Which board games should I get?

I love board games. At the Resolved weekend away just gone I played Monopoly for the first time since I came out as a socialist and I’ve got to say, my inner dodgy developer rose to the surface faster than you can say “You’ve one second prize…”

Anyway, this got me to thinking about my own collection. Though I dream of one day filling a linen cupboard with untidily stacked cardboard boxes, for the moment our collection is fairly small. It seems to be that we’ve collected some “odd” games. We’ve got LotR Risk, Anti-monopoly, Simpsons Cluedo and Bagh Chal (a Nepalese ancestor of Chess). We’ve recently been given Ticket to Ride (Zug um Zug to the purists).

But I’m wondering what games you think are indispensable for a decent games collection. What game do you want to buy next? And if you had $100 to spend on games, which couple would you buy?

Here’s 10 games on my “like” list at the moment:

Bacchus’ Banquet

Risk – Godstorm

Absolute Balderdash

Family Business



Power Grid


Puerto Rico

Wyatt Earp

What do you think?



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13 responses to “Which board games should I get?

  1. i’m not a huge fan of board games.
    i do enjoy Carcassonne:

  2. Michael White

    Hi Steve,

    So I read this post yesterday and it inspired me to search for a favourite of mine from primary school. I couldn’t remember its name, but I remembered enough details that Google was able to help me out.

    It’s called “The Sorcerer’s Cave”. It originally came out in 1978 with the idea of making D&D type gameplay more accessible. You can check it out here:

    You know, I don’t think I followed all the rules when I played in the library at primary school.

    It also turns out the author wrote a computer game version (Windows 95) that he now lets you download free from:

    I’ve wasted a good couple of hours on it the last couple of days. I’m probably just about sated again for the next 25 years.

    Another good boardgame I’ve played in the past is called Shanghai Trader:

    You need at least 3 people to play it. I think you’d like the Risk-like possibility of making and breaking deals with other players.

    But remember, there’s no shame in playing Monopoly. After all, you’re providing shelter for all those otherwise homeless dogs, hats, boots, cars etc. at quite reasonable prices in today’s market.


    • steveboxwell

      Thanks for the tips Michael! Do you have a copy of Shanghai Trader?

      • Michael White

        Hi Steve,

        I just eyeballed the box of Shanghai Trader. I can only assume it still has enough parts in it. Are you hoping to borrow it? Just remind me next time you’re down.


  3. Stephanie Stoker

    Scrabble 🙂

    • steveboxwell

      Scrabble and I are on a break Stephanie. I realised I had a problem when I had inadvertently memorised the two-letter-word list. 😀

  4. Stephanie Stoker

    I guess that means I have a problem too. I played Scrabble with Graeme once. He thought I was cheating because I won with two-letter words he’d never heard of lol.

  5. Why don’t you take a look at some great new independently published games here: http://nightstalkergames.wordpress.com/

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