A Dozen Better Games
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This Geeklist was inspired by the Dice Tower video “Top 10 Better Board Games.”
Here’s the premise behind this list:

There are a number of mass market games that many people know and enjoy, such as Uno, Sorry, and Clue. I’ve taken 12 of these mass market-type games and suggested three alternatives for each - games which have been designed in the same spirit as these classics, yet give you more options, more decision-making, more strategy, and more fun!

Many gamers cringe when someone discovers their board game hobby and are asked, “Oh, you mean you like to play games like “Monopoly” and “Life?” Uh… no.

So many of those games are just poorly designed. They’re just bad games. As Sam Healey of the Dice Tower put it, “I think the reason why most people like playing these games is ‘cause they haven’t experienced better games.” Or as his colleague Zee Garcia pointed out, perhaps the reason they are still playing those games is because they’ve never heard of anything better.

Well, board game design has come a long way since “The Checkered Game of Life” was published by Milton Bradley in 1860. To illustrate, each mass market entry below is followed by three nominations for a better game experience: First, a Good game recommendation, then a Better game, followed by what I consider to be the Best.
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1. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15564]
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Mass Market Game #1

A 30 minute card game for 2-10 players, this is a random game with very little strategy. It is the commercial version of Crazy Eights, a public domain card game played with a standard deck of cards.

After dealing out the cards and turning over the top card from the discard pile to get started, the first player must play a card which matches the color, number, or word of the first card. If you can’t play a card, you must draw a new card. If you can play it, you may do so. Otherwise, you add it to your hand and your turn is over. The first player to discard all of their cards wins the game.

Although the game seems to allow you to make a number of decisions, you cannot make any meaningful decision at all unless you have the card which allows you to do so. For example, you can’t change the rotation of play from clockwise to counter-clockwise without a Reverse card. You can’t skip the next player without a Skip card, etc.

So your options are entirely based on the luck of the draw. Uno is fine as an activity that gives you an opportunity to sit around with friends and talk awhile, but as a game it fails to meet the standard set by any number of modern card game designs.


I interviewed Boardgame Geek Mark Wilson, and he had this to say about Uno:
“Hey, would you like to smell a turd?
No.
Hey, would you like to play Uno?
Where's that turd at?”
 
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2. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1641]
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A 20 minute pirate card game for 3-8 players (the box says it plays with 2 but don’t believe it) where you play a merchant ship card of a certain value and attempt to successfully sail it across the ocean and into your harbor for points. The next player can choose either to attack it by playing a pirate card next to it or they can allow it to pass by unmolested and play a merchant ship card of their own.

There are four different suits of pirates, each in a different color. If you are the first player to attack a merchant ship, you may attack with a pirate of any color. Other players wishing to attack the same ship must do so with a pirate of a different color.

On your next turn, if no one has attacked your ship, you get to pick it up and put it in your victory point pile. If your ship has come under attack by any other players, you have the option of defending it with your own pirates by playing a pirate card of a higher value than the ones attacking you. Each suit has a Captain trump card that defeats all other cards… unless someone else plays a subsequent Captain card, in which case, the last Captain played wins the ship. An Admiral card trumps everything but can only be used in defense of a ship.
At the end of the game, the player with the highest score wins.

In Loot, you always have three options: play a merchant ship card, play a pirate card to either attack another ship or to defend your own, or draw a new card.

While there is still an element of luck in the game, players have more control over whether they win or lose. You can adopt different strategies to match the types of cards you are drawing.

For example, you can play a lower valued merchant ship card and hope no one bothers to attack it, or wait until other players are committed to defending their own ships and then play your high merchant ship. Sometimes you can hide your ship behind another of slightly higher value - if someone else plays a ship of 8 and I play a ship of 5, anyone planning on an attack will likely choose to attack the ship of 8 and leave my 5 alone – it just might make it through. On the other hand, you don’t have to play a card at all – just draw a new card and work on accumulating some high pirate cards of several different colors or perhaps a Captain to use later. You can then play more aggressively later in the game after developing a strong hand.

Loot is an improvement over Uno in that it allows you to develop a strategy and make your own game play decisions. There are even rules for playing as teams.

Boardgame Geek Richard Stockton sums it up by saying, “Excellent game. Better than UNO in my opinion, and I am an old school UNO addict.”

It offers better gameplay and takes 10-15 minutes less time to play than Uno. That’s quality, laser-focused fun! And you have to scroll through 7 pages of comments on Boardgame Geek to find someone giving it a rating lower than an 8 out of 10.
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3. Board Game: Bandits [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:9099]
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A 2-6 player 45 minute game with a wild west theme, the object is to finish the game with the highest score. As you collect gold nugget cards of different values, you can choose to stash them in your hideout. That way if you are attacked and lose your hand, you won’t lose your gold. Unfortunately, your hideout isn’t a perfectly safe place, either, as it can be rustled by outlaws. But that’s why you have the option of putting a booby-trap in there!

