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Top picks for board games and card games -- the best party games, best award-winning games, best games for family gatherings, and many more.
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Top 10 Most Significant Games Since 1800
My picks for the top 10 most significant board games and card games published since 1800.

Favorite Train Games - Board Games and Card Games
What are your favorite train games? Read other answers and share your own.

Why I Play Games
Readers talk about why they love to play board games and card games, even in this age of widespread technology and sophisticated video games.

Favorite Board Games and Card Games for Family Gatherings
Readers share their thoughts on the best board games and card games for family gatherings.

Alea Games - Top 5
Alea is a small German board game publisher, but they've published a series of board games that have received widespread acclaim among strategy gamers. These are my picks for the best Alea games.

Ancient Games - Top 5
These games are the classic classics -- board games that have been played for centuries. They all continue to delight modern-day gamers.

Animal Games - Top 5
Animal games may have cute artwork, but the gameplay can be as serious here as anywhere. My picks for the best animal-themed games include Frank's Zoo and four others.

Archeology Games - Top 5
Archeology became cool when Indiana Jones hit the big screen. These games bring the thrill of uncovering hidden treasure to your table; they are my picks for the best archeology games.

Austin Powers Games - Top 3
Raking in more than $70 million, Austin Powers in Goldmember set a record for the biggest opening weekend ever for a comedy. The International Man of Mystery has allowed his image to appear on these board games.

Bible Party Games - Top 5
Many party games can be easily converted to a Bible theme. These are my picks for the best party games with a Bible theme.

Bible Strategy Games - Top 3
There aren't very many strategy board games with specific ties to the Bible, but here are my picks for the best of the bunch.

Bluffing Games - Top 5
Bluffing is a crucial skill for poker -- and it also comes in handy when playing board games like Liar's Dice and our other picks for the best bluffing games.

Cat-Themed Games - Top 5
If you're a cat-lover, these games may be just what you're looking for. Here are my picks for the best cat-themed games.

Children's Word Games - Top 5
Word games are a great way to help young children learn how to read and spell, or to help older children really fall in love with words. Here are my picks for the best children's word games.

City-Based Games - Top 5
Some cities have a character all their own, making them a great location in which to set a novel -- or a board game. These are my picks for the best board games with strong ties to a specific city.

Auction Games - Top 5
Auction games require players to bid against one another to obtain the things they need to win. These games are about resource management -- but you also have to respond quickly to market forces. Here are my picks for the best five auction games.

City-Building Games - Top 5
One of the best things about playing board games is that they let you try things you'll never get to do in real life. Here's a look at the best games with a city-building theme.

Dexterity Games - Top 5
These games challenge players physically as well as mentally. A steady hand will help you win, and nerves are the enemy.

Dice Games - Top 5
The best games which rely almost entirely on the luck of the dice. Yahtzee is the grandfather of this category.

Dragon Games - Top 5
Dragons have been a part of legends for as long as legends have been told. The same qualities that make them good for stories make them good for board games. Here are my picks for the best games that incorporate dragons.

Drawing and Sculpting Games - Top 5
Pictionary is probably the best-known of these games, but there are several other games that challenge players to draw or sculpt in order to win. Here are my picks for the best drawing and sculpting games.

Economic Games - Top 5
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. Here are some of the very best.

Elvis Presley Board Games - Top 2
Elvis Presley was the undisputed king of rock and roll and appeared in 32 films. Here are the best board games which honor the memory of Elvis.

Exquisite Chess Sets - Top 5
Chess is a beautiful game, and it is sometimes played on extraordinarily beautiful boards with wonderful pieces. These are some of the best Chess sets available.

Farming Games - Top 5
There are games about nearly any theme, including farming. And these are my picks for the best farming games.

Fighting Games - Top 5
Fighting games provide a completely safe outlet for aggression, and allow us to indulge in fantasies we never could in real life. (When was the last time you had the opportunity to take part in a light saber fight?) These are my choices for the best fighting games.

Food Games - Top 5
When we're hungry, our minds generally turn to food. The designers of these games must have been hungry! Here are my picks for the best food-themed games.

Free Board Games - Top 10
There's a lot available for free on the Internet -- some good, some bad, some ugly. Here, in alphabetical order, are my picks for the Top 10 Best Free Board Games available over the Web.

Game Collecting Resources - Top 6
These are some of the best resources to help you protect and manage your game collection.

