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"You should come over for game night; I've got a great new Social
Deduction/Area Control RPG with added Deck Building and Worker Placement
mechanics. But with a bit of a Commodity Speculation twist. You'll love it!"

We are lucky enough to live in The Golden Age of Board Games, which are
Trendier Than Ever. Whatever type of game you're looking for, there's
something fun and creative out there for you. There are probably dozens or
even hundreds of new games vying for your attention in any given category.

It can get a bit overwhelming, especially when trying to describe a game to a
friend. Was it an Area Control Game or an Area Enclosure Game? What's the

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difference between a Deck Building Game and a Card Collecting Game,
anyway? The lines can get blurry, to say the least.

It's easy to divide and sub-divide these categories to an incredibly detailed
level of nuance. Some people separate Game Mechanics from Game Themes
or Categories, and there are valid reasons to do that. Not in this list.

Here at Nonstop Tabletop, we like simplicity. That's why we're providing you
with the definitive list of the types of board games that all tabletop players
should be familiar with. No fat, no filler, just a distilled list of the major board
game categories.

The Ten Types of Board Games Everyone
Should Know About

These are the definitive Ten Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know. Get ready to argue over why
we're wrong!

Roll and Move Games

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This type of game has fallen out of favor in a major way in recent years. Either way.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 3/21 . think of this one as the silent film of the Board Gaming world: it may be fun to revisit from time to time. The Game of Life (shudder). in large part due to luck playing a much larger role than strategy.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop You'll need beer to get through most Roll and Move games. Candyland. Zombies!!!. Candyland. Worker Placement Games https://nonstoptabletop. They can still be great early Gateway Games for kids. Clue. Talisman. Sorry!. Xia: Legends of a Drift System. Who Will Love Roll and Move Games Mainly non-gamers who remember these games fondly from childhood. Notable Roll and Move Games Monopoly. Clue. The Game of Life. Sorry!. Players may be racing from a start point to a finish line or racing to control resources. The Magic Labyrinth. as the heavy reliance on luck means that they always have a chance to win without pulling any punches. such as Camel Up or The Magic Labyrinth. See Should I Let My Kid Win At Board Games? for more insight on this issue. what you roll plays a large role in whether you win or lose. Though there are still some excellent recent examples of this. Camel Up. but times have changed and things have simply improved. Think the majority of the "Classic" Board Games: Monopoly. Roll and Move Games involve rolling dice (or spinning a wheel or drawing cards) to determine the number of spaces you may move in a primarily linear direction.

and you need to get to yours before someone else does. Le Harve.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Toil! Toil my pretties! Think of this one as a slower and more strategic game of musical chairs.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 4/21 . Lords of Waterdeep. Except you're not the one jumping into the chair. it's usually a territory on a board. In Agricola. Who Will Love Worker Placement Games Middle management. Caverna: The Cave Farmers. players take turns placing their family members on action spaces in an attempt to grow more food. Notable Worker Placement Games Agricola. Mint Works. Stone Age. leading to some strategic blocking. toiling away to help you accomplish your objectives. https://nonstoptabletop. Getting to the prime real estate results in choking your competition off. and instead of a chair. raise more animals and generally acquire more resources than their competitors. This is definitely a style that could set off one of the Ten Types of People Who Ruin Game Night. Keydom. for example. There are only so many spaces out there. It's a result of this strategic blocking that Worker Placement Games can get quite competitive and heated. you're sending a dedicated worker.

Everyone works together as a team and either wins or loses. As we outlined in our Definitive Guide to Cooperative Games. it's that simple. Cooperative Board Games are all about teamwork. though there were early examples of Cooperative Games such as Arkham Horror and Lord of the Rings. though there can be some lively debates on https://nonstoptabletop.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 5/21 . In Pandemic and most of its many spinoffs. players work together to save the world from a series of deadly diseases that threaten to destroy the world. Who Will Love Cooperative Board Games Non-competitive types. This is the game for the enthusiastic optimists of the group and highly social players. it was really Pandemic which skyrocketed the tabletop category into the mainstream. Each character has a unique role and skill set. and it takes every ounce of of coordination you can muster to avoid an extinction-level-event from destroying the human population.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Cooperative Games Go team! In stark contrast to the cutthroat dynamics of Worker Placement Games.