In this game you are recruiting a gang of outlaws as well as a force of lawmen, each with a different value. There are also some characters who will fight for either side. Once you think you have a sufficient force of outlaws, use them to attack someone’s hand. Or pair them up with a tracker to locate an opponent’s hideout and attempt to raid it. But your opponent has been recruiting, too, and they have a number of lawmen on their side. If the total of all their lawmen are at least equal to the total of your attacking outlaws, the attack fails, you lose the cards, and must work on recruiting some more. If your outlaws are stronger, they defeat the defending lawmen cards and steal all of the cards in your opponent’s hand (or a random 6 cards from their hideout if your tracker found it). You can even cause a gang of attacking outlaws to turn on their boss and attack the player who sent them!

Any card game is going to suffer somewhat from the luck of the draw, but better games like this one give you more control over how you play in order to compensate for the cards you draw.

Boardgame Geek Klaus Scharpf said, “This one is just plain fun, and feels like an old Wild West movie when we play it.”

Fellow Geek John Ward added, “I like it. It's a fun, short filler game. It's kind of reminiscent of Loot, only slightly more complicated with the use of Hideouts to stash you're gold.”

I can understand sitting around a table with friends and playing a simple card game like Uno to pass the time, but wouldn’t you rather play a better game? Give Bandits a try with your group!
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4. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1035]
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If you want to play a better card game, nothing beats Bang!

This is a 4-7 player 40 minute wild west card game where the outlaws are gunning for the sheriff, the sheriff and deputies are hunting the outlaws, and the renegades are plotting secretly in order to be the last left standing. Bullets are flying but the catch is that, other than the sheriff, no one knows who is who. It’s up to the players to determine each others role from the way each person is playing the game and a smart player will attempt to sort out friend from foe before shooting up the town. A Sheriff doesn’t want to be gunning down his own deputies, now.

The card game Bang! recreates an old-fashioned western shoot-out, with each player randomly receiving a Character card to determine special abilities, and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

Four different Roles are available, each with a unique victory condition:
Sheriff - Kill all Outlaws and the Renegade
Deputy - Protect the Sheriff and kill any Outlaws
Outlaw - Kill the Sheriff
Renegade - Be the last person standing

A player's role is kept secret except for that of the Sheriff. Character cards are placed face up on table, and also track strength (hand limit) in addition to special ability.

There are 22 different types of cards in the standard draw deck. Most common are the BANG! cards, which let you shoot at another player, assuming the target is within range of your current gun. The target player can play a MISSED! card to dodge the shot. Other cards can provide temporary boosts while in play (for example, different guns to improve your firing range) and special one-time effects to help you or hinder your opponents (such as Beer to restore health, or Barrels to hide behind during a shootout). A horse is useful for keeping your distance from unruly neighbors, while the Winchester can hit a target at range 5. Adding a scope to your rifle will increase its range, there is dynamite to throw, and Indian attacks to watch out for. You can even come to the aid of fellow players by shooting the pesky varmint that’s attacking your fellow outlaw (or at least you think he’s a fellow outlaw).

Want be in your own western action movie? This game will do it, and with a huge deck of character cards and many expansions, you’ll be set for a long time to come.
Here are some comments from fellow Boardgame Geeks:

“This game is AWESOME!!! It's fast paced and easy to learn. I have yet to play with somebody who doesn't enjoy it.” – Brad Hanes

“This game is just a blast, my game group can't get enough of it. It's quick enough to play many games in an evening, and they almost always turn out very different from game to game, LOVE IT! BUY IT!” – Lee Perry

“This is by far my favourite game of all time. It's impossible for me to think of a evening with friends without at least a couple of shots at Bang!” – Massimiliano Rizzi

“Ooh baby, this one is fun. Played it for the first time, then played it four more times in a row. Great fun!” – Patrick Christenson

This is the Cadillac of all card games, and you have to scroll through 34 pages of comments on Boardgame Geek to find someone giving it a rating lower than an 8 out of 10. That’s a classic!
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5. Board Game: Sorry! [Average Rating:4.50 Overall Rank:15658]
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Mass Market Game #2

An update of an older game, “Pachisi,” this is a racing game where the goal is to get all of your pawns into a Home zone before anyone else. The appeal of this game is the “take-that” element that allows a player to send another player’s pawn all the way back to Start if you land on the same space as their pawn.

I stopped to ask Boardgame Geek Scott Straub if he would say a few words about Sorry. His response? “Sorry, I have to jump off this bridge now.”

Well, that was… odd. Wait, here comes Geek Eric Clark. Sir, would you mind commenting on the game Sorry? “Ah...the Depression-era thrill of sitting around, waiting for a card that will let you move off of the Start space, with no guarantee that you will ever get one. Marvelous.”

Geek David Reed took the time to give us his thoughts: “I had forgotten how irritating this game is. It took a game with my nephew, niece and sister-in-law to remind me. While I might need refreshing on the others, I think this is safely the worst of the classic "family" games. Games like this make me realize why so many parents have no desire to play games with their kids!”

And with that, let’s take a look at some better games.
 
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6. Board Game: The Tower of Mystery [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:14659]
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This is a game for 2-8 players that plays in 30 minutes in which you must obtain the turret tokens from each of the four towers, the Mystery cards which spell the word TOWER, and then make it back to the Garden before anyone else.

In this game, you must constantly adjust your game-play based on unexpected events. Like Sorry, you WILL be up-ended by your opponents and the crazy events that occur within the tower.

