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Board Game Gift Guide 2022

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“Now what should I get for Aunt Martha who doesn’t know any board games besides Sorry!?” If you identify with this situation, this article’s for you. You know it’s an uphill climb to give gifts to those unfamiliar with board gaming, so we’re opening up the Board Game Quest bunker survival database to release our recommended gifts. Got an actuarial inclined uncle? Send him a Eurogame! Aunt Sofia got a thing for cute games? We got that. Cousin Rupert loves getting everyone together for a party? (sigh) Yeah, we got those too.

In addition, this year, we’ve unleashed the gaming gremlins (IT IS a holiday movie!) to grab the best list of titles for a 2022 holiday season that REALLY, REALLY needs to be better than last year. The guide has a variety of categories to help you narrow down what games to add first to your shopping list. Enjoy!

2022 Board Game Gift Guide

Classic Board Games

Every year we try to start off the guide with the classics. These are games that have not only made their mark on our hobby, but have stood the test of time. If you are not sure where to start, any of these gems would make the perfect gift. They have been enjoyed by millions of gamers and are readily available in most major stores.

Ticket to RideTicket to Ride (review)
Designer Alan Moon created this gem back in 2004 and it continues to make its way to gaming tables even to this day. It’s fun, accessible, and has a ton of expansions for added variety. In Ticket to Ride, you are trying to build train routes across major cities on the board. The gameplay makes this one quick to learn and fast to play. If you have played card games like Rummy or Gin, then Ticket to Ride should be an easy transition.

2-5 Players • Ages 8+ • 60 minutes • $43Get Your Copy

 

 

Pandemic Box CoverPandemic (review)
Designer Matt Leacock has created a cooperative game that has players racing against time to cure four diseases threatening the world. Pandemic is one of the most popular cooperative board games and has long since become a staple in every gamer’s collection. Pandemic is easy to learn and very challenging to win, which helps give the game high replay value. It has also inspired a number of thematic offshoots should you be looking for more Pandemic options.

2-4 Players • Ages 13+ • 45 minutes • $39Get Your Copy

 

 

The Settlers of Catan Game BoxCatan (review)
Catan is the granddaddy of board games and is probably most Americans’ first experience with a “Eurogame.” In this game of trading and construction, players must build up their settlements and roads by using the island’s five resources. The game features very easy-to-learn mechanics and a healthy dose of player interaction via the importance of trading resources. Catan is a game that every gamer will probably play at least once and is one of the ultimate “gateway games.”

3-4 Players • Ages 10+ • 90 minutes • $45Get Your Copy

 

 

7 Wonders7 Wonders (review)
7 Wonders is a fantastic card game that introduced players to the card drafting (pick and pass) genre. In 7 Wonders, after you select your card, you then pass your remaining hand of cards to the player sitting next to you. The gameplay is unique, it has a quick playtime, and expands all the way up to 7 players with zero loss of quality or added length. 7 Wonders is easily one of our favorite games and one we’re always willing to play.

2-7 Players • Ages 10+ • 30 minutes • $45Get Your Copy

 

 

Carcassonne (review)
Carcassonne is a tile-laying game with almost no setup time because you build the game board as you play! In Carcassonne, players are building out cities, roads, monasteries, and farms to try to score the most victory points. Each turn, a player will draw a tile and add it to the tiles already on the table. If the player completes one of their buildings, they score victory points for it. The rules are simple, the turns quick, and the game is very accessible.

2-5 Players • Ages 8+ • 45 minutes • $34Get Your Copy

 

 

Cooperative Board Games

Board games don’t always have to be about head-to-head competition. Sometimes, the joy of camaraderie and working together is what people crave. Cooperative boards games pit you and your fellow players against the game itself. Some are more action-oriented, while others have a more puzzly nature to them.

Batman Everybody LiesBatman: Everybody Lies (review)
The Detective series of games has been a great experience for anyone who loves mysteries and deduction. From the original Detective to Season One, To Vienna Connection, Portal Games have been gifting us with a steady stream of releases in this lineup. And now you can enjoy this cooperative game in the greatest city of all: Gotham City. With Batman: Everybody Lies, you and your fellow players will be on the streets of this fabled city, trying to figure out a series of mysteries that will have you meeting a number of famed Gotham City denizens.

