THE BEST Board Games

Game Card + Token Trays

Game Card + Token Trays

Etsy seller Casiopea3D makes these 3D-printed trays for keeping your cards and tokens neat and tidy when playing tabletop games. Each one has three card slots and four token trays. Measures appx. 7.9″ w x 2.4″ d. Sold in sets of two or more in a variety of colors.

Rolz Chess/Checkers Set

Rolz Chess/Checkers Set

Umbra’s modern board game features a smart design for easy carrying while still offering a solid and stable surface when playing. Its board is made from vegan leather, which is attached to a segmented wooden base. When not in use, roll it up, store the pieces inside its center, and attach the end caps.

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Darkboard Game Boards

Darkboard Game Boards

Darkboard offers a bold take on board game design. These eye-catching boards are made from laser-cut acrylic which sit on a backlit base. The designs create the illusion of depth and can be swapped out between Chess, Surakarta, Ludo (Parcheesi), and Nine Men’s Morris boards. Each set includes 32 acrylic chess pieces.

World’s Smallest Board Games

World’s Smallest Board Games

If you’re used to losing game pieces from your board games, then you definitely will want to skip these tiny games. Super Impulse makes teensy weensy versions of Scrabble, Monopoly, and Operation, each of which is guaranteed to frustrate, and should probably be played with tweezers.

Magnetic Wall Chess Board

Magnetic Wall Chess Board

This fun chess set lets you enjoy a game without taking up table space. Made by Winding Hills Designs, the wall-mounted chess set features a metal backer under its printed black and white squares, allowing its magnetic pieces to hold in place. They also make versions in white, brown, and one that comes with checkers.

KLASK Magnetic Battle Game

KLASK Magnetic Battle Game

This fast and frantic tabletop game from Denmark shares elements with air hockey and foosball but is also its own unique thing. Players use a magnetic handle to move their pieces from underneath the board as they attempt to score goals while defending their own. The game comes in both a 2-player and a 4-player version.

The Complete Chess Learning Bundle

Now that you’ve binged The Queen’s Gambit, are you ready to break out your chess set and get in on the action? This series of online lessons will help you learn everything from the basics to advanced chess-playing tactics from expert players. In all, there are more than 120 hours of instruction in this bundle.

Operation: The Nightmare Before Christmas Edition

Operation: The Nightmare Before Christmas Edition

This special edition of the surgery board game Operation puts Oogie Boogie on the operating table. As you cut into the burlap baddie from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ll find his insides are filled with snakes, bones, spiders, scorpions, bats, and bugs.

Photon LED Chess Board

Photon LED Chess Board

Between the popularity of The Queen’s Gambit and quarantining, there’s no better time to improve your chess game. This chess set from Showcase Plastics has a 12″ x 12″cast acrylic board with LED lighting. It’s available in a choice a variety colors for each side of the board, and includes a set of laser-cut acrylic chess pieces.

The Shining Board Game

The Shining Board Game

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So take a break from your job and bust out this challenging board game based on the Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick horror classic. Naturally, the game is set in the creepy Overlook Hotel, where you and your friends must work together to survive the winter without losing your minds.

Upzone Pop-up Game Terrain System

Upzone Pop-up Game Terrain System

If you love tabletop role-playing games, you know how setting up a terrain system takes lots of time and space. Upzone offers a complete terrain system that folds up flat when not in use. The sets come in three styles: Dungeon Zone, Cathedral Zone, and Ancient Zone, each of which forms a 60″ x 44″ playing surface.

Wood Stratego Set

Wood Stratego Set

Stratego is one of our all-time favorite board games. If you love the game too, then check out VikingCarpenter’s very special version, which features laser-engraved pieces and a 3-dimensional board, all packed in a handsome wood box, embellished with a vintage cannon.

2-in-1 Chess + Checkers Set

2-in-1 Chess + Checkers Set

Designed by artist Panisa Khunprasert, this reversible chess and checkers set features a bold color scheme and modern, minimal iconography. Both the playing pieces and board are made from sustainably-grown rubberwood, and the board slides open to provide storage. Measures 8.75″w x 8.75″d x 1.75″h.

