Board
games, despite having been a bit of a niche product for the last
decades, have been steadily gaining in popularity. Sure, we’ve all
played Monopoly and Chess at some point, but what are truly the best
board games out there? Let’s find out.

Pandemic
Legacy

Pandemic
Legacy has you act as a team of people trying to stop a worldwide
pandemic from happening. You each pick a role that excel at a
specific task and prevent four different kinds of viruses from taking
over the world. This being a legacy board game means that everything
you do will have an impact on your further games. You might even lose
some of your precious characters to the virus …

Kingdom
Death: Monster

Think
of Monster Hunter: World, but add a bit of base building to it. You
wake up in a dark, post-apocalyptic world and hunt creatures to
create better armor and weapons. These then allow you to hunt even
stronger creatures. It sounds simple enough, but the sheer scope of
this game cannot be described in words. The only reason why it’s
still not very popular in mainstream boardgaming is because it is
ridiculously expensive (the core box sets you back $400 despite it
having enough content to last your for years).

Gloomhaven

If
you love RPG’s, this is your game. Story-wise Gloomhaven isn’t
breaking any records, but the card-based tactical combat make it
truly an amazing experience. And it also, like Pandemic Legacy, has
legacy components in new classes that you can unlock. Probably the
best tactical RPG you can get on the tabletop.

Brass

Brass
is an entirely different beast: both versions (Lancashire and
Birmingham) deal with trade and economy and set you up against other
players. Try to use your available moves to the fullest to invest in
the right product and make the highest profit by the end of the game!

Terraforming
Mars

The
premise of this game is quite simple: you’re on Mars and you have
to make sure that people can inhabit it by manipulating certain
parameters like oxygen levels and water. If you succeed in making
Mars habitable, the person who helped the most becomes the winner.

Scythe

Scythe
is a game that deals with an alternate steampunk reality. You build
machines, fight other players, try to make your “engine” work. It
has loads of expansions that all add a different mechanic to the game
but even just the base game is a wonderful experience.

Twilight
Struggle

Twilight
Struggle is the ultimate war game. While most wargames deal with
Vietnam or Korea or any of the World Wars, this game deals with the
war that lasted the longest: the Cold War. One player plays as the
Soviet Union and the other player becomes the United States. The game
deals with the period from 1945 to 1989, and this time you can decide
who wins.

War
of the Ring (Second Edition)

If
you like Risk and Lord of the Rings, this is for you. One player
plays as the armies of Sauron, the other player plays as the Free
People. The rest of the game pretty much plays like Risk with some
stuff added to it that make it more LOTR-y, but it’s such a great
game.

Twilight
Imperium

This
game is basically the best time to have if you’re with five or six
players and want to spend an entire evening taking over the galaxy.
You each pick a faction and will use trade, diplomacy, technology and
war to become the superior race. Much like War of the Ring this game
obviously has its roots in Risk, but it goes so much further –
literally and figuratively.

Through
The Ages: A New Story of Civilization

Sid
Meier’s Civilization has been one of the most popular games for
decades, and this board game is the tabletop equivalent of it. It’s
the best version of the many, many attempts that have been made to
transport Civilization to an offline variant.

Star Wars: Rebellion

One player is the Empire trying to find the Rebel base, the other player plays as the Rebels trying to fool the Empire. The catch is that the Rebel player can, given certain conditions, move his base to a new location, which will undo some of the Empire player’s research into its location. It’s a lovely game of cat and mouse in the best kind of packages: a Star Wars one.

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