1-4 Players • Ages 14+ • 120-180 minutes • $50Get Your Copy

 

DecorumDecorum
Decorum is a game of hidden information where you and your partner are trying to decorate your home in a way that makes both of you happy. However no one player has all the rules, and communication is limited, so you’ll need to watch your partner’s moves, all the while trying to communicate why you are doing what you are… but only with the limited methods of communication at your disposal. Decorum is one of those games that gets better than more you play it as you and your partner figure out ways to work together.

2-4 Players • Ages 13+ • 30-45 minutes • $55Get Your Copy

 

Rear WindowRear Window
Based on the famed 1954 Hitchcock thriller, you and your fellow players are tasked with trying to figure out who is in each of the four apartments. In Rear Window, the director knows who lives where, while the rest of the players don’t. So it’s the director’s job to communicate the answers only by using a series of cards. Yet there is also a twist, there is a chance that one of the residents of the building is secretly a murderer and the director is actually working against the other players to keep their identity a secret!

3-5 Players • Ages 13+ • 40 minutes • $22Get Your Copy

 

Marvel ZombiesMarvel Zombies: Heroes’ Resistance
The Zombicide series of games has been around for years in various forms. From modern-day, to fantasy, to scifi, players have been enjoying this dice chucker for quite a while. And now it descends into the Marvel Universe as you get to control heroes such as The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man as you smash your way through hordes of zombies! If you love rolling dice, smashing zombies, and overall just feeling like an engine of destruction, Marvel Zombies is worth checking out!

1-4 Players • Ages 14+ • 60 minutes • $34Get Your Copy

 

The Night CageThe Night Cage (review)
You and your fellow players are trapped in a dark prison with only a candle to light your way. You must search the tunnels for 4 keys and the exit. However, there are monsters lurking in these depths, and the prison also will change when the light goes out. That hallway you just came from will disappear once your meager candle is out of range. If you are looking for a thematic game that will test your cooperation skills, be sure to give The Night Cage a look.

1-5 Players • Ages 14+ • 40-60 minutes • $45Get Your Copy

 

2021 Choices:
GI Joe Deck Building Game
Pandemic Legacy: Season Zero
Project Elite

Party Games

While the name may suggest that these are games to play at a party, they are really more about social interaction and casual gameplay. A party game can usually accommodate a large number of players (but not required) and features really simple rules with lots of interaction.

Ready Set BetReady Set Bet
Are you a risk-taker looking for excitement and an adrenaline rush in your life? If you are, you should definitely check Ready Set Bet, a game about betting on horse races. The horse races are straightforward. One player keeps rolling two dice and uses their total value to select a horse to move forwards. If the same horse moves twice, it can get bonus movements depending on the dice probability. Players can bet during the race until a horse crosses a RED-line. After a few rounds, the game finishes, and the player with the most money wins. A companion Mobile App was released to handle the horse races so that all players can play & gamble.

2-9 Players • Ages 14+ • 45-60 minutes • $37Get Your Copy

 

Hand to Hand WombatHand-to-Hand Wombat
This party game will have players trying to construct three towers of discs on spindles. Sounds easy enough, right? Well not so fast. In Hand-to-Hand Wombat, everyone has to play with their eyes closed. Sure, that makes it a little tougher, but what really makes things interesting is that some players might secretly be traitors trying to sabotage the wombat’s efforts. Can you figure out who is with you and who is against you before time runs out?

3-6 Players • Ages 15+ • 7 minutes • $25Get Your Copy

 

So CloverSo Clover
Each player receives a “clover.” Your “clover” has space for four cards, with two words on each side. You have to write one word on each Clover side that makes people think of both words in the “clover.” Finally, you remove the cards from the clover and place them on the table. The other players will try to assign the cards to the cover at their original place and orientation. The person who prepared the “clover” is the spectator and will have to tell other players which cards they guessed incorrectly. So Clover! is a word association game like Codenames and also a very popular party game.

