Latest deals on board games that are fun to play

Shopping for board games? Here are some deals on board games that are worth checking out.

Board Games on sale that cover various genres and we recommend that you play with your family and friends.  It’s a great time to add new tabletop titles to your board game shelf.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

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Pandemic Legacy carries forward some elements from game to game, unlike most games that completely reset every time. The decisions you make in game 1 will apply to games 2, 3, and 4. Every group has it’s own experience. 
 
This results in a game unique to the group that plays it. Each player will write about a part of the game. You will put stickers on the cards, the characters, and the board. Sometimes you will even tear up a card. Changes are permanent. In addition, your group will make permanent improvements at the end of every game. 
 
Other changes will occur as you play. Before your first game, some elements of the game are hidden. You will find instructions that tell you when to open these packages as you play. Until you receive instructions, do not open the packages. Information in the dossiers will also be revealed as you play. The manual lacks some rules. You’ll learn these missing rules as you play. From then on, they will be permanent.  
 
Season 1 players will recognize elements in this game, such as legacy decks, funding levels, dossiers, and sealed packages. But there is a lot that is new. You don’t have to have played Season 1 to play this game; they are independent games linked by their storyline  

Lost Ruins of Arnak

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An expedition into the unknown will reveal this lost island’s mysteries.
Discover the Lost Ruins of Arnak, explore jungles, find artefacts, and explore jungles! Join rival expeditions to a newly discovered island. Using a unique combination of worker placement and deckbuilding, each expedition attempts to uncover the island’s secrets.
 
Despite the small decks, there are a variety of tactical decisions available on the game board, so randomness is minimized. Players are encouraged to explore bold new strategies through a variety of worker actions, artefacts, and equipment cards.
 
You can send your workers into the wild to gather rare resources, discover hidden sites, and defeat menacing guardians.
 
Expand your expedition’s deck with dozens of unique items and artefacts that can be used to explore the unknown or trigger powerful abilities. Make wise choices in this micro deck-building game.
 
Gather and stock up on rare and valuable resources to defeat guardians, travel up the temple track, and more!
 
Investigate the mystery and lore of this island’s lost civilization. In your quest for fame and fortune, will you be able to master its secrets or will you fall behind your rivals?
 

What we enjoy about Lost Ruins of Arnak

  1. It involves placing workers and building decks. They are equally important
  2. The artwork is beautiful. 
  3. Items and artefacts up top change over time, so you must adjust accordingly
  4. In the game, you always have many options available to you (often as many as six: go to several locations, play a card, buy a card, research). As you can only do one per turn, if you think there is an item everyone would like, you should buy it first.
  5. Each mechanic in itself is easy to understand.
  6. The cards have easy-to-understand icons. 
 
Things to take note:
There can be a lot of analysis paralysis, especially in the last round.
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CGE Czech Games Edition Lost Ruins of Arnak CGE Czech Games Edition Lost Ruins of Arnak No ratings yet $59.95 $44.99

Terraforming Mars

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It’s time to tame the Red Planet! Humanity begins terraforming Mars in the 2400s. Corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise temperatures, oxygen levels, and ocean coverage until the environment becomes habitable. More and more people will migrate from Earth to the Red Planet as terraforming advances. As you compete to be the best corporation on Mars, experience ‘Science Future’!

 
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Indie Boards and Cards Terraforming Mars Board Game, Multicolor (6005SG) Indie Boards and Cards Terraforming Mars Board Game, Multicolor (6005SG) No ratings yet $69.95 $37.74

The Colonists

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In the board game, The Colonists, each player is a village mayor and build their village to gain room for new farmers, craftsmen, and citizens. Players compete to create new jobs, educate the people, and build new houses to increase their village population.
Players will be competing to upgrade their buildings and village while addressing the challenge of limited resources and storage problems.

 

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The Colonists The Colonists 80 Reviews $90.00 $39.57

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island is a game where players are taken to a deserted island, where they’ll play the parts of shipwreck survivors confronted by an extraordinary adventure. As they build a shelter, find food, fight wild beasts, and protect themselves from weather changes, they’ll face many challenges. On an island, they will build walls around their homes, domesticate animals, construct weapons and tools from what they find, and more. It is the players who decide what direction the game will take and how their settlement will look after several in-game weeks. Will they manage to discover the secret of the island in the meantime? Will they find a pirate treasure, or an abandoned village? Will they discover an underground city or a cursed temple at the bottom of a volcano? The answers to these questions are found in hundreds of event cards and hundreds of object and structure cards…

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

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A unique gaming experience is provided by Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. Unlike most games where players win individually, Battlestar Galactica is a team game, which is further complicated by the fact that which players are on which teams remains a secret. During the game, each player is secretly assigned a team. Both the humans and the Cylons have a specific objective. The humans are trying to find the map to Earth, while the Cylon players merely wish to annihilate the human race. In order to lead their team to victory, players have to figure out who they can trust.

