Ever wanted to go on a journey without leaving your table?
Modern board game design is driven by innovation, allowing players to step past ‘roll and move’ antics and enjoy tailored experiences. And for every game that’s about beheading orcs, or optimizing trains, there’s a pick that lets you live out a life of adventure and step into a world well beyond your own.
So, here are eight of our favorite games for bold adventurers out there! Starting with-
If inhabiting a “persistent world of shifting motives” sounds exciting, then climb onboard with Isaac Childres’ ground-breaking adventure game release. Built around exploring (and influencing) a fully realised world, Gloomhaven offers a combat-heavy rpg experience where the DM can join in the fight. Built with legacy mechanics, each of the game’s staggering 95 missions reveals something new about the world, impacts your story, and sheds new light on the murky history of the city. While the game can be a bit of a table hog, Gloomhaven is perfect for groups looking for their next campaign, pick up a copy and carve out your own path in an unforgiving world.
The game that put Plaid Hat on the map, Mice and Mystics is an outstanding story told at a tiny scale. Playing as a prince-turned-mouse, players take on the role of the lordling and his allies as they battle their way through the castle and to save a land in peril. This asks players to engage in a persistent campaign where they take down everything from cockroaches (goblins) all the way to a fearsome kitchen cat (dragons). Crafted with a storybook aesthetic, players can help but empathise with the princes’ plight or wait to see what part of the castle they end up in next. And any game that uses cheese as an experience mechanic is ok with us.
What’s scarier than a haunted house you ask? Well, what about one that holds different scares every time you enter it and where the monster at the end could turn out to be you. A much loved stalwart from Avalon Hill, the game asks players to explore the floors of a terrifying mansion and – once enough time has passed – trigger ‘The Haunt’. This sees players consulta book with dozens of options for your finale that can range from grappling with zombies, stopping cannibals, being abducted by aliens and more. A perfect storytelling engine, Betrayal is the perfect beer and pretzels games for players that can’t wait to see what’s around the next turn.