Your goal is to keep moving towards achieving the game objectives as best you can. During the game, players move around the seven levels, up and down staircases, and into the four turrets, landing on board spaces where “things happen.” Sometimes a player may get money or lose money, get or lose Mystery Cards, may get to roll the dice and see what happens, might have the chance to swap the location of their playing piece with another player's piece, steal cards or money from other players, or any of many different scenarios and possibilities.

In addition to the TOWER Mystery Cards, there are Mystery Cards that help you or hurt your opponents. There are several ways to collect Mystery Cards. Some ways are free, others cost money.

Players can play any number of Mystery Cards on any other players (or themselves) even when it's not their turn! This can cause mayhem when several players suddenly jump into the action at the same time! You will have to alter your plans over and over in order to stay ahead of your opponents. Almost constant player interaction keeps everyone on their toes, all the while laughing and having fun every step of the way!

The Tower of Mystery is highly competitive and very interactive without being strategic. Everyone is always involved in the game, even when it's not their turn.

While most games are more enjoyable when you have the freedom to make meaningful decisions, Sorry is all about the randomness. You may be halfway around the board, but if I land on you, your pawn returns to Start. Or if I play an 11 card, I get to switch places with you. Or if I land on the beginning of a slide, I advance to the end and remove any pawn that might have been in the way. Sorry!

In the same spirit, Tower of Mystery is a rapidly changing game that's frequently outside of your complete control, but is more engaging than Sorry.

Boardgame Geek Marriane Severson says, “Each time is a new and exciting experience. Unlike other games, you never know until the last move who is going to win. We have played with 3 players and 7 players. It is challenging and fun no matter how many play! Excellent way to spend an evening. Box, contents are very high quality and the graphics are exquisite. This is the best game out!”

Fellow Geek Susan Mohn adds, “Balance of random and strategy is designed to make you take the random into account in your strategy - which makes for an interesting kind of strategy.”

This plays like a better version of Sorry, with a number of goals to complete on your way around the board and plenty of ways to sabotage your opponents.
 
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7. Board Game: Sky Runner [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:12232]
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In this 2-5 player 30 minute game, you are a cat burglar climbing your way up the side of a tall apartment building to get to the roof, ahead of all the other burglars. So in this sense it’s a race. However, in your mad rush to get to the top first, you will need to sabotage the efforts of your colleagues. This can be accomplished by dropping items on their heads or even cutting their ropes, causing them to fall back down a story or two, or maybe even all the way back to Start. Hmmm… Just like in Sorry…

The higher you go, the narrower the wall, so play becomes more aggressive as players fight for position.

Movement up the wall requires hand management, and you obtain new cards by bidding on them with an auction mechanic. This is like having a mini-game within the game!

Boardgame Geek Dwayne Hendrickson has this to say about the strategy of Sky Runner: “I've seen different strategies win. Climb as fast as you can, hold back and wait for everything you need & sprint for the top, cycle through your bid cards faster than anyone else, wait for what you need. It seems that almost every strategy is viable. Part of the fun in bidding comes from trying to decide what everyone else is going to do. If you think they are going to climb, play a parasite & get their cards, but multiple parasites cancel each other out. Do you bid high for the equipment? I've seen three 8's cancel each other out and the bid of 1 take the prize. Trying to remember what cards other people have left comes into play but if you pay too much attention to that, you may miss the guy climbing past you.”

Fellow Geek RS “Spriggyman” adds: “This is a great game to introduce "gamer" concepts to a beginner. There is initiative, bidding, resource management, strategy, variable board, and screwage all wrapped up in one and played on one of the coolest boards ever made.”
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8. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:234]
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Survive is a 2-4 player 60 minute cutthroat game where players race to evacuate their pieces from an island that is breaking up, while remembering where their highest-valued pieces are located to maximize their score.

An island made up of 40 hex-tiles is slowly sinking into the ocean (as the tiles are removed from the board). Each player controls ten people (valued from 1 to 6) that they try and move across an ocean towards the safety of the surrounding islands before the volcano on the main island finally erupts. Players can either swim or use boats to travel but must avoid sea serpents, whales, sharks, and whirlpools on their way to safety. An expansion also adds giant squid and dolphins.

As in Sorry, there is a “take that” aspect of this game in which you get to control these dangerous creatures on your turn, moving them away from you and toward your opponents.

The giant wave of a passing whale may capsize a person fleeing in a boat who must then hope he can outswim the nearby sharks.

Some of your people are more valuable than others, but only you know who they are. Should you send a lesser-valued pawn out to draw away your opponent’s attention while a higher-valued pawn darts away in another direction?

The game ends when the volcano erupts. The value of all the people that made it safely to an island are then added up and the player with the highest score wins!

Here are some comments by Boardgame Geeks:

“Cutthroat, deadly, short, with lots of surprises around every corner. No wonder this has been one of my favorite games of all time.” – David A.

“I cannot say enough good things about this game. it's one of a few games that I've gotten in order to entice my non-gamer friends into playing, and it's a huge hit among them. It's very competitive and cutthroat as others have mentioned, and has a fun element of surprise.” – Mave G.

