wedding present grin

PsychicPaper Thu 21-Nov-13 08:00:57

fuzzpig - very jealous! considering re-writing my wedding list (shh I know its a MN sin!)

myrtleWilson Thu 21-Nov-13 08:04:58

Dominium is great as is ticket to ride. I'd throw in a vote for Pandemic too

myrtleWilson Thu 21-Nov-13 08:06:24

Dominion not the garbled word I created!

mostlysinging Thu 21-Nov-13 08:06:58

fuzzpig - DS was given Forbidden Island a couple of birthdays ago and it's a fab game. We love playing it and works really well as a co-operative game and gone down well with all age groups.

On the lookout for a new game this year so will be looking through paperlanterns list.

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 08:16:48

actually thinking about it I totally disagree.

The only hard ones to learn on that list are eaten by zombies (instruction manual failure) and seven wonders, but even those you get within a couple of games. (not a big deal as they are short half hour 40 mins games)

what makes most them niche is that at the moment only the "serious gamers" know about them. settlers and ticket to ride are fast becoming mainstream and so they should!

The mechanics of games above are better. monopoly and risk go on for hours, usually with one person dominating the game and everyone else waiting on their slow destruction. (although this is often true if you play me at ticket to ride but at least the game only lasts about an hourgrin ) never found cluedo overly interesting.

now niche is the "game of thrones" board game, thunderstone, and high command which I wouldn't recommend to casual gamerswink

CelticPromise Thu 21-Nov-13 08:19:35

Cranium. Very funny and lots of variety.

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 08:19:48

I want pandemic and power grid.

if you haven't got dominion don't get the original. intrigue or hinterlands are much better starters

I can recommend a few good kids games.....

myrtleWilson Thu 21-Nov-13 08:22:01

We've just bought Agricola too, I've not played it yet but DH and DD are fans...

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 08:32:47

and another one I want. sad

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