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Experts Tell Us the Best Kickstarter Board Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Kickstarter Board Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

TeeTurtle Unstable Unicorns Card Game

This product was recommended by Arvie Narido from GiftRabbit

Don’t be deceived by cute and colorful unicorns because the ultimate gameplay of this game is to destroy, kill and sabotage. Unstable Unicorn is a strategic game that aims to collect all seven unicorns in your stable. You can use some tricky cards to cast magic, upgrade, downgrade to stop your friend’s from winning and destroying their stables. Let the unicorns rule with this creative yet unpredictable game with the right mix of luck, goal setting, and heartless sabotage strategies. Warning, if you hate losing friends (or making them upset), DO NOT PLAY this game (hah!).

BONC!

This product was recommended by Dean Chew from BONC!

BONC! has unique new gameplay where you can attack other players, protect and heal using wildcards, and endeavor to be the last one standing! The Battle Royale of Card Games, BONC! brings families and friends together — to tear them apart in a more aggressive and tension-filled experience.

CMON Rising Sun

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

This is among the best Kickstarter board games set in feudal Japan, where the land was torn by bloodshed and war in pursuit of the ultimate power. You play as one of the seven clans with determination to seize possession over the country by earning the most points, no matter if you make difficult choices. Players play the game over three seasons; Spring, Summer, and Autumn and have to draw four mandates from a shared pool of ten mandates and only pick one to execute. It is an excellent war strategy game featuring an amazingly balanced utilization of politics, negotiation, and brutal force. Most people will love the game because it encourages player-to-player interactions, has a lot of negotiating and bluffing, and the thematic world has beautiful artwork and miniatures.

Secret Hitler

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

If you want a Kickstarter board game that you will have fun playing and never regret buying, then this is it. Imagine being thick in the midst of the German 1930s political turmoil! Will you revel in chaos or lie in self-preservation? In this party card game, your identity is determined by the role card. You can play as Hitler himself, be a liberal, or a fascist. If you enjoy bluffing and lying, you will like the game’s political theme, accessibility, and encouraged backstabbing that cultivates the right amount of tension and feelings of betrayal, keeping players on edge all night. However, I must warn you that you might have to leave the table without anyone to call a friend.

Zombicide Base Game

This product was recommended by Gelen Revilla from Good Noise

Zombicide comes loaded with incredible miniatures. The six Survivors are represented by highly-detailed figures, and the dozens of infected walkers will give them nightmares. Players will face off against ten different, tricky scenarios, and will have to work together to make it out alive. With modular map tiles and all the zombies they’ll ever need, players will be able to create their own terrifying adventures, and then try to survive them.

Hasbro Gaming Avalon Hill Diplomacy Cooperative Board Game

This product was recommended by Lynda Fairly from Numlooker

The diplomacy game is all about the struggle of a player to get the supreme power that is known as the highest authority in the world. The game is set before the world war I era when the kingdoms or emperors were seeking more powers to rule the entire world. The game demands negotiation, alliance to get the higher authority that no one desires to get away from. The more alliances you have, the more arena you would be able to capture.

Dungeon Royale

This product was recommended by Christina Russo from The Kitchen Community

Because it’s a combination of two of my favorite pastimes, an old-school Nintendo GameBoy platform RPG and a D&D style dungeon crawl, that’s fast, furious, engaging, original, and a lot of fun to play. What more could any adventurer want?

TeeTurtle Here to Slay Base Game

This product was recommended by Brian Lee from Drill and Driver

This is a competitive role-playing fantasy, strategy card game. And it’s all about assembling a party of heroes and slaying monsters. I was sort of intrigued, I know Tee Turtle because of all the cool T-shirts that they have but over the past few years, they’ve been launching board games. And tell you what, they’re doing super well like the Unstable Unicorns. Here to slay have those cute little pieces of art and it’s what really draws people in.

Kolassal Games Ruination

This product was recommended by John Dibella from NetLocal

Why? Because it’s quite probably the most unique game I’ve ever played. Imagine Risk meets Mad Max meets Warhammer, but it’s set in post-apocalyptic Asia, and the only goal is to conquer what’s left of the world. If you thought Monopoly was competitive, you’re in for a real surprise…

Blacklist games Altar Quest Kickstarter Edition

This product was recommended by Beth Schubert from Own The Grill

I adore this game, and even though a new copy will cost you an eye-watering amount of money, it’s absolutely worth it. Having been raised on tabletop RPG’s, the complexity and intricacy of the game and the gorgeous components immediately made my heart sing and knowing as I do know that it’s just as absorbing and enthralling as I hoped it would be, I’m amazed that it hasn’t become an immediate favorite in the global gaming community.

