Board games are a vanishing breed. At one point it would probably be safe to say that almost any home contained several board games that were played often. Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk and others were common pastimes.
Today, board games are much less common. Part of it can be attributed to other diversions; radio and television, role-playing games and collectible card games, video games and computers and the Internet. But, the games are still there and are still played by many people.
Here are some of the games in my collection. Some are older games and others are still produced today. I like them because of their themes, unique components or just because they are fun to play. Click on any of the titles below to find out more.
- 4000 AD - An Interstellar Conflict Game
- Airline (MPH Games) - The Game of the Jet Age
- Airline (Mulgara) - ...a World of Fun and Danger
- Airport - The Airline Game
- Amoeba Wars - Game of Galactic Conquest
- Atlantis - Escape From the Sinking Island
- Battle of Stanrey - 3D Simulation Game Dougram
- Battlestar Galactica - The Game
- Bermuda Triangle - Sinister Mystery Cloud Swallows Ships
- Billionaire - Parker Brothers' Game of Global Enterprise
- The Case of the Elusive Assassin - An Ellery Queen Mystery Game (Ideal's Famous Mystery Classics Series)
- Convoy - The Naval War Game
- Cosmic Encounter - The Science Fiction Game for Everyone
- Counter Espionage - Identify and De-Activate
- Dark Shadows - The Game
- Dark Tower - A Fantasy Adventure Born of Electronic Wizardry
- Divers Down - An Educational Experience
- Dogfight - Air Battle Game of World War I
- Dune - Relive the Legend; Fulfill the Prophecy
- Enchanted Forest - A Treasure Hunt for All the Family
- Fu Manchu's Hidden Horde - A Doctor Fu Manchu Mystery Game
- Hotels - The Dimensional Game of High Rises and High Stakes
- Kreskin's ESP - Do You Have Extra-Sensory Perception?
- Lie, Cheat & Steal - The Game of Political Power
- Lost Treasure - The Electronic Deep Sea Diving Game
- Manhunt - The Electric Computer Detective Game
- Murder on the Orient Express - A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Game (Ideal's Famous Mystery Classics Series)
- Power Barons - A Challenging Game of International Rivalry
- Prize Property - The Land Development Game
- Project CIA: The Secret Formula - A Spy Training Game
- Project KGB: The Double Agent - A Spy Training Game
- Radar Search - Strategy and International Espionage on the High Seas
- Scotland Yard - A Compelling Detective Game
- The Settlers of Catan - A Game of Discovery, Settlement and Trade
- Shadowlord! - The Ultimate Struggle for the Ultimate Prize
- Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Deduction and Suspense
- The Sherlock Holmes Game - The Game of Adventure and Deduction
- Situation 4 - Parker Brothers' Action Puzzle Game
- Situation 7 - Parker Brothers' Space Puzzle Game
- Source of the Nile - Game of African Exploration in the 19th Century
- Square Mile - Land Development Game
- Summit - The Top Level Game of Global Strategy
- Super Spy - The Electric Alarm Game
- Supremacy - The Game of the Superpowers
- Time War - A Game of Time Travel and Conflict
- Ultimate Golf - The Ultimate Game
- The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau - The Game
- Why? - Solve the Mystery of the Ghosts - Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Game
- Wide World Travel Game - Parker Brothers' Air Travel Game
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I can\'t agree with your comment that board games are a vanishing breed. This is a real spring time for board games. The number of publishers, designers and players has been steadily rising for at least a decade and some board games are even finding their way into mainstream shops like ToysRUs and Waterstones.
Have a look at this link to see some of this year\'s new releases announced at the Nuremberg game fair (keep clicking on the \'Next Page\' link to see it all):
There has never been a better time to be a board gamer (except that we tend to be spending more than ever on these marvellous new designs).
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