A heinous crime has been committed against today’s youth. The children of the 2000s have been deprived of one of life’s greatest wonders. By no fault of their own, they have grown up glued to their plasma screens with an Xbox controller in one hand and a DS in the other. They have sorely missed out on the pure joy and exhilaration of a good board game. But it’s not too late. Throughout this article I’m going to describe some of the greatest (and least known) board games of all-time in hopes that it revives what was once the king of entertainment.
To begin, I’ll list a couple of the classics. First you have one of the most famous games in history, Monopoly, a game in which players engage in spurious property/financial dealings using fake money. You then have Risk, a strategic game for two to six players played on a board that resembles the world of the Napoleonic Era where players attempt to wipe each other out in route to world domination. But forget these for a little bit. I want to talk about the games you have heard little to nothing about.
One of these lesser known games is The Settlers of Catan. Catan (as it is often referred to) is a game in which players take on the roles of settlers as they attempt to construct and develop holdings while simultaneously taking part in the trade of various resources. The Settlers of Catan was invented in Germany so you know that if the Germans make board games even half as well as they manufacture cars, the game should be a blast.
Another game on the list is Mancala. Mancala is a game set on a board consisting of 2-4 rows of pits in which players begin by placing a specified amount of pieces (seeds, stones, etc.) in each pit. Then, players proceed to move their pieces in attempt to capture other pits. This particular game is one of the oldest board games as its earliest fragments were discovered by archaeologists in Ethiopia and dated back to the 6th century AD. So, even if you don’t enjoy the game (which I’m sure you will), you’ll still receive somewhat of a history lesson.
If none of the games listed above quite do the job for you, you can never go wrong playing Sorry, Bananagrams (one of my personal favorites) or even checkers (if you’re eighty years old and living in a retirement home). But regardless of which game you find most fun, I strongly suggest actually playing one of them and doing less on your cell phone.