If you want to only include video/computer games then, maybe I'd have to say: Empire (the original from pre-PC times) -- it's kind of the basis for everything from Civilization and other turn-based strategy games, to many RTS games The Fallout series, but primarily 1, 2, and 3 The Elder Scrolls games, but primarily the last 3 of them (Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim Master of Orion Master of Magic Alpha Centauri Sword of the Stars (only the first one and its expansions) Rogue and a lot of the similar games (lately I've been playing a bit of Brogue). I'll gladly include Dungeons of Dredmor among them. Warlords (primarily the first few when it was all turn-based) Some of the Ultima games, particularly Ultima 3 (the one that first hooked me), and Ultima Underworld City of Heroes (one of the best MMOs ever, soon to go into retirement I could probably come up with more, mostly because I really don't know how to rank them. The ones above are simply games that, while I was playing them, I enjoyed them thoroughly, and found them incredibly addictive If I were to include other games, then: Team Chess Civilization and Advanced Civilization (The Avalon Hill games) Cosmic Encounter Axis and Allies -- I've played in a lot of tournaments -- won a few when I was young, but there are a few seriously good players that frequent the tournaments, so I can't claim to be anything but 'above average'. When I was playing, I could still make it into the finals... sometimes. Fortress America -- this game has been out of print for a while now, but, apparently, it's being reissued soon by Fantasy Flight Games. I've played in a lot of tournaments for this game and I've been told that I have a unique (and extremely effective) approach to playing as the Western invader that seems to take opponents by surprise (And causes just soooo much frustration on their part... I love it). I knew I was a decent player, but I didn't realize how unusual my approach was until I started playing in tournaments. I also do decent as the U.S., and as the Eastern invader. Even though I win a lot playing the west, I prefer playing the East, as its more fun (at least for me). I hate playing the South though... There's more I could name, that I've liked a lot, but these are the ones that I've played enough to consider favorites. Honorable Mentions: Arabian Nights Kremlin (no longer in print -- old Avalon Hill game -- a humorous take on power struggles in the USSR) Spies (no longer in print, old SPI game about spies in pre-WWII Europe) Borderlands (no relationship whatsoever to the computer game -- long out of print and lesser known Eon Games board game) : http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/EonGames.shtml Knightmare Chess and other chess variants Illuminati Talisman Monopoly (some explanation may be needed for those who don't understant that Monopoly is ONLY a game of luck, if that's how you play it -- I was more into the cutthroat game, where you'd try to create housing shortages, buying and selling options, using "Get out of Jail Free" cards for purposes that the original designers, I have no doubt, did not conceive of, and so on. Even holding to the letter of the official rules, there was a whole lot of leeway that could be exercised in order to turn Monopoly into a true strategy game.