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The Wonderful (Much-Improved) World of Board Games

By: Mike Earl, CFP®, CPWA®

When I was growing up, the number of board games in common circulation in the US was rather limited. The perennial favorites were Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Sorry!, Connect 4, Uno, Jenga, Clue, The Game of Life, Monopoly, and Risk.

While each of those games is respectable in its own right, I’ve got news for you: the world of board games has gotten a lot more interesting in the past couple of decades. The challenge today is discovering the best games. On the website www.boardgamegeek.com, there are now more than 84,500 different board games ranked by gamers around the globe.

But don’t worry; The Wealth Group has you covered. Each of the games listed below can easily be bought on Amazon.

Best Games for Families with Young Children

1)      Ticket to Ride: Europe (2 to 5 - player game)

2)      Jaipur (2-player game)

3)      Patchwork (2-player game)

4)      Splendor (2 to 4 - player game)

5)      Love Letter (2 to 4 - player game)

Best Party Games (For Groups of Friends)

1)      Codenames (2 to 8 - player game)

2)      The Resistance (5 to 10 - player game)

Best Strategy Games (For the More Intense Gamers)

1)      7 Wonders (2 to 7 - player game)

2)      Carcassonne (2 to 4 - player game)

3)      The Settlers of Catan (2 to 4 - player game)

4)      Dominion: Intrigue (2 to 4 - player game)

5)      Stone Age (2 to 4 - player game)