How to Pick the Perfect Board Game (Flowchart)

I saw this flowchart initially on Neatorama, and at first I thought it was going to be full of pathetic choices like Monopoly and Candyland, but as I looked more carefully, it became obvious it had been crafted by a real gamer (it includes Forbidden Island, Small World, and more). I had to dig a little deeper. I followed it back to Reddit, but the references stopped there. And then I noticed the watermark on the image itself: Silver Oak Casino. Turns out this was the product of a member of the content team at an online casino (also, it’s almost 2 years old). I guess they take their gaming pretty seriously!

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About Ken Denmead

Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as civil engineer. He also wrote the NYT bestselling GeekDad series of project books for parents and kids to share.

About Ken Denmead

Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as civil engineer. He also wrote the NYT bestselling GeekDad series of project books for parents and kids to share.

9 thoughts on “How to Pick the Perfect Board Game (Flowchart)

  1. If it was crafted by a “REAL” gamer, it wouldn’t have Monopoly, Candyland, Sorry, or Life as choices for kids games :)

    There really are some much better choices for kids like Hey, That’s My Fish, Animal Upon Animal, Patchwork, Walk The Dogs, Zooloretto Dice … I could probably come up with 50 better choices.

  2. Lance – not everybody played all games. And taste is different as we all know. Probably their kids liked the games.
    I play Monopoly since I was 6 and liked it from the start.

    I assume the put down all games they played and I like it! Many good games mentioned

    I will take this chart home as suggestions of many new games to test out.

  3. One thing I noticed that’s a bit odd is that Dungeon Run comes under “everyone should get along.” But after one person gets the treasure, then it’s a one-vs-all game, no longer cooperative.

    Also, they misspelled Trivial Pursuit.

    But it’s a fun flowchart nonetheless. Makes me want to try my hand at my own.

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