3-6 Players • Ages 10+ • 30 minutes • $24Get Your Copy

 

2021 Choices:
Don’t Get Got
Similio
MonsDRAWsity

Two-Player Games

Not every game needs a group of players to be enjoyable. Whether it’s simply you and a friend, or you are looking for something to play with your significant other, a two-player game will fit the bill.

Sakura ArmsSakura Arms
Sakura Arms is a dueling game where each player will control two goddesses that will empower their other cards. They will begin the game by assembling a deck of 10 cards that they will battle their opponent with. Once things get going, players will take turns playing cards that consist of attacks, enchantments, and utility cards. Games of Sakura Arms are quick playing and and pack in some nice variety. If you are looking for a unique dueling game that’s easy to get to the table, thank Sakura Arms is definitely worth checking out.

2 Players • Ages 14+ • 30 minutes • $35Get Your Copy

 

Sobek 2 PlayersSobek 2 Players
One of the newer entries into the two-player-only gaming category is Sobek 2 Players, a codesign by Sébastien Pauchon and Bruno Cathala, the latter of whom designed the original version of the game. This version involves a relatively standard set collection with a unique twist on what tiles are available to grab on any given turn. It looks pretty basic at first glance, but has a fair amount of complicating factors once the game gets going. It’s a solid option for those interested in a two-player game and a great choice to give as a gift this holiday season (especially to couples).

2 Players • Ages 10+ • 20 minutes • $27Get Your Copy

 

UnmatchedUnmatched: Jurassic Park – Dr. Sattler vs. T. Rex
The Unmatched series has jumped around to a variety of different themes and locations, from jolly old England, to the Marvel universe, and now to Jurassic Park. In Unmatched Jurassic Park, one player will control Dr. Sattler and the chaotician Dr. Ian Malcom, while the other player gets to stomp around the board as a Tyrannasuar Rex. The game is card driven, with no dice, meaning managing your deck is crucial to victory. This dueling card game is much beloved and the T-Rex mini looks just awesome.

2 Players • Ages 13+ • 20-40 minutes • $29Get Your Copy

 

Land vs SeaLand vs Sea (review)
A two-player tile-laying game where one player is trying to fill the board with land, while their opponent wants nothing but sea. The tiles in Land vs Sea are all double-sided, and contain both land and sea, ensuring that there will not only be plenty of options on a turn, but a lot of back and forth between the players as they try and make their terrain type the dominant one.

2 Players • Ages 13+ • 45 minutes • $26Get Your Copy

 

2021 Choices:
Undaunted North Africa
Catapult Feud
Curious Cargo

Eurogames

In stark contrast to war games, the eurogame prioritizes managing resources and collecting victory points over direct conflict. There are many games that fall in this category, from light to heavy, and the euro game can appeal to a broad number of gamers.

GutenbergGutenberg
Back in the 15th century, Johannes Gutenberg invented a little-known invention called the printing press. To say that it was revolutionary would be an understatement. In Gutenberg, players will take on the role of one of the pioneers of the printing press, carrying out orders to build their wealth and fame. This auction and drafting game will have players bidding for actions to improve their workshop and press. Gutenberg also features a unique system of rotating gears that allow players to combine bonuses and earn extra points.

1-4 Players • Ages 10+ • 60-120 minutes • $70Get Your Copy

 

ArkopolisAkropolis
Flourish as the finest architect of ancient Greece in Akropolis; a tile placement, card drafting game with a twist. Plan a city and grow it horizontally and vertically. Tiles represent houses, temples, markets, gardens, and barracks with different scoring rules. The higher you place them, the more valuable they are. Straightforward rules conceal a hardcore strategic game that exhibits the magnificence of games such as Go.

2-4 Players • Ages 8+ • 20-30 minutes • $29Get Your Copy

 

Dollars to DonutsDollars to Donuts (review)
Dollars to Donuts is a little bit of set collection meshed up with a spatial puzzle. Each turn you’ll be added donut tiles to your board to try and claim donut tokens. Those will be used to satisfy customer orders, earning you the much-coveted victory points. Dollars to Donuts not only has some really unique gameplay, but its accessible ruleset means that just about anyone can enjoy it.

