If you haven't played a board game in a while, you're probably thinking "Board games? Like Monopoly?" That's a classic for sure, but the indie board game scene has gotten so popular over the last decade that some cult favorites can be found at Target. There's even an entire convention dedicated to those who create and enjoy them. Board and card games are cool, yo.
Whether you've been collecting indies for a while or are wondering where to start, this list will help. Try your local comic shop or Amazon to pick a few up that appeal to you, invite some people over, and make some popcorn.
One of the best-known games of the "eurowave" board game movement of the early 2000s, Ticket To Ride is very simple: It's the early 1900s and you have been challenged by your fellow railroad barons to see as many cities by rail as you possibly can in seven days. If you emerge victorious, you'll win one million dollars. Made for 2- 5 players, the game has a lovely sense of nostalgia as well as being wonderfully easy to play. Many different versions have been made since the release of the original that allow you to travel across many countries, so if you have a favorite vacation spot, it just might be playable!
2) Ticket to Ride
An expansion is due out for the game this fall that includes 50 new haunts just in time for cooler weather. For 3-6 players, Betrayal at House on the Hill has remarkable replay value and is just plain fun.
5) FluxxSince Fluxx was launched in 1998, the tiny game company has grown a majorly lucrative series that is one of the best-known in indie card game circles. Based on an ever-changing card dynamic, Fluxx is never the same game twice, which makes it wildly replayable and very popular. Today it's available in six languages and many themes, including Zombie Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx, and Cartoon Network Fluxx.
7) Bang!Bang! was originally created by Italian designers dV Games in 2002. A simple card game, it put players in the roles of outlaws, deputies, a sheriff, and renegades in the Wild West. Its popularity has endured through six official expansions, a standalone game called Bang! The Duel, and five fan-made expansions. With people still playing 14 years after its release, Bang! has staying power and is a perfect choice when you're feeling feisty.
An elegant, beautiful board game, Tokaido takes you on a journey down Japan's beautiful Silk Road with the goal of having the most interesting and varied experience. More of a relaxing play than a competitive one, Tokaido is a great title to pull out if you want to show off a game that's a bit different. Designer Antoine Bauza is known for other games such as 7 Wonders and Hanabi, also indie classics.