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Now that summer is fading into fall and there’s less time to be outside in the sunshine enjoying the best type of games, lawn games, people are starting to think about hunkering down for the long, cold, worst months ahead, pondering alternative, indoor diversions like board games. Here is a ranking of the best ones:

  1. Scrabble
  2. Chess
  3. Clue
  4. Candy Land
  5. Risk
  6. Monopoly
  7. Settlers of Catan
  8. Balderdash
  9. Stratego
  10. Bananagrams
  11. UNO
  12. Pandemic
  13. Trivial Pursuit
  14. Sorry!
  15. Mancala
  16. Checkers
  17. Go
  18. Backgammon
  19. Chinese checkers
  20. Yahtzee
  21. Chutes and Ladders
  22. Connect Four
  23. Operation
  24. Getting hit by a bus
  25. Life