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?