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Free Board Games
Free board games available via the Net, covering a wide range of genres and styles.

Play Board Games Online
Play dozens of games live on the Web -- against the computer or another human.

Backgammon
Backgammon is one of the earliest track or race games, a family which includes other classics like Parchesi. Learn strategy, find online opponents and more.

Battleship
The classic game of naval battle lives on both as a board game and a computer game.

Checkers and Draughts
Checkers (aka Draughts) dates back to at least the sixteenth century. This page includes links to rules, places to play online, and more.

Mah Jongg
The classic tile game in all its many permutations.

Monopoly
Control the real estate and you control the world. An all-time classic. This page includes information about playing online, the CD-ROM, the game's history, collecting Monopoly and more.

Risk
Conquer the world with Risk, the classic board game of global domination. Rules, variants, strategy tips and more.

Scrabble
The world's most popular word game. Dictionaries, rules, tournaments and more.

Settlers of Catan
Random board layouts, terrific player interaction and a nice combination of skill and luck have made The Settlers of Catan a modern classic.

Stratego
Annotated links to online resources for Stratego, "the classic game of battlefield strategy."

More Board and Card Games: A to Z
A list of board and card games for which this site offers expanded collections of resources, with links to pages which offer more basic information and reviews on dozens of other games.

Abstract Board Games
Relatives (close and distant) of games like checkers and chess. Good for various skill levels.

Card Games
A site devoted to card games, including Bridge, Poker, Rummy, Pinochle, Hearts, Spades and more.

Detective and Police Board Games
Board games involving detectives, the police and/or master criminals. Plenty of good, clean fun.

Party Games
Games designed to be played with large groups and simple rules, including Pictionary, Scruples and Taboo.

Trivia Games
All about Trivial Pursuit and other games that reward knowledge of the esoteric.

War Games
Links to resources for board, card and computer games that fall into the genre or wargames. All sorts of wars -- past and future -- are included.

More Games by Category
Links to information about and resources for many categories of board games, such as medical games, party games, trivia games and more.

Clubs and Associations
Local, national and international organizations dedicated to boardgaming. Many of the clubs are fairly informal groups of friends who meet regularly to play games.

Collecting Board Games
Resources to help you start, grow and maintain a collection of board games.

Companies and Publishers
The companies responsible for publishing our favorite games.

Finding Hard-to-Locate Board Games
Resources to help locate hard-to-find board games, including some simple tips, links to online outlets for used games and much more.

Inventor and Designer Resources
How to design, manufacture and sell your own board game. Resources for designers at every stage -- from rookies to seasoned veterans.

News and Opinion - Board and Card Games
How to find the latest from the world of board games and card games.

Rules and Instructions for Board Games
Links to the rules and instructions for board games of all types, including classic and modern games.

Just for Fun - Games About Board Games
A collection of games based on board games -- trivia quizzes, photo guessing, and more!

Aladdin's Dragons by Richard Breese
Information about the board game Aladdin's Dragons, designed by Richard Breese and released in 2000.

American International Toy Fair
Coverage of the annual American International Toy Fair held each February in New York City.

Animal Board Games
Animals have always been a popular theme for board game designers. These games offer animal themes including cats, mice, dragons, dinosaurs and more.

Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples is an excellent party game in which players choose a card from their hand which contains an noun can be described by the adjective played by the judge.

Axis and Allies
A collection of resources for players of the classic game Axis and Allies.

Beyblades
Beyblades are spinning, fighting, customizable and inexpensive tops originally from Japan.

Bible Board Games
Religion and board games may seem like a strange mix at first, but these games all have a connection to the Bible.

Blood Bowl
It's humans vs. orcs (or elves or dwarves) in this rugby game set in the Warhammer universe.

Button Men
Button Men is a quick combat game from Cheapass Games. Each player uses a character pictured on a button, and rolls a set of dice representing the power and/or speed of that character.

Car Wars
In Car Wars, players duel to the death in an assortment of wild automobiles.

Carcassonne by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
The game Carcassonne won the 2001 Spiel des Jahres award, Germany's Game of the Year. It's a quick and fun tile-laying game set in a medieval French city.

Cartagena by Leo Colovini
Information about the board game Cartagena, designed by Leo Colovini and released in 2000.

Clip Art
Links to game-related clip art, including dice, cards, pawns, chess pieces, and more.

