Asking the same question for different gamers will get a different answer every time. In different age groups, different countries and cultures, and different walks of life, a different kind of favourite game will emerge. There is favourite tabletop games that are played worldwide with maybe a small difference because of language and culture.
Monopoly was sold for the first time in 1935 and is a game of property buying and developing. Players take risks when buying, selling, and trading properties while trying to not get the “go to jail” card. To win the game, you need to bankrupt the other players and have the most money in cash and property value.
Scrabble is a word-building game. Each player gets a set number of jumbled letter tiles, where each letter has a different point value. Each player gets a chance to build words with their assigned letter tiles. There will be lots of possible word combinations and in the end, the player with the highest letter count is the winner.
Chess is a strategy game between two players. Each player has sixteen pieces, black on one side, and white on the other side, which must be maneuvered across a playing board with 64 squares. The squares are black and white, and the pieces have set patterns in which they should be moved. This game is still played worldwide after almost 1500 years.
Did you know that pool, also billiards, is classified as a tabletop game? It is played on a table with a cue and balls that need to be deposited in six pockets along the sides of the table.