Top Five Board Game Game Board Shapes


In this list I am talking specifically about the shape of the playing surface. What shape do you find best? Here are mine:

5. Card/No central board - Games like Uno or Yahtzee or a huge variety of card games that do not feature an actual game board - I appreciate the flexibility and portability of games like this, although I don't tend to favor games like this as I prefer more complicated experiences.

4. Individual area with shared central board - thinking of games like#Paladins of the West Kingdom or#Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North or#A Feast For Odin or#Gaia Project where everyone has their own little space and then a shared space in the middle. These are usually great for more complex games because it allows each player to track many different aspects of the game. I don't appreciate that this format is typically a large table hog. But the benefits outweigh that negative.

3. Vertical Rectangle - thinking of a game like#Trajan or well that's the only one I can think of right now. But I do like the shared space and it usually folds up nicely. Only negative is that it's harder to reach for some players at the table.

2. Modular - games like#Gloomhaven or#Star Wars Imperial Assault or#Mage Knight that allow for a huge variety of game boards - these are amazing because of their incredible flexibility and versatility. Modular boards also tend to be more thematic because you can set up the board for each scenario to build immersion. One huge negative is set up and take down time - usually with lots of modular board pieces this is much more complex.

1. Horizontal Rectangle - a huge variety of games but my favorite is#Star Wars: Rebellion - just a classic rectangle shape. Easy to reach for most players. Lots of playing space. Cleans up nicely. Fits in boxes... because it's the shape of a box. 

What is your favorite board game game board?

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11 months ago

I really like the board in #Archipelago as it is modular but you build it throughout the game so set up is very quick and each reveal is interesting for everyone as opposed to just waiting at the start.

Supporter11 months ago

Yes, that does sound amazing 

11 months ago

It does speed things up as there is already a fairly large rules dump when you teach it for the first time.

Owner11 months ago

Love how creative these lists are getting with each day lol

For "vertical rectangle" I'm thinking of games like #Champions of Midgard, #Brass: Birmingham, and #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

It's fasincating and surprising to see that your #1 ended up being the classic. And I'm honestly not sure where I stand on this. Oh and as for another type of playing surface, one I'd thrown in falls under dexterity games category. Jenga, #Men At Work, #Catch the Moon, where you have some sort of mini structural system you have to play on together.

Edit: Nevermind! Didn't realize Brass is basically a square. It really falls under your #4

Supporter11 months ago

Lol, I'm really trying to come up with lists that haven't been done. This has been a fantastic weekly challenge. #Champions of Midgard is a good one, don't know why I didn't think of that one. 

Premium User11 months ago

If you want an unusual board definitely check out #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar!

#Five Tribes could be considered modular but it's really a big set of tiles.

My favourite game boards belong to #Brass: Birmingham, #Brass: Lancashire, and #Scythe (Modular or regular.)

Supporter11 months ago

Scythe is very pretty. 

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