“Probably the single best game to keep around the house. It has everything needed for a quick and savage gaming experience that all ages can enjoy and appreciate. If you don't have it, buy it! You won't be sorry!” – Steve Bullock

“I spent more fun filled hours on this that just about any game, and still I really enjoy playing it. This was the game that made me realize that Monopoly is tripe and bent me down the long curvy road of gaming. I like games that can get a little vicious, and this has a nice balance between nasty interaction and some real strategy. This one offers a touch of venom in a glass of sweet wine.” – Morgan Dontanville
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9. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7801]
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In this 3-6 player 45 minute game, players move from room to room in a mansion by rolling dice in order to solve the mystery of: whodunnit, with what, and where? Players are dealt character, weapon, and location cards after the top card of each type is secretly placed in the confidential file in the middle of the board. By making accusations, players are able to see which cards the other players are holding.

Players must then use deductive reasoning to determine which character, weapon, and location cards are in the secret file. The player to correctly determine this first wins the game.

Boardgame Geek Alan Gaskell had this to say about Clue: “Roll a die, tick something off a list. Yawn!”

Fellow Geek Eric Leath confided to me, “My interest in this game was killed by Colonel Mustard, with the candlestick, in the study.”

 
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10. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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In Clue, you get to move according to the throw of a die. “Nuts, I only get to take one step, while everyone else is taking 5 and 6 steps!”
Or, you can be about to enter the billiard room, but if someone in the study accuses you of murder, you suddenly find yourself in the study. That’s some pretty random stuff. And solving the crime involves some pretty dry stuff, too – you get to cross things off your list until there are only three remaining. Everyone comes to this point at about the same time so the game degenerates into seeing who can race to the confidential folder the fastest.

Is Clue really the best game there is for mystery fans? Doesn’t it leave you wanting more? What if there was a game that allowed you to walk the streets of Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes in search of Professor Moriarty? To search the docks for the giant rat Sumatra? To walk up Baker Street as the fog is rolling in and hear Holmes cry out, "Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot!”

With Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, you can! In this 1-8 player one or two hour game, you can enter the opium den beneath the Bar of Gold, but beware - that may be Colonel Sebastian Moran lurking around the corner. You can capture the mystery and excitement of Holmes' London in this challenging and informative game. You, the player, will match your deductive abilities against your opponents and the master sleuth himself, Sherlock Holmes.

In this game you are presented with ten mysteries to solve, and it is then up to you to trace the threads of evidence through the byways and mansions of nineteenth century London. You will interview suspects, search the newspapers for clues, and put together the facts to reach a solution.

Why were two lions murdered in Hyde Park? Who is responsible for the missing paintings from the National Gallery? Who murdered Oswald Mason and why? These are just a few of the cases that will challenge your ingenuity and deductive abilities.

There are no dice in this game, there is no element of luck - just a challenge to your mental ability. The game has been thoroughly researched for Holmesian and Victorian accuracy so as to capture a feeling of that bygone era.

Boardgame Geek David Petersen says, “Simply the best mystery-themed game of all time.”

Fellow Geek Don Bennett adds, “The only game better than chess.”

“This is simply the pinnacle in mystery gaming.” – Robert Ridgeway

“THE best deduction game out there!” – Gunter D’Hoogh

“If you really want to think AND feel like a master sleuth, try this one. The real stuff! If you don't win, don't blame it on others or bad luck.” – Ivo Dekoning
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11. Board Game: Simply Suspects [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:12231]
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In society, whenever a crime has been committed, no matter how small, there is always evidence left behind. The evidence usually points to certain suspects. In this game, the players are all "simply suspects." What is unusual is that the suspects each have the opportunity to tamper with the evidence so that it points to other suspects.

If the evidence points to you when you meet the Grand Jury, you are eliminated from the game. While moving the evidence around, players must also try to hide their own identity - so other players don’t figure out which suspect they are. If a player discovers another player’s identity, they may point the finger at that player and eliminate them from the game.

Simply Suspects is a 2-6 player fast-action game (15-20 minutes) of suspicion and finger pointing, deceptively simple yet surprisingly intense. The advantage that one player may appear to have can change with a single move. You are never sure which suspect will escape the Grand Jury and win the game.

Imagine a game of Clue in which players are constantly changing the cards that are in the confidential folder. If the clues in the folder apply to you when someone looks at them, then you are the culprit. So it’s a cinch that you’re going to make sure the clues don’t point toward you! But your identity is a secret, and if you are too obvious about what characteristics you’re trying to hide, others will figure out who you are – and if that happens, you are out of the game.

This is a much better game of deception and deduction than Clue.

Boardgame Geek Cameron Crawford says, “It has the feeling of an older style American game produced by Parker Brothers but yet the many choices, variable movement and a great alternate theme (we're all guilty--but who can appear the least guilty the longest) make for a nice change of pace for anyone who plays mystery and deduction games a lot. Plays better the more players you have.”

Fellow Geek Ryan Bretsch adds, “Fast-paced, frantic and very sociable, this is a great game of deduction and bluffing that somehow just works and is a riotous time with the right group. The average 20 minute playing time means this might also be a good game to introduce to potential new players who may have short attention spans. I like the theme of this game a lot. The more that play this game... the much better it becomes.”
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12. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2085]
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The best description of this 3-7 player 45 minute game is that it is a reverse Clue. In this version, you’re not trying to find out who killed Mr. Boddy, you’re trying to kill him. Except his name isn’t Boddy, but Dr. Lucky. No dry deduction here. Just get in the same room as the guy and let him have it. The only caveat: make sure no one sees you do it!

