Top-selling board games include "Monopoly," "Risk" and "Trivial Pursuit." Other top selling games include "Scrabble," "Clue" and "Pictionary." As of 2013, the number one bestselling game of all time was "Chess," and the second bestselling game of all time was "Checkers."
Monopoly was designed by Lizzie Magie and was called "The Landlord's Game." Magie designed the game as a way to explain to children how rent can favor landlords and impoverish tenants. She sold her patent for the game to Parker Brothers in 1935 for $500.
"Checkers" has been around since 3000 B.C. There are several variations of this game played on several board sizes, including the "international" version which is played on a 10" square board and the "American" version which is played on an 8" square board.
In the late '90s, a type of board game known as Eurogames gained popularity in the U.S. Eurogames are known for focusing less on luck and more on strategy. They received the moniker Eurogame because many of them are developed in European countries. One of the best selling Eurogames is "Settlers of Catan." In this game, the players are tasked with developing a colony on an island with limited resources.