8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop what course of action to take. so influence and persuasion play a definite role. Buried within these decks is usually a reusable currency that can be used to purchase additional. Watch out for the State Debate champion of 1998 attempting to relive his glory days. Forbidden Desert. Mysterium. Players focus on building and https://nonstoptabletop. more board games! Invented and popularized by Dominion and it's endless stream of expansions. Mole Rats in Space. Deck Building Games have players start with a set number of cards (or resources) that grow.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 6/21 . Notable Cooperative Board Games Pandemic. more powerful cards. Forbidden Island. Deck-Building Games I told Bob "You should see the deck I'm building. Lord of the Rings. Oh well. Arkham Horror." He started talking about tools and stains and I realized how ill-equipped I am for real life. change and upgrade through the course of the game.

Mage Knight. Games typically move briskly and have a pleasant sense of acceleration and achievement as play progresses and the real fun comes from figuring out how different cards interact with one another to come up with a winning. finely tuned strategy. Who Will Love Deck-Building Games Strategists who love optimization. Roll for the Galaxy. this is the Board Game genre for you. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. If you are a Six-Sigma Blackbelt. Concordia. Star Realms.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop optimizing their deck to gain maximum value and utility out of each hand. Area Control Games https://nonstoptabletop. Clank!. This process is known as Engine Building. then immediately begin lusting for the next one. Collectors will also love the endorphin rush of getting the latest and greatest card. Above and Below. Notable Deck-Building Games Dominion.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 7/21 .

You're probably already clearing out your territory on the tabletop in preparation of your glorious campaign of domination. The most-well known example is probably Risk.. Twilight Struggle. Carcassone.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 8/21 . Twilight Struggle. and no one else can have it. Star Wars: Rebellion. Who Will Love Area Control Board Games Territorial types.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop I think I see some sort of alliance going on here. Do you remember when you were a kid and you drew a line in the middle of your bedroom that your sister was not allowed to cross? Okay. War of The Ring. El Grande. you'll love Area Control Games.. If you're the sort of person who loves to man-spread and claim as much elbow room as possible on an airplane. maybe that was just an episode of Full House. Blood Rage. but it's an apt illustration of the idea of an Area Control game. Eclipse. the nukes come out and then everybody loses). Secret Identity Games https://nonstoptabletop. but there have been countless refinements in the decades since. Scythe. Notable Area Control Board Games Risk. Smash Up. for example throws out the World War combat dynamics of Risk in favor of Cold War-era influence and political intrigue with no outright conflict (unless of course. Carcassone forgoes any sort of overt conflict whatsoever in favor of leisurely control of a quaint medieval countryside. That land is yours.

Secret Identity Games have been aided by technology. Deception is the name of the game in Secret Identity Games. Also. Coup and One Night Ultimate Werewolf becoming immensely popular over the past few years. Skynet may still be coming someday. Notable Secret Identity Games Secret Hitler. Code Names. One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Can you? You trust your friends. The Chameleon.. The Resistance. Battlestar Galactica. right? Well two of them are working together. people who take joy in lying to their friends for pleasure in pursuit of meaningless glory. Legacy Games https://nonstoptabletop. There has been a giant surge in this game genre with the likes of Secret Hitler.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 9/21 . Mafia. lying to your face in attempt to crush you right now. Perhaps more so than any other game genre. Two Rooms and a Boom. You can't all be lying.. but at least we can have technologically supplemented fun with these games until then! Who Will Love Secret Identity Games Poker players and flexible debaters who can take any side of any issue. What used to cause either excessive memorization of rules and scripts or sacrificing a potential player to the role of narrator can now by solved with a simple app. none of your stories add up.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Wait a minute.

Permanently. Long-term story lines become possible. Things change in Legacy Games. The most exciting and controversial new game genre in memory. Who Will Love Legacy Board Games https://nonstoptabletop. but represented what was possible with a brand new IP designed from the ground up around the Legacy concept. We wrote a dedicated feature on the thrilling rise of the Legacy Game. Open a secret envelope. There are emotions accessed through this form of storytelling that simply can't be with any of the other tabletop genres in this article.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Wait a minute. and it will be a Legacy Game. but they have dramatically altered the possibilities available in a board games. Someday there will be a board game that qualifies as a tear-jerker. characters live and die and actions have serious consequences. Risk Legacy and Pandemic Legacy took existing game templates and catapulted them to unimaginable heights. Legacy Games have only been around for a few years. Write on the board.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 10/21 . Seafall may have suffered from sky- high expectations. you want me to put stickers on the board?!? Like sticky stickers??? Rip up those cards.

