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Great Board Games

Updated on February 25, 2014

Do you love to play games?

Our family loves to play games. We love to spend quality time together and playing board games is just one of the ways we do that. We live in Oregon which can be pretty gray and rainy for a good part of the year so it's good to have some options for indoor fun. Most people know the popular classic board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble and Clue. However, in this article, I would like to highlight some board games you may not have heard of yet. I selected games that will work for a variety of age ranges. I hope these games will entertain you and help you to spend some wonderful time with your family and friends.

The Legend of Landlock

My husband and I call this game the "gnome game" due to its wonderful illustrations of these magical little creatures. This truly is a beautiful game to look at. The Legend of Landlock, as this game is officially called, is a strategy game. You typically would play it with two people so this would be a perfect game to play with an older child (aged 8 years or older) or with your partner after the kids go to bed! You try to create a continuous path or stream by placing tiles next to each other until all the tiles are gone. You earn points based on certain criteria and whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins. The game takes about 20 minutes to play so you can easily play between soccer and piano practice.

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For Sale

This game is all about bluffing and a bit of gambling. The goal of this game is to end up with the greatest amount of money after you sell your properties which you tried buying for the least amount of money in the first part of the game. The properties include awe-inspiring places such as a rocket ship or palace but if you're not so lucky you may end up with the outhouse or manhole. The game is played with 3-6 players, aged 8 and up. Games only last 20-30 minutes so you can play several in a row if you're really in the mood.

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is one of my favorite games. You can play it with your kids (aged 8 and older) but it does take awhile to play (for us usually close to an hour). You can play with 2-5 players and travel across the country by train. Everyone has secret destinations and collects cards to connect train routes. You earn points for each train route connected as well as for each destination reached. This is a wonderfully educational game as your child will learn his or her geography by traveling from city to city.

Blokus

Blokus is a strategy game that you can play with even your youngest children as it is recommended for ages 5 and up. You can play with two players but the game is quicker, easier and more fun with four. The rules are very straight forward as you basically just place clear plastic pieces on a board (with some restrictions) and try to get rid of all of them. Watch out though because your opponents can block you from certain areas and you could get stuck with a pile of pieces!

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Scattergories

This game is about thinking fast! As a child, I used to play a game with my dad where we would write down all the girl names or boy names we could think of with a certain letter. It was a simple game we could play with just a piece of paper and a pen. Usually we would not put a time limit on it so I at least had a chance to compete. Scattergories reminds me of this game but it is expanded to different categories and you better think fast because the time keeps ticking! Perfect game to give your brain a quick workout. Recommended for teenagers or adults.

What is your favorite board game?

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    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Monopoly is great fun:)

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I still like playing scrabble, but we had lots of fun as kids playing board games of all sorts.

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      Paul Turner 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      We do Monopoly as a family. Oh, the banter!

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      mockingbird999 

      7 years ago

      It's been a while since I've played. You're making me want to call up some friends and have scrabble night.

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      Jen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I always liked Trouble.

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      Vikki 

      7 years ago from US

      Apples to Apples.

      *blessed* by a squid angel;)

    • grahamalandavey profile image

      grahamalandavey 

      7 years ago

      I've played Blokus - it's simple but brilliantly brain-taxing.

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