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10 Deluxe Versions of Classic Board Games That Will Help Banish Boredom
You’re spending a lot of time at home. You’re playing a lot of games. So upgrade to one of these stylish sets.
In my family—and I’m sure yours as well—board games have always been one of our go-to activities for bonding and making memories. There are your run-of-the-mill board games, however, and then there are board games—deluxe special-edition sets, often hand-carved of wood and festooned with intricate detailing. The games below fall into the latter category: These higher-end versions of popular games are good-looking enough to be kept out on the coffee table year-round. And while they are a bit more of an investment than standard-issue games, they’re sturdy enough to keep you amused for years, and even to be passed down as keepsakes, so your grown children can one day use the very same Monopoly thimble with your future grandkids. Here’s to more game-playing ahead as America stays home in the coming weeks—and here’s to playing in style.
The time-honored game of Monopoly celebrates its 85th birthday this year. This upgraded set features a walnut cabinet, wooden houses and hotels (you’ll never go back to plastic ones), and two drawers to keep all the money, cards, and tokens organized.
Scrabble—the granddaddy of board games, two years older than Monopoly—has been reinvented a number of times over the years. This version is played on a weathered-gray wooden rotating board; the overlaid grid locks in the unique tiles, here featuring oversize block print–style metal letters.
Yes, Scrabble fills two slots here, but this one is for the purists (I know you’re out there). If you like your letter tiles to have the more traditional look and feel, this set may be more to your liking.
If you’re craving everyone’s favorite murder-mystery game, this set of Clue renders all the rooms in Mr. Boddy’s mansion in 3D, covered in glass. Now when you accuse Colonel Mustard in the dining room with the dagger, you will be doing so with the proper degree of panache.
In this anniversary edition of Risk, you can take extra aesthetic pleasure in marching your colorful wooden armies across a solid-wood game board. World domination never looked so good.
These beechwood tile racks designed by Helena Wood Art are a more stylish way to introduce your kids to this classic riff on gin rummy.
Is tic-tac-toe technically a board game? Perhaps not, but you won’t be able to resist this set designed with plenty of bling, in true Jonathan Adler fashion.
Also not a board game—and a few steps up the luxury scale—this Jenga set, with its own shagreen storage box, will make you tread extra carefully as you try to pry loose that shaky piece.
A high-end chessboard has been a decorating staple of home libraries for years. Modernists might prefer this Parisian-inspired metal-and-marble version—you may not be able to visit the City of Light right now, but playing chess with the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe is a fine substitute.
Backgammon has a bit of a fusty, leather-bound reputation...for a change, try this jazzy birchwood set on for size.