Favourite Board Games: Part 1


I started doing this as a Top Ten Tuesday topic for when I don’t like the actual theme of the week. But then it got out of hand and I started adding more and more games that I remembered! I decided to not squeeze it all into one post, but do 2 or 3 in order to give the games more attention. So here you go – my favourite board games:

13 Dead End Drive (Agatha’s Letzter Wille)

A murder-themed board game in which you have to find out who murdered the lady of the mansion and who is the murderer. There are 12 characters in the game and if for example 2 people are playing, you get 6 cards each of which you are allowed to see 4. The other 2 each remain a mystery until the end. What you have to do now is eliminate all the characters who are not yours^^ Or you think are not yours, as you have 2 cards you don’t know about. So you might end up getting rid of your own people! You can move all players along the board and whenever you have them in the right spot, you can have a chandelier drop on them, let them fall down the stairs, off a ladder etc.

It is not guaranteed that the character is eliminated whenever he finds himself in a trap. You have to pick up a card and it will determine whether its a yes or no.

I don’t remember every detail but there also was some detective who moved closer and closer to the mansion (determined by cards you pick up). And he was connected to the picture frame hanging above the fireplace. The character cards in this changed constantly and whoever showed when the detective reached the door, was the murderer. The last person standing wins.

Loved this game, I remember playing it with my brother and friends from primary school all the time. It was one of our favourites.

Dream Phone (Traumtelefon)

Girls from the 80s and 90s – REMEMBER THAT?! πŸ˜€

You had a couple of different boys and had to find out who is your secret admirer. So you had to randomly call different boys and listen to clues about who it is until it’s narrowed down and you can start guessing^^ Whoever is the first to find the dude, wins. Weird game, but we little girls loved it.

Pretty Pretty Princess

I am not able to find the German version of it, that I owned. I remember it was a pink box and a yellow crown, but that’s it. I can’t even remember the name!

So you had to choose one colour and collect all the jewelry belonging to it (ring, earrings, necklace and bracelet I think?) and not pick up the black ring. Whoever does that first wins and gets to wear the awful yellow plastic crown. Yay. I remember that this game lead to lots of fighting πŸ˜€ That happens when you let little girls play with (plastic fake) jewelry and only ONE can be a princess haha



Good old Risk.. That was not the version we owned, ours was really old and battered, but nothing wrong with that! This was a game that, for some reason, I always played with my dad and brother only. My mom never liked it. And fair enough. Half of the time it ended in someone crying and screaming or it didn’t end at all! We kinda still enjoyed it though πŸ˜€ And always went back to it. Good game for cold winter afternoons.


A game my uncle and aunty owned and my brother and I loved playing it. We were all not big fans of monopoly so this was our alternative as it’s similar. You buy property and can start building a hotel resort. The bigger it gets, the more money you get from your opponent whenever he stops at one of your properties.

Merlin’s Cristall

Oh god, this game.. Don’t ask me, how it was actually supposed to be played πŸ˜€ I have no idea! There were some question cards and game pieces.. but I don’t know! The Merlin crystal ball was so cool! Basically, you asked him questions that could be answered with either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. He had different programmed answers but they were all versions of yes, no or not sure πŸ˜€ So what you had to do was ask your question, move your hand twice over the ball (which made a cool swishing noise) and then wait for Merlin’s answer. So we, as primary school kids, had fun making up our own silly questions and didn’t care about how the game was supposed to be played^^



Not really a board game but I like to mention it anyways, because it’s awesome and reminds me of good times and a happy childhood! It was magic πŸ˜€

Snail’s Pace Race (Tempo, kleine Schnecke)

This was one of the first games I remember! It is so super cute and really easy for small kids.

Tiroler Roulette

tiroler roulette

One of my nanna’s games! Really simple and fun. You have to spin this thingy (pardon my English^^) and see where the little balls land. Then count your points.

Eleven Starts! (Elfer Raus)

This was exactly the version we owned! With the cute animals πŸ™‚Β  It’s pretty straight forward. There’s 80 cards in total. 4 sets of 1-20 in 4 different colours. If you play with 2 or 3 people, everyone gets 20 cards, the rest remain in the pack to pick up later. Whoever starts can only lay down an 11 – everything else will get added from this point and whoever gets rid of his cards first wins. So, if you lay down a red 11, the next player in line could add a red 12 or 10 or put down an 11 in a different colour if he has one. You can add as many cards as you want when it’s your turn.

Good memories!!

There’s 2 more posts on my favourite board games coming next week πŸ™‚

In the meantime, please tell me if you remember any of those or which your favourite board games are πŸ™‚ I might remember a few more as well and can add to my lists!


  1. I always loved Risk and still have mine from a couple decades ago. I had completely forgotten about 13 Dead End Drive! I always liked Stratego and All the King’s Men too. Clue was my absolute favorite board-game. Good job with the list and look forward to the others

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  2. Even though I am an old and salty Captain, I still want to get me hands on 13 Dead End Drive. That sounds awesome! Lovely post and thanks fer sharin’ yer memories. I can hardly wait fer the next installment.
    x The Captain
    PS on Amazon it is 115 dollars! Eeeek! I need more treasure!

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    1. Thanks Captain!! πŸ˜€
      It’s a shame it’s so expensive, Our version fell apart in the end but I really want it back as well. And also the orginal version – there’s a new one as well which I don’t like. Maybe it’s possible to find at at markets or garage sales πŸ˜€ we keep on hunting!!

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