Monday, 23 June 2014

Ultimate Board Games List: 0-As

As you can imagine, we both love board games here at And She Games!  I like more mainstream board games, while Deanna likes more hard core board games.  She is more of the real gamer type, but that's why we make such a great team, and why we feel like we have something for every lady gamer out there - from the casual to the hardcore.

I did my best to assemble the "Ultimate Board Games" list.  Although I am sure there are some I missed, and I am sure even Deanna will know of some I missed.    Please comment with any you think I may have missed!

Have a look through the list, and we would love to know which ones you have played, loved, hated, or want to try! If you try them, let us know what you think!  If we have already posted about this game on our site, I will post the link to it.

Let's do this in Alphabetical order - Here is 0-9, and As.


1313 Dead End Drive - Board Game
Can you survive the traps and inherit millions from your deceased rich aunt?
Boardgame for 2-4 players
Ages 8 and up
Some assembly required
Made in the U.S.A.


 221 B Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes, The Time Machine
 H.G. Wells developed a time machine and issued a challenge to the great detective. Now you can spin through America with Holmes and Watson helping them solve 20 of the most baffling unsolved crimes of the 20th Century! Sherlock fans know 1896 as "the missing years". Collect some cryptic and not-so-cryptic clues as you visit locations. Gather information on the JFK assassination, Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance, the Zodiac murders, and many more. This game takes the fun of Clue to a new level by applying the mysteries to real crimes and mysteries of the 20th century.


30 Second Mysteries Board Game
 A steady stream of people enter Butch's place of business and remove its treasured belongings without paying. Butch lets them continue as long as they keep their mouths shut. Gradually reveal clues that help solve half of a mystery then race to solve it Includes fiendish brain teasers about history, crime, sports, famous people, entertainment, science, and everyday life
Brand: University Games
Recommended for ages 12 years and up


Players compete to be the first to push six of their opponent's marbles off the board You can push one, two or three marbles at a time Your marbles can move one space, in a straight line or laterally. Two marbles can push one and three marbles can push one or two of your opponent's marble With 4 million copies sold in over 30 countries, Abalone is one of the most popular strategy games of all time



Acquire challenges you to pit your resources and resolve against other players in this high-finance game of speculation and strategy
For 3 to 6 players
Play time of 60 minutes
Takes about 90 minutes to play
Endless fun


 Agricola is a German-style board game created by Uwe Rosenberg, and published by Lookout Games in Europe and Z-Man Games in the US. The goal of the game is to build the most well-balanced farm at the end of 14 rounds, consisting of plowed fields for crops and fenced pastures for livestock. The farm should have little fallow land and a large farmhouse built of high quality material. The player should also expand the family tending the farm from its initial two members to a maximum of five.

The game was released at Spiel 2007, where it was voted second-best game shown at the convention, according to the Fairplay in-show voting.[1] The game was released in English by Z-Man Games in July 2008. Playdek released an iOS conversion of the game in June 2013.

Agricola won the Spiel des Jahres special award for "Best complex game 2008" and the 2008 Deutscher Spiele Preis.

It was also the game which ended Puerto Rico's run of more than five years as the highest-rated game on the board game website BoardGameGeek.


Aladdin's Dragons
 In the game Aladdin's Dragon, players hunt for dragons and divide the loot. Try to use different characters to give you the best advantage. Negotiate to give yourself the best deal. If there is no consensus when the time is up, nobody gets anything! Aladdin's Dragons was Games Magazine Game of the Year winner.
Publisher - Rio Grande Games
Players - 3 - 5
Play Time - 90 minutes


Alhambra: Big Box
Alhambra is a 2003 tile-based German-style board game designed by Dirk Henn. It was originally published in Germany by Queen Games in a language-interdependent version; an English-specific version was released in North America by the now-defunct Überplay. The game is an Arabian-themed update, set during the construction of the Alhambra palace in 14th century Granada, of the 1998 stock trading board game Stimmt So!, which in turn was an update of the 1992 mafia influence board game Al Capone; the original version was subsequently released as Alhambra: The Card Game.

Alhambra won the Spiel des Jahres award, the Schweizer Spielepreis for Family Games, the As d'Or and the Essen Feather for the year of its release and placed second in the Deutscher Spiele Preis. Its success has led to the release of numerous expansion packs and spin-off games, and is becoming Queen Games' flagship franchise.