Chess and Variants
Links to resources for Chess, Shogi (Japanese chess), Xiangqi (Chinese chess) and other Chess-related games.

Clue and Cluedo
The classic game of whodunit, known as Clue in the U.S. and Cluedo in the U.K. I say Mr. Green in the kitchen with the rope. Or Miss Scarlet in the lounge with the wrench.

Cosmic Encounter
Players are aliens trying to conquer the universe. Includes links to many expansion sets.

Crokinole
Crokinole is a dexterity game played on a round board by two to four people. The goal is to flick your discs into good positions while knocking your opponents' discs into bad positions. Highly addicting.

Designers of Board Games
Sometimes the people who design the games we play don't get enough credit. This page includes links to a bit more about them.

Dice Games
Information about games which rely heavily on the roll of the dice to determine the outcome.

Dinosaur Board Games
Links to information about board games which feature a dinosaur theme.

Diplomacy
Can you trust your fellow players as you try to conquer Europe? The answer to that question lies at the heart of any game of Diplomacy.

Economic Board Games
In 1883, George Parker (later joined by his brother Charles in the game business) published the board game Banking. Ever since, games with economic themes have been a staple.

Electric Football
Forget the incessant buzzing and concentrate on strategy: one of the all-time classics still has a lot of life in it.

Epic Duels - Star Wars
This game allows players to pit a wide variety of Star Wars characters against each other.

Foosball - Table Soccer
Foosball, also known as table soccer, is a serious pursuit for some. Spinning those little soccer players can be addicting, after all.

Formula De
This clever Formula One racing game incorporates a unique dice system as players complete a circuit of one, two or three laps trying to finish ahead of their competitiors.

Game Histories
Board games have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. Trace some roots with these sites.

Gamers' Choice Awards
A look at the Gamers' Choice Awards, handed out annually by the Strategy Gaming Society.

Girl Genius: The Works by James Ernest
Information about the game Girl Genius: The Works, designed by James Ernest of Cheapass Games and released in 2001.

Ghettopoly
Information about the game Ghettopoly, which attracted a lot of attention in late 2003 when the NAACP decried the game as racist.

Ghost Chase by Kai Haferkamp
Information about the board game Ghost Chase, designed by Kai Haferkamp and released in 2001.

Go
One of the all-time classics; first played in China more than 4,000 years ago.

Harry Potter Games
Games based on the series of Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling, including Mystery at Hogwarts and others.

HeroClix
HeroClix is an adaptation of the Mage Knight gaming system to be used with characters from the Marvel Comics universe and other fantasy characters.

Hex
The abstract board game Hex, designed by Piet Hein around 1940, never ends in a draw. The rules are simple, but the strategy is deep.

Knights by Michael Schacht
Information about the game Knights, designed by Michael Schacht and released in 2001.

Lord of the Rings
Information about the board game Lord of the Rings, designed by Reiner Knizia and released in 2000, as well as other LotR-related games.

Mafia Board Games
A collection of links to Mafia-themed board and card games, including Chicago Way and Family Business.

Mancala
One of the most ancient of board games, Mancala has been played in Africa for thousands of years.

Marbles
Children have been playing with marbles for centuries. These links take you to the best marble resources on the Net.

Medical Games
Games with a medical theme, ranging from hospital-based games to an 1800s gothic horror style game called Pain Doctors.

Meridian by Leo Colovini
Information about the board game Meridian, designed by Leo Colovini and released in 2001.

Nine Men's Morris
A competitor for the title of "oldest board game," Nine Men's Morris dates back to 1440 BC and ancient Egypt.

Octi
Octi is an abstract board game packed with tactical and strategic decisions, designed by Don Green.

Paper and Pencil Games
Paper and pencil games are, naturally, those that can be played with just paper and a pencil. Here are links to many of the best paper and pencil games.

Parcheesi and Pachisi
In this game, also known as The Royal Game of India, players compete to move four pawns into their home base.

Pass the Pigs
In this fun dice game, players roll two small rubber pigs, building their score but always at risk of hitting a "pig out" and losing their points.

Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory: The Great War 1914–18 is an award-winning war game designed by Ted Racier and published by GMT Games.

Pente - Gomoku - Renju
A trio of classic five-in-a-row games; think expanded tic-tac-toe with much more strategy.

Play Board Games by Email
Links to resources which allow you to play a wide variety of board games via email.

