Whether you are trying to find board game instructions for a family favorite or the game you bought at a yard sale, it can be frustrating to say the least. Over the years companies change the directions to many games so even if you can remember the rules for the 1968 version of Monopoly they may not be the official rules for the 2008 version. Luckily, there are ways to get the rules to almost any game with only a minimum of trouble.
Internet Resources for Board Game Instructions
The Internet has made it much easier to find the rules to many board games, especially the most popular ones. There are sites which are dedicated to board games, vintage and modern, and have archived copies of the various board game instructions.
Board Game Capital
Board Game Capital is a great site for interesting facts and trivia about your favorite board games, but more importantly they have the rules to almost 50 games archived. Among the games that they have the instructions to are:
Central Connector has literally hundreds of instructions for popular board games. Some of the board game directions that they have are:
- Booby Trap
- Hi Ho Cherry O
- Michigan Rummy
- Monopoly Jr.
- Mouse Trap
- Trivial Pursuit
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
Board Game Central
If you can't find it anywhere else, Board Game Central is sure to have the board game instructions you are looking for. There are many games in a number of different genres on this site. Each is categorized by the type of game it is:
They also have listings for game manufacturers as well. There are links with most of the games to information about them, instructions, rules, and other items of interest.
Board Game Geek
Board Game Geek offers various board games topics, auctions, and forums. While they do not have game instructions onsite, they do have a large reader base that may have just what you are looking for.
The Individual Companies
Many of the companies offer the rules as a download on their websites. You can do a Web search for the company name, go to their site and see if there is a download available. You may need to email their customer service department. Hasbro owns most of the big game companies so perusing their site first may save you time later on. The own the following:
- Milton Bradley
- Parker Brothers
- Avalon Hill
- Many others
LoveToKnow Board Games
There are several articles about specific board games and their instructions for play right here at LoveToKnow Board Games. Just look and see if there has been an article written on the board game you are looking for.
Finding Board Game Directions Offline
If you need game instructions that you can't find on the Internet, there are other ways to find them.
- Make sure you know the version of the game that you have. If it was made in 1967, it may have different instructions than if it was produced in 1985, even if the game looks the same.
- Call the game company if there is a phone number for them on the box, otherwise write to them. Generally the company name and address (or at least city) is on the box somewhere.
- Try searching for a board game forum or chat board and asking there. Many times other board game enthusiasts will be able to point you in the right direction.
Keep Copies of Game Instructions
In the future, when you buy a board game take a few minutes to scan the instructions onto a disk. This way if you lose the original instructions you can always print out a new copy. You can also keep the instructions in a file separate from the game so that there is less chance of them being misplaced.
Most games are played the way you remember them being played. If all else fails trust your memory. After all, it is about having a great time with people you love more than it is about following the rules to the letter.