Kevin has written a great guide over on The Dell House website describing modern games. Dell Con is a residential games weekend in Malvern run several times a year. Well worth checking out, they even do day tickets for ‘locals’.
Where to start?
It is remarkably difficult to convey the ‘idea’ of modern board games.
If I were to say the word “car” you’d picture something from the last ten years, yes? Reasonably fuel-efficient, comfortable, good brakes, maybe even ABS and SatNav.
If I were to say the word “boardgames” I’d wager that you’re now thinking of games from the time when cars had starting handles, bench seats and pop-up indicators. Consider the modern Fiat 500 and the 1930’s Austin 7. The Fiat is a small runabout car, it has a wheel at each corner, steering wheel, brakes, lights, seats. It gets you from A to B. In this sense the Fiat and Austin are the ‘same’ but I doubt you think of them as the same thing at all.
If you haven’t played any new board games for a while and not sure where to begin, look no further. We’ve listed similar games to all of the major classics. We’ve tried to list games which are available to buy and should feel familiar yet exciting by highlighting a key aspect similar to the classic game.
Modern board games have come on a huge way in the last 20 years. Give it a try and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. This list is also subjective. There are many thousands of awesome games out there so if you have a better suggestion do let us know.
Monopoly; Set collection, why not try Ticket to Ride Europe (£30) or Power Grid (£30)
Monopoly: Getting rich, why not try Lords of Vegas (£40)
Monopoly: Building / Making things why not try Suburbia (£45)
Risk; WAR! why not try, Small World (£35) or Blood rage (£55)
Chess; Two player abstract why not try Hive (£20), or Santorini (£50) or The Duke (£30)
Other roll the dice to move game, Why not try Jamaica (£30)
Scrabble; Spelling, why not try, Upwords (£15) or Qwirkle (£20)
Cluedo /Clue; Who dunnit? why not try, Mysterium(£30) or Love letter (Various themes including Batman, Archer) (£10) or Mystery at the Abbey (£35)
Liars Dice; bluffing, why not try, Coup (£15) or Skull (£15)
Angry Birds; Dexterity/ Destroying things) why not try, Pitch Car(£40) or Terror in Meeple City (£40)
Pictionary; Drawing, why not try Telestrations(£25) or Pictomania (£40)
Cranium; party, why not try Telestrations (£25),Dixit (£25) or Pictomania (£40)
Trivial Pursuits; General Knowledge, why not try Wits and Wagers(£30) or Timeline (Various versions and themes) (£15)
Scotland Yard; Hidden Movement, why not try Letters from Whitechapel (£40) or Specter Ops (£40)
Magic the Gathering; Clever card combos, why not try 7 Wonders (£30) or Evolution (£30) or Seasons (£40)
Finally did you know it is possible to play cooperatively. You and your friends or family against the game. It is not as easy as it sounds and is a great way to play with a mixed skill or age group. Sound interesting? Why not try Pandemic, or Flash Point: Fire Rescue?
A lot of these games have excellent app (iPhone / Android) implementations or can be played online at sites like Boardgamearena.com