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


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


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

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 08:34:45

fuzzypig- you have awesome wedding guests

HolofernesesHead Thu 21-Nov-13 08:35:13

Would Ticket to Ride be a good game for a 9 y o, or a bit too complicated?

LineRunner Thu 21-Nov-13 08:42:37

Paper, thanks for the info. Good stuff.

Anything you would especially recommend for teenagers? OH and I have six between us to occupy over Christmas <orders more wine for personal consumption> and we were mooting board games, and as you say Monopoly just goes on and on and on whilst I most of the players get increasingly hacked off.

PandaG Thu 21-Nov-13 08:48:58

I think a 9 yo could play Ticket to Ride - we've had it at least a couple of years, and DD is 11 now.

linerunner My teen and his mates love Settlers - but that is for 4, or with expansion pack 6 at most - have played it in pairs but isn't meant to be a team game.

Articulate, 5 Second Rule, Cranium are more lighthearted games, and are played either as teams or can have 8 players.

VerySmallSqueak Thu 21-Nov-13 08:49:35

I think a chess championship.
Set up as many games as you have pairs and winners compete.

fuzzpig Thu 21-Nov-13 08:57:16

Indeed, it was the bestest present grin we weren't expecting it at all!

Does ticket to ride work for 2 people? Not sure if my 6yo would get it so might just be for the two of us?

DeathMetalMum Thu 21-Nov-13 09:01:15

Lego - CreateIt my brother got it about 10 years ago and me and my sister late teens and late 20's played it a lot after he had gone to bed. They have a similar version called creationary now but not sure what thats like.

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 09:20:31

ticket to ride for a nine year old? just. depends on how game savy they are. dd(7) has had a go at it and likes it, the mechanics of the game are simple enough. But the strategy element might be a little tough (dd scores hopelessly) so you would need to be a gentle opponent. if they have experience at board games (like they should be fine

imho i think some of the classics still stand in the 8-10 age range "the London game" "the great game of Britain" (both train gamesblush ) Wallace and gromit sheep game (not my game wish I could remember the name)

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 09:43:52

line runner- settlers of catan would be my first suggestion

(taps nose) I would add that they're are ways and means of adapting it so you all can play. you need the 5-6 player base game expansion and then either to build a couple of extra player sets from lego or you can get them online. it does make quite a long game and not as good as with up to six; but couple with pimms and it can be a hoot!

BUT to play more than four of you you would need base game + expansion as a minimum

Lords of waterdeep and ticket to ride play 5 players straight out the box

in your case I would actually recommend 7 wonders. This plays up to seven players straight out of the box. the turn structure has every one playing at the same time (no long wait for your turn) and is great for larger groups.

if there is noone who knows the game there are some awesome tutorial videos for most games YouTube.

got to go will come back to two players games later

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Thu 21-Nov-13 10:18:29

Where Is Moldova? or Linkee

Can't wait for Xmas, annual board game-a-thon!

LineRunner Thu 21-Nov-13 10:18:37

Paper, that's brilliant, thank you.

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 11:25:52

for two players i like lords of waterdeep best. Lords of waterdeep is a really good all round game.

Ticket to ride plays well two players, as does the Ticket to ride card game. ticket to ride Switzerland or Asia map are better if you are only playing 2 players because if someone takes a key line you need there are more alternative routes
Switzerland map only plays 2-3 players though so isn't as versatile as the others. (I have USA map as a proper game the rest I play often with friends online)

settlers is designed for three or more. it does have a two player variant which I think is ok but does kinda play ok straight from the box. people tend to trade more with the bank more than each other though. it does work better 3 plus. friends disagree with me on this and dislike 2 player settlers.

7 wonders just does not work 2 players.

it is much less accessible amd is a very flawed games but I like high command 2 players

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 11:29:09

how could I forget!!!! Dominion is awesome 2 players.

if you have enough base sets or are nifty with a photocopier it's also pretty cool for larger groups

PsychicPaper Thu 21-Nov-13 12:44:30

Fuzzpig I would get ticket to ride USA with the Switzerland/India expansion.

