Once upon a time, if you wanted to play a fantasy board game, you played Dungeons and Dragons. However, times have changed dramatically and there are now more fantasy games to choose from than ever before. Most games of this type are also often considered to be role playing games or RPGs. Once hidden away in the bedrooms of young geeks, these detailed, immersive games are now much more widely played and accepted by a much wider audience.
Fantasy board games are now more accessible than ever before and the range to choose from is huge. Let us guide you through some of the best fantasy board games that you can play.
The Cult Hit
The Modern Gem
Carcassonne is an award winning strategy based fantasy board game. In turn, players lay tiles out that represent different land types including: cloister, road, city, grassland and river. When placed together, these tiles create a game map that is unique every time the game is played.
When the map has been created, players can then use ‘meeples’ which are playing pieces that represent different character types which include: knight, farmer, robber and monk. Using the clever placement of these meeples will earn each player points – the player with the most points wins.
Carcassonne is suitable for 2-5 players aged 13+ and game times are typically 30-45 minutes in length. This is a great game that is easy to pick up and can be played with different family generations, or as a group of friends. The game changes everytime that you play – if this isn’t enough, there are also several expansion packs readily available that can expand the game experience even further! You can also read more in our Carcassonne game review.
The Games of Thrones board game has been adapted from the popular series of fantasy novels of the same name. Perhaps now even more popular thanks to the TV adaptation, the board game has become a bit of a cult hit. This revised second edition of the game also includes elements from previous expansion sets as well as the original game.
Players take on the roles of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and attempt to control the Iron Throne. The game is essentially strategy based and players can decide whether to team up with others, or take on everyone alone. Inside the box you’ll find a lot of playing pieces, more than are included with most games: rule book, game board, 138 plastic units, 105 cards, 6 player screens, 266 tokens and overlays.
The Game of Thrones board game is for 3-6 players aged 14+ and playing times can be as long as 2 hours or more. The game board is also quite large so may require a slightly larger playing area than your regular board game. This is without a doubt one of the best contemporary fantasy games around today – a must buy!
Immerse yourself in a world of dwarves, wizards, giants and orcs with this incredibly fun and light hearted board game. Players choose a combination of fantasy races and special powers to occupy their territory and conquer adjacent lands.
Small World is quick and easy to learn which makes it a great choice for anyone new to this style of fantasy strategy game (its a bit like a more fun, simplified version of Risk).
With its beautiful illustrations, Small World is suitable for 2-5 players aged 10+ and takes around 45-60 minutes to play.
Small World is a great, fun introduction to strategy board gaming and is a worthy addition to our list of the best fantasy board games.
Our Top 10 Best Fantasy Board Games
|Settlers of Catan||25.99||4.8|
|A Game of Thrones||59.99||4.8|
|Talisman Revised Edition||39.99||4.6|
|King of Tokyo||29.99||4.6|
|Runewars Revised Edition||49.99||4.4|
|Betrayal At House On The Hill||89.99||4.4|