The complexity and creativity of board games have come a long way since the days Parcheesi, Monopoly and Risk, household staples of every American game closet and toy chest in the 20th century. With the advent of the new wave of themed Eurogames starting two decades ago with titles like Settlers of Catan, Tikal, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride and others, avid gamers gathering on Sunday evenings in church basements, family dinner tables and geek dens have been treated to a vast wealth of imaginative new titles set in the wild realms of steampunk, sci-fi, dark fantasy, arcane adventure, gothic horror and every imaginable hybrid. Whether a classic dungeon crawler, dice-tossing, mystery card collecting, miniature questing or intricate role-playing romp, there's a game for every possible taste and inclination. Here's a sampling of some of the more popular offerings from this modern renaissance of tabletop games existing in the nerdier corners of the industry.
Take a look and tell us which ones you're already addicted to or feel might be worth congregating over with a cadre of friends.