Tag: Classic Games

Cartridge Capers: Final Fantasy

Cartridge Capers: Final Fantasy

I didn’t grow up playing these old systems or the newer systems, so my knowledge of Final Fantasy going into playing Final Fantasy Mystic Quest first and now Final Fantasy was pretty limited. I did know about their turn based combat and targeting that they use, but […]

Cartridge Capers: Mortal Kombat

Cartridge Capers: Mortal Kombat

Woo, I’m impressive, I’ve beat Mortal Kombat, right? Well, no, mainly, I’m not that good at these games, so I realized that it’s not going to be me playing through all of these games completely, otherwise I’d never write any Cartridge Capers. Instead, I did […]

Board Game Types: Classic Games

Board Game Types: Classic Games

Board games have been around for a long time. And while there has been a renaissance in board games, there are many classic games that we know. Monopoly, Scrabble, and Clue are some of the best-selling games of all time, and it is pretty common to see at least one of those games in a lot of peoples’ places. So do these games still have a place on a modern board game shelf, or have newer board games passed them up? There are a lot of them to dig through, and how do you know what the good ones are?

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Do Classic Board Games have a Spot on Your Shelf?

I think that there is room for those game to show up still. However, it is a select few classic games that I still have on my shelf. Games that come down to random luck and die rolls, such as Monopoly, aren’t all that exciting for me to play anymore. But that is only one style of classic games; some are luck-based and some are strategy-based. On my shelf, we have more of the strategy-based games. I still own Stratego, Risk, and Scrabble. Why do I own those? Because they are generally higher strategy games. There is a downside to this, though — because they are high-strategy games, it is going to be only some people who you can play these games with.

Is This A Good Spot to Find Family Games?

Image Source: How Stuff Works
Image Source: How Stuff Works

Yes and no. There are a lot of Euro-style games that are going to be great for families and families with younger kids. A game like Tsuro can take over for a game like Chutes and Ladders, and would be more entertaining for adults as well. However, there are some games like Scrabble that can work as your kids get older, and Yahtzee makes a lot of sense for a fun family-time game. Classic board games also make a lot of sense if you jump into classic card games as well. Uno, Skip-bo, Dutch Blitz, and Phase 10 are great games to jump into with your kids, and ones that kids can pick up quite quickly.

What Games Should I Get?

There are a few good options, and some to avoid. You’re probably pretty familiar with a lot of them, but the best rule of thumb is to reduce the amount of luck-based classic board games you own, and find games that have more strategy. Games like Yahtzee and Scrabble have enough of both luck and strategy to make them enjoyable games to play over time. And games like Uno, Skip-bo, and other card games are pretty fast and have, again, some level of strategy with a little bit of luck.

Phase 10 or 5 Crowns are both similar card games in which you are trying to complete different sets and runs. They last quite a long time, but they are games that are easy to start playing one day and continue later, as the rounds for both of the games go by pretty quickly, even if the whole game lasts longer. 5 Crowns is probably the one that I’d recommend, as it is a bit simpler and goes faster.

Image Source: LVA
Image Source: LVA

Yahtzee is another really good game. The rolling of the dice creates that random luck-based aspect, so even someone who can’t do the math in their head can do really well in the game. But there are statistics and probability that go into Yahtzee, so if you want to run the numbers and come up with the best strategy, you can do that as well.

Finally, Scrabble is a great word game, and getting a basic Scrabble set is nice. You can play your standard game of Scrabble with it, as well as play Bananagrams without having to get a second game. If you only like Bananagrams, you can just get that version, but getting the base Scrabble game means that you have the flexibility to play either way. And if you don’t like Scrabble all that well because you don’t know long or rare words, remember that sometimes making multiple short words on your turn yields better results than a longer word.

What classic board games do you still have around?

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