In this game, you hate Doctor Lucky. Maybe he left you out of his will. Maybe he killed your pet rock. Whatever the reason, you want him dead. Unfortunately, so do the other players. Since you don't want to go to jail, you need to make your attempt in secret; if anybody can see you, whistle nonchalantly and let the Doctor live ... until next time.

Players move around the mansion, collecting murder weapons (to make the murder attempt stronger - doubly so if the weapon is used in an appropriate location); failure cards (to thwart opponents' plans); and movement cards (to try to get together with Doctor Lucky in a secluded location for his inevitable demise.) Players try to convince others to use up their failure cards first, the better for when they make their own attempts.

Boardgame Geek Joel Benedict says, “This game is sweet! It's sort of like the prequel to Clue. Instead of solving the murder, you race to be the first to kill the old bugger off! Lots of fun!”

“Awesome party game! Great for non-hardcore gamers.” – Maurico Zebel

“Superb game - there is no better game for the price.” – Jonathan Bristow

“An extremely fun game. It combines a low cost with great mechanics and loads of laughs. Definitely a game to own.” – Joshua Tennant

“I played this on an almost daily basis 7 or 8 years ago with a group of my eighth grade students, and it was not unusual to have 12 kids around my desk at a time.” – Chris Porter
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13. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:412] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Ok, I’m not suggesting this is a bad game. Far from it. But for a lot of people it is complicated and boring. I used to watch my father play and while he was considered a chessmaster, it was like watching paint dry. I mean, he even played by mail, where opponents would set up a game in their home, take a week to consider their options and then mail him their move. You adjusted the pieces on your board to reflect your opponent’s move and then took your good old sweet time considering your own options before mailing your move back.

Of course, if I played, it became a 10 minute affair, and one which I always lost.

While a lot of people enjoy Chess, you have to admit that a lot of other people hate it for the same reasons mentioned above. So for the rest of us, what can we play that would be more fun?
 
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14. Board Game: All The King's Men [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:11568]
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This is a 2-player 30 minute strategy game similar to chess. The board is laid out like a Chess board and each player sets up their men just like in Chess.

Unlike Chess, though, the board for Smess has various types of arrows printed on each square of the board. Movement is determined not by the type of piece, but by the direction of the arrow or arrows in the square.

The pieces are similar to Chess in that the Brain is like a king in Chess (it moves one square at a time), Ninnies are like pawns (they move only one space at a time), and Numskulls are like rooks or bishops (they can move as far as they wish in a straight line).
No jumping of pieces is allowed. A capture is made when a piece from the opposite side lands on one of your pieces. You aren't forced to make a capture (as in checkers). If a Ninny reaches the opponent's back row, it is promoted into a Numskull.

This is a fun game that is much simpler than Chess at first glance. However, the game will vary in difficulty depending on the skill of the opponent. The goal is to capture your opponent's Brain. The fact that both players can see all possible moves to and from a square can make the game harder than you'd think!

Boradgame Geek Eamon Bloomfield explains that “Opening gambits in Chess are routinely and easily answered by a skilled player but there are no such gambits in Smess. In fact, Chess players often make mistakes in this game. They think of the Brain as a King in Chess, and leave pieces in front of it to protect it. If the opposition can get to the back row, however, they will be in position to attack and your Brain will not be able to move because his own Ninnys are blocking the avenues of retreat.”

A fun game, and one in which you will actually have a chance of winning! The game was later released with medieval-themed pieces under the title All the King's Men.

Boardgame Geek Simon Cox says, “I was never a big fan of Chess but when they had a Smess tournament at school, I entered and did quite well. The snobby Chess players hated it!”

Fellow Geek Bob Wilson adds, “Great little spin-off from Chess. Very tough little strategy game... the arrows on the board make it the great game that it is. One of my favorite two-player games, period.”

Geek Mal Ross describes it as, “Enjoyable, Chess-like, but far more light-hearted. A great way to get kids interested in that kind of game.”
 
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15. Board Game: Sabotage [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:11536]
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To win this 2-player 30 minute game, you must capture the crown located at the center of the board and return it to your base.

You may move in any direction in a straight line, however the number of spaces you move is determined by the total number of pieces on the horizontal row where you start your move. Like Smess, you cannot jump pieces, but you may capture by landing on a piece. Land on the crown to capture it, but beware - your move may be sabotaged by your opponent at any moment.

Boardgame Geek Eric Franklin rates Sabotage as, “One of my all-time favorite 2-player games.”

Fellow Geek Fred Barrett highly recommends it. “Fun fun fun! This one is like trying to make two like-poles on a magnet line up. Try to outfox your opponent.”

Geek Michael Becker says, “Most people would pass this one at their local thrift store. Don't. It is a wonderful two-player abstract that deserves a reprint. The object is so simple, as is the rule set. But the neat game interaction between rows and columns is wonderful.”
 
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16. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1511]
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This is a 2-player 20 minute Chess-like board game that has two built-in lasers and movable Egyptian-themed game pieces that have embedded mirrors which can be positioned to bounce the laser light around the board and hit opponent pieces.

To play, players alternate moving their pieces around the board. Some pieces have mirrors and some do not. Bounding the board is a raised frame into which are built two low-power lasers, one for each player. The game pieces include a pharaoh, obelisks, and pyramids with mirrors.