Switzerland is awesome for 2, much better play than the USA

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 13:22:42

fuzzypig - couldn't look back over the posts while typing. Missed it was you who asked and therefore you have catan already.

Seriously have a look at Lords of waterdeep. it's a newer game so hasn't really built a reputation yet and don't let the fact it's dungeons and dragons put you off. imho it really is the best I've played two player but is also works as well for any number (up to 5). it just a solid well designed game.

I hesitate with ticket to ride. it is a very good game and if you collect games or have younger gamers it is a must.

However if youre 2 adult gamers, want a game for replay value and you happen to find one of you is particularly good, it is as frustrating as chess. I win 9/10 times and nobody irl will play me that often anymore. it is just a quirk of the game that it seems to suit my brain, it doesn't happen on most gamesblush.

Union Pacific is my current favourite grin In love Settlers of Catan and Dominion too though. Mum's just got me another expansion of Dominion for Christmas (I have the original and Intrigue).

Settlers of Catan is great. If you want something sillier, look at Pictureka.

This is a useful website

Otherwise paper games like Consequences and Mad Libs, or card games like Racing Demon/Crazy Patience.

RachelCMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 21-Nov-13 14:51:22

Hi there thoughtsbecomethings and other searchers in this elusive quest,

We've got a page rounding up the best board games for this Christmas based on Mumsnetters' recommendations, which hopefully might help you out a bit. Incidentally, if any of the games mentioned here aren't on this list, you can write reviews of them here to let other Mumsnetters know how fab they are.

Hoping that everyone finds the game of their festive dreams,

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 16:58:25

hey mumsnet! how about a separate section for board games under the reviews so I appropriately decimate review monopoly

Articulate is a big favourite in our house.

It used to be tension, but we played it so often we remembered the answers.

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 17:01:40

confused pixie which expansion have you got?

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 17:04:23

also those with forbidden island what is the age range on it and how does it play with differ numbers of people? thanks

Blatherskite Thu 21-Nov-13 17:06:40

I love settlers of catan!

paperlantern have you tried Munchkin? or Cards Against Humanity? Love them both too.

Rapidough is a good family game as is Pictionary or Cranium.

paper I don't know! She told me she is getting me one but won't tell me which sad

Intrigue is a good expansion though, if you're used to the normal game it has some interesting cards

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 17:12:58

board game geek is great for getting a look at games and finding new games. some of the games reviews and scores are serious gamer reviews and are overly harsh. believe it or not I find you tube better for getting an idea of whether a game is for you

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 17:16:12

confused - have played dominion, intrigue, alchemy, cornucopia and hinterlands. I'm a big fan. grin have not played seaside or prosperity

Oo, which of the other expansions would you recommend? I'll buy another in whatever January sales I can find grin

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 17:25:16

I have not tried either of them. munchkin has bad reviews from friends but I've always liked the idea. I haven't heard of the othershock am now going to Google. too many games and too little money! actually forbidden island is one I keep coming back to....

if your into silly games like munchkin can recommend (not sure that is actually the right word) "killer bunnies and the quest for the golden carrot". it's a properly stupid gamegrin

paperlantern Thu 21-Nov-13 17:29:40

hinterlands is the best. but alchemy and cornucopia are quite good esp when you play a mix of just those two sets. if you like interesting combos alchemy is awesome but can be a little too insular and not just interactive enough when you play in a group.

Blatherskite Thu 21-Nov-13 17:55:20

I think you have to know a little about roleplayers for Munchkin to be funny but we all loved it - along with it's many expansions

OliviaP Thu 21-Nov-13 18:36:27

I would go for Yahtzee. Easy and little skill but fun.

I would definitely avoid this new board game though

myrtleWilson Thu 21-Nov-13 20:10:43

We have seaside, prosperity and Guilds with dominion. But am now keen to get the others!

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