1-4 Players • Ages 8+ • 30-45 minutes • $34Get Your Copy

 

The Guild of Merchant ExplorersThe Guild of Merchant Explorers (review)
The game is primarily a route-building game where players will start out at their ship, and try and reach different areas around their board. As they fully explore a terrain area, they can establish a village, giving them different starting points in future rounds. This helps to ensure that each of the game’s four rounds continues to ramp up, because even though your exploration cubes are cleared each round, the cities stay. The Guild of Merchant Explorers also comes with a variety of different maps, helping give it some nice replay value.

1-4 Players • Ages 10+ • 45 minutes • $38Get Your Copy

 

2021 Choices:
Lost Ruins of Arnak
Cryo
Furnace

Miniatures Games

Miniatures games, or minis games as they are more often referred to, are games for people who love those little plastic figures. Whether a painter at heart or just someone who can appreciate how cool the sculpts look, minis games are more popular than ever. Most of the time the gameplay in minis games are tactical in nature with lots of combat and dice chucking.

BardsungBardsung (review)
Are you looking for a cooperative dungeon crawler? Bardsung might be right up your alley. The game supports 1-5 players (I would not recommend more than four). What makes Bardsung unique is its random dungeon generation, long campaign with multiple paths to experience, and character customization. It also includes many great minis as well as interesting initiative and wandering monster systems. Finally, it is not overly complex. Yes, it can get repetitive, but I always find myself coming back to it. In fact, after posting my review, I bought the Fables expansion from SFG’s website to expand my character customization options! 

1-5 Players • Ages 14+ • 60-90 minutes • $149Get Your Copy

 

BloodborneBloodborne: The Board Game
Bloodborne is the tabletop version of the popular video game. Every player has a hunter dashboard, and you have a deck of cards that allows you to take actions. You also have items you can collect that will help you in your adventure. If you are attacking an enemy, they will attack you. Attacks have speed, which determines initiative order during combat. During the game, you will be moving around, interacting and fighting, and participating in missions, which are part of chapters that form campaigns. There is plenty of content in Bloodborne. The miniatures are outstanding and faithful to the videogame, bringing many monsters, creatures and bosses to your table. As with the videogame, it is a challenging game, but turns are fast-paced, and the combat system is well received.

1-4 Players • Ages 12+ • 45-75 minutes • $81Get Your Copy

 

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood of VeniceAssassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Venice (review)
While the miniatures of the guards have been replaced with standees in this more cost-effective version, the gameplay is still pretty great. Plus, the miniatures of the Assassins are still here for you to control. This cooperative game has players taking on the rule of the famed Assassins from the video game series of the same name. Throughout the campaign, you’ll be taking your assassin from fledgling recruit to full on master of steath and blades. It’s these skills and weapons that players will need to rely on if they are going to thwart the templar’s plans.

1-4 Players • Ages 12+ • 30-90 minutes • $129Get Your Copy

 

2021 Choices
Horizon Zero Dawn
Aliens Another Glorious Day in the Corps
Unmatched Cobble and Fog

Card Games

Card games come in many shapes and varieties, but they usually lack a large game board and tons of plastic pieces. This not only makes them more budget-friendly, but also a lot easier to take with you on the go.

Game of thronesA Game of Thrones: B’Twixt
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the better part of the last decade, chances are you’ve heard of A Game of Thrones. In addition to being a blockbuster TV show, it’s also long been a long-running fantasy novel series. While there are already a couple of board games based on these books, there was a new release this year in the form of A Game of Thrones: B’Twixt. In it, you play one of the power dealers from the Song of Ice and Fire. Cerise, Tyrion, Olenna, and Daenerys, among others. Throughout the game, you’ll be bidding influence to acquire allies for your small council. But what’s interesting is that the allies you acquire aren’t just yours. Borrowing some mechanics from Between Two Cities, every ally you recruit will go into a council you share with one of your neighbors. And it’s the lowest scoring of those two councils that you will use for your final score.