Gameplay is very simple. A piece can move one space in any direction or rotate ninety degrees, then the laser closest to that player is fired. When a laser strikes anything, whether it is an enemy piece or your own, it is removed from the game. Nothing happens if the laser strikes a wall. The object is to protect your own pharaoh while striking the opposing player's pharaoh with your laser.

Boardgame Geeks have this to say:

“Possibly the best abstract strategy game ever invented. Even without the laser, this game would be a 10.” – Chris Lynd

“Definitely has a Chess-like feel to it, though I like it a lot more than Chess. My wife likes it too, so that's an added bonus.” – Andrzej Stewart

“This game was well worth waiting for and I just can't stop playing it. My friends are also getting addicted to playing this.” – Bryan Cox

“I love this game. Simply a lot of fun; keeping mental track of the path of both lasers and trying to play both offensively and defensively when you can make only 1 move at a time is challenging.” – David Brafman

“Chess on steroids... with easier rules.” – Jeff Knox

“One of the coolest designs ever. Great concept and beautifully executed.” – Drew Holmes

“Easier than Chess, yet a good abstract game with lots of decisions.” – Lyle Wenger

“As an ex-professional Chess player, I can appreciate Khet. Players are always forced to think ahead and accept the rewards (or consequences) of their actions. Moving the wrong piece can really set you back, if your opponent is good and is paying attention. If you’re a fan of games that require you to think ahead, then Khet is right for you. It can be as simple or difficult as you make it out to be, and the ability to setup the game however you please adds a ton of replay value. I highly recommend this game to players of all ages.” – Vincent Paone
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17. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15666]
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Ahh, Monopoly, the 2-8 player 3 hour classic game of buying properties, charging rent, and forcing your opponents into bankruptcy. The winner is the last player remaining with money. Movement is performed by rolling dice, and a deck of cards provides random factors which may help or hinder your cause.

I think Boardgame Geek Peter Ward said it best: “Of all the games I’ve played in my lifetime, I don’t think a single one of Monopoly has ever actually been finished. They just get abandoned when several people get bored and lose the will to live. That really isn’t a sign of a good game.”

Now it’s true that most people aren’t playing by the proper rules, I know we weren’t. As a 42 year-old guy who had only won Monopoly once in my life (I’m usually the first one out) I read two books on how to play Monopoly correctly, tried it again last year with the proper rules and won!

I’m still not a fan, but the game has been house ruled to death which has made it much, much worse. Many people are playing according to someone’s house rules and they don’t even know it! I know I was shocked when I actually read the official rules.

But still, there are better games out there. Here are three:
 
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18. Board Game: Pirate King [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:11360]
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What if Monopoly allowed you to land on someone’s property and refuse to pay rent? What if you could shoot them, instead? Hmmm… isn’t there already a game called Ghettopoly?

Well, that’s part of the idea in Pirate King, a 2-4 player two hour game which transforms the premise of Monopoly into that of a Pirate Captain sailing the Caribbean waters in search of wealth and fame.

Moving is accomplished by setting your course 1-5 spaces away and then rolling dice to see if the wind becomes a factor in reaching your destination. It may slow your ship down, speed it up, or not affect you at all.

If you land on a territory, you can capture it by paying a capture price (just like Monopoly). If it is already owned, you must pay a dock fee or else fight. Combat takes place by rolling dice, Risk style. If you win, you take over the territory and it becomes yours. Lose, and your ship is sunk. You must pay a bounty to purchase a new ship and return to the game.

Once you control two adjacent territories of the same color, you have established a trade route and can now upgrade your territory through 5 levels of improvements, from a Settlement to a Castle. These improvements naturally allow you to charge a higher dock fee while also making your territory more difficult to capture.

The Chance and Community Chest cards are replaced here by the Pirate’s Booty and Captain’s Log cards. There are plenty of similarities between the two games and you won’t miss them, but this is a little more than just a re-theme of Monopoly.

The ability to refuse to pay the docking fee and attempt to capture an opponent’s territory is a nice change all by itself, but there is more. By upgrading your territory to a fort or citadel you not only help to protect it from being captured by an enemy, but when in port there you can purchase additional crewmen and cannons for your ship in order to upgrade that to a maximum of 10 crewmen and 4 cannons.

Your main source of income is smuggling. Cargo cards are contracts which require you to sail to a particular territory to deliver a specific commodity in order to receive a certain payment. Once one mission is completed, you draw a new cargo card.

Along the way, you may have to face mutinies, tsunamis, earthquakes, duels with other opponents, a powerful Commodore, and broadside battles with other ships. There is buried treasure to find, maps to Great Treasures which give you special abilities, and there are even rules for team play.

The game is something like a pirate-themed Monopoly on steroids. And the components are pretty to look at, with plastic treasure chests, plastic pirate coins, 65 glass gems (diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and gold) which function as the game currency, and the artwork is well-done. The box certainly is good and heavy. The first player to achieve 16 Prestige Points through the construction of castles and great treasures will win the game.

If you’re going to play Monopoly, why not play a version with a little more going on, like smuggling and combat and team play? If you like Monopoly, you’ll like Pirate King even better.

Boardgame Geek Roberta Chaphill says, “Our kids love this game and it has also become a regular play on couples night for the adults. Hands down the best family game around.”

