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Board games make everything better. Big family get-togethers, weekends in a cabin with some close friends and a Friday night in with the kids are more enjoyable when there are games on the table. So pick up a few of these top picks, and get plenty of game time in over the holiday break.


In the world of Mysterium, something awful has happened, and players must work together to solve the crime. One player gives hints, and everyone else must use their investigative instincts to find the truth.

2-7 Players, Ages 10+


Star Wars: Imperial Assault

Set after the destruction of the first Death Star, this box includes everything needed to enjoy two different strategic adventures in a galaxy far, far away.

1-5 Players, Ages 14+



Need a game for the whole crew that doesn't take up the entire evening by itself? This game of spycraft relies on the designated spymaster to dole out clues to reveal the true identities of each spy. Can your team figure everything out without getting whacked?

4+ Players, Ages 14+


Risk Legacy

Most folks are familiar with Risk, but this improved version of the classic game of world domination ensures that the outcome of each game will have ramifications for the next play session.

3-5 Players, Ages 13+



This colorful strategy game pits players against each other as they try to claim tiles with the highest potential score. If you're tired of drab games, the aesthetics here are a huge draw.

2-4 Players, Ages 8+


7 Wonders

Take control of an ancient city, and work hard to outshine the competition. Build massive structures, create powerful armies and hope that you can withstand the forces of the other players by the end of each age.

3-7 Players, Ages 13+


Betrayal At House On The Hill

If you and yours value replayability very highly, this spooky game is a superb selection. There are 50 scenarios, so you won't get bored with quickly recycled content.

3-6 Players, Ages 12+


Ticket to Ride

In some ways, Ticket to Ride is the original "Strand Game." Connect up the cities of North America, and compete with each other to lay down the most track.

2-6 Players, Ages 8+



The human race is in peril, and only you can put an end to this terrifying pathogen. In this game, everybody has to work together to try to save the world. Those are some big stakes, but at least this co-op game puts us all on the same team for once.

2-4 Players, Ages 8+



Catan is one of the most beloved modern board games, and there's a reason why: It's incredible. There's plenty of nuance to appreciate for long-time players, but the core rules aren't complicated enough to prevent new players from joining in on the fun.

3-4 Players, Ages 10+


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Grant Brunner is the Commerce Lead at Digg. Based in Delaware, he spends his time writing, playing games and enjoying nature whenever possible.

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