THE BEST Board Games

Making a Carbon Fiber Chess Piece

Making a Carbon Fiber Chess Piece

Jewelry designer Patrick Adair wanted to see if he could make a chess piece from a block of carbon fiber, so he set about carefully carving one on his lathe. Now we want a full set of pieces made from the stuff.

Custom Game of Thrones Catan Board

Custom Game of Thrones Catan Board

All men must trade. Redditor carlotta4th spent hundreds of hours learning the ins and outs of laser cutting to make a beautiful Settlers of Catan board game set with cities and settlements based on the major houses in Game of Thrones.

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Personalized Monopoly Board Game

Personalized Monopoly Board Game

Etsy shop CustomMadeKitsch makes personalized Monopoly board games. They’ll make practically everything – the locations, the game pieces, the board, the box – to your specifications. You can also order only a custom box or game pieces.

Making a Jumanji Board

Making a Jumanji Board

“Do not begin unless you intend to finish.” Prop maker and restorer Steven Richter made a screen-accurate replica of the Jumanji board game. Skip to 14:38 for the finished build. You can buy the game pieces and cover casting on his Etsy shop.

Bourbon Barrel Chess Set

Bourbon Barrel Chess Set

From Hungarian Workshop, the guys behind the beautiful the beautiful whiskey barrel adirondack chairs comes a wonderful wooden chess set, handmade from a reclaimed bourbon barrel.

Rick and Morty Clue

Rick and Morty Clue

Somebody stole the plans to Rick’s portal gun, and it’s up to you to figure out who the thief is, where they absconded with the plans, and what instrument they used to pull of the heist. There are six game pieces in the box… possibly more if it’s infected with parasites.

Dark Souls: The Board Game

Dark Souls: The Board Game

Prepare to dice. Steamforged Games translated the punishing, methodical and rewarding gameplay of the Souls series into a turn-based board game while adding cooperative play. The base set comes with 27 detailed miniatures, including 3 bosses and 4 mini-bosses.

Python-Opoly: Holy Grail Edition

Python-Opoly: Holy Grail Edition

Fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail will love this take on the classic Monopoly-style board game, featuring locations like the Castle Aaarrrggghhhh, and tokens based on the Trojan Rabbit, the Holy Hand Grenade, the Black Knight, half a coconut, and the Holy Grail itself.

Mod Acrylic Chess Sets

Mod Acrylic Chess Sets

We dig the ’70s retro-mod looks of these chess sets from AQuarterPastEight. Each 12.6″ square game board and its pieces are cut from clear or fluorescent acrylic sheets. You might want to grab some matching tic-tac-toe coasters for your coffee table.

Globe Chess Board

Globe Chess Board

Product design student Ben Meyers and his dad David teamed up to build this amazing wooden chess set which lets them play on a spherical board. Magnets under each space allow the board turned without the pieces falling off.

Nixie Chess Set

Nixie Chess Set

A truly unique chess set that uses old-school nixie tubes as its game pieces. Each tube displays a symbol on top representing its position, and they glow without wires or plugs thanks to wireless inductive power. Also available as a DIY Kit for about $300 less.

GKR: Heavy Hitters

GKR: Heavy Hitters

From special effects masters Weta Workshop comes Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters. It’s a board game about corporate mechs salvaging abandoned cities for profit. Pick your mech and pilot and either salvage the most resources or destroy the enemy mechs.

Playtable

Playtable

A 23.6″ full HD Android computer designed specifically for playing board games. It works with finger touches, game pieces and cards, and can store digital versions of physical board games. A $99 reservation gets you an early bird system for $250 off the MSRP.

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Deal: Mini Flip Cup Set

Deal: 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, has 8 flippers, and comes with 20 reusable red party cups.

Deal: Mini Beer Pong Travel Set

Deal: Mini Beer Pong Travel Set

Be ready for a pickup game wherever you go with this portable beer pong set. It has a built in stand for shot-sized cups, two launchers, and its balls are attached by tethers so you don’t have to go hunting for them under the table. Comes with 50 dishwasher safe cups.

City Chess Sets

City Chess Sets

AberuizDesign creates 3d printed sets of chess pieces and matching wooden boards based on American cities. Choose from Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego or San Francisco. You’ll need to buy both black and white sides separately, so they’re quite spendy.

Voronoi Chess Pieces

Voronoi Chess Pieces

Edge3D sells a ready-to-play 3D printed chess set using pieces derived from a using a Voronoi mathematical model to create holes in the pieces without destabilizing them. Available in several colors; chess board not included.

Duchess Gaming & Dinner Table

Duchess Gaming & Dinner Table

Board Game Tables’ convertible tabletop gaming table is made of rosewood, with a 3’x 5′ neoprene padded playing surface, and pop-out drink holders. It comes with a topper so you can use it as a normal dining table without disturbing the pieces on the playing surface.

Preset Chess

Preset Chess

Preset Chess combines magnets with an elegant storage box to eliminate set up time. Just flip the box over and the pieces will stick to the board in their right spots. When you’re done playing, just place the pieces back in their labeled compartments.

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

Share all of life’s most embarrassing and humiliating moments with your friends when you play a game of Never Have I Ever. This card game asks players to collect cards for each of the questionable life decisions you’ve made. First player to 10 cards wins the game.

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Million Dollars, But… the Game

Million Dollars, But… the Game

(PG-13: Language) Rooster Teeth parodies Apple’s ads to promote their new card game. It’s an Apples to Apples-style game based on their eponymous show. You combine cards to come up with a scenario that you would not do, even for a million bucks.

Hologrid: Monster Battle

Hologrid: Monster Battle

Inspired by his own holochess board from Star Wars, Academy Award winning effects wiz Phil Tippett is working with HappyGiant to create Hologrid Monster Battle, an augmented and virtual reality board game with collectible cards and battles between Tippett’s creatures.

DIY 2×4 Settlers of Catan

DIY 2×4 Settlers of Catan

YouTuber Make Crazydays made all of the components of the board game Settlers of Catan out of a single 96″x 2″x 4″ piece of wood. He got wood shavings from the block then ironed those flat to make the cards. Check out his guide on Instructables.

Cyanide & Happiness: Joking Hazard

Cyanide & Happiness: Joking Hazard

(Crude humor) A casual card game based on Cyanide & Happiness’ Random Comic Generator. Joking Hazard is a lot like Apples to Apples, except this time you’re forming a three-panel comic strip. The person who supplies the funniest third panel wins the round.

T.I.M.E. Stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

The board game equivalent of Choose Your Own Adventure books. Or Edge of Tomorrow. T.I.M.E. Stories is about time-traveling agents solving mysterious and exciting cases. If you die or run out of time, try again, armed with the knowledge from your previous run.

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