Overdosing on Netflix? How about a change-of-pace? Turn off the tube and go to old school board games.

After browsing almost 8 different websites searching for the most popular board games over the last twenty years, I've completed the math and now give you, 'Stay Home and Play It Safe With These 10 Popular Board Games.'

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    Released in 1959, The game of Risk is still recognized as the world's premiere war game where players fight it out over 42 traditionally real-world territories.

    Average Playing Time: 1 to 8 hours...

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    Believe it or not, the concept of Chess dates back to 1200 AD where the object of the game is to protect the king from being captured. Chess is the highest selling board game of all time and I'm embarrassed to say that I've never learned to play.

    Average Playing Time: 10 to 60 minutes

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    If you dazzle your friends with your words and vocabulary, Scrabble is the game for you. Invented in 1938, points are scored by forming words with playing pieces.

    The game takes concentration and intelligence and is sold in 121 countries and in 31 different languages.

    Average Playing Time: 60 to 90 minutes...

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    It was the year 1934 when Parker Brothers introduced the game of Monopoly. The object of the game is to buy up as much real estate as possible and bankrupt other players by charging them rent if they land on your purchased properties such as Park Place, Baltic Ave. and the Reading Railroad.

    Warning: This game could take hours to complete and possibly cause screaming and yelling among the players. Make sure the individual who has been chosen as the 'banker' is vetted beforehand.

    Average Playing Time: 60 to 90 minutes...

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    If your reasoning abilities are above average, the game of 'Clue' is right up your alley. Players will move from room to room attempting to find the weapons used to kill Mr. Black.

    You will need to spend your time in different rooms and use the secret passages while figuring out what your opponents know to win the game.

    Even though the game was invented in 1949, the setting was an English country estate in 1926.

    Average Playing Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour


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    Originally known as 'The Settlers of Catan' this board game made its debut in Germany in 1995. Each player is a settler trying to acquire holdings and the resources needed to grow their settlements.

    By 2015, 22 million copies of the game had been sold worldwide. Players gain points as their settlements grow.

    Average Playing Time: 90 to 120 minutes

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    The game of 'Battleship' was initially introduced as a board game and has gone through many variations. I personally remember the electronic version made by Bradley in 1967.

    The object of the game is to destroy your opponent's various watercraft using strategic guesswork.

    Average Playing Time: 15 to 30 minutes

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    Basically, the board game 'Dominion' is a deck-building game where everyone begins with the same 10 cards in their play deck. Throughout the game, players will purchase more cards to add to their deck.

    After reading the instructions on the website, boardgamequest.com, I still don't have a clue. Maybe you can figure it out. Go ahead I dare ya.

    Average Playing Time: 30 to 90 minutes

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    Backgammon is one of the oldest board games known to man dating back 5,000 years ago. It's only a two-player game where each player has 15 pieces.

    The winner is the first player to get all of his pieces off the board. The game relies on the combination of strategy and luck from rolling the dice.

    Back in 1500 BC, Backgammon was wildly popular with the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians. A Backgammon board was even found in King Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt.

    Average Playing Time: 5 to 60 minutes

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    Stratego is a war strategy game where 2 players play on a board of 10x10 squares. Each player has 40 pieces that represent officer and soldier ranks.

    To win at Stratego, you must capture your opponent's flag. 20 million Stratego games have been sold over the years.

    Playing Time: 15 minutes to 2 hours...

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