When you think of board games, you probably think Monopoly or Shoots & Ladders or maybe Candy Land. But have you ever heard of these classic games that have existed for hundreds of years?
One of the oldest board games in the world and it’s still played widely today, this game is all about moving counters around the twelve hollows of the game board to gather them all on your own side. The rules are simple, the game itself is easy to craft out of egg cartons and counters, and even young kids can enjoy it. If you’re bored some rainy day, this is an awesome game to craft and play with friends.
How to play
Make your own portable set or just one to play at home
This more than 300-year-old Chinese game is still wildly popular with competitions held worldwide. There is an American league, and many books, journals, and TV specials discussing strategy of this game that can be played by young children up through elderly masters. Game play is simple to learn, with the basic idea being to surround and capture the opponent’s stones, but people spend years learning about different Go strategies and patterns. There are even handicaps built in to even the playing field between players with different levels of experience.
Make your own Go Game How to play
Chances are good you’ve heard of this one. Chess, and it’s many variations, have been around for hundreds of years. The rules are more complex than Mancala or Go, with different pieces moving in different ways, but the basic idea is to capture the opponent’s king. There are gazillions of chess leagues, clubs, and organizations, not to mention movies and books about the game and the people who have famously been quite good at it.
Make your own chess set Illustrated Guide to the pieces
One of the more complex of the games in this list, Mahjong is another ancient Chinese game that is still popular in East Asia today. In fact, it was recently featured in the movie Crazy Rich Asians. Similar to Rummy, this game is all about making hands only with tiles instead of cards.
How to play Print out a paper set
What do you think? Do any of these games sound fun? Maybe give them a time next time you’re stuck at home looking for something to do.