Pop Culture Board Games
Board games have always been a reflection of society. These games are based on modern pop culture figures like the Simpsons, Star Wars and Austin Powers.

Powerpuff Girls Games
Information about board games related to The Powerpuff Girls, including Saving the World Before Bedtime and Mojo Jojo Attacks Townsville.

Puerto Rico
Players take one of several roles - prospector, governor, settler, or trader in this strategy game. They all have the same goal: to accumulate the most wealth.

Railroad Games
Build a railroad empire while putting your competitors out of business.

Reversi and Othello
Reversi, also known as Othello, is a deceptively simple game in which players try to capture as many squares as possible by placing and flipping two-sided pieces.

RoboRally
Players program robots to race across the boards, encountering traps, tricks, and each other in this fast-paced game.

Roller Coaster Tycoon
The popular CD-ROM game is available as a board game. Players move throughout an amusement park under construction, bidding for ownership to construct rides.

San Marco by Moon and Weissblum
Information about the board game San Marco, designed by Alan R. Moon and Aaron Weissblum and released in 2001.

Sid Sackson Game Collection Auction
Information about and photos of the auction of Sid Sackson's game collection, which was believed to be the largest in the world with more than 18,000 games in all.

Shopping for Board Games
Online stores and auction sites which deal in new and used board games, including American games and European/German games. Also includes sellers of game parts.

Sports-Themed Board Games
Baseball, football, basketball, golf, rodeo and more -- it's all covered here in a cool board game format.

Software - Shareware, Freeware, More
Shareware, freeware and commercial versions of a wide variety of board games.

Spy Games
Sneak around the world, visiting exotic locations and making sure you kill before being killed. All in a day's work.

Star Wars Board Games
Board games and other games set in the Star Wars universe.

Survivor
The CBS television series Survivor generated a lot of interest, a board game spinoff, and more. These links are to game-related aspects of Survivor.

Tiddlywinks
More than just flicking counters into a cup, Tiddlywinks is a game which involves both manual dexterity and a combination of strategy and tactics.

Twister
When Milton Bradley first published Twister in 1966, some decried it as selling "sex in a box." But the game remains extremely popular.

Web of Power by Michael Schacht
Information about the board game Web of Power, designed by Michael Schacht and released in 2000.

Werewolf - Mafia
Resources for the party deduction and bluffing game known as Werewolf or Mafia, in which two players are Werewolves and the other players try to identify them.

Word Games
Information about games that rely on a knowledge of words, including Scrabble and other crossword games.

Wyatt Earp by Borg and Fitzgerald
Information about the game Wyatt Earp, designed by Richard Borg and Mike Fitzgerald and released in 2001.

Yahtzee
Yahtzee is a classic dice game in which players roll five dice and then can reroll some or all of the dice up to two more times, trying to get the best possible score in various categories.

Free Games - 8x8 Designs
A collection of games designed to be played on an 8x8 surface (e.g. a standard Checkers or Chess board) with items most gamers have around the house. The games range from abstract to German-style.

Free Games - Simultaneous Movement
A collection of free board games for two players, all with the theme of simultaneous movement -- both players move at the same time.

Free Games - Unequal Forces
A collection of free board games for two players, all with the theme of unequal forces -- each player has a different goal to win the game.

Free Games - from Cheapass Games
Links to pages at the Cheapass Games Web site where you can download free board games, dice games and card games.

Free Games - from Invisible City
A nice variety of free board games from a collective of artists, writers, game designers, and zine editors.

Free Games - from Off the Wall
Free board games available from Off the Wall, a company specializing in public domain abstract games.

Free Games - from Various Sources
Free board and table games available via the Net from various designers and publishers. Includes Ghoulash, Alien Abduction, and many more.

Playing Monopoly Online
How and where to play the classic board game Monopoly online.

Monopoly Rules and Variants
Monopoly: the official rules and unofficial variants.

Monopoly Collector Resources
Resources for Monopoly collectors and anyone interested in the various versions of this game.

Monopoly Computer Games
Links to Web pages devoted to various Monopoly CD-ROMs and computer games.

Monopoly History
A collection of links to sites about the history of the board game Monopoly, including the controversy over who really invented the game.

Monopoly News
News items about the board game Monopoly and related topics.

Monopoly - Official Hasbro Links
Official Hasbro links to Monopoly resources.

Play Games Online - Multi-Game Sites
Web sites which offer the opportunity to play a variety of board games and/or card games online.

