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When I was around thirteen years of age, my two younger brothers and I would get together with a couple of friends to play a board game called HeroQuest and AD&D, a pen-and-paper RPG.

In 1996, my family migrated to Montréal, Canada. I continued playing AD&D as a way to learn French and to make friends, but once I started attending college, I lost contact with them. As a result, I stopped playing board games altogether. Video games took over as my main entertainment.

Fast forward fifteen years and my interest in electronic games has faded away almost entirely.

This seems to have happened to other people too, as we are witnessing a board game golden age.

There is a peculiar type of satisfaction in sitting down with friends to play a board game. In French the genre is called jeux de société, which is exactly why it is a success — a lot of gamers are tired of video games because of the lack of face-to-face interactions.

Ten board games you should have

Here are some games I think every board game enthusiast should have in their collection (in no particular order):

  1. Pandemic
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Lords of Waterdeep
  4. Castles of Burgundy
  5. 7 Wonders
  6. Ticket to Ride: Europe
  7. Small World
  8. Dominion and/or Star Realms
  9. Love Letter
  10. Terra Mysica

With these, you will have covered many of the genres.

Some online board game stores in Canada

Interested in board games and use Google Chrome?

I’ve made a small extension that might come in handy: Quick BGG Rating