Some Of The Rarest Board Games On Earth

Some Of The Rarest Board Games On Earth

Like video games and comics, there's a weirdness to what makes a board game valuable. Sometimes it's quality! Sometimes it's scarcity. Sometimes it's simply, well, weirdness.

Geek & Sundry put together a list of ten of the absolute rarest, and as someone who didn't know any of the games on the list outside Queen's Gambit, it was fascinating reading.

One of the games, Trafalgar, is so rare there isn't a single image of it on the internet. The Campaign For North Africa also sounds particularly bonkers:

Of all the war games in existence, this one is by far the most complex. It takes 1500 hours to complete and you'll need two teams of five players each to do so. The rule book comes in three hefty volumes, for crying out loud.

I like my wargames, but holy shit.

What's also interesting is the range of ages involved. It's not just classics from the '50s and '60s, there are games from the 21st century too, even one from 2010 (War of the Ring: Collector's Edition, which was limited to 2000 copies and featured hand-painted units).


    The game that I hold closest to my heart in terms of nostalgia is Crossbows and Catapults, I don't remember ever playing it with anyone (lol) but what a game it was.

      I have quite a few friends with copies lying around. Apparently they still play it at least once a year :P

        I'm totally jelly. My parents threw mine out when I was a kid because 'I was playing with it too much' :(

          BOOOOOOOOOO Yeah my Mum threw out a well loved, but falling apart copy of Monopoly. Her reasoning "whenever we play we all argue and get cranky and never finish..."

          No Mum, that was just you. Everyone else thought it was bloody hilarious :D

    I found out after I moved to Melbourne that the parents threw out a bunch of my old boardgames including a 2nd ed Talisman and a bunch of great Avalon Hill games :(

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