Bridge
A collection of resources for Bridge players.

Euchre
A collection of resources for Euchre players.

Hearts
A collection of resources for players of the card game Hearts.

Rummy - Gin Rummy
A collection of resources for Rummy and Gin Rummy players.

Spades
A collection of resources for players of the card game Spades.

Settlers of Catan - Official Sites
Official resources for players of The Settlers of Catan (aka Die Siedler von Catan).

Settlers of Catan - Rules and FAQs
Rules for and FAQs related to The Settlers of Catan (aka Die Siedler von Catan).

Settlers of Catan - Strategy Tips
Links to a complete collection of online strategy tips for Die Siedler von Catan.

Settlers of Catan - Variants, Expansions
Alternative rules and official expansions for players of The Settlers of Catan (aka Die Siedler von Catan).

Trivial Pursuit
Trivial Pursuit, the grandaddy of modern trivia games, isn't the only way to prove that your brain is filled with useless information, but it may be the most fun.

Articles for Game Designers
Resources for aspiring board game inventors. This collection includes articles designed to provide insight into the process.

Design, Manufacturing and Supply Cos.
Companies who specialize in producing, manufacturing, and/or packaging board games, or in providing supplies for board games.

Interviews with Board Game Designers
Board and card game designers are not household names. But they deserve credit for creating some of the best entertainment available today. In these interviews, various board game designers talk about their craft.

Backgammon Articles and FAQs
Articles and FAQs (frequently asked questions) about backgammon.

Backgammon Clubs
Information and links related to backgammon clubs.

Playing Backgammon Online
Places you can play backgammon online, against a human opponent or against the computer.

Backgammon Rules
The rules to backgammon, both standard and tournament.

Backgammon - Basic Tips
Basic tips related to the game of Backgammon, including how to set up the board and how to use a doubling cube.

Auto Racing Board Games
Board games with an auto racing theme.

Baseball Board Games
Board games with a baseball theme.

Basketball Board Games
Board games with a basketball theme.

Football Board Games
Board games with a football theme.

Golf Board Games
Board games with a golf theme.

Horse Racing Board Games
Board games with a hrose racing theme.

Ice Hockey Board Games
A collection of links to web sites about board games related to ice hockey.

Rodeo Board Games
Board games with a rodeo theme.

Risk 2210 AD
An updated version of the classic board game Risk, Risk 2210 AD incorporates robot armies, underwater cities, and moon territories.

Risk - Collecting
Resources related to collecting the board game Risk.

Risk - Online and Computer Versions
Where you can place the board game Risk online or download a version for your computer.

Risk - Rules
A collection of links to the official rules and other rules resources for the board game Risk.

Risk - Strategy Tips
A collection of links to strategy tips for the board game Risk.

Risk - Variants
A collection of links to variants and alternative rules for the board game Risk.

Play Scrabble Online
A collection of annotated links to sites where you can play the word game Scrabble online.

Official Scrabble Links from Hasbro
Online resources for Scrabble, direct from Hasbro.

Scrabble Tools
Online tools to help players of Scrabble, the world's most popular word game.

Clue and Cluedo - CD-ROM
A collection of online resources for the CD-ROM version of the classic whodunit game Clue (known in Europe as Cluedo).

Cluedo - Classic Detective Game
A collection of online resources for the classic whodunit game Cluedo (known in the U.S. as Clue).

Clue and Cluedo - Characters
A collection of character profiles for the classic whodunit game Clue (known in Europe as Cluedo).

Play Checkers and Draughts Online
Links to sites where you can play checkers and draughts online, against both human and computer opponents.

Checkers Articles and History
A collection of annotated links to articles about the game of checkers, including several about the history of this board game.

Checkers Organizations and Associations
A collection of annotated links to federations, associations and organizations dedicated to checkers and draughts.

Checkers Rules and Variants
A collection of links to rules and variants for checkers and draughts. Includes the American rules, plus Canadian, Italian, Russian, Turkish and more.

Star Wars Board Game Ratings
A set of polls designed to gauge reaction to various board games set in the Star Wars universe.

American International Toy Fair 2004
Coverage of the 2004 American International Toy Fair in New York City.

American International Toy Fair 2003
Reports from the 2003 American International Toy Fair held in New York City.

American International Toy Fair 2001
Reports from the 2001 American International Toy Fair held in New York City.

