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What are the top ten board games of all time?

Board games have existed for thousands of years.  Around 3100 BC, the Egyptians played a game called Senet.  Five hundred years later The Royal Game of Ur became popular.  Backgammon was introduced around 2000 BC.  Many early games were based on military tactics, including Ludus Latrunculorum, which was played in ancient Rome.  Chess evolved from tafl games, Germanic and Celtic strategy board games, which appeared around 400 AD, although the first appearance of a modern chessboard may have been in Persia around 600 AD.  People have loved playing games probably for as long as we’ve tried to outsmart each other.  (To learn more about the history of board games, check out The Startup.)

All of which is to say that people have been fascinated by games for many millenia.  In America, the market for board games and puzzles has been steadily growing and surpassed $2 billion in 2017.  We all have our favorites.  If ten people were asked to rank board games by how popular they think they are or by how much they like particular games, the ten lists would no doubt differ.  So to identify the top ten board games of all time, we used The Top Ten as our source.  Here is their ranking (remember, you will probably not agree with it):

  1. Monopoly
  2. Chess
  3. Life
  4. Clue
  5. Risk
  6. Settlers of Catan
  7. Scrabble
  8. Battleship
  9. Checkers
  10. Sorry

If you’re like us, you may never have heard of Settlers of Catan.  Great.  Check it out.  As for the rest, there’s nothing like a fun board game to liven up an evening with family or friends.

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