Particle physics might not sound like the most engaging theme for a board game, but our deal researcher Corey had a ton of fun playing the upcoming Subatomic with his daughters, all while teaching them a useful science lesson.
When you play Game of Thrones Monopoly, you win, or you get bored after 90 minutes and trade away all of your properties. Today’s deal is within about $1 of the best price Amazon’s ever listed, so you won’t need a loan from the Iron Bank of Braavos.
There are too many board games about pirates. But Black Fleet is one you should fight through the fatigue for.
Do you need a 24-pack of Play-Doh for $12? Probably. Grab that and maybe Operation or Clue while your at it, because Amazon is marking down two pages worth of Hasbro’s most popular games and toys. Teach your kids the heartbreak of Jenga, or stupidly start a game of Monopoly before realizing it takes too damn long.
It doesn’t have infinite options for exploration and 120 unique and challenging shrines, but this Legend of Zelda chess set still looks awesome, and is marked down to $44 on Amazon right now. That’s the best price they’ve ever listed, so you won’t have to smash too many pots to pull together the rupees you need.
Volition’s Saints Row spin-off didn’t make much of a splash as a video game when it was released last fall, but there’s still hope for Agents of Mayhem’s raunchy team of G.I. Joe rejects, courtesy of a company known for creating serious historical board games.
The thick, black-and-white rulebook packaged with every copy of the 1979 war-game The Campaign For North Africa is full of obtuse decrees, but the tabletop community always had a special appreciation for entry 52.6 - affectionately known as the “macaroni rule.” The Italian troops in World War II were outfitted with…
Libertalia is a good board game about duelling pirates. It can also, with a bit of fiddling, be turned into a recreation of Super Smash Bros.
If your board game cabinet has been gathering dust lately, Amazon’s running a big one day sale on family games and puzzles from Ravensburger and Melissa & Doug, with options available for every age group.
UBOOT is an upcoming board game from Phalanx. It’s played in real-time with 1-4 people joining up co-operatively to manage everything about a German U-Boat, from the crew to the tactics. It’s also got an app, and a giant cardboard model of a submarine.
Raiders of the North Sea is the brightest, breeziest way to pillage the shores of Europe I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing.
Ticket to Ride, a casual board gaming juggernaut, is very light and cheery. Not at all the kind of thing you’d expect to be suited to a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but then, maybe that’s why this works.
Scythe is one of my favourite board games of the last few years, and having missed its first expansion I was super excited to drop back into the game to test out its second, the airship-based Wind Gambit.
It’s hard work, turning a video game into a board game.
It’s days into your family vacation and you’ve run out of things to talk about. Your brother has hashed out all the hometown gossip, and you and your father have dutifully avoided talking politics—all that’s left to do is watch the Food Network and eat leftovers. It’s this situation that board games were made for.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of the cool toys and merchandise we’ve been trying to furiously add to our Christmas wishlists this week. We’ve got some excellent new Pacific Rim robots, the General of the Resistance herself, and even environmentally-conscious Jenga. What more could you want?
Whenever I go back to my parents’ house for family get-togethers, Gobblet is our game of choice, at least until we start drinking and playing Cards Against Humanity. It’s like Tic-Tac-Toe, if Tic-Tac-Toe involved strategy, memory, and could take over 15 minutes per game. It rarely dips below $20, so you should buy it…
Fallout: The Board Game is as faithful an adaptation of the source material as you could possibly hope for.