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Help us pick the best board game: Board Game Battle

The round of 16 is over, and we're down to the quarter-finals

Now it gets interesting.

Round one of our Board Game Battle is complete, thanks to more than 20,000 votes on and via our social media channels. We're down to eight board games, with round two of voting starting today - and more than a few people are going to be unhappy with the results.

In the "Classic" subcategory, we're now down to Scrabble vs. Monopoly, which squeaked out a win over Yahtzee (53% to 47%). Scrabble was a decisive round one winner over Clue, by a 65% to 35% margin.

In the "Family’ group, it’s Pictionary vs. Trivial Pursuit, which both posted lopsided first-round wins. Pictionary made short work of Ticket to Ride (63% to 37%) while invented-in-Canada Trivial Pursuit pounded Carcassonne (68% to 32%).

While Carcasssonne is out, another tile-style game, Catan, is still very much alive. It's in the "Strategy" subgroup final against Risk, which won the vote against Pandemic 62% to 38%. Catan held off The Resistance 59-41.

The "Party" subgroup sends forward a pair of heavyweights. Cranium (a 67% to 33% winner over the upstart Codenames) takes on Apples to Apples/Cards Against Humanity, which hammered Dixit 73% to 22%. Dixit fans will no doubt protest, but that's where we're at.

Why are we doing this Board Game battle?

Board game or video game? Last month we asked Team Power Smart members which one they'd prefer to play on a stormy day, and 75% voted for board game.

And with that, an idea was born. Welcome to our Board Game Battle, and for Team Power Smart members, a chance to win a four-game prize pack.

We started with 16 candidates after a lot of heated conversations. Many fantastic new games (Gloomhaven, Terraforming Mars, 7 Wonders) never made the cut because a whole lot of people out there have never played them. And chess, arguably the Best Game Ever, isn't on our list. We left it off, along with the likes of checkers and backgammon, because we want to focus on family and group games that can be enjoyed by three or more players.  

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How to check back to vote in rounds 3 and 4

Board Game Battle

Help us pick the best board game: Board Game Battle

The Classics

Scrabble vs. Monopoly

Scrabble is a word-lover's dream, a crossword-in-progress in which players rack up points by spelling words and aiming for double and triple letter and word scores on the board. Did you know that, placed on two triple-word squares with Z on a double letter square, QUIZZIFY scores 419?

Who hasn't played Monopoly, where the idea is to be a landowner from hell, buying property, charging huge rents and eventually bankrupting your rivals? Rolls of the dice move your player around the board, putting you in position to buy properties you land on, or pay rent for landing on other players' properties.


Pictionary vs. Trivial Pursuit

Pictionary became a party favourite after it debuted in 1985. For some, it's revenge on the word nerds who dominated Scrabble, as imagination and drawing skills rule what is a charades-based game in which teams attempt to quickly identify words "drawn" in picture form by a team member or a rival.

Trivial Pursuit is a Canadian invention that's more or less the everyperson's Jeopardy, with your knowledge tested over a range of topics including science & nature, arts & literature, and sports. It reached peak popularity in 1984, but there's a new Master Edition now out with 3,000 all-new questions.


Risk vs. Catan

Risk is the original war strategy game in which armies – and strategic alliances – help players take over countries and regions across the world. Rolls of the dice determine your success in attacking and defending, and the game ends when a single player rules all territories in the world.

Catan is like Carcassonne on steroids, another tile-based game in which players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan. You don't just build settlements, cities and roads, you also determine the resources (wood, grain, brick, sheep or stone) the island produces as you build your civilization and score points.


Apples to Apples / Cards Against Humanity vs. Cranium

Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity are the same game with two wildly different attitudes, one family-friendly, the other definitely not. In turns, a player draws a Description card, and others submit the Thing card from their hand that best matches the Description. The original player votes on which Thing card is the best match, and awards it (and the next turn) to the player who submitted it.

Billed as "The Game for Your Whole Brain", Cranium brings an assortment of challenges to the party: Describing a word by drawing it (eyes open or closed) or by sculpting it in clay; answering trivia questions; unscrambling words, spelling words or guessing definitions; or by performance, including whistling a song, impersonating a celebrity, or acting out a clue.

How to check back to vote in rounds 2, 3 and 4

We’re done with our Round of 16 and now voting on the Round of 8. On December 15, we’ll kick off voting on the Final Four, then get on to the Championship round, the final two, on Dec. 19.

We’ll crown the winner on Dec. 23.

In addition to the votes on this page, we'll also take into account opinions we hear via our social media.  

Join Team Power Smart & enter to win a four-game prize pack

We love that 75% of members polled last month chose "board game" over "video game" as their choice to play during a storm. We love it because we're also mad about board games, and also because we're supportive of anything that takes us away from using electricity.

We've followed it up with this Board Game Battle, and a Team Power Smart December contest prize of a four-game prize pack.

If you're a Team Power Smart member, log in to view your Member Tool Box and insert the promo code – it's a number from this story. If you're not a member, join Team Power Smart today and then log in to your Tool Box and enter. You can start a 10% electricity Reduction Challenge while you're at it, and you'll have a shot at winning the prize pack of Pandemic; Season 1 Legacy, Codenames, Catan, and Dixit.