Game Show Games - Top 5
If you're a game show junkie, you already know the rules to these games. Here are my picks for the best game show board games.

Game-Related Comics - Top 3
Comics and games seem like a natural pairing. Games like Marvel HeroClix show that the two worlds can intersect in such a way that produces good games. And these comics show that the same can be true in reverse.

Games for 7 or More Players - Top 5
When you have a lot of players who want to play the same game, it can be a challenge. These are my picks for the best games which accomodate seven or more players.

Games for Dads - Top 5
Suggestions of some great games to buy for your dad.

Games for Family Gatherings - Top 10
When you get the whole family together, sometimes it can be difficult to choose a game to play. Sometimes it seems like you have too many people for a game, and sometimes everyone wants to play something different. Fret no more. Here are my picks for the best games to play at family gatherings.

Games for Grads - Top 5
Graduation is a big step in life, and it's a good time to focus on what's truly important -- including the ability to enjoy a great game. Here are some game gift suggestions for the graduate in your life.

Golf Games - Top 5
Golf is a sort of odd sport to make the transition to board games, but it has been converted numerous times, and some of those games are quite good. Here are my picks for the best golf games.

Haba Games - Top 5
Haba is a game publisher in Germany which specializes in children's games, but many of their games can also be enjoyed by adults. Here are my picks for the best games published by Haba.

Hand-Held Electronic Board Games - Top 5
Hand-held games are a great way to pass the time on a vacation, for you or your children. These are some of the best electronic hand-held board games available.

Harry Potter Board Games - Top 5
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books hit the pop culture scene like a revolution. And like any true phenomenon, they spawned a series of board games -- some better than others.

Horse Racing Games - Top 5
Horse racing is a sport that translates well to board games. These are my picks for the best horse-racing board games.

Introductory Designer (German) Games - Top 5
Never heard of designer games? You've been missing a lot. Do yourself a favor: Take a look at these five games and then discover an entire new world of gaming.

Best iPad Board Games and Card Games
These are my picks for the best board games and card games for the iPad. Many are also available for the iPhone and Android devices.

Kosmos Two-Player Games - Top 5
Kosmos is a German game publisher that has an entire line devoted to two-player games. Many of them are excellent; here are my picks for the best Kosmos two-player games.

Light Wargames - Top 5
If you enjoy games about combat, but don't want to spend an entire weekend recreating all the intricacies of a particular battle, these are my recommendations.

Loaded Dice Sources - Top 3
Are you unusually unlucky when it comes to rolling dice? Investing in a pair of dice that's more, uh, reliable might be just what you need.

Lord of the Rings Games - Top 5
The J.R.R. Tolkien novels set in the Lord of the Rings universe have captivated readers since they were first printed. With these games, you can recreate the LotR experience in another way. Here are my picks for the best games based on Lord of the Rings.

Maze Games - Top 5
Some games incorporate mazes into the gaming experience, often in creative ways. Here are my picks for the best maze games.

Maze-Like Connection Games - Top 5
They're not mazes, they're games. But Twixt, great as it is, is a connection game with no maze-like elements. So exactly what are these games? Well, these are my picks for the best maze-like connection games.

Modular Board Games - Top 5
Modular board games allow you to play on a new board each game, because the board is built fresh as you go. Here's a list of my five favorite modular board games.

Monopoly Books - Top 3
If you're interested in the history of Monopoly, or in making this board game even more fun to play, these books will help.

Monopoly Editions - Top 10
Dozens upon dozens of Monopoly editions have been published; these are my picks for the coolest. Some of these editions even include a special rule or two.

Most Popular Games on This Site - Top 10
These are the 10 most popular boardgames for visitors to the About Board Games site, based on usage logs.

Mouse Games - Top 5
Mice are an interesting subject for games, but they've also proven to be a fairly popular one. These are my picks for the best mouse games available.

Movie Games - Top 5
Apart from playing board games, one of my favorite pastimes is watching movies. Here are my picks for the best games for movie fans.

Movies About Board Games - Top 5
Not enough movies use board games as a central part of the plot. But these five movies do, and each is enjoyable in its own way.

Music-Related Games - Top 5
Music can soothe the savage beast, and it can also make for a fun game. These are my picks for the best music-related board games.

Must-Have Games - Top 10
If my game collection could only include 10 games, these are the games I would choose. They represent a variety of game genres, handle just about any number of players, and generally have excellent replay value.

