My 5 Best Popular Board Games of All Time

I love board games. I’ve been playing them since I was old enough to walk and I continue to play them through this day.  Board games can be very easy to very complex. I have included only the most popular games on this list, though there are literally thousands that very few people know of.  Game connoisseurs can find a board game in any genre or popular cultural theme.  See what my list includes and learn a little history along the way!



chess1. Chess:  A competitive and recreational game between two people.  Chess entered Southern Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century.  It came to Europe from an earlier game that started in India and Persia.  It is comprised of a chess board of 64 squares set in 8 rows and 8 columns.  Each player starts with sixteen pieces with the objective to capture the king.


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2. Risk: A strategic game of world domination invented in 1957 in France. The original name of this game was “La Conquête du Monde” (The Conquest of the World).  Risk is a turn based game for 2-6 players on a board that is stylized after the world during the Napoleonic Wars.


3. Scrabble: Scrabble is a word game that is played between two and four people who try to score points by forming words with individually lettered tiles on a 15 x 15 grid board.  The words must be set up crossword style and be in an approved dictionary.  Scrabble was introduced in 1938 and based upon an earlier game called, Lexiko.


4. Monopoly: A board game based on economic principals, Monopoly was first patented in 1935, though it was invented over thirty years earlier by a woman named Elizabeth Phillips who was trying to teach someone the concepts of the single tax theory.  She called her creation, “The Landlord’s Game”.  Monopoly is the single most played commercial board game in the world.  While this game comes in a vast number of variants, the most popular is based upon landmarks found in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


5. Life: Also known as “The Game of Life”, this board game was invented by Milton Bradley (yes, there really was a Milton Bradley) in 1860.  The game was made for two to six players and simulates a person’s life as they progress through high school through retirement.