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For computer board games, see Board game (video games).

A board game is a game that is played using a board and pieces that the game comes with. Some are also called war games because of the tactics involved. They are for more than one player. These were popular before the invention of those videogames. The typical board game involves a path, and pieces moving along them depending on the number rolled on the dice. However, this is far from true for all board games. For example, Checkers aka Draughts is considered a board game.

Origin and examples[]

Board games have been around since ancient Egypt and ancient India. Some of the most popular games today are Monopoly, Clue, Life, Risk, Scrabble, Chess, Pachisi (ancient Indian game), Parchessi (English version of Pachisi), Parques (Colombian version of Pachisi), Backgammon, Trivial Pursuit and Candy Land.


There are different type of styles:

  • Warfare: Risk
  • Murder mystery: Clue
  • Life decisions: Life
  • Market: Monopoly
  • Abstract strategy: Chess, Checkers, Go, Brain Chain
  • Race: Pachisi, Parques, Parcheesi, Ludo, Backgammon
  • Trivia: Trivial Pursuit