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Ares Games Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles Ares Games Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles 59 Reviews $59.90 $44.95

Carcassonne Big Box

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  • STRATEGY GAME – PLAN YOUR WAY TO VICTORY: Build the fortress city of your dreams one tile at a time. If you want to block a city’s growth or connect with your opponent’s road to share the points, then Carcassonne allows you to use your cunning and outsmart your opponent.
  • ELEGANT GAME MECHANICS: Players fill in the landscape around the medieval fortified city with tiles that depict cities, roads, monasteries, and fields; each addition expands the board on which players can then add followers.
  • Select from over 150 tiles and 7 types of meeples to create your own medieval landscape. The map grows, and so does the opportunity for players to disrupt one another. It’s all about clever tile placement!
  • INCLUDES CARCASSONNE BASE GAME AND 11 EXPANSIONS: “Inns & Cathedrals”, “Traders & Builders”, “The Abbot”, “The River”, “The Flying Machines”, “The Ferries”, “The Messengers”, “The Gold Mines”, “Mage & Witch”, “The Robbers”, and “The Crop Circles”
  • Each expansion can be played in any combination with the base game, ensuring a unique experience every time. Exciting new twists are added to the game with each expansion. In every expansion, there are always new strategies to learn and secrets to discover.

Sagrada

Draft dice & use the tools-of-the-trade to carefully construct your stained glass window masterpiece.
Each player will build a stained glass window by building up a grid of dice on their player board
Each board has some restrictions on which color or shade (value) of die can be placed there.
Dice of the same shade or color may never be placed next to each other.
Dice are drafted in player order, with the start player rotating each round, snaking back around after the last player drafts 2 dice.

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Sagrada - Board Game by Floodgate Games Sagrada - Board Game by Floodgate Games 1,893 Reviews $39.95 $34.49

Istanbul

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As a trader in the Istanbul bazaar, your goal is to get six rubies first (in a four-player game: five rubies). Rubies cost money and goods, and for those you need your assistants, represented by the dice.

The six icons on these dice tell you what your assistants can get for you: bazaar cards, lira, and four types of goods: cloth (red), fruit (yellow), spices (green), and jewelry (blue).

Every turn, you’ll send out 5 assistants. By combining the resulting icons and your previously saved Goods Markers, you’ll be able to collect and store resources (goods, coins, and crystals) or acquire Bazaar Cards and Mosque Tiles to get more benefits.

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Istanbul: Big Box Board Game Istanbul: Big Box Board Game 207 Reviews $69.99 $60.00

Everdell

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In Everdell, you will be deploying workers to gather resources, which you will use to play cards faceup in front of you, forming your own city in the woodland. Each turn, you will perform only one of three possible actions:·
  • Place a Worker·
  • Play a card
  • Prepare for Season
You may place a worker at any location so long as it is not blocked by another player (unless the location allows multiple workers). Take the listed resources or perform the action immediately. Playing a card costs resources. You may play cards either from your hand or from the Meadow. Your workers who have been deployed can be brought back and new workers can be hired to prepare for the next season.
When a player has played their last season, they are finished. After all players have finished, the player with the most points wins.
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Starling Games Everdell Standard Edition 2nd Edition Starling Games Everdell Standard Edition 2nd Edition 2,169 Reviews $60.00

Smash Up

The “shufflebuilding” game Smash Up begins with a simple premise: take the 20-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a deck of forty cards, then compete to crush more Bases than your opponents! Each faction involves a different gaming mechanism – the pirates move the cards, the zombies bring back the cards from the discard pile, the dinosaurs have enormous power – and each combination of factions brings a different gaming experience.

During the game, basic cards (each with their own difficulties and abilities) are at stake. You try to have the most power on the basis of your minions when the base is broken. Sounds easy? Is it easy when an opponent’s Alien-Ninja decides to tie your minions to other Bases – flat Murder them? What happens when the Pirate-Dinosaur Full Sails player and frees King Rex to trample your minions in the ground, or when wizard-zombies use their mystic power to create an outbreak, suddenly flooding minions on the base of the discard pile? Or if you were facing a Zombie-Dinosaur player instead and he created an epidemic of massive beasts at the same time?!?