Notable Legacy Board Games Risk Legacy. You'll play these games over and over again with the same people.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop People who love a good story. dedicated group of friends.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 11/21 . Seafall. easy to understand and humorous. We'd go so far as to call most Secret Identity and Roll and Move games excellent examples of Party Games. It has to be fun. non-OCD types and social gamers with a tight. Ultimate Werewolf Legacy. Party Games It's time to party like it's game night! Admittedly. Perhaps the most important elements of a party game are simplicity and accessibility. And your https://nonstoptabletop. Throw in Trivia and Word Games and this genre casts a wide shadow. Pandemic Legacy. Gloomhaven. but the experience will be brand-new each time. Party Games feature far more overlap than most of the genres on this list. Charterstone.

Scattegories. social non-gamers and introverted people who need a game to make a social encounter more tolerable.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 12/21 . as gateway games. Who Will Love Party Games Social gamers. Second. Joking Hazard. Dixit. First. Secret Hitler. they're fun! So lighten up. Finally. Pretty much everyone except people who can't stomach a simplified gaming experience and solo gamers who just don't want to be around others. Telestrations.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop drunk friends need to understand it with minimal explanation and lots of distractions. Mysterium. The Chameleon. they draw many new players deeper into the world of the hobby we love. Trivial Pursuit. Notable Party Games Apples to Apples. Party Games serve several important functions. Though some may criticize their simplicity. they make great appetizers ahead of a more serious experience. Code Names. Cards Against Humanity. Coup. Puzzle Games https://nonstoptabletop.

pattern recognition. puzzle games are like the nudists of the board game world.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Why is Sagrada so beautiful? It's quite puzzling. Labyrinth. combinations and arranging things. Qwixx. Combat Games https://nonstoptabletop. theme and other mechanics. Who Will Love Puzzle Games Math nerds. Potion Explosion. you'll probably suffer a similar obsession when you pick up a good puzzle game. Q-Bitz. Who needs a story? Puzzle games are about numbers. While most games have some sort of puzzle mechanic buried under the surface of story. they're ready and confident to strut their stuff in in the buff. If you couldn't put a Rubick's Cube down until it was solved as a kid. And they're awesome. Patchwork. Notable Puzzle Games Sagrada. They don't need any fancy dressing up. engineers and strategists.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 13/21 .

Combat Games represent competitive hostility distilled into its purest form. Twilight Struggle. King of Tokyo. Coup. Card Collecting Games and Miniature Games. Diplomacy. Strategy or Action. Who Will Love Combat Board Games Ruthless competitors. War of the Ring. Notable Combat Board Games Risk. Chess. Combat Games pit you against another player or group of players.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 14/21 . Usually with weapons. Checkers. You attempt to defeat one another. in middle school just to destroy their best friend in Risk. You run out. https://nonstoptabletop. (Editor's Note: We left out Role-Playing Games.m. Stratego. Otherwise known as Diplomacy players. you die. Though all immensely popular and sharing many similarities. we think it's best to keep things simple. Often combined with Area Control and various other game mechanics.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Tokyo was the unfortunate victim of Bill and Sally's repeated attempts to destroy one another. The kind of people who would go down in a kamikaze blaze of glory just to make sure that the same friend didn't have a shot at first place. The kind of people that remember who betrayed them in the last game night several months ago and have been plotting a brutal revenge every night since then. Star Wars: Rebellion. Paths of Glory. The kind of people who would stay up until 4 a. Though some may be tempted to lump these into other categories like Simulation. Players typically have some form or health or quantity of troops that are directly under assault by other players.

who is pretty sure he condensed and/or left out enough types of games to make some OCD gamer's heads explode. BOARD GAME RESOURCES. RESOURCE PAGE.  BOARD GAME BLOG.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop we feel that these fall outside of what most people think of when they use the term "Board Game.") Article by Happy Strategerist. BOARD GAME GENRES.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 15/21 . TYPES OF BOARD GAMES  5 LIKES  SHARE  Newer Older  Comments (17) Newest First Subscribe via e-mail https://nonstoptabletop. What is your favorite type of board game? What did we leave out that requires a verbal lashing? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out our feature on Board Game Addiction if you can't stop reading this article over and over.

