Top Strategy Board Games

Wikipedia defines a board game as a tabletop game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on a pre-marked surface or "board", according to a set of rules. Some games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance; and some are purely chance, with no element of skill.

Board Games

Board game history

Senet the oldest board game known to have existed was found in Predynastic and First Dynasty burials of Egypt, c. 3500 BC and 3100 BC respectively.

Senet was pictured in a fresco found in Merknera's tomb (3300–2700 BC) Mehen.

A lot of early board games represented a battle between two opposing armies.

Much like today many modern board games are still based on defeating opponents in terms of winning position, accrual of points or the taking of territory or game pieces.

Chess board game

Wikipedia defines chess as a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered game board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide.

Some Chess history

The early predecessor of chess may have originated in India, before the 6th century AD; minorities of historians believe chess originated in China. 

From India, the game spread to Persia. When the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently spread to Southern Europe.

Game play

You are sitting quietly staring at a board that consists of 64 squares, 32 squares are your color and the other 32 squares are your opponents color.

You have 16 chess pieces on the board and across from you the opposing player has 16 as well, this is a battle to checkmate.

Chess board game

Like a battle chess can be over suddenly or go on for several hours depending on the skill set of the chess players involved. 

It is a board game that has been played by nobles and commoners in the park. 

This amazing game of strategy has stood the test of time and is showing no signs of losing its loyal fan base.

There are a variety of opening moves, strategies and everyone has one that is their favorite, but none guarantee victory if you are across from a worthy opponent. 

There is no age limit; this game can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

When it comes to developing a strategy in chess the part of the game you need to master (or at least try) are the opening moves, the middle game and the end game.

The  chess sets you play on may be a work of art and may fit handsomely in your home office or, game room. There are numerous themes to choose from, styles and different materials that the chessmen and chess boards are constructed from.

So the board is setup and it is your move.

“Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.” – Rudolph Spielmann

Go board game

Wikipedia defines the board game go as an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent.

Board game Go history

The origins of go are shrouded in mystery of ancient Chinese history, but this awesome board game is thought to have originated at least 2500 - 4000 years ago. It is the oldest game that is still played in its original form.

Game play

This amazing board game of strategy has roots from several thousand years ago in the Orient and is gaining popularity in the West rapidly.

Board game Go

Players take turns positioning their Go stones (game pieces) on the game board (size of the board may vary; smaller boards are easier to learn on).

Once your stone is laid on the playing board they can no longer be moved, but they can be removed when they are completely surrounded by game pieces of another color (your opponent).

Since the ultimate goal is to have more stones on the board than your opponent there is a lot of strategy offensively and defensively that is needed to accomplish this.

When you have dominated the board and are in control of more game pieces than your opponent at the end of the game (all spaces are filled) you are declared the winner. 

This fascinating  board game Go is easy to learn however will require years to master, if you ever do at all.

"Studying Go is a wonderful way to develop both the creative as well as the logical abilities of children because to play it both sides of the brain are necessary." -- Cho Chikun 9-Dan, among the world's strongest players.

Mahjong board game

Wikipedia defines Mahjong as a card-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is commonly played by four players (with some three-player variations found in South Korea and Japan). The game and its regional variants are widely played throughout Eastern and South Eastern Asia and have a small following in Western countries. Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.

A little Mahjong history

The game of Mahjong was thought to have its beginnings in China, and there is much debate about where, when and by whom.

Regardless how it began, it was being played in China in the mid to late 1800's, and was brought over to the United States in the 1920's.

Game play

Mahjong board game set

With your easy access to the Internet, numerous Smartphone apps, and sophisticated tablets.

We are exposed to a variety of different games that they might not have ever played, play all the time or never even hear about!

The board game Mahjong has been around for thousands of years in the East and has provided countless hours of fun for a wide variety of players. 

While maintaining popularity in the Eastern world for decades, this board game is gaining more popularity in the Western world.

Mahjong Board Game Sets Versus Free Online Play.

Playing this amazing game online can be fun; however owning a game set will allow you to interact with friends and loved ones around the kitchen table. 

There will still be plenty options via Smartphone apps and other devices to practice your skill online if you choose. 

But a fun evening with friends or family can’t be found on an app, for that you will need  Mahjong game sets.

The Thrill Of Mahjong Tournaments.

If you just learning the game or if you are already a skilled player you can put your skills to the test by playing others in a variety of tournaments that are held throughout the year all over the world. 

Not only would it be fun and give you a chance to meet other players you may also have a chance at a cash prize!

The Variety of Mahjong Board Game Sets.

There are a lot of different versions of Mahjong that include a Western or American and also a variety of Oriental versions.

The type you invest in is your own personal choice, the games are very similar with some subtle changes that may involve the type or number of tiles and some rule variations.

“Luck is flow and force. There's no power that can fully take that into account, fate is still wavering.” 

 ― Nobuyuki Fukumoto

Backgammon board game

Wikipedia defines backgammon as one of the oldest board games known. It is a two player game where playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of their pieces from the board before their opponent. Backgammon is a member of the table family, one of the oldest classes of board games in the world.

Backgammon board game set

A look at Backgammon history

Now here is an old timer Backgammon is one of the oldest games in existence dating back about 5,000 year and may well have originated in what today is Iraq—previously Mesopotamia. 

Recent evidence supporting this idea was confirmed when very early dice (made of human bones) was discovered in the area.

Does backgammon involve more skill or luck?

When you start the debate about various board games one of the first items of discussion is the different strategies that may be involved.

If there are any strategies or how much is just pure luck?

Board games like chess require a strategy that is plotted several moves ahead of your opponent; in fact the further ahead you can see will increase your odds of winning.

The  backgammon game involves the roll of the dice so there is the argument that it involves the element of luck, however after the dice are tossed the luck ends and your strategy takes over.

If you have two players of equal skill then the strategy may become less important and the luck of the dice roll takes front stage.

You can have lady luck on your side by being a skilled player because the better the skill the more rolls of the dice you get therefore increasing your odds of winning.

A final word

This information has covered the Top Strategy Board Games but is by no means a complete list, just some of the most popular over the years.

It could be argued that all board games require some level of strategy or at least a bit of luck; if there are dice involved like backgammon some could argue it is a game of luck.

However the strategy comes into play how you move the game pieces after the roll of the dice or the flip of a card has been completed.

Regardless what degree of strategy is involved the main benefit of game play is to have fun, even though at times it mean seem like a blood sport, depending on the competitive nature of the players.

So gather around the table because tonight it is game night!

Giant Chess Set

Taking the strategy board game outdoors!

Yes you read that right, now you can enjoy the game of chess outside! These giant chess sets are designed to be used outdoors and can stand up to the elements.

There are options for a plastic interlocking board or a vinyl mat that will withstand the rain or sun, plus the chess pieces are two feet tall!

Now you can challenge your chess opponent on the patio, in the backyard or poolside.

And finally from the classic board game category! 

The video below features some of the classic board games that have been around for some time.