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A Game of Cat & Mouth

A Game of Cat & Mouth

This two-player game from the creators of Exploding Kittens is basically a lo-fi version of air hockey with a little pinball thrown in. Players use their magnetic cat paw catapults to fling balls onto their opponent’s side, with the objective of hitting various combinations of balls onto your opponent’s side.

Kabuto Sumo Board Game

Kabuto Sumo Board Game

The guys behind BoardGameTables.com have created a fun, family-friendly game that anyone can play in about 15 minutes. In Kabuto Sumo, players take on the role of some badass beetles, and attempt to push their opponents out of the ring. Each wrestler disc has a unique shape and a special power that affects their moves.

Arcade1Up Infinity Gaming Table

Arcade1Up Infinity Gaming Table

Home arcade company Arcade1up has created a tabletop gaming system that lets you play digital versions of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and more. It will come in 24″ and 32″ versions, both with a touchscreen with tactile feedback, and Wi-Fi connectivity for downloading games and other content.

Crownes Chess Set

Crownes Chess Set

It’s fun to play a game of chess in the park. But carrying around a full-size chess set can be a pain. This cleverly-designed set features a roll-up board and pieces that stack inside of each other inside of a tube. Choose from steel, zinc, or plastic pieces, leather, PU leather, or silicone board, and a leather or polyester case.

Racekart Riot

Racekart Riot

Do you love games like Mario Kart? Gatwick Games, creators of Dungeon Royale, attempt to capture the thrill of these multiplayer racers with their board game Racekart Riot. Players compete to complete laps while collecting items like bananas, eggs, and bombs to take down opponents. Coming soon to Kickstarter.

The Thing: The Board Game

The Thing: The Board Game

Pendragon Game Studio presents a fantastic looking board game inspired by John Carpenter’s gruesome 1982 horror classic The Thing. Up to 8 players head to a research station in Antarctica to assume the roles of characters from the movie as the try and figure out who among them has been taken over by an alien parasite.

Monopoly: Beetlejuice Edition

Monopoly: Beetlejuice Edition

Enter the weird world of Tim Burton as the Maitlands try to scare off their home’s new owners. This special edition of the classic property trading game has spaces based on characters and locations from the classic dark comedy, along with tokens inspired by things like Lydia’s camera and the Handbook for the Recently Deceased.

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Monopoly National Parks Edition

Monopoly National Parks Edition

This special edition of the classic board game Monopoly features locations and imagery from iconic U.S. National Parks, from Glacier National Park to the Grand Canyon. Game tokens include a ranger’s hat, a camera, a bison, a tent, a canoe, and a hiking boot. A portion of proceeds goes to the National Park Foundation.

Monopoly: The Goonies

Monopoly: The Goonies

Hey You Guys! It’s a version of Monopoly, based on characters, story, and locations from the 1986 movie classic The Goonies. Properties include The Inferno and One-Eyed Willy’s Cabin, and tokens include the Statue of David, Chester Copperpot’s Key, the Gold Doubloon, Little Girl’s Bike, Skull and Crossbones, and Willy’s Eye Patch.

LEGO Ideas Battle Brick Game

LEGO Ideas Battle Brick Game

You can pick up the classic board game Battleship for under $30, or you could build your own from LEGO bricks. Designed by engineer Aaron Glafenhein, the Battle Brick Game set is made using 2,980 pieces, and includes two folding game boards with built in storage compartments. Show your support for the concept on LEGO Ideas.

Mini Flip Cup Set

Here’s a fun way to take one of America’s favorite party games anywhere – with a miniature version of Flip Cup. The wooden board has rubber feet to keep it from slipping, eight cup flippers, and comes with 20 reusable red mini party cups. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.

Shinola Travel Chess Set

Shinola Travel Chess Set

Shinola’s elegant travel chess set makes for a very special Father’s Day gift. It features a combination carry case and game board handmade from Navy and Bourbon leather, along with a debossed checkerboard surface and cutout slots for holding its resin game tokens, which flip over for a quick game of checkers.

Scrabble Road Trip Edition

Scrabble Road Trip Edition

This special travel edition of Hasbro’s classic crossword game Scrabble has a grid that locks its tiny tiles in place, so you can even play while in the back seat of a moving car or on top of the bed without worry. Its flip-out word trays and folding board also mean you can save your game and resume later.

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