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Top 10 Classic boardgames for geeks

Updated on May 20, 2013

Find the Geeky Versions of your favourite boardgame

A great geek loves boardgames per default. There are many games that has been invented with nerds as the target audience and many of them are awesome, however as a longstanding fan of traditional boardgames I was excited to discover that many classical boardgames now comes in more geeky versions.

Here you will find traditional boardgames for geeks of all ages and all for almost all types of nerdy interests. Wether you are looking for a geeky gift for a birthday or you are searching for a geeky passtime that you can share with your geeky friends, you should be able to find it here. Boardgames makes perfect presents and you can never go wrong with the traditional games like Chess, Monopoly or Risk especially if you know exactly which type of geek your receiver is.

Amongst the boardgames listed here my personal favorite is the Lord of the Rings themed chess set. Not only does it come with miniature sculture pieces of the cast members, but the chess board itself is a castle base.

Close seconds are the Nintendo all stars Monopoly (featuring Zelda, Mario and Kirby), the Star Wars Stratego or the Transformers themed Risk. In the end though there are so many geeky boardgames that it is very hard to pick favorites.

Enjoy this collection of the best Tradional Boardgames with a geeky twist, theme or style.

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Spider-Man Themed Monopoly for all the superhero geeks out there.

Spider-Man Monopoly
Spider-Man Monopoly

Spider-Man Monopoly comes complete with 6 collectible tokens of characters from the Spider-Man universe. You can choose to play by the traditional Monopoly rules or you can use the optional Spider-Man rules for a faster game. Either way if you are a comic book geek, this Monopoly set should be just up your alley.

Spider-Man Monopoly also makes a great gift for any fans of this Marvel Super Hero.


Monopoly for geeks and nerds

Whether you are a Star Wars geek or a Klingon-speaking Star Trek nerd, you will find a version of the great oldschool Monopoly Game here. Your choice of geeky themes also encompasses Hello Kitty Monopoly, Futurama Monopoly, Mario Monopoly and many other favourites of us nerds.

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Lord of the Rings Chess

The Lord of the Rings Collector's Chess Set
The Lord of the Rings Collector's Chess Set

Lord of the Rings is one of the things most geeks can agree on being cool. I think most nerds will also be on my side when I say that this Lord of the Rings Chess set is incredibly awesome.

Yes, it is not a cheap chess board, however, each of the miniature chess pewter pieces are molded in the likeness of the actual cast members and each of them has been approved by the actor that played the character.

The board deserves attention as well. A map of Middle-Earth is placed below the plexi-glass playing surface and the rest of the board is made from porcelain.

This is not just a chess board you take out when your friends are over. This is a geeky Lord of the Rings heirloom that you proudly showcase in the most prominent spot of your living room.


Geeky versions of Chess

If you are a not a Lord of the Rings fan, then maybe you would prefer a Super Mario themed chess board, or perhaps a Harry Potter inspired chess set.

Also have a look at the cool LEGO castle chess board or maybe you are more of a Doctor Who fan and would like to set your friends checkmate on a board made for Doctor Who geeks.

Rummikub for geeky Hello Kitty fans

Hello Kitty Rummikub
Hello Kitty Rummikub

Hello Kitty is part of the geeky japanese wave of cute manga inspired characters. Here the adorable little kitten is used on a Rummikub game resulting in one of the cutest, most nerdy classic board games out there.

Each Rummikub piece is pink and with a picture of Hello Kitty or friends on it.


Transformers Stratego boardgame

Hasbro Transformer Stratego Game
Hasbro Transformer Stratego Game

Stratego is a great boardgame where two players fight it out on the battlefield. Transformers Stratego takes is from great to amazing. Which Transformers fan has not dreamt about taking part in the ongoing battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime. Now you get to geek it out with this nerdy version of the classical Stratego. you can even choose wether you want to play by the traditional rules or if you want to play with the transformer ruleset where some of the robots gets special powers during their turn.


Stratego with Geeky themes

Stratego has also gotten geekified with themes such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

Halo Wars Risk boardgame for Gamer Geeks

Risk Board Game - Halo Wars Edition by
Risk Board Game - Halo Wars Edition by

Are you looking for a gift for a computer geek, but want to get something that will drag him or her away from the computer? Risk the Halo Wars edition could be the perfect present then.

It is the traditional Risk game, however coated with a thick layer of Halo Wars theme.


Geeky Risk the Boardgame

Risk comes in both a Lord of the Rings, a Star Wars and a transformer version. A themed boardgame for all types of geeks and nerds.

LEGO checkers

LEGO Checkers
LEGO Checkers

Checkers is a fun way of learning strategic thinking and if you buy the LEGO version a great way of practicing motor skills as well.

The checkers pieces are made of DUPLO bricks in clear colors and while the game is very easy to learn, it can take many, many hours of fun to master.

The LEGO checkers makes a great gift to smaller children or to geeky LEGO fans of all ages.


Nerdy Checkers

If LEGO is not your thing, then maybe this combined Super Mario Checkers and Tic Tic Toe pack is the ideal boardgames for you. Or maybe you would prefer a Lord of the Ring version with small golden rings and checkers pieces.

Harry Potter Clue - Mystery Boardgame

Clue: Harry Potter Edition(Discontinued by manufacturer)
Clue: Harry Potter Edition(Discontinued by manufacturer)

A student has gone missing on Hogwarts and it is up to you and the other players to find out who is behind it all.

Harry Potter Clue is a great twist to the classic Mystery Game. Fans of the Harry Potter books and movies will love playing this Wizardry themed traditional boardgame.


Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy collectors edition

Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collectors Edition
Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collectors Edition

The Star Wars trilogy collectors edition Trivial Pursuit game contains 400 photo cards with more than 2000 Star Wars related questions. Even the biggest of Star Wars geeks should find a challenge in this nerd themed version of the traditional boardgame.


Trivial Pursuit with geeky themes

Lord of the Rings and Family Guy has also been turned into a Trivial Pursuit Game. For any fans out there that likes playing boardgames, these are a must have.

Iron Man Uno card game for super hero geeks

UNO: Iron Man 2
UNO: Iron Man 2

Uno is a fun little card game and now you can get it in an Iron Man 2 version where all the card carries Iron Man 2 related artwork. Pretty cool little gift for Marvel geeks and comic book nerds.


UNO the nerdy versions

Uno comes with multiple different geeky themes. From Star Trek Uno, Harry Potter Uno and to The Simpson inspired Uno.

Super Mario Yahtzee

Yahtzee Super Mario
Yahtzee Super Mario

Super Mario Yahtzee is cool both because of the question mark dice cup and because of the 5 custom made dice with power-up icons from the Super Mario video games.

Anyone who has grown up playing Mario, will love this Geeky Yahtzee set.


Yahtzee or Geekhtzee?

Hello Kitty and Family Guy both have their own version of the well known Yahtzee dice game.

Which Traditional Boardgame with a geeky theme did you prefer?

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      Amy Trumpeter 3 years ago from Oxford

      Loved the Spiderman Monopoly! I am the 'Game Night Contributor' on Squidoo, and just gave your lens a BOOST. :-)

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      Bellerine 5 years ago

      Anything Star Wars or Lego is a hit in our house. I didn't know many of these were available. I'm really liking your lenses, thanks for the content! Also, Dominion is a GREAT game, though not a traditional game with a geeky twist.

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      Lego checkers look great!

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      buttonhead lm 6 years ago

      Lego checkers! Awesome.

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      APackageAtTheDoor 6 years ago

      They all look interesting. Thanks!

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      I like traditional games, but some of the new ones are fun too.