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What's the Best Board Game?

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by Michaelie Clark (subscribe)
Pun-loving freelance writer based in Victoria.
Published July 8th 2011
Whether you're trying to keep the kids entertained, bored on a blustery Sunday afternoon or having a few quiet drinks at home with friends, the old collection of trusty board games will always prove a winner in the sport of diversion that's a given.

The lesser known fact about board games is that they are an unerring medium for providing insight into a person's character. It's true. Forget voting for the next political leader set the opposing parties up with a game of Trivial Pursuit (the apt choice) and then sit back and watch. Before you know it, someone will have deliberately read a question with a strange inflection to lead the other team astray, done some double bluffing or taken a slice of pie that they haven't earned. Then it's just a matter of gauging whose dirty tactics on the board are better suited for running a country.

Best Board Games


But it needn't be all about cheating and politics. There is fun to be had and understanding to gain in playing any top board game.

Scrabble
A person who chooses Scrabble often has an aptitude for words and enjoys the studiousness of the game. There are usually three types of Scrabble players. The first is the type that pores over the dictionary for twenty minutes before taking each turn, often winning by default because the other players have perished from boredom or left altogether.

The second type will try their luck at anything, putting likely sounding but completely invented words on the board. They revel in the confusion in their opponent's eyes and rejoice when the word goes unchallenged by the other player, reluctant to voice their ignorance of the definition.

The third type plays primarily to put rude words on the board, and especially relishes the opportunity to use archaic profanities that are hard to fit into the everyday conversation of a modern-age individual.

Monopoly
Classic game of the procrastinators. They'll clean the house and do the ironing and pay the electricity bill after the game is finished. Given that the game seems to have no apparent ending, you'll be able to judge just how much dallying a person will engage in by seeing how long they persist with the diversion at hand. If they end up in squalor and with the power cut off, you'll know what you're dealing with.

Snakes and Ladders
A fast-paced game of soaring highs and plummeting lows, driven by chance. The clue to personalities with this one lies in the final result. Look out for exultant winners skiting over their triumph and sore losers tearing the board apart in a fit of petulant rage.

Connect Four
Dedicated Connect Four players are pedants, one and all. They like order and engross themselves in the pursuit of getting all their ducks in a row (or their counters lined up in the grid). There will often be tooth grinding and nervous twitches apparent whenever an opponent clocks their strategy and makes a mess of their sequencing.

Guess Who?
The most difficult of the game-players to figure out, these chameleons are adept at hiding their true personas. Don't be surprised if your opponent turns out to be a Russian spy. Even if they're in grade three.

From Cluedo to Hungry Hungry Hippos; there's an awful lot of fun to be had playing board games. Tell us what your favourite is we promise not to judge you (much)!
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My favourites are Scategories and Taboo. I think Taboo probably wins over all, such a fun and fast paced game. It really relies on good communication between team members and is a bit of fun.

I'm also a fan of word and number yahtzee.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Sunday, 10th of July @ 09:28 am
Itd have to be twister. I cant think of any game that beats a good game of twister anytime.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Saturday, 9th of July @ 07:35 am
as for me, it is Monopoly. This game is really global, everybody plays it.
By Squirrel_Joe - senior reviewer
Monday, 11th of July @ 02:09 am
I agree, Taboo is as awesome game that can be played with a big group of people. Guestures is really fun, acting out things from the card silently while the time ticks away.
By Aki S - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 13th of July @ 03:25 pm
Cluedo. Without a doubt.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 14th of July @ 03:21 am
Ouija
Scary
By kimle0 - reader
Saturday, 16th of July @ 09:35 pm
Though it's technically not a board game my vote goes to Quick Scrabble. Much faster and more fun than the original, it's Scrabble on speed and without the board. Players construct their own individual games directly on the table, picking up another two letters each time someone has used all their chosen letter tiles. The winner is the player with the highest score based on the face value of all the letters they've used, minus their leftovers. It's a real hoot and, compared to regular Scrabble, over in a flash.
By Geraldine Massey - senior reviewer
Thursday, 14th of July @ 10:17 pm
scrabble
By rich10 - reader
Monday, 18th of July @ 07:47 pm
I think with the current iPhone phenomenon that is Words with Friends sweeping not only Australia but the world, the answer would have to be an unparalled and emphatic Scrabble.
By Alexander Lewandowski - senior reviewer
Saturday, 30th of July @ 04:01 am
Monopoly teaches you to plan your life and it's always different. However, I'm intrigue by Ouija (thought have never tried)
By Justine Kelly - senior reviewer
Monday, 18th of July @ 01:51 am
Balderdash!! Definitely, sure to provide good laughs and insight at how good you're friends are at lying- win win!
By happy16 - reader
Wednesday, 27th of July @ 10:36 am
Monopoly teaches you to plan your life and it's always different. However, I'm intrigue by Ouija (thought have never tried)
By Justine Kelly - senior reviewer
Monday, 18th of July @ 01:51 am
Shut the Box, and 3D Noughts and Crosses are great pub games
By CaryG - reader
Tuesday, 9th of August @ 01:24 pm
We own a board game called Therapy. Essentially the players ask each other personal, revealing questions - a bit like Scruples, but worse. I'm not sure I'd exactly recommend it. While it's sort-of fun, it can lead to all kinds of trouble...
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Friday, 2nd of September @ 06:33 am
I am not one to usually play board games, but they're a great investment for those more financially "squeezed" times. My personal favourite is articulate, where one must split the group into two teams and you compete to guess what your team member is attempting to get you to articulate. There are rules such as no rhyming or relatives of the same word and you can't say any of them or you pass your turn and can't move forward on the board. Overall a very fun and great board game.
By Maz Serena Rockers - senior reviewer
Monday, 5th of December @ 10:26 am
Carcassonne
By joobo - reader
Wednesday, 28th of December @ 12:20 pm
monoply city
By Anonymous
Monday, 12th of September @ 08:35 am
scrabble
By dn070 - reader
Thursday, 6th of October @ 04:51 pm
balderdash
By andyb2 - reader
Friday, 2nd of December @ 10:17 am
We just purchased a relatively new game on the market called 'Ticket to Ride'. Totally Awesome game! We play it 2-3 times a week. We have 10 y.o.'s and up. Simple to play but uses strategy slightly more complex than monopoly. It certainly brings the personality traits out to the fore. You see the perfectionists, the cheats, the manipulators, the sweet ones. Very fun game.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 5th of January @ 11:58 pm
My favourite is Scrabble, but ones that I love that you have not mentioned are Rummicube and Triominoes. They are played with numbered counters. Rummicube is basically like the card game Rummy, and Triominores is where you have triangular counters with the numbers 1 to 5, and have to match your counters up to the right numbers.
By Bryony Harrison - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 25th of September @ 05:41 pm

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