Top 7 Best Board Games of All Time for Unforgettable Parties

Top 7 Best Board Games of All Time for Unforgettable Parties

Board games are probably as old as humanity itself and have been played one way or the other by all societies and all cultures throughout history. Some such games are focused on strategy, others on chance, others on telling stories, solving problems or just offering people a fun way to connect and have fun together. Coming in many sizes, themes and designs, modern boardgames are loved by children and adults alike, making any friendly party an unforgettable one. While chess is probably the number one entry on the best board games of all time list, we will exclude it from our present top. More than just a game, chess is a sport, a competition, an elegant and fierce battle between two extraordinary minds and a reason to live for many. The purpose of this article is to talk about the top 7 best board games of all time that people can enjoy in large groups and which are the heart and soul of any good party. So let’s see what your next favorite board game is, shall we?

1. Stratego

This is a capture-the-flag type of game and a strategy challenge using player’s ability to discover, plot, scheme and misinform their opponents. The original Stratego game (the one which is Napoleon-themed) has been popular in the United States since 1963 and it hasn’t lost its charm yet. The 10 by 10 board, the military units and the powerful problem-solving skills it requires make the game an amazing choice. If you throw a Stratego-centric party, make sure the other guests are equally entertained, as the game allows only for two players to engage in one round of battle.

2. Monopoly

What’s not to love about real-estate, especially when you fight against three other opponents to bring them to financial ruin? Monopoly has been popular since 1993 and today we have plenty of Monopoly versions besides the original one – including one of Star Wars flair. But no matter if you want to gain control of the Empire’s planets or your friend’s luxury Boardwalk-Park Place area, the game teaches you that business is business and the cry of your enemies is as sweet as angel choirs. Joke aside, Monopoly is quite an educational game, teaching you a lot about investments, budgeting, risk taking, negotiation, finance, banking and lateral thinking.

3. Risk

This is indeed one of the best board games for adults one can think of. This strategic turn-based game for two to six people is known to spark some temper in the participants but for all the right reasons. After all, you fight for world domination and some level of betrayal is only necessary. It is, however, best to be played with close friends and at casual parties and gatherings, because after a good Risk board game round, someone is always a bit frustrated, not to mention upset. It is fierce and entertaining altogether and it deserves its rightful place on any list dealing with the best board games of all time.

4. Catan

The original Settlers of Catan and all its subsequent expansions have people hooked since the game’s debut. There is always something new about the game each time you play (the board is variable), so the replay factor is huge. You never get bored and you never play the same game twice, this is why Catan is probably one of the most favored board game at large parties. Washington Post called Settlers of Catan “the board game of our time” – referring to the United States passion for board games and we really think they weren’t wrong. The fight for resources and domination can take surprising paths and the competition can get fierce at some point as well.

5. Dungeons and Dragons

There is no game like D&D and whoever played it once together with a bunch of adventurous friends and a skilled Dungeon Master knows that the experience is unmatched by any other board game in existence. A story-centric adventure party game in fantasy worlds is exactly what every party should be about and D&D delivers entertainment, imagination, role-playing, adventure, voice acting, challenges and laughs like no other. D&D is more than a game, for many becoming a way of life. More than just a tabletop board game, you can immerse yourself in the D&D world through novels, offline and online digital games, and treasure chests.

6. Clue

Put your Sherlock Holmes hat on and use your detective skills to their max, as Clue is the essential games when it comes to the crime/noir/mystery/thriller genre. Designed for three to six players, the goal challenges the participants to discover who murdered the victim – Mr. Boddy. Just like a true detective and forensic specialist, you also have to find out what was the murder weapon and where it was used. Even if there are plenty of Clue versions one can play, the original Clue game is still the most popular one. Its flair and the incredibly high quality of the board, the cards and the weapons makes it a board game to own and be proud of even in our hi-tech times. The game is fun, easy to play and quite exciting, so you should play it given the chance.

7. Scrabble

If you want to prove how cool and well endowed you are from a linguistic point of view, try playing Scrabble in a foreign language! But if you are not a seasoned Scrabble player, you can start working on your vocabulary and literary skills by playing the game in your native language. Scrabble can be played in two to four players, the main goal being to build words and get the highest number of points. It is recommended for children and players alike and while it is an intellectual game, it can still spice up any party with family and friends. Frustration and suffering come when you don’t have enough vowels to prove your immense vocabulary, or when you lose points for misspells, but usually, Scrabble doesn’t push people on the edge of their seats like Risk does.

This was our list of top seven best board games of all time. Did you enjoy it? Have you played any of these games or do you have your own top list of favorites you’d like to share with us?

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