Board games are the great equalizer, because whether you’ve played a game before or not, there’s likely a board game out there you’d enjoy. That can be anything from simple party games like Cards Against Humanity and Herd Mentality or social deduction games like Coup or Sheriff of Nottingham. There are also a lot of great card games and strategy games, but what it all boils down to is that there is a lot of fun to be had.
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Luckily, there are more great games to choose from today than ever before, so you’ll find tons of great bargains out there. While there are a lot of board games to go through and deals to discover, we’ve done our best to find the deals we like the most to save you a bit of trouble.
My family and I love board games, so I’m always on the lookout for the best board game deals. I’ll never be a rich man: Every board game deal I see, I end up buying for my gaming table. Now you too can enjoy the feeling of having more board games than you’ll ever need. You’re welcome. Keep scrolling to check out our roundup of the best board game bargains available, and we’ll keep updating the list as we find newer and better deals.
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Haunted Mansion is one of my family’s favorite Disneyland rides and movie, and now it’s one of our favorite board games too. The game itself is a card management game where you try and get as many of certain types of cards as possible while trying to avoid being haunted by the traveling ghost.
Azul is one of those classic board games that is all about strategy and is very similar to Five Tribes. It involves picking up tiles and placing them in a mosaic that gives you the most points. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, since you can end up placing too many tiles and losing points, so you have to strategically place your tiles down.
Kids Against Maturity
You’ve probably heard about Cards Against Humanity, a party game that’s often too rude for young kids to play. Kids Against Maturity takes the same game premise — the person who makes the judge laugh the most wins the hand — but makes it just a little naughty instead.
This is a great entry to family night and lets your kids feel like they’re getting away with something they shouldn’t be doing, but with your guidance and consent. It’s a lot of fun for everyone. Just be sure to activate the instant coupon on the product page to get the full discount.
Splendor is known as an engine-generation game that uses gems as its currency. To that end, a large portion of the game is about making sure you’re generating more and more gems so you can afford higher-cost items that give you more points. It’s a fun and straightforward strategy game that can get pretty deep if you want it to.
If you have a young family, King of Tokyo is an excellent infection vector for board game fever. You get to play as a giant Kaiju out to destroy Tokyo and you must fight each other for supremacy.
It’s a simple dice-rolling game where you “spend dice” to buy cards and use those cards to power up your Kaiju. It’s fast and, more importantly, it’s engaging enough for young kids.
Villainous is a game about being the baddie and defeating the heroes or using the heroes to obtain your own objectives. It’s great, and the Star Wars version is even better and has many different mechanics to spice up your game time. There are even expansions that you can add to the game to make it playable by more people.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted game you can play with up to five friends; Camel Up has you pitted against a set of camels controlled by dice. As the dice are rolled, the camels will randomly move up and down a track, and you all bet to see who will win, so it requires some strategy. There are five rounds, after which, the person with the most points gained through correct guesses wins.
Free League Publishing
If you’re a fan of the Alien franchise and roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons, then you’ll love this deal on the Alien tabletop RPG. This book includes all the core mechanics as well as a quick one-shot to get you started with your party.
Windward is a newer and fairly lighthearted strategy game that’s earned a spot on our list of the best strategy games for 2023. Designed for up to five players, you play as the captain of a flying ship navigating the unpredictable winds of the gas planet Celus. Build your crew and compete against other captains as you attempt to outmaneuver each other and be the first to bring gas back to your city.
Toy company Ravensburger can be hit or miss when it comes to board games, but Villainous is one of its better efforts. You play as one of the notorious villains from Disney’s animated movies, and you have to complete your story before those pesky heroes ruin everything.
It’s a lot of fun for anyone who loves Disney, as we do in our house, and there are a lot of expansions too, including Marvel villains.
Mansions of Madness is our favorite co-op mystery game on the market right now, and is a great pick if want a more complex game that’s designed for older players. This second edition of the game uses a companion app as the “keeper” so that all players (up to five) can work together as they explore the sprawling mansion, solve puzzles and battle eldritch horrors.
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