.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Preview POST COMMENT… FiFi McFluffins 16 hours ago · 1 like Dammit.. Trivial Pursuit or Pictionary board games than something that more strictly fits the definition.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 16/21 . Mike 19 hours ago If you're going to leave out RPG's and CCG's as they are not actually 'board games' then why include Social Games as a Board Game Genre? Happy Strategerist 15 hours ago One could argue that a larger percentage of the general population would consider Apples to Apples. Alli 22 hours ago Man-spread? O.o https://nonstoptabletop. This reminds me I still need to force Scattergories on the group mmmmmwwwahahahahahaha! Happy Strategerist 15 hours ago I'm a little worried now.

especially in cramped areas. but at least you could explain why you left Catan out? Otookee 19 hours ago I'd put Catan under "Area Control" . If it doesn't fit in any of these 10 categories. I'd say they are not complete. however .this is such a famous and important game in recent history that I believe it warrants being included in one of the categories. plain and simple. However.. this really helped me "place" some game titles I didn't know much about. To be 100% clear.in this case the "areas" are the edges and intersections of the hexes. Man- spreading. Astrid A day ago "Who Will Love Area Control Board Games Territorial types.. though terribly rude when sharing leg space with others. Area control games are awesome. If you're the sort of person who loves to man-spread. I missed Settlers of Catan . we do not condone man-spreading and think it a generally jerkish thing to do.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 17/21 .Not as much. https://nonstoptabletop. Vegard Farstad A day ago · 1 like Great overview.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Happy Strategerist 15 hours ago It's a thing! And not as bad as it sounds." Really? Happy Strategerist 15 hours ago Intended to be a humorous reference.

Larissa 2 days ago In what way is above and below a deck builder!? Matthew A day ago · 1 like While you have no concealed hand in Above and Below. The lines are just too blurry! Thought about including that one. Please let us know if we were off the mark. Those are very different. though. the characters/hero's you recruit fulfill this role. Daniel 22 hours ago Matthew. They can have elements of Roll and Move.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 18/21 . Thereby scoring you more points the more efficient your engine becomes.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop Chak A day ago · 1 like Great article! Where would dungeon crawlers fit in? (Masmorra/D&D coop) Happy Strategerist 16 hours ago It kind of depends. build. not a deckbuilding game. Area Control and definitely Combat. Combine the heros and locations/buildings to build up your engine for you to hire. What would you consider the main https://nonstoptabletop. Happy Strategerist 15 hours ago We condensed the categories for this article. complete adventures etc. as most of the difference can be explained by aesthetics. so it's just an engine building game then.

To answer your question. Engine building is a concept where as the game goes on. besides cards. Glen More. There are also tons of engine building games that are neither worker placement or deckbuilding. In Lords of Waterdeep. you can complete plot quest cards giving you bonuses. many more. but it is also very common in worker placement games. I do want my critiques to be constructive even though they sound a bit harsh. you can get more workers or tools giving you more actions and better die results. Glass Road. like La Granja. Scoville.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop differences between deck builders and engine builders. you build things within the game to make your actions or turns more and more powerful. San Juan. And they do https://nonstoptabletop. As I can tell. or you can build buildings giving you rewards when other players go there. but that response does concern me as it reinforces the initial impression I had reading this article that you may need to spend a bit more time educating yourself on the hobby than trying to educate others.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 19/21 . deckbuilding is a subset of engine building. There's a wide range of awesome games. Ginkgopolis. and I would strongly suggest diving into those a bit more before trying to be an authority on games. of course? Daniel 45 minutes ago I don't want to discourage your enthusiasm for the hobby. In Stone Age. and many. you see this in deckbuilders like Dominion where you can get a more potent deck as the game goes on. Blood Rage.

all games are a puzzle to be solved. Perhaps you could have written about area majority games and then lumped other area control games in with the combat games. I think if you wanted to focus on games based on modern mechanisms. It's sort of like area control and engine building in that there isn't one specific mechanism that is a puzzle game. In a way. but don't quite distinguish them. https://nonstoptabletop. Lastly. Again. because I want you to continue to be excited about the hobby and to continue to experience more and more. puzzle games is a bit nebulous of a category.com/blog/2017/7/30/the-10-types-of-board-games-everyone-should-know-about 20/21 . It is a rare game. In the end. I would suggest having a bit more uniform of a list. Also. I am simply reacting to an article being shared that non- gamers might read that could confuse them. drafting might have been a better option. that features roll and move that gamers get into. I don't like how critical I am coming across.8/2/2017 The 10 Types of Board Games Everyone Should Know About — Nonstop Tabletop go beyond just some games being labeled incorrectly (which others have already let you know about) and not knowing what engine builders are. which I see as a negative. I would suggest removing roll and move games from this list as modern hobby gamers typically despise that mechanism due to lack of control. that meant some of these entries were based on a specific mechanism while others were based on a non-concrete concept. like Formula D. you talk about combat games and area control games. In addition.

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