board gamesGiven a little thought and just a little time, board games can be a truly wonderful way to spend precious time with your friends and family.

Indeed, there are many classic board games which have played an intricate part in the fabric of many people’s childhoods.

They are a great tool to help put people at ease or ‘break the ice’, and they can also really help to open up the channels of communication between new people, which helps to create connections and build bonds.

In this way they can be especially useful for the more timid, or shy, people in your lives. These types of people often benefit greatly from playing these games, as it gives them a way to interact with other people and be a part of everything. Board games enable them to do this without having to worry about feeling that pressure to perform, thanks to the fact that everyone’s attention is on the game and not on them personally.

A board game is loosely defined as ‘’a table top game that involves ‘counters’ or ‘pieces’ moved or placed on a pre-marked surface or ‘board’, according to a pre decided set of rules.’’

The outcome of these games is often down to pure chance, or at least contain an element of chance, whereas others are based on pure strategy.

Outlined below are three of the top pics to consider, when choosing a good board game to play with your friends or family.

Snakes and Ladders

This incredibly popular, luck based game is set out like a race, which is played by two or more players.

Originally invented in ancient India and now widely considered to be a true worldwide ‘old classic’, Snakes and Ladders is a great game to play with your younger friends or family members.

The ‘game board’ is divided into gridded and numbered squares and features a number of ‘Snakes’ and a number of ‘Ladders’, each of which connect one particular numbered square with another.

‘Snakes’ are considered bad luck as they send you spiraling, or sliding, backwards and away from the finish line of the game, which gives other players an advantage over you.

‘Ladders’ are considered much more fortuitous, as if these are landed upon then you clime them forwards by a number of squares towards the finish line, giving you an advantage over the other players.

Using the role of a dice to determine how many squares you travel, the main aim of the game is to be the first player to navigate your way from the starting square to the finishing square, all whilst being either helped by the ladders or hindered by the snakes.

It is widely believed that this game was originally meant to help teach players some basic lessons in morality. The player’s progression towards the finishing line, or finishing square, representing the journey of life, which could be made either more complicated by their ‘vices’ or ‘bad choices’ depicted by the snakes, or made easier by their ‘good choices’ or ‘virtues’ depicted by the ladders.

Monopoly

This, rather quirky and exciting game is good for everyone, all be it with a little extra parental guidance for younger players.

Licensed in a whopping 103 countries and printed in 37 different languages, Monopoly is easily one of the world’s most popular board games to date.

This fast-paced, fast-dealing, property trading game, which is derived from something called ‘The Landlord’s Game’, was created in the US by a woman called Elizabeth Magie back in 1903.

Though this two dice, two to six player game is in large part a game of random chance, it also tests your skills of negotiation, resource management and of course strategy.

In this now highly nostalgia filled game, players have to roll two six-sided dice and move around the outer edge of the game board. Whilst in this process they have to buy and trade properties, developing them by buying and placing houses and hotels on them.

Players also collect rent from any players who land on their properties, the main aim and goal of the game being to win by driving them into bankruptcy.

Amongst various other great little surprises and design triumphs from along the way, Monopoly has its own currency AND you can now purchase city, country or even film franchise specific Monopoly Game Boards to suit everyone’s tastes and interests.

Scrabble

For word game enthusiasts everywhere Scrabble is a fantastic way to test your brain and boost your imagination!

Scrabble’s game board is divided into a 15×15 grid of squares, some of which if used offer extra value to the letter placed on them, or, to the word as a whole.

Each Player is given seven letter tiles, each worth a certain value, which they use to bring to life different words and form them on the board.

This phantasmagorical game and boost for the board brain is played between two to four players and the aim is to be the player with the most collected points, for all of their wonderful words, when all the letters have been used up and as such the game is brought to an end.

Conclusion

There are, of course, many other very valid and honorable mentions: Chess, Checkers, BackGammon, Ludo, Cludo and Trivial Pursuit just to name a tiny few, but the three outlined above have proved themselves time and time again, as worthy of Top 3 Billing!