Mystery Games - Top 5
One of the best aspects of board games is their ability to transport us into alternate realities. Some of my personal favorite games are those revolving around a mystery theme, putting players in the role of detective or spy.

Negotiation Games - Top 5
Some board games not only require you to implement a good strategy, they require you to negotiate with the very opponents you're trying to defeat. These are the best negotiation board games.

Offensive Board Games and Card Games
The most offensive board games and card games ever published.

Online Gaming Sites - Top 5
Playing board games online can be a lot of fun, no matter what kind of games you like best. These are the best places I've found to play board games online.

Party Games - Top 5
The goal of party games is to have a good time. Social interaction is emphasized over strategy and tactics; and the success of a game is measured more by how much you laugh than how well you do. These games should have you in stitches.

Political Games - Top 5
They say that politics makes for strange bedfellows. These political board games make for some good times. They are my picks for the very best political games.

Prehistoric Games - Top 5
Ever since their discovery, we've been fascinated by dinosaurs. These are the best games set in prehistoric times.

Race Games - Top 5
The category of racing games covers a fairly wide spectrum, much more than games about automobile racing. This list includes just one automobile-themed game and others that share the goal of crossing the finish line first.

Race Games - Top 5
The category of racing games covers a fairly wide spectrum, much more than games about automobile racing. This list includes just one automobile-themed game and others that share the goal of crossing the finish line first.

Railroad / Train Games - Top 5
Even in this age of air travel, railroads hold a certain magical appeal. These games, several of which focus on the business aspect of railroads, are my picks for the best train games.

Real-Time Games - Top 5
Some games are played in real time; that is, the amount of time it takes to play the game is similar to what it would take in real life. Generally, these games are very quick and meant to be played without much reflection. Here are my picks for the best real-time games.

Robot Games - Top 5
According to Isaac Asimov's laws of robotics, "A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." Of course, nothing says they can't destroy each other, which is exactly what they're designed to do in some of these games. Here are my picks for the best robot-themed board games.

Roman Games - Top 5
Rome is a popular setting for board games, and these are my picks for the best games set in ancient Rome.

Scrabble Books - Top 5
Scrabble is, hands down, the most popular word game in the world. These books can help improve your Scrabble skills; one puts you inside the minds of the top Scrabble players.

Settlers of Catan Games and Expansions - Top 5
The Settlers of Catan is a worldwide phenomenon. These are my picks for the best 5 Settlers of Catan games and expansions.

Short and Fast Games - Top 5
Sometimes, you just don't have a lot of time to play board games. When that happens to you, make sure you have one or more of these great short and fast games handy -- none of them take a long time to play (all can be completed in 5 to 10 minutes).

Simpsons Games - Top 5
The Simpsons are one of the most enduring families on television, and they've inspired the release of many toys and games. Here are my picks for the best Simpsons board games.

Spy Games - Top 5
Spy games give us a chance to do something we're quite unlikely to do in real life -- participate in espionage. These are my picks for the best spy board games.

Star Wars Board Games - Top 5
The Star Wars movies have provided inspiration for novels, comic books, and a wide variety of games. These are the best Star Wars board games ever published.

Storytelling Games - Top 5
Telling a good story is truly an art, and these games -- my picks for the best storytelling games -- challenge you to become a storyteller.

Television Trivia Games - Top 5
Many of us spend too much time watching television, and there's only one way to turn that time into something productive... playing board games where success is based on knowing too much about television shows. Here are my picks for the best telvision trivia games.

Travel Board Games - Top 5
When you hit the road, you might want to bring some of these games with you.

Trivia Games - Top 5
When Trivial Pursuit burst onto the scene in the 1980s, an entire genre of games was born. Television game shows based on trivia (Jeopardy, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, etc.) are more popular than ever. Bring the fun home.

Voting Games - Top 5
Games in which players vote on the outcome provide a unique experience. Here are the best of these voting games.

Word Games - Top 5
Games that focus on words have a special place in my heart. Scrabble tops this list, but take a peek and see what other word games deserve your attention.

Top 10 Press Your Luck Games
My picks for the top 10 press-your-luck board games and dice games, one of my favorite genres.

Top 10 Games with Cool Bits
It's almost possible for a game to make me drool, if the components (or "bits") are impressive enough. Here are my picks for the top 10 games with cool bits.

Top 10 Spooky Games
My picks for the top 10 spooky board games and card games.

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