I love board games, but hated monopoly! Whenever I was forced to play, no one knew the rules, and made up their own ones, like having to go round the board once before buying properties, landing on Go gave you £400. Taxes and fines went in the middle and landing on free parking let you 'win' it.
My favourite board game was Talisman. Played with those too young to grasp Dungeons and Dragons.