Known as “The talking board,” the first Ouija board was produced in 1890 with varnished wood, promising communication with “the other side.” In keeping with this tradition, we have sifted through some of the best Ouija board brands to select those with ideal features such as classic imagery and wooden playing boards. If you are looking for something a little more unique, we have selected a couple of alternative Ouija boards, such as the wolf design “Wild One” by Lisa Parker, and a pentagram-shaped Ouija board with a glass top. Check it out…
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Nemesis Now features Gothic, Fantasy, and Alternative items which inspire and liberate the potential of those who use their products. Each item is lovingly designed by their team of artists with a mystical feel to the art that is quite engaging.
A durable and attractive wooden Ouija board, better known as a “Spirit Board”, Nemesis offers this classically designed Ouija board with a disclaimer “…we cannot guarantee the accuracy or outcome of any of the spells”, spooky, huh!? They recommend this board solely for those who are eighteen years and older, and urge the users to engage with it responsibly.
Because Nemesis Now takes such pride in the craftsmanship of their items, the planchette, which is the centerpiece that moves around the board to answer your questions, has a truly lovely and unique design.
Rather than a plastic triangle, this planchette is made of wood, and forms the shape of a heart. It has an intricate swirling design against a black backdrop, courtesy of the Nemesis artisans, who add whimsy and intrigue to this classic Ouija board.
We’re sitting round the Ouija board, all slightly anxious about the fact that we’re going through with this crazy scheme. Before we started, we got a glass of water
to calm our nerves, said a prayer and then focused on the board. We started slowly and cautiously, afraid we might upset a spirit.
“Hello, spirits. We’re here to talk to you.” Nothing. We waited, unsure of what to say next. As we looked around the circle, searching for the next question, all our fingers placed on the planchette, it started to move smoothly across the board.
We all looked silently at each other; you could see the excitement, as we had finally found a spirit to talk to. We asked the spirit what its name was.
“B-R-A-N-D-O-N B-U-R-L-S-W-O-R-T-H.” We literally freaked out, the best football
player in history was speaking to us. We started to ask Brandon all these questions about his favorite game and his success. I couldn’t believe our luck; I’ve always loved Brandon! Towards the end I decided to ask a question that had been on my mind, but I felt a bit silly asking it.
“Do you think that I could make it to be as big as you?” The planchette started moving again and my heart was thumping against my chest.
“S-O-R-R-Y D-U-D-E.” My heart started to sink; I know it’s silly, but it would have meant so much to me if he’d said yes. But the planchette hadn’t stopped moving.
“I A-M N-O-T B-R-A-N-D-O-N,” Wait, what? “I W-A-S B-O-R-E-D. I W-A-N-T-E-D T-O J-O-K-E A-R-O-U-N-D. N-I-C-E M-E-E-T-I-N-G Y-O-U.”
And the planchette didn’t move again, no matter how many questions we asked it! So even though I’m a bit embarrassed we got trolled by a spirit, I can’t help but laugh every time I tell the story! It beats any other board game
You can purchase a well-made Ouija board with a planchette from around $30 to $90. The price depends on what the board is made of, the design and the brand. Older, more traditional brands like William Fuld, with classic markings, will usually cost more. However, the options at the lower end of the range are still well made, and have beautiful, intricate illustrations that may be preferable for some. If you want the true, old-style Ouija board experience, then don’t be swayed by the cheap Ouija boards, as the cheap designs can ruin the overall atmosphere for this unique game.
So, you know you want to buy a Ouija board, but you need some enlightenment on what to look for to find the best one. Well, we can be your special guidance.
Here are some things to think about before putting your money where your mouth is:
- Material - Wooden board, glass top.
- Markings - These only vary marginally; some have “Hello” written on it, some don’t.
- Design - Do you want a traditional wooden look with an old font, or a mysterious modern look?
- Planchette - If you need a planchette with it, make sure it’s part of the set. Check out the design and construction of the planchette as well!
- Size - If you know there will be a lot of you around the board, using it all at once, make sure the board is big enough to fit all of you around so no one is left out.
Want to know more about the options you have? Read on below.
Construction and Design
Wood is the traditional material that a Ouija board would be made of, and it’s still often used to make them nowadays. However, you can also choose from board or resin, with options for a protective top, such as glass, to keep it in good condition for a long time. The material doesn’t affect your connection with the spirits, so it just depends on what you would prefer to use.
Ouija boards now come in all shapes and sizes; they usually come in a rectangle shape but you can also get them in a pentagram shape or other designs. So if you want to shake things up, go for something a little different.
Performance and Ease of Use
The planchette is the indicator in the middle that lets the spirit communicate with you by moving it around the board to spell out words or say yes and no. They are usually made of plastic or wood with a hole in the middle to center the letter that is being chosen. But don’t choose with haste; you can get beautiful Celtic designs, hearts or intricate teardrops to help you talk to the spirit that comes forward.
The size can range from 16 square inches to 15 by 10 inches and everything in between. If you know you want to share this experience with a few people at one time, a bigger board is better so that everyone can get in on the action and see the responses of the sprit. If you don’t think you have that much space or just want a more intimate experience, go for slightly smaller dimensions.
Let your energy flow through your hands and into the centerpiece triangle to receive the answers to your most personal questions. The sun and the moon want to know all your secrets. Join in on the mystical fun for a night you’ll never forget!