Fellow Geek Adam McClure agrees, saying, “I have always thought Monopoly was a decent game but just very flawed and too simple. Pirate King fixes all of those flaws, adding a lot more depth and slaps on a very nice theme-heavy pirate game.”

Geek Benski Dayley calls it “the boardgamer’s Monopoly.”
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19. Board Game: Roller Coaster Tycoon [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:5099]
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Boardgame Geek Stephen Hall introduces this 2-4 player 45 minute game by saying, “Imagine Monopoly, if it was actually fun and took 45 minutes to play. That’s Roller Coaster Tycoon.”

In this game, you are buying parts of a theme park rather than street properties – rides, snack shops, souvenir stores, etc. Each attraction is purchased through an auction, so every player has the opportunity to buy an attraction, unlike Monopoly in which the first player to land on a property can purchase it without anyone else having anything to say about it.

There are four types of these auctions: the normal auction, in which you are bidding on one attraction; the double auction, in which you are bidding on two attractions at once; the blind auction, in which you are bidding on one attraction without knowing which attraction it is; and the double blind auction, where you’re bidding on two attractions without knowing what they are.

Rather than moving your own pawn around the board, you are moving a number of park guests in an attempt to get them to visit your attractions. When they do, you get points. If the guest lands on one of your attractions, you get double points. If they land on another player’s attraction, you split the points between you. At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins.

At the beginning of the game you have the option of hiring a mechanic and a handyman. These may come in handy if any of your attractions break down, and you will be able to make repairs for free. Of course, they cost money to hire to begin with, so this is something of a gamble. (Think of the Insurance Policies you can purchase in the game of Life.)

The game comes with blank cards which you can use to make up events of your own to include in the game. You also have the ability to close an opponent’s attraction – they can’t get any points for it until it reopens.

The game plays very quickly, is similar to Monopoly, and yet is very light and fun to play.

Boardgame Geek Bart Miller says, “A really fun game with great bits, a built-in timer, an interesting auction mechanic and other semi-Euro rules. A good gateway game for friends who only play traditional American board games.”

Fellow Geek Ian Stedman describes it as “A deceptively fun American board game that plays very much in a Euro-like style.”

Geek Jeremy Tye says, “Really fun non-Euro game! Manage a theme park on your terms, and the bidding and blind bidding to purchase the Rides and Attractions make this game a lot of fun! It doesn't get played that much, but when it does, we always say..."why don't we play this more often?"”

Geek John Fetter agrees, saying, “Wow this game seems underrated! This is one of the best “kids” games that I have played.”

So if you’re getting together with friends and someone suggests a game of Monopoly, why don’t you counter with a game of Roller Coaster Tycoon? It’s fun, it’s similar enough to Monopoly that your group should like it, and you’ll be done in less than an hour. How can you go wrong?
 
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20. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:415]
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In this 3-5 player 75 minute game, players compete to build the most famous casino. Players represent wealthy developers who are embroiled in a contest to construct the most prestigious casino on the Las Vegas strip. Resources, however, are limited, so fierce competition erupts over those resources, and players compete in tense bidding rounds.

As in Monopoly, players will need to purchase commodities, yet these are obtained by being the highest bidder in an auction, so everyone has a chance at acquiring them, as in Roller Coaster Tycoon.

Rather than just place your newly-acquired card in front of you, as in Monopoly, Vegas Showdown gives you a casino floorplan where you get to actually design the layout of your business.

There are some restrictions on how items can be placed on your mat. Yellow tiles must be linked to your casino entrance. Blue tiles must be linked to the hotel entrance. Green tiles can go anywhere. Any tile you place must be connected to the doorway of an existing tile, so you're trying to lay things down in a way that gives you options to put down more tiles in succession. Some tiles have red triangles on them. If enough of these are placed together they will create a diamond shape, which is worth more bonus points at the end of the game.

Also, there are two sides to your business, the casino is on one side and the hotel is on the other. You can get bonus points at the end of the game if you can connect the two.

Boardgame Geek Asher Stuhlman highly recommends it. “This is an absolutely excellent game. It's the only game both my friends and my family return to when we grow bored with other games. Every part - the bidding, the scoring, the overall visual identity - is extremely well-tuned. We play this more often than Catan or Puerto Rico, often playing two games in a row. Very much worth playing.”

Fellow Geek Ben Lott agrees. “This has been and probably always will be one of my favorite strategy games. The mechanisms are surprisingly simple to grasp, yet the game offers a number of paths to victory. I think my favorite aspect of the game is that I have played more than 20 times and have never once done the same thing. There are so many ways to play. You can be aggressive and play to block opponents, you can focus on increasing your income and therefore your buying power, you can even put all your efforts into just racking up victory points. No two games are alike and, even when you lose, you feel like you accomplished something.”

Geek Rob McMonigal says, “Just a great game - the concept is solid, the mechanics work well, and there's a ton of strategy options, any one of which might work if you play things perfectly. A game all gamers should own!”

Geek Jeffrey Huntington explains, “I was able to teach this to my non-gaming 60+-year-old parents and they like it. I've introduced this game to dozens of people.”