Alias Board Game
Alias is a board game, where the objective of the players is to explain words to each other. Hence, Alias is similar to Taboo, but the only forbidden word in the explanations is the word to be explained. The game is played in teams of varying size, and fits well as a party game for larger crowds. The game is very competitive. Alias has been developed in Finland and is produced by Nelostuote Oy under the brand name Tactic. The game has been on the market since the early 1990s and is one of the most popular party games in Finland. Along the years, many different versions of the board game have appeared: As well as the New Alias, the Alias family currently also includes the Junior Alias for children, the Alias travel game, and as the newest introduction, DVD Alias.


Amun Re
Amun-Re is a game designed by Reiner Knizia and first published in 2003 by Hans im Glück in German and in English by Rio Grande Games. Players are leaders of different Egyptian dynasties who try to gain influence in 15 provinces of ancient Egypt. Influence and building pyramids earns points for the players. Points are scored at two instances during the game, at the end of the "Old Kingdom" and at the end of the "New Kingdom", and the player who amasses the most points wins the game.

Anti-Monopoly Board Game
Anti-Monopoly from University Games is a fresh twist on the classic game of real estate Choose a side: will you be a monopolist or a free market competitor? Includes game board, metal playing pieces, cards and play money For 2 - 4 players, ages 8 and up University Games offers you and your family creative games that are easy to learn and fun to play


Are You Normal, America? Board Game

Is it normal:
 to have lied about your weight on your driver's license?
 to have laughed so hard that something came out of your nose?
 to have ever worn thong underwear?

100 people have been polled for each question in the game to determine what is and what isn't normal. It's guessing and betting fun - with plenty of surprises throughout the game.
For 2 to 6 adult players.


Arkham Horror
Arkham Horror is an adventure board game designed by Richard Launius, originally published in 1987 by Chaosium and most recently published in 2005 and revised in 2007 by Fantasy Flight Games. In both editions, players take on the role of investigators in H. P. Lovecraft's Massachusetts town of Arkham. Gates to other planes open throughout the town. If too many gates open, a powerful alien being will enter, likely destroying the town and possibly threatening the world. The investigators must avoid or fight alien creatures that enter Arkham through the gates, enter the gates themselves, survive the alien places beyond, return to Arkham, and close the gates.


Articulate! Game
Articulate! is a fast talking description board game from Drumond Park, for 4 to 20+ players aged 12 and up. Articulate! players describe words from different categories to their team as quickly as possible. The teams move round the board based on the number of words correctly guessed, and occasional spinner bonuses. Each round is 30 seconds long. Word topics include Object, Nature, Random, Person, Action and World. The object of the game is to get to the end before the other team.

Attack! is a board game created by Glenn Drover and published by Eagle Games in 2003. It is a light wargame that is midway between Risk and Axis and Allies in complexity. The game is loosely set in the 1930s and includes plastic pieces featuring tanks, planes, infantry, and artillery. Attack! won the Origins Award for Best Historical Game 2003.

Australia: Aufbruch ins Abenteuer is a board game intended for two to five people. It is authored by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling, and is published by Ravensburger. It is recommended for ages 10 and over. Australia won the GAMES Magazine Game of the Year award in 2006.

Players take on the role of politicians in Australia in the 1920s. The government wants to modernize their industries, but at the same time, they want to develop several national parks, and other conservation projects.


Axis and Allies 1941 Board Game
Five major powers struggle for supremacy. Germany and Japan are aligned against the great alliance of the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Designed for 2–5 players, the game is set in 1941: The Axis has great momentum and is expanding its conquests in both Europe and Asia. Controlling one of the Axis or Allied powers, you will command both your country’s military forces and its war-time economy. Show that you are a brilliant military strategist by planning your attacks, marshaling your forces into embattled territories, and resolving the conflicts.Victory goes to the side that conquers its opponents on the field of battle and liberates or occupies the greatest cities of the world. Change the course of history in a few short hours!



  1. I think my family would really like Abalone. It combines two of our favourites, marbles and strategy. Looks like a great family game night game!

    1. Yes! There ares some awesome and interesting ones I hope to get my hands on! Be sure to come back next Monday for the Bs!

  2. wohoo! This is awesome, we love board games and looks like some great ones we haven't played right here!! Thank you so much for this awesome list!

    1. Thanks! It's been a long of work, but I think it is worth it. Be sure to come back next Monday for the Bs!


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