Ask people to name a board game they like to play and you will most likely hear the name of the good old granny Monopoly, Cluedo and probably Scrabble. Surely, they may be your favorites too. But now it is time to change your life forever: here are five enthralling board games you may never even have heard of.
1. Ticket to Ride
One of the most successful products, released in 2004, this board game transforms players into 19th century rail magnates and offers them to cross North America with railway routes.
The rules are fairly, yet deceptively, straightforward. It is easy to learn, but hard to master. Ticket to Ride is played on a map of the United States and Canada, players receive cards with types of trains and need to make railway routes and earn points. Quite easy, eh? But do not be so overconfident. You can spend more than five hours building routes across the continent.
It is hard to believe, but more than six million people play this game, and you have never heard about Carcassone. Shame on you!
This game is a stimulator of medieval French landscape, where you draw and a place a terrain tiles. Knights, thieves, monks, farmers—this tile-based game has it all and every time presents you with a new scenario. Carcassone has already became a modern classic and a must-play.
3. Settlers of Catan
Designed by a German dental technician, The Settlers of Catan is a game, in which players try to establish a colony on a fictional island of Catan. This game immediately became successful and brought a number of new players to board gaming. It is a resource-management, social game in which you can test defferent plays styles. This game can be quite hardcore.
4. Survive: Escape from Atlantis
A super easy to learn and an absolutely fantastic game for playing with children: they will like the way you say “nom nom nom” when a shark eats one of the players.
As you might have already guessed, this board game is about the sinking Atlantis. Players must try to escape the sinking island. Sometimes it is quite funny, sometimes it makes you quite mad.
5. Merchant of Venus
Actually, the name of the game is a play on words and does not have relation to the contents of the game, as the planet Venus is not mentioned in it.
Anyway, Merchant of Venus can capture your attention for a whole day. Players have a ship and a big galaxy map to explore. They can improve and modify their ships, meet aliens, buy and sell goods.
Generally, Merchant is a classic trade game, but there are some exceptions: for example, you can have a cup of tea with an alien in a little ship floating around an asteroid.