Below are Elijah’s top 10 favorite board games. Keep in mind that although he is only 10, all of these games are great for adults – he did not list any “kid games”.
Heroscape – This game is unfortunately out of print. If you ever have the chance to buy it at a yardsale, you should get it. You set up a board with 3D terrain and battle with armies. The armies have characters from all over history and fantasy, each with its own special abilities. 2 or more players
Settlers of Catan (now just called Catan)- this is the game that introduced Becki and I to “designer board games”, and it still a favorite. (We always play with the Seafarers Expansion) 2-4 players (5 or 6 with an expansion)
Roll for The Galaxy – This is one of our newest games. You get to roll lots of dice, development technologies that give you special abilities, and settle worlds that give you more dice. So as the game progresses, your pace accelerates. 2-5 players
San Juan– This card game has a couple of very cool features. You select a role on your turn. That role lets you take an action, and everyone else gets to take the action too. However you get a bonus associated with the action. The other cool feature is that cards are used as buildings and money, and resources. So to pay for one building you might have to discard other buildings you liked in order to pay for it. 2-4 players
King of Tokyo – Fun and light-hearted. In this game, you take on the role of a monster attacking Tokyo. You roll dice to try to earn points, get energy to upgrade your monster, or attack the other monsters. You can win by getting 20 points, or destroying all the other monsters. 2-6 players
Carcassonne– A tile placement game where you score points as you create a scene of the French countryside. You can chose to place a meeple on the tile you place, and score points for the cities, roads, or fields that you create. You can even join your city with another players city and try to steal their points. 2- 6 players Review
The Castles Of Burgundy– This game is a heavier weight game (involves more rules and in-depth strategies). Each player has their own board. They try to score points by getting buildings from a central board and building them on their player board. You roll 2 dice and take an action for each one. So turns are short, but you can use special abilities of buildings to get a few extra actions. 2-4 players
Lewis and Clark The Expedition– Another heavy weight game. You control a party of explorers traveling on the Lewis and Clark expedition. You can add more characters to your party throughout the game, and get Indians to help you. One of the really great things about the game is that all of the characters are historical people from Lewis and Clark’s adventure. The rule book even has a short write-up on each character. 2-5 players Review
Survive Escape From Atlantis– Get your meeples to safety before the island sinks. And don’t forget to send whales, sharks, and sea-monsters after your competitors. Don’t play this game with your kids if they will be upset when you make a sea-monster eat their meeples. 2-4 players (up to 6 with an expansion)
Ticket To Ride – One of the best games to introduce people to designer games. Collect train cards in order to place your trains on the board. The goal is to connect cities that are on your ticket cards. You get points for completing tickets and for playing trains on the board. 2-5 players Review
Agricola All Creatures Big and Small – This is a 2 player version of Agricola. It keeps all the fun of raising animals from the original game, but removes the need to feed your family and raise crops. This is one of my favorite worker placement games, and the little wooden animals are so much fun.
Zooloretto – This is one of my favorite games to play with my younger guys. Create your own zoo with animals, vendor carts, and zoo expansions. If you can manage to get the right animals, you could even end up with a baby animal (they are adorable). 2-5 players Review
I hope that you enjoy some of these games that Elijah likes.