Dungeons & Dragons: The 10 Best Board Games
By Phoebe Lily May Hewitt
Published Jun 24, 2021
If you like D&D but don’t want to get into a whole campaign, these games are perfect for you.
Dungeons & Dragons is a renowned and award-winning tabletop game that sees devoted groups playing campaign after campaign with their chosen characters as they undertake world-changing adventures, fight epic boss monsters, and journey to learn the secrets of the forgotten realms.
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If you’re wanting to get initiated into Dungeons & Dragons and don’t quite know where to start, or want to challenge your campaign group to something new, there’s an abundance of tabletop options that can make a great alternative to a lengthy campaign. Whether you’re looking for a quick, competitive party game or a smaller campaign-based adventure without the need to fight over who plays DM, here are the best Dungeons & Dragons-themed board games out there:
Rock, Paper, Wizard is the Dungeons & Dragons twist on a classic, as you and your friends become a group of ragtag wizards bickering over the loot from the dragon you all just helped vanquish.
In order to decide who gets to keep the treasure, you all must take part in a legendary wizards’ spell battle. Players must choose a spell, then after saying “Rock, Paper, Wizard!” copy their card’s hand gesture. It’s a high-energy, competitive, small-box card game that incorporates speed, strategy, and a fair amount of luck in order to counter your opponent’s moves, and is great for small groups and on-the-go fun.
An updated 1970s classic; Dungeon! is the all-ages board game for 1-8 players that sees family and friends in the role of Fighters, Rogues, Clerics, and Wizards in a time-old quest to ransack riches and treasures in a monster-filled dungeon.
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In many ways, this is a simplified version of the ordinary Dungeons & Dragons game condensed into a fun, quick family-friendly adventure, and is a great starting point for new and interested players. The levels of the dungeon increase in difficulty as you defeat monsters, culminating in some epic battles where you must all use your class abilities and weapons to overcome the monsters and obtain the most loot.
If you’re already a fan of the highly popular mystery game Betrayal at House on the Hill, then this Dungeons & Dragons spin-off may be a great place to start your adventure into the Forgotten Realms.
As a group of brave explorers tasked with seeking out the answers lying within Baldur’s Gate, you must face frightening monsters, Bhall horrors, and explore the deadly city streets and catacombs. It’s a fantastical take on the original, with 50 unique scenarios to play through, meaning you can return to the table to face something new again and again. Just try not to lose your own sanity in the process.
Dungeon Mayhem is a fantastic, fast-paced card game that’s a perfect alternative for that Dungeons & Dragons group that always struggles to get around the table at the same time.
Here, players pick from four classic Dungeons & Dragons characters with unique ability and power cards including Sutha the Orc Barbarian, Azzan the Wizard, Lia the Paladin, or Oriax, the Tiefling Rogue. Each player then draws cards to go up against their opponents, whittling down their 10 health points and healing potions until only one of them remains.
A cooperative deck builder for 1-4 players, Dragonfire sees your group tackle scenarios within some memorable Forgotten Realm locations, such as Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter, and even Waterdeep.
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It’s a great way of planning Dungeons & Dragons without the need for a DM or lengthy campaign and can be a great excuse to get started in the Forgotten Realms with your group without the need for a lot of planning and forethought.
Attack Wing lets you and your friends step into the villain’s shoes (or claws) as you all take up the role of one of Dungeons & Dragon’s most powerful monsters. It’s a fast-paced tactical battle game that incorporates the fan-favorite mechanics of the Star Wars X-wing miniature game in an ultimate fight for sky supremacy.
Players need to secretly decide their movements, speed, direction, and attacks against one another before revealing them all at once. It’s a fight to the death, with the last dragon remaining claiming leadership of the Forgotten Realm’s skies and becoming known as the most fearsome winged lizard around!
In Lord’s of Waterdeep, 2-5 players must take up their position as a masked lord within the sprawling city of Waterdeep. They’ll need to fight and deceive one another through bluffs and alliances in order to gain control of the sprawling fantasy city.
It’s a highly rewarding tactical strategy and worker placement game. Players have to decide where to place workers, devote their resources, and place D&D classes in order to win the city. It’s great for new Dungeons & Dragons players looking for a short game, and great for long-time fans who want to experience the splendor of Waterdeep in a new light. This game has won numerous critics and fan awards since its release.
A new iteration of Dungeon Mayhem, Monster Madness is an easy-to-learn, quick-paced family card game. In it, you’re placed into the shoes of one of D&D’s famous monsters as you all try your best to charm or devour adventurers in order to reign supreme.
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Players choose one of six unforgettable D&D monsters to play, including Delilah Deathray the Princess Beholder or Blorp, the Gelatinous Cube. It’s a cute, quick-witted party game for up to 6 players, useable alongside Dungeon Mayhem decks for added fun. Monster Madness has received fantastic reviews from both Dungeons & Dragons fans and critics for its unique take on a classic.
Considered by many to be one of the best 5e modules; Tomb of Annihilation follows your group as they look to discover the origins of a so-called death curse believed to have been started by a necromantic artifact known as the Soulmonger.
Wizards of the Coast has a large dungeon crawl series, and their take on Tomb of Annihilation is perhaps their best, emulating the classic D&D campaign with easier accessibility for players and a shorter adventure time. Get ready for a fast-paced adventure as you battle monsters, explore tombs, and maybe even race a dinosaur or two as you explore one of D&D’s best campaigns and discover the horrors of the Soulmonger for yourselves.
Playing as the fearsome Drow; players must seek to manipulate and fight as they take up control of one of the Drow elven houses competing for supremacy in the Underdark.
This is a deck-building game where players must use the cards they have at their disposal to assassinate other players, expand their area of control, and even keep a lookout for sneaky spies. It’s a game of deceit and conspiracy, with only the most wretched among you able to climb to the top, no matter the amount of backstabbing it takes to get you there.
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Phoebe Lily May Hewitt
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Phoebe is originally from England but has decided to have a break from the rain and is now freezing herself in Calgary, Canada. She worked as an archaeologist for 5 years but unlike Lara Croft, never got to fight a T-Rex. She’s still scared of Lavender Town.
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