Everyone and their friend is telling us that the economic climate this year means that families will be spending less on vacations and outside entertainment and more on board games and family time.

And, aside from the retailers, of course, lots of media sources are coming out with top ten board game lists this year.

MSN entered the fray with a list that includes The Settlers of Catan. Way to go MSN.

And England’s Daily Record put out a list that includes Buckaroo and Subbuteo. I didn’t know either of those; they must have been more popular in England.

Canada.com includes on its list Mad Gab and Payday. Payday? Come on. Really?

The Examiner adds a list of games for special needs children.