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10 Board Games That Teach You Life Skills

In today’s blog post, we are going to be talking about 10 board games that teach you various life skills, especially economic and money management ones.

1. The Pursuit of Happiness

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In The Pursuit of Happiness, you take control of a character from birth to old age where you are able to live the life that you’ve always wanted.

This game uses a work-placement mechanism which ultimately requires you to get jobs, take on projects, buy items, establish relationships and raise a family.

In this game, the possibilities are endless. Just how much can you achieve in a lifetime?

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2. Careers

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In the game Careers, you’re playing through the life of a character however, this board game is largely focused on their career. 

You have a choice of if you want to pursue fame, fortune, happiness or a combination of all three in which you decide on a career to achieve this.

3. Pay Day

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Pay Day is a game where players have to deal with various bills and expenses as well as make deals on properties and earn money.

It is played on a one month calendar with 31 days where at the end of each month, players are paid their salary and then pay off all outstanding bills.

The player with the most money after a certain amount of months, wins.

4. Charge Large

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In Charge Large, players manage their debt and assets to find success where you travel around the board leveraging both cash and credit to win.

The objective of Charge Large is to upgrade to the black card, accumulate $2500 in cash and have no dollars in debt.

5. CV

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CV is a “Yahtzee-style” game which includes the dice-rolling and re-rolling mechanisms. In CV you are required to lead a character through their entire life where you will make choices about friends, relationships, jobs and various activities.

6. The Game of Life

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A classic family board game, The Game of Life mirrors life events from going to college, raising a family, working, buying a house and retiring.

The objective of the game is to have the most assets at the conclusion of the game and assets are primarily earned by working and earning money. 

View our Game of Life Rules Here.

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7. Monopoly

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Another classic game, Monopoly is a fast-dealing, property and trading game. 

The objective of Monopoly is to remain financially solvent whilst forcing other players into bankruptcy by buying and developing properties.

There are also multiple versions of the classic game of Monopoly.

View our Monopoly Rules here.

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8. Acquire

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In Acquire, players are required to strategically invest in businesses and retain a majority of stock.

As businesses grow, players have the opportunity to merge them which gives stockholders sizeable bonuses.

Acquire is a game where players race to acquire the greatest wealth

9. The Gallerist

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The Gallerist requires players to invest and promote art in order to build and exert your international reputation.

This game requires you to maximise your money by having visitors in your gallery, exhibiting and selling works of art, investing and achieving a reputation.

10. Cashflow 101

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Cashflow 101 is a board game that teaches players various financial concepts such as money management and allows players to build up their financial intelligence.

Players are able to apply what they know in real life to this board game where the objective of the game is to “Get out of the Rat Race” and onto the “Fast Track”

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