My favorite Board Games

A Listmania! list by Limulus (Jefferson, MD USA)
The list author says: "Some of these games are not all strictly board games,as there may be no game boards, but you get the idea. A few of the games on this list go back a while, but they have met the test of time and are all great games."
Diplomacy: The Exciting Game of International Intrigue [BOX SET]
1.  Diplomacy: The Exciting Game of International Intrigue [BOX SET] by Avalon Hill
The list author says:
  "This is the ultimate game of diplomacy.  It was played in the Kennedy White House.  My only advice, don't play this with close friends.  Not everyone can handle the backstabbing that is an essential part of the game.  But backstab too soon, and you could be doomed!  Play this with acquaintance gameplayers and you will really enjoy it."
Used & New from: $9.50
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Dominion
2.  Dominion by Rio Grande Games
The list author says:
  "Consider this mention of Dominion to cover the original and it's expansions. This is a newer game and it is incredible! Get it with Dominion Intrigue for more player interaction."
$28.23   Used & New from: $19.67
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (793 customer reviews)

Wizard's Quest Bookcase Game
3.  Wizard's Quest Bookcase Game by The Avalon Hill Game Company
The list author says:
  "A favorite from way back.  We still love playing this game. Fighting other players to gain access to the territories where your treasures have been hidden to win the game, but watch out, orc frenzies can occur and decimate you too if your not careful.  A well conceived game that plays well over and over again."
$59.99   Used & New from: $15.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Puerto Rico 3-5 player game
4.  Puerto Rico 3-5 player game by Rio Grande Games
The list author says:
  "Complex, and loads of fun with lots of replayabilty.  It takes a bit of time to get through the rules, but once you figure them out, it is an extremely satisfying and compelling game."
$29.74   Used & New from: $23.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

San Juan
5.  San Juan by Rio Grande Games
The list author says:
  "An amazingly ingenious recreation of Puerto Rico in a card game.  Far less complex, but still captures the feel of the full board game.  We take this on vacation with us all the time."
$101.73   Used & New from: $79.94
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Cherry Cribbage Board - Made in USA
6.  Cherry Cribbage Board - Made in USA by Maple Landmark
The list author says:
  "Get any cribbage board and a deck of cards and you will have a super game to play with your spouse, partner or mate.  My wife and I take a travel size board with us on vacations and have played in cafes in Paris while sipping espressos, on cruises, airplanes and in the evening at home."
$33.81   Used & New from: $29.50
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Ticket To Ride
7.  Ticket To Ride by Days of Wonder
The list author says:
  "The best of the new games to introduce your friends who are not gamers into the genre.  Easy to learn, lots of fun building railroads to designation points.  Can be very competitive if you want it to be."
$37.37   Used & New from: $32.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,538 customer reviews)

Vintage 1968 ACQUIRE Game By 3m Company
8.  Vintage 1968 ACQUIRE Game By 3m Company by 3 M company
The list author says:
  "There are new editions of this Sid Sackson (may he rest in peace) classic game of building hotel empires available.  A precursor of the more modern games that does not use dice to play.  Acquire is a classic that no serious gamer should not have in his/her collection."
$189.99   Used & New from: $13.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Carcassonne
9.  Carcassonne by Rio Grande Games
The list author says:
  "This can be played as a friendly game of laying tiles to build a countryside full of castles and monasteries, or can be played as a competitively strategic game.  In any case, it might be one of the most aesthetically pleasing games as you progress through it.  Most of the expansions are nice to have too, but not necessary."
$36.17   Used & New from: $13.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)

The Settlers of Catan
10.  The Settlers of Catan by MayFair Games
The list author says:
  "This game keeps me coming back, even though the use of dice makes luck a bit too much of a factor. I think I like setting up the game the best.  Sometimes I find playing it to be just too frustrating as the luck factor can overwhelm good playing.  Nevertheless, I find myself coming back to the game often."
$37.92   Used & New from: $25.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,411 customer reviews)

Bohnanza
11.  Bohnanza by Rio Grande Games
The list author says:
  "A great card game that is counter-intuitive in it's play, but plays so well.  Ingeniously designed.  Great for even lots of players (up to 7) in my edition."
$16.60   Used & New from: $13.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)

Landslide Political Board Game
12.  Landslide Political Board Game by Parker Brothers
The list author says:
  "Only four players can play at once.  The game is about getting enough currency (popular votes) to win the bidding of states as they come up to be the one at the end with the most electoral votes to become the president.  Lot's of fun.  This is one of the old ones that we still play."
Used & New from: $36.49
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Stocks and Bonds
13.  Stocks and Bonds by 3M
The list author says:
  "In this Wall Street game you will be buying and selling stocks over a period of 11 years (cycles).  Buy low, sell high - or buy high and sell higher.  Go safe with the blue chips or take risks with the speculation stocks.  This game has it all for the capitalists in us."
Used & New from: $13.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Scrabble Premier Wood Edition
14.  Scrabble Premier Wood Edition by Scrabble
The list author says:
  "Hey, it's a classic!"
Used & New from: $100.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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1967 FACTS IN FIVE: 3M Book Shelf Game -Complete
15.  1967 FACTS IN FIVE: 3M Book Shelf Game -Complete by 3M
The list author says:
  "Trivial pursuit before Trivial Pursuit.  More fun too!"
$199.99   Used & New from: $30.00

Uno Card Game
16.  Uno Card Game by Mattel
The list author says:
  "Fun for mixed generational gatherings"
$6.89   Used & New from: $1.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)

Risk
17.  Risk by Parker Brothers
The list author says:
  "Old reliable conquer the world game.  Still fun for a rainy Sunday."
$37.02   Used & New from: $13.00
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

Password - 7th Edition
18.  Password - 7th Edition by Endless Games
The list author says:
  "The old TV game still plays well with two couples."
Used & New from: $99.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Stratego
19.  Stratego by Milton Bradley
The list author says:
  "I played this a lot with my son while he was growing up.  I haven't played it recently, but I would easily go at it again."
$69.99   Used & New from: $22.99
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Chutes and Ladders
20.  Chutes and Ladders by Hasbro
The list author says:
  "Here come the Grandchildren, and I am looking forward to playing this classic with them in a few years."
$10.38   Used & New from: $4.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

Cranium
21.  Cranium by Cranium
The list author says:
  "Well, the kids love it, and we can get into it too."
$32.29   Used & New from: $4.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

Wegiel Wegiel Ambassador Chess Set - 4.5 in. King, Wood Sets
22.  Wegiel Wegiel Ambassador Chess Set - 4.5 in. King, Wood Sets by Wegiel
The list author says:
  "Any standard Chess Set.  In a class by itself.  The ultimate game.  This one cannot be ranked with the others.  It is the perfect game where chance and luck are eliminated.  The Rolls Royce of all games."
$65.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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