3-6 Players • Ages 14+ • 90 minutes • $32Get Your Copy

 

Lord of the RingsThe Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Revised Core Set
The people of Middle Earth speak of a terrible doom approaching from the east. Dark Lord Sauron is gathering his forces in the black lands of Mordor, and should he gain power, he will cast the world into eternal shadow. The only hope lies in a heroic few who must work together to stem the tide of evil. The Lord of the Rings – The Card Game is a cooperative Living Card Game, with new adventure packs released periodically, in which Players control some of Middle-earth’s most powerful characters and artifacts. In every game, your team will attempt to overcome the challenges, encounters, and enemies presented in the scenario as you hope to claim victory together. You are about to enter the world of Middle-earth; gather your heroes and prepare to face the darkness that is coming!

1-4 Players • Ages 14+ • 30-90 minutes • $69Get Your Copy

 

Port Royal Big BoxPort Royal Big Box (review)
One of the lighter games from veteran game designer Alexander Pfister is Port Royal. This accessible card game has players drawing cards from a shared deck with the hopes of trying not to bust out. If they quit while they are ahead, they can then purchase cards for their tableau. And since players can buy cards even on their opponent’s turn, it helps keep players in to the game even when it’s not their turn. This new edition not only updates the art, but also adds in every released expansion! The included expansions not only add more variety, but even a cooperative mode and a campaign!

1-5 Players • Ages 8+ • 20-50 minutes • $27Get Your Copy

 

Village RailsVillage Rails
In Village Rails, the railway network needs to be planned, and you were assigned this responsibility. Connect villages across various terrain types in the countryside of England. You can increase your points by adding trips to the railway lines and become wealthy by finishing routes with “Terminus” cards. Village Rails combines many different game mechanics. It includes tableau building, tile placement, card drafting, pattern matching, and set collection to deliver a remarkable experience in one small package. Make sure you are prepared in advance to participate in this joyful trip.

2-4 Players • Ages 14+ • 45 minutes • $25Get Your Copy

 

Marvel Dice ThroneMarvel Dice Throne (review)
The result of crossing Yahtzee and a combat game is Dice Throne, a successful game now themed around some of your favorite characters from Marvel. Being loosely inspired by Yahtzee, you will roll combinations of five dice up to three times per turn to select those that allow you to trigger your desired character’s powers and attack your opponents. The game was cleverly designed so that the hero’s unique powers and special abilities properly represent each Marvel character. It is a low-complexity game, easy to learn, fast-paced, compelling, and highly entertaining. This game is certainly a no-brainer for those who are fans of Marvel and Yahtzee (or other dice-based games)

2-6 Players • Ages 8+ • 20-40 minutes • $41Get Your Copy

 

2021 Choices:
Funfair
Lawyer Up
Riftforce

Thematic Games

Sometimes you don’t want to hunt for victory points, but instead, want a game that draws you in with its story or world. These games usually combine great production values with engaging gameplay that draws you in from the very start. If you want a game that immerses you in its world, thematic games are a perfect choice.

Brazil Imperial
If you are a fan of euro games but just wish they had a bit more theme to them, then you’ve found a winner with Brazil Imperial. Set in Brazil in between the 16th and 19th centuries, you take on the role of a great monarch with the goal to construct buildings, manage resources, explore, and recruit a powerful army to protect yourself. The mechanics are a mashup of an empire-building game and a 4x game. Brazil Imperial not only looks great, but the gameplay is sure to be a hit with any euro game fan that enjoys a bit of conflict in their games. However combat is also not a central focus of this game, so even people who don’t enjoy combat can still be victorious.

1-4 Players • Ages 14+ • 100 minutes • $70Get Your Copy

 

Tenpenny ParksTenpenny Parks (review)
This theme park building game not only has a fantastic table presence with its Vincent Dutrait artwork and 3d carousel, but also is a ton of fun to play. The action economy in Tenpenny Parks is really tight, so expect a lot of meaningful decisions as you build out your park. Do you send your workers to clear trees? Maybe build a few concession stands, or how about that big ride that will bring in the guests for victory points! It’s decisions like these that you will make every turn if you hope to maximize the space in your park using polyomino-shaped rides.