If you’re interested in real estate speculation, then Vegas Tycoon offers a better gaming experience than Monopoly while being easy to learn. And you have to scroll through 25 pages of comments on Boardgame Geek to find someone giving it a rating lower than an 8 out of 10.
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21. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11326]
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This is a dexterity game in which a tower of wooden blocks is built and then players take turns removing blocks from any of the stories except the top one, and placing the block on the topmost story without making the tower collapse. When the tower falls, the player who took his turn just prior to the current player is the winner.

The game is boring visually, as the components are just plain, unfinished pieces of wood. Let’s find a better game!
 
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22. Board Game: Click Clack Lumberjack [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1486]
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If you want to play a tower dexterity game, give this one a try! This is a 2-7 player 10 minute dexterity game where nine plastic tree segments are stacked up to form a tall tree trunk. Each tree segment has four bark sections around it. On their turn, a player gets two taps with the axe to try and knock off pieces of bark from the tree segments for one point each.

You have to be careful though, because if you knock over a tree segment it costs you 5 points. When all of the bark has been knocked off the tree, the player with the highest score wins.

Boardgame Geek Gabriel Kitterman has this to say: “During the first couple of games I thought, "It's OK - a cute party game." But when we finally put the game away (2.5 HOURS LATER!!!) I realized that this game has totally fired Jenga. The game can be a light party game or a serious nail-biting challenge. This is one of the best fillers I've ever played.”

Fellow Geek Bruce McLeod agrees. “Super easy family game. Often comes out and people just start joining in. Super quick to get people involved.”

Geek Daniel Coats says, “I haven't had this much fun with a such a simple game in... well, ever. Awesome for big groups of gamers and non-gamers alike.”
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23. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:603]
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This is a 1-4 player 30 minute dexterity dice game consisting of four sets of colored dice. The object is to either slide, roll, or flick the dice down a set of wooden “steps.” Each step has a multiplier printed on it, and after everyone has thrown their dice, scores are computed by taking the number on the die and multiplying it by the multiplier level it is on. This is done for each die on the board, with the totals added together for your score. After four rounds, the player with the most points wins.

What makes it more interesting is that other players can use their dice to knock yours down onto a smaller scoring level or even off of the board entirely.

There are strategically-placed pegs in certain areas of the board which can be used to stop your die from falling off the board, or which can be used to richocet from.

Boardgame Geek MrBass says, “Played with tons of people and it's a blast. Everyone from young ones to old ones can have fun. A 10-min filler doesn't get much better than this for loud fun, and being able to play a two-hour session with my brother-in-law who wouldn't be caught dead playing a Euro game, try as I might.”

Fellow Geek Dustin Martin agrees. “After one play -- that lasted several hours -- I can see that many years of enjoyment lay ahead with this game. It scratches the dexterity game itch, and is adaptable to all sorts of different methods of keeping score.”

Geek David Hahn explains it this way: “Ok, so it's a simple game involving luck and skill. Yes. That's a given. However, the FUN FACTOR is incredibly high and you can teach the most game-negative person to play in seconds. It's also got a high "I wanna play next!" factor. Let's put it this way: take it to the bar, and tell everyone that wants to play after seeing you play that if they buy you a drink, they're in the next game, and you'll drink FREE all night. Yes, it's that popular. My gaming group loves it and everyone who sees it being played tends to love it, too.”

Geek Christine MacNamee says, “This game is outstanding!! It's easy to learn and once you start you can't stop. It's a perfect game for all ages and we bring it out for almost every family event. Play it tournament style for added fun. Totally worth it, a true must-own.”
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24. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:646]
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Many dexterity games are games for dexterity’s sake. But Rampage (aka Terror in Meeple City) builds an actual game around the dexterity. In this 2-4 player 45 minute game, you are a gigantic, famished, scaly-skinned monster! Your goal: Dig your claws and dirty paws into the asphalt, destroy buildings, and devour innocent meeples – in short: sow terror while having fun. The monster who has caused the most damage after the carnage finally ends, wins the game.

There are many different ways you can manipulate the game components. Drop your monster on top of a building. Toss vehicles around like the Incredible Hulk. Blow your opponents away by literally blowing air at them as hard as you can. Even just moving from one point to another involves flicking a disc.

You get to eat plenty of fleeing townspeople, get into fights with other monsters, and use special abilities and superpowers.

Really, the best part of Jenga is watching the tower fall over. This game actually encourages you to topple buildings left and right, so the fun keeps coming turn after turn. If you must play a dexterity game that involves knocking over wooden pieces, leave the Jenga lumber in the box and give Rampage a try!

Boardgame Geek Ian Collier says it all: “Just amazing. Amazing amazing amazing. 'Real' rules lead to actual strategy and tactics and give adults a legitimate reason to play with wooden monsters, smash buildings to bits, send meeples flying, blow things over, flick cars at each other and laugh and shout and point and cheer. Each game we play of this turns out to be an event, I haven't had this much real fun in 'proper' gaming for a very long time. As I might have said before, AMAZING.”
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25. Board Game: Yahtzee [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:15565]
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This is the commercial version of a public domain game called Yacht. Game play consists of rolling a handful of dice up to three times and trying to match combinations of numbers for points.

“This isn’t a game in exactly the same way Russian Roulette isn’t. You roll dice, then write down what came up. You mean all five were the same? Well, then, Yahtzee! WooHoo! We’re having fun now! I’m a gaming god! WooHoo!” – Boardgame Geek George Kinney
 
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