11 Board Games You Should Be Playing as an Adult

Board games have had one hell of a resurgence in recent years. More specifically, "Euro games" — the term gamers use for German-style board games that emphasize strategy over chance and generally revolve around managing scarce resources — have become increasingly mainstream. This list is ranked by level of difficulty for newbies. Game on.
  1. 1.
    Best game for pretending to be Cornelius Vanderbilt: Ticket to Ride
  2. 2.
    Best legume-themed game: Bohnanza
  3. 3.
    Best game with a morally repugnant premise: San Juan
  4. 4.
    Best combination of simple gameplay and over-the-top premise: Lost Cities
  5. 5.
    Best card game: Dominion
  6. 6.
    Best game if you need to get people to play with you: Catan
  7. 7.
    Best mashup of Dungeons & Dragons and Risk: Small World
  8. 8.
    Best game for aspiring German bureaucrats: Power Grid
  9. 9.
    Best game for aspiring German postmasters generals: Thurn and Taxis
  10. 10.
    Best game for people who miss Harvest Moon: Agricola
  11. 11.
    Best game for battling Shoggoths: Mansions of Madness