Amazon Prime Day 2020 is here, and that means thousands of products are on sale, right now, until the end of October 14. And since 2020 is all about being stuck inside and limiting your contact with others, it is the perfect time to play some tabletop games.
There are classic games that have been played for centuries. There are games whose rules feel like they take centuries to fully understand. And of course, there are tons of tabletop RPG deals as well. They're perfect for the more hardcore fan in your house. We have something here for everyone, including players who are new to board games and want to start off with one that is easy enough to pick up but difficult to master. Below, you'll find some of the best deals for tabletop gaming for Amazon Prime Day. Plus, if you have a board game fan on your shopping list this holiday season, check out our tabletop gift guide for ideas on what to buy. It's the perfect way to spend some time with your family if you aren't able to go out and do something because of the pandemic.
Mancala is over a thousand years old, one of the oldest games on Earth. It's simple to learn but takes time to master, as you move glass stones around a board trying to capture more than your opponent. The game is also its own storage container, so everything fits into a wooden box that serves as the board.
Codenames is a much simpler game that tasks teammates with picking out words from a list based on one-word clues. Though you can play Codenames with just two people, it's more fun with a larger group. It's easy-to-learn, fun, and pretty cheap for a party game.
Playing Dungeons & Dragons over Skype, Zoom, or whatever video conferencing program you prefer has been a life-saver for a lot of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to get started with the iconic tabletop RPG, all you really need is the Player's Handbook. D&D books can be a bit pricey, but you can get it right now for nearly half off on Amazon, which is a pretty great deal.
While we're on the subject of D&D, why not check out the latest adventure book Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden? The book has everything you need to run a campaign that starts characters at level 1 and brings them to level 12. It's the perfect book for first-time DMs. Also, it's pretty interesting to see a book released so recently to be discounted this heavily, so quickly.
Discover is a lot like Don't Starve as a board game. Your characters are stranded in the wilderness and you have to survive, but it's going to take a little bit of cooperation to make that happen. You'll have to gather resources, battle enemies, and compete in scenarios in order to win. You can play alone or with up to four people.
Gloomhaven is a great transitional game between board games and a tabletop RPG like Dungeons & Dragons. It's a tactical combat game for 1-4 players that can take up to an hour to play per session. The story and scenarios change depending on the choices the players make, and a lot of the gameplay is decided by playing cards. $100 is a lot for a board game, but Gloomhaven is worth it as it is one of the best tabletop games in recent memory.
Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars miniature series is easily one of the coolest tabletop games to come out of that IP. However, it's also the most costly, as you have to spend quite a bit of hard-earned cash to pick up space ships. The X-Wing minatures game is all about space dog fights featuring some of Star Wars' iconic ships. It's easy to play and a lot of fun. This Force Awakens game comes with three ships, so you'll probably want to buy more--and there are plenty of them. Currently, you can pick up the Millennium Falcon or $20, which normally costs $30. Many of the ships for this game are currently on sale.
Imagine you had your own aviary, filled with beautiful birds, and it made other aviaries look like amateur hour for bird enthusiasts. That has to be a great feeling, right? Well, it's one you can achieve in Wingspan. This 1-5 player game is all about collecting the best birds for your aviary, while laughing at other aviaries that lack quality birds.
Pandemic is a game you probably won't beat on your first attempt. You're going to lose, a lot. You control a group of people that are trying to keep the world safe from a global pandemic, and it's not just as simple as "make a vaccine and use it." It's an exceptionally challenging game with great mechanics and gameplay with a high replay value. The Legacy version of the game will take multiple sessions to play, and new rules come into play depending on your actions.
One of the best strategy games ever, Catan is also incredibly simple and easy enough for all ages to get started. As you move and gain territory, you'll need to manage your resources and keep your opponents from making advances. The higher-level players can master the game and have their opponents in the palm of their hands.
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