Cephalofair Games Gloomhaven Strategy Boxed Board Game

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

This is a campaign-driven dungeon crawler for up to four players. Its rich, dark, and thematic world would appeal to fans of compelling stories, multi-dimensional characters, and RPGs. With over 100 hours of campaign play, most players will be happy, and hardcore board gamers will be raving. Gloomhaven is one of our most expensive Kickstarter tabletop games, but it’s worth every penny. In the game, players take on one of four heroes to complete quests and explore the fantasy realms’ dark corners. Gloomhaven is a world-building game with exquisite details in both physical and campaign components. Gloomhaven has epic stories upon epic stories to keep you occupied for a long time.

Exploding Kittens – A Russian Roulette Card Game

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Exploding Kittens is our most funded Kickstarter card game and the second most funded Kickstarter board game of all time. It’s simply a card game with a cat-themed Russian Roulette. With exploding kittens hiding in the deck, your objective is to dodge them as fast as possible. The rules are straightforward: you play a card (or not) and draw a card. If you draw an exploding kitten, it’s game over unless you have a defuse card. Unless they get someone in their Kamikaze suicide mission, the exploding kittens always go back into the card deck. This means that your odds of survival decrease when the deck is reshuffled.

Long Live The King – A Kickstarter Success Card Game

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

You’ll be able to start playing in no time, thanks to the simple instructions and rapid setup. If you’re unhappy with the game, you can return it within 30 days, thanks to Amazon’s A-Z guarantee.

Fire Tower Board Game

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

Fire Tower is a pattern-building and hand-management game that can be learned in five minutes and played 15 to 30 minutes. Each card has a distinct design that provides a tactical benefit. An ever-changing environment forces players to experiment with different techniques and strategies.

Leder Games Oath: Chronicles of Empire & Exile

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

One to six players will direct the history of an ancient land in Oath. Hundreds of cards with distinctive artwork and powers offer unexpected strategic possibilities. Each game is linked to the next in a campaign that evolves over time and accommodates numerous playgroups. For ages 10 and above | 45-150 minutes

Nemesis Board Game

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

One of the most popular board games ever, this game incorporates 26 top-notch small-scale figures and more than 500 detailed game parts that submerge you into the science fiction awfulness entirely. Clever rules contain bluffing, participation, and double-crossing making each game an excellent sci-fi repulsiveness experience.

Stonemaier Games Scythe

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

Lead your group to triumph, building mechs, working the land, and investigating the strange plant, all while shielding your domain from the mechs of other invading groups Investigate the substitute history of 1920 Europe through Jakub Różalski’s stunning craftsmanship.

Wise Wizard Games Sorcerer

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

The Sorcerer is a 2-4 player dark dream game from the makers of Star Realms. It joins the best components of a strategic card game to make an entirely different playing experience.

Rummikub – The Original Rummy Tile Game

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

The game has 106 tiles, comprising 104 numbered tiles (valued 1 to 13 in four distinct colors, two of each) and two jokers. Players begin with 14 or 16 tiles and take turns placing tiles from their racks into sets (groups or runs) of at least three, drawing a tile if they cannot play. The first player to utilize all of their tiles in the Sabra version (the most frequent and popular) receives a positive score depending on the total of the other players’ hands, while losers receive negative scores. The ability to work with previously played tiles is an important aspect of the game. It can be played by 2-4 players and anyone ages eight and above, thus suitable for family game nights.

Pandasaurus Games – Dinosaur Island

This product was recommended by Phillip Villegas from Three Pedal Mafia

Games for Pandasaurus Dinosaur Island is the ideal game for grownups, teenagers, and children who want to create and manage their own dinosaur resort. To score points for winning, players should gather DNA, develop dinosaurs, hire employees, and draw the most visitors to a board game. It takes five minutes to learn and twenty minutes to play, and it’s great for 1-4 players or solo play.

CMON Zombicide: Invader

This product was recommended by Karim from Dehumidifier Depot

As humanity spreads out among the stars, a new era of exploration has begun. However, a truly effective and dependable energy source remained out of reach. Until xenium was discovered on pk-l7. This chemical, hidden deep under the planet’s guts, had the potential to revolutionize space travel, and civilization dispatched resources to retrieve it. Initially, the aliens on the planet looked at these mining operations with apathy. Then something happened. They mutated into vicious, bloodthirsty animals. In the far reaches of space, it’s now a war for survival. If players are to survive the invasion of bloodthirsty aliens in zombicide: invader, they must work together. They must find their way through the maze over the course of multiple interconnected missions.

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