1-4 Players • Ages 14+ • 45-75 minutes • $59Get Your Copy

 

Sleeping GodsSleeping Gods (review)
This is a cooperative game of narrative & exploration; it is a storybook game for one to three players. It is also an atlas game, and each atlas page depicts only a tiny portion of the world you can explore. You and your crew work together, managing to survive, level up, and face increasingly complex challenges in this 10-20 hour campaign. Everything in Sleeping Gods is well thought out and neatly designed. The ultimate goal is to find at least fourteen totems hidden throughout the world to wake up the gods.

1-4 Players • Ages 13+ • 60-120 minutes • $85Get Your Copy

 

UnfathomableUnfathomable (review)
One of the very first, and best, traitor board games was Battlestar Galactica. Based on the hit TV show, it brought its deception and intrigue to our tabletops. Long since out of print, gamers now have a new way to experience this great title. Unfathomable takes the familiar gameplay from Battlestar Galactia and moves it to the 1940s. Now, you and your fellow players are passengers in a luxury liner on an ocean voyage. However, the denizens of Cthulhu are attacking and you don’t know who you can trust. Is your fellow player here to help, or are they secretly a deep one working against you!

3-6 Players • Ages 14+ • 120-240 minutes • $63Get Your Copy

 

Bullet StarBullet ⭐ (review)
With gameplay inspired from the old shoot ‘em up video games, Bullet ⭐ is unlike most other games you’ve played. This real-time game will have you drawing tokens from a bag and sliding them down your heroine’s “sight” track. You’ll use the tokens to match patterns on your cards, blasting the tokens off your board and into your opponent’s area. But if you don’t keep up with the oncoming tokens, you’ll take damage, and possibly be eliminated. Bullet ⭐ also offers a variety of ways to play: competitive, solo, team-based or even full cooperative!

1-4 Players • Ages 15+ • 13 minutes • $39Get Your Copy

 

2021 Choices:
Descent: Legends of the Dark
Arkham Horror The Card Game
Destinies

Family Games

If you are looking for games that can be played not only with family members but also non-gaming friends, then Family Games are an excellent choice. Easy-to-learn rules, friendly themes, and minimal downtime are hallmarks of the genre.

KitesKites
Kites is a cooperative game about flying kites. You will be flipping timers that represent kites as fast as you can. Different timers have different colors and different times and there is a deck of cards that match these colors. To start the game, you start the white timer. Beginning with the first player, each player will play a card, draw a new card from the center deck, and start or flip over the timer(s) of the same color (s) as the card played. Players keep doing that until the deck runs out. If any timer goes off at any point, you lose. Some cards have special abilities, such as turning off all timers simultaneously. The artwork and the theme fit Kites well. It is an easy-to-learn, fun, quick party and family game where tension builds while you play.

2-6 Players • Ages 10+ • 10 minutes • $20Get Your Copy

 

DraftosaurusDraftosaurus
This family-friendly drafting game not only looks cute with its dinosaur-shaped meeples, but is easy to play as well. In Draftosaurus, you’ll be drafting dinosaurs each round for your park. Where you put them will both be determined on the die roll and also the rules of each of your paddocks. Some will only take unique dinos, while others want matching pairs. The game plays quickly and is a lot of fun. And once you are ready for more action, there are two expansions to help up the replay value, allowing this one to get to the table more often.

2-5 Players • Ages 8+ • 15 minutes • $20Get Your Copy

 

7 Wonders Architects7 Wonders Architects
Two to seven players compete to be the leader of the ancient world by completing an architectural wonder that will endure through the ages. 7 Wonders Architects is an introductory version of 7 Wonders, one of the best games of all time. This game gives the flavor and taste of 7 Wonders in a more accessible way without the full complexity of the original game. It is a game for a broad audience, from eight-year-old kids to adults of any age. 7 Wonders Architects is highly praised as the entry-level gateway game to the world of 7 Wonders. If you are new to 7 wonders, this game is for you.

