It’s 2017, La La Land did not win best picture, Kendal Jenner made a questionable Pepsi commercial, Salt Bae is a thing, Ed Sheeran was on Game Of Thrones for some reason, Get Out blows everyone away at the box office, people can’t get enough of fidget spinners and villian Harvey Weinstein gets taken down. With all this poetic justice, it’s only right that some amazing games came into the world as well. Below please find the best board games of 2017.
#20 This War of Mine: The Board Game
This War Of Mine: The Board Game is the tabletop adaptation of the award-winning video game that pictures the drama of civilians trapped in a war-torn city. You will enter this experience as a group of civilians trapped in a besieged and conflict-ridden city, enduring many hardships that often test the essence of humanity. This adventure game is for 1 – 6 players and will last about 45 – 120 minutes.
In Charterstone, a competitive legacy game, you construct buildings and populate a shared village. Building stickers are permanently added to the game board and become action spaces for any player to use. Thus, you start off with simple choices and few workers, but soon you have a bustling village with dozens of possible actions. A city-building strategy game for 1 – 6 players that will run 45 – 75 minutes.
#18 Bunny Kingdom
Peace has come at last to the great Bunny Kingdom! Lead your clan of rabbits to glory by gathering resources and building new cities across the land! Draft cards and pick the right ones to position your warrens on the 100 squares of the board, provide resources to your colonies, build new cities to increase your influence, and plan your strategy to score big at the end of the game. A territory building game for 2 – 4 players and will last about 40 – 60 minutes.
#17 Pulsar 2849
It is the year 2849, and humanity has harnessed the power of the pulsars.
In this Euro-style game, players explore space, claim pulsars, and discover technologies that will help them build energy-distribution infrastructure on a cosmic scale. Dice are used to purchase actions, and players choose their dice from a communal pool. There are many paths to victory so you can blaze your own trail to a bright future. For 2 – 4 players, games will run about 60 – 90 minutes.
#16 The Quest for El Dorado
In The Quest for El Dorado, players take the roles of expedition leaders who have embarked on a search for the legendary land of gold in the dense jungles of South America. Each player assembles and equips their own team, hiring various helpers from the scout to the scientist to the aborigine. All of them have one goal in mind: Reaching the golden border first. A racing adventure, the game is for 2 – 4 and will last about 30 – 60 minutes.
#15 Dice Forge
Your divine dice are exceptional, with removable faces! Customize your dice to make them more powerful as the game progresses. Sacrifice gold to the gods to obtain enhanced die faces. Upgrade your dice to produce the resources you need. Overcome ordeals concocted by the gods to grow in glory and earn rewards. Skillfully manage the luck of the dice and take charge of your destiny. Only the greatest will ascend to the heavens!m For 2 – 4 players, games will run about 45 minutes.
#14 Magic Maze
Magic Maze is a real-time, cooperative game. Each player can control any hero in order to make that hero perform a very specific action, to which the other players do not have access: Move north, explore a new area, ride an escalator… All this requires rigorous cooperation between the players in order to succeed at moving the heroes prudently. This exploration fantasy game is for 1 – 8 players and will last about 15 minutes.
Draft dice and use the tools-of-the-trade in Sagrada to carefully construct your stained glass window masterpiece. In more detail, each player builds 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. This puzzle strategy game is for 1 – 4 players and will run about 30 – 45 minutes.
In Werewords, players guess a secret word by asking “yes” or “no” questions. Figure out the magic word before time is up, and you win! However, one of the players is secretly a werewolf who is not only working against you, but also knows the word. If you don’t guess the word in time, you can still win by identifying the werewolf! A party game for 4 – 10 players that lasts about 10 minutes.
Downforce is a card-driven bidding, racing, and betting game for 2-6 players based on Top Race, the award-winning design by the legendary Wolfgang Kramer. Players first bid to own the six cars in the race, then they play cards from their hand to speed them around the track. However, most cards will also move their opponents’ cars. Games last about 20 – 40 minutes.