You may not realise it, but tabletop games are a billion dollar industry these days. Games like Monopoly and Clue may still be household names, but you don’t have to look very hard to find a host of tabletop titles that make those old classics look tired and redundant. Here are three of the best:
Dead of Winter
We all love a good zombie apocalypse, don’t we? Dead of Winter sets a bleak scene with players assuming the role of survivors living in a colony on the verge of collapse. The group must work together to achieve their group goal, while also achieving their own secret personal goals. (some personal goals are harmless, while others may see players deliberately sabotaging the group) A game of Dead of Winter takes about an hour and a half to play, and while it can be played with 2-5 people, the game works best with a larger group.
Some of the best antagonists are the ones that make us relate to them or even like them. Then, there are world eating elder gods. You always know where you stand with a world eating elder god: They want to eat your world, and you don’t want them to. Eldritch Horror pits you and your friends against up to twelve of these world eaters. To stop them, you will have to find clues, solve mysteries, and defeat various lesser-demons. The game feels just as epic as it should, and it scales nicely to provide an excellent experience for any number of players. Be prepared to lose half a day though; an average game takes around three hours to complete.
Ever played Settlers of Catan? That game wants to be Imperial Settlers when it grows up. There is a bit of a learning curve here, but after ten minutes or so you’ll have the hang of it. I’ll let this one speak for itself. Go buy it. Go!