2-7 Players • Ages 8+ • 25 minutes • $39Get Your Copy

 

The clone WarsStar Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars features iconic Jedi heroes in different missions using Pandemic-style gameplay mechanisms. Players team up to fight off the Separatist threat on a game board, freeing planets under siege. Players use dice and squad cards to engage with droids in combat, dealing damage and pushing them back. During battles, players explore planets, fight droids, crush blockades, complete missions, and face iconic villains. The game is straightforward and it is highly thematic. If you are a fan of Pandemic system and Star Wars, this one is sure to be a hit on your tabletop.

1-5 Players • Ages 10+ • 60 minutes • $59Get Your Copy

 

2021 Choices:
The Key: Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land
Calico
The Initiative

Roll and Writes

Roll and writes have been around since the days of Yahtzee, but have matured in so many ways. We now have games where you flip cards, roll dice, and flick discs as you scribble on your pads of paper. To say the genre has exploded in recent years would be an understatement. So if you are looking for a game that has tons of variety and many different levels of complexity, look for a roll and write.

Cartographers heroesCartographers Heroes (review)
The expedition to the Western Lands is the kind of honor that comes once in a lifetime for a royal cartographer. But these are dangerous times. Fortunately, brave heroes have risen to the defense of Nalos. Chart their deeds alongside the queen’s edicts and secure your place in history. Cartographers: Heroes is the sequel to the critically acclaimed map-drawing game, Cartographers. It includes all-new map sheets, scoring cards, explore cards, heroes, and ambush cards with unique abilities. Cartographers Heroes can be played on its own or mixed with components from the original game (and map packs) for a greater variety of gameplay possibilities.

1-100+ Players • Ages 10+ • 30-45 minutes • $24Get Your Copy

 

Twilight InscriptionTwilight Inscription
Following the ashes of the Lazax Empire, a time of loss and exhaustion followed. During the Dark Years, the factions retreated and rebuilt. Now, they see an opportunity to reclaim what they’ve lost. It is an opportunity to redefine galactic civilization and leave its mark on the stars. Unlike anything Fantasy Flight Games has ever created before, Twilight Inscription offers an epic roll-and-write experience for one to eight players. As you amass victory points to earn your right to the throne on Mecatol Rex, you’ll have to carefully manage Navigation, Expansion, Industry, and Warfare. Can you lead the galaxy or will your empire fade into oblivion? The destiny of your faction is in your hands.

1-8 Players • Ages 14+ • 90-120 minutes • $51Get Your Copy

 

Vengeance Roll and FightVengeance: Roll and Fight
Another Roll & Write adaptation of a popular board game is coming to your table: Vengeance: Roll & Fight. This roll and write game simulates the kick-arse fighting action of its predecessor as a standalone game set in the Vengeance universe. It builds up on the fast-paced dice puzzles of its predecessor into roll-and-write mechanisms in which you build combos, strike enemies, and score points in an action-packed, brain-teasing fighting game that is easy to learn but hard to master. In Vengeance: Roll & Fight, every dice roll is another step closer to bringing your foes to their knees. With exciting gameplay and beautiful artwork, this game will keep you coming back. So come on, let’s roll and fight!

1-4 Players • Ages 10+ • 30 minutes • $50Get Your Copy

 

Zombicide Gear UpZombicide: Gear up
Zombicide fans rejoice! A brand new Flip & Write experience is coming to your table, but where are the Zombie minis? Zombicide Gear Up provides a streamlined adventure that successfully captures the original game theme. Hordes of zombies will keep coming while you upgrade your character until you finally defeat the game Boss and win. You can play solo or in collaboration with up to six players. It delivers a straightforward, simple system with amusing characters and zombies. Mechanically the game is sound and is an excellent fit for the Zombicide line of games.

1-6 Players • Ages 14+ • 30 minutes • $25Get Your Copy

 

 

While he will play just about anything, Tony loves games that let him completely immerse himself in the theme. He also is a bit of a component addict.