American International Toy Fair 2000
Coverage of the 2000 American International Toy Fair held in New York City.

Diplomacy Organizations
These organizations are devoted to the promotion of Avalon Hill's classic game of Diplomacy.

Play Diplomacy Online
Playing Diplomacy online, either via email or over the Web.

Strategy for Diplomacy
A collection of the best online resources for helping improve your strategy in playing the board game Diplomacy.

Variants for Diplomacy
A collection of variants and alternative rules for the board game Diplomacy.

All Game Reviews - A to Z
Every board game and card game review published on the About.com Board/Card Games site, listed in alphabetical order.

Children's Game Reviews
Reviews of board games and card games designed specifically to be played by children.

Designer Game Reviews
Reviews of designer board games and card games, also known as German games. These games are generally strategic in nature, usually play in less than 90 minutes, and tend to keep all players in the game until the end.

Family Game Reviews
Reviews of board games and card games which can be enjoyed by the entire family, including 1313 Dead End Drive, the Powerpuff Girls games, and more.

Party Game Reviews
Reviews of party games, games which are great for social gettogethers when the goal is to have fun.

Trivia Game Reviews
Reviews of trivia games, including games based on general knowledge, pop culture, quotations, and more.

Two-Player Game Reviews
Reviews of board games designed specifically for two players or which are exceptionally good with two players.

War and Battle Game Reviews
Reviews of board games and card games with a war, battle or combat theme.

4-Star Board Game and Card Game Reviews
Reviews of board games and card games which have earned an excellent rating -- 4 or 4.5 stars out of 5.

5-Star Board Game and Card Game Reviews
Reviews of board games and card games which have earned a perfect rating -- 5 stars out of 5.

Book Reviews - Board and Card Games
Reviews of books written about board games and card games.

Board Games Top Picks by Award
Several boardgame awards are presented each year, honoring the best of the best among new games. These "Top 5" lists choose the very best of those games that have already won prestigious awards.

Board Games Top Picks by Designer
This set of "Top 5" boardgame lists looks at specific game designers, including Reiner Knizia, Alan R. Moon, Sid Sackson and others.

18xx Railroad Board Games
Links to resources for a series of railroad games known collectively as 18xx games because they're set in the 19th century.

Stratego CD-ROM and Computer Games
Links to resources for the CD-ROM and other computer versions of the board game Stratego.

Play Stratego Online
Links to places where you can play the board game Stratego online.

Play Pente, Gomoku and Renju Online
A collection of sites where you can play Pente, Gomoku and Renju (the family of five-in-a-row games) online.

Free Games - from Emmor Ray Sperry
Pages where you can download free board games and table games designed by Emmor Ray Sperry.

Game Histories - A through F
Information on the history of board games, including Alquerque, Backgammon, Chaturanga, Chess, Dogs and Jackals, and Domino games.

Game Histories - G through M
Links to additional information about the history of board games beginning with the letters G through M.

Game Histories - N through R
Links to additional information about the history of board games beginning with the letters N through R.

Game Histories - S through Z
Links to additional information about the history of board games beginning with the letters S through Z.

Game Histories - Discussions of Multiple
Links to additional information about the history of board games.

Game Companies and Publishers: A-C
Letters A through C of an alphabetic directory of links to companies which publish board games and card games.

Game Companies and Publishers: D-F
Letters D through F of an alphabetic directory of links to companies which publish board games and card games.

Game Companies and Publishers: G-I
Letters G through I of an alphabetic directory of links to companies which publish board games and card games.

Game Companies and Publishers: J-L
Letters J through L of an alphabetic directory of links to companies which publish board games and card games.

Game Companies and Publishers: M-O
Letters M through O of an alphabetic directory of links to companies which publish board games and card games.

Game Companies and Publishers: P-R
Letters P through R of an alphabetic directory of links to companies which publish board games and card games.

Game Companies and Publishers: S-V
Letters S through V of an alphabetic directory of links to companies which publish board games and card games.

Game Companies and Publishers: W-Z
Letters W through Z of an alphabetic directory of links to companies which publish board games and card games.

Play Reversi and Othello Online
Resources for players who want to enjoy Reversi and Othello online.

Game Clubs
Annotated links to local board game clubs around the world and to articles designed to help you start or improve your own game club.

Associations and Federations
Links to board game associations and federations around the world. These organizations generally have a national or international scope.

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