When a base is smashed, each player in first, second and third place scores points. Fourth place? Sorry, brother, next time.

With eight different factions, Smash Up includes dozens of combinations to try. Pirate-Aliens play different Ninja-Aliens, for example. Which one will you use to crush your opponents?

And did we mention dinosaurs have laser beams?

Integrates with:

Smash Up: Munchkin
Smash Up: Pretty Pretty Smash Up
Smash Up: The Big Geeky Box
Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
Smash Up: Monster Smash
Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set
Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
Smash Up: It’s Your Fault!
Smash Up: Cease and Desist

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Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) Smash Up Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) Smash Up No ratings yet $34.99 $28.96

Arkham Horror

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THRILLING GAME OF COSMIC HORROR: A dark shadow grows in the city of Arkham. Alien entities known as Ancient Ones lurk in the emptiness beyond space and time, writhing at the thresholds between worlds. Only a handful of investigators stand against the horrors. Will they prevail?
SCARY STRATEGY GAME: Players take on the role of Arkham investigators as they explore the streets of the city and work together to save humanity from unknowable horrors. Stop occult rituals and destroy alien creatures before the Ancient Ones make our world their ruined dominion.
COOPERATIVE MYSTERY GAME: Players work as a team to gather clues, defeat terrifying monsters and find tools and allies to stand any hope of defeating the ancient creatures that exist just beyond the veil of our reality.
HIGHLY VARIABLE: Inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, each unique scenario puts you in the shoes of an Arkham investigator. Choose one of 12 unique investigators, each with their own abilities, items and backstory. Branching narrative paths make each scenario truly your own. No two games are ever the same.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND AVERAGE PLAYTIME: The Arkham Horror Board Game collection of scary games for game night is designed for 1 to 6 players and is suitable for ages 14 and older. Average game time is approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Godzilla: Tokyo Clash

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You are one of Earth’s most terrifying monsters-Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Megalon-battling for supremacy. Get energy by destroying buildings and vehicles, then unleash devastating attacks on your opponents. Defend the King of Monsters crown by throwing trains, tanks, battleships, and other Kaiju. Once humans deploy the Oxygen Destroyer, it is time to leave Tokyo and the most dominant Kaiju will win!
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Funko Godzilla Tokyo Clash Board Game, Multicolour Funko Godzilla Tokyo Clash Board Game, Multicolour No ratings yet $34.99 $21.99

Walking in Burano

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Burano is an island in Venice, Italy, famous for colourful houses. The theme of this game revolves around the island, which has vibrant houses on both sides of the canal, as well as the personal décor placed by the people on the island. The houses need a fresh coat of paint in order to remain beautiful and vivid. Players use their creativity to refurbish and decorate the houses and attract tourists and local people.

To beautify these houses, players place Floor Cards on the game area to attract visits from different characters.
They will score points based on the various symbols on these cards. Players compete to score the most points.

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Alderac Entertainment Group Walking in Burano Alderac Entertainment Group Walking in Burano 68 Reviews $29.99 $23.87

Jenga

A tower building game.

Jenga is played with 54 wooden blocks; each block is 3 times as long as it is wide, and slightly smaller in height than in width. The blocks are stacked in a tower formation; each story is three blocks placed adjacent to each other along their long side, and each story is placed perpendicular to the previous (so, for example, if the blocks in the first story are pointing north-south, the second story blocks will point east-west). There are therefore 18 stories to the Jenga tower. Since stacking the blocks neatly can be tedious, a plastic loading tray is included.

Once the tower is built, the person who built the tower moves first. Moving in Jenga consists of taking one and only one block from any story except the completed top story of the tower at the time of the turn, and placing it on the topmost story in order to complete it. Only one hand at a time may be used to remove a block; both hands can be used, but only one hand may be on the tower at a time. Blocks may be bumped to find a loose block that will not disturb the rest of the tower. Any block that is moved out of place may be left out of place if it is determined that it will knock the tower over if it is removed. The turn ends when the next person to move touches the tower, although he or she can wait 10 seconds before moving for the previous turn to end if they believe the tower will fall in that time.

The game ends when the tower falls in any significant way — in other words, any piece falls from the tower, other than the piece being knocked out to move to the top. The loser is the person who made the tower fall (i.e. whose turn it was when the tower fell); the winner is the person who moved before the loser.

The same game concept was published in 1984 by Fagus under the name “Hoppla – eins zuviel!”

According to the designer, the game was developed from Takoradi blocks/bricks. “Jenga” is Swahili for “build”.

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