Having fun in quarantine: 4 board games for the whole family


In the digital age, when online entertainment, delivery, and video call meetings have become an integral part of everyday life, there is one ancient hobby that is not only losing ground, but also actively developing. We are talking about modern board games that have experienced a renaissance over the past few decades.

Desktops these days cover any topic, have more depth, and can be found for a wide variety of companies. We tell you what games to try if you want to enter the desktop world not as a timid beginner, but by opening the door with your foot immediately into the hall with hardcore games.

Ancient Horror

  • Number of players: 1-8
  • Party time: 120-180 minutes

Ancient Horror is a dark and gritty game set in the Lovecraftian mythos from Hobby World. Here, a handful of desperate detectives, traveling around the world, are trying to stop the powerful Ancients who are trying to break into our reality.

Each of the detectives is individual, differs in parameters and abilities. During the game, they will also acquire allies, artifacts and spells that should help to cope with the threat. To deal with the Ancient, the group will have to solve 3 riddles that are unique for each opponent — Shub-Niggurath and Azathoth, for example, require a different approach. If the investigators do not make it in time, then it will be time for the last chance in the form of a direct confrontation. The price of defeat corresponds to the scale of the trouble — the whole world is plunged into darkness.

Ancient Horror is a game that will test your abilities. Here, the outcome is quite likely when all players lose. But due to the high complexity, daring challenge and unsurpassed atmosphere, it has become a universally recognized worldwide hit. After all, who hasn’t dreamed of kicking Cthulhu in the tentacles?

Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn

  • Number of players: 2-4
  • Party time: 60-120 minutes

«Civilization» is for those who feel in themselves creative impulses and the need to bring their state to prosperity. And, of course, for those who like the computer game series of the same name. This box contains everything that Sid Meier’s brainchild is so loved for — a global map with cities, resources and barbarians, various victory conditions, leaders of civilizations with unique abilities, an originally implemented technology tree and much, much more.

One of the most interesting mechanics of the game is the choice of actions. These five cards are laid out in five spaces on your technology board. When you choose one of the cards, you perform its effect and move it to the leftmost position, and move the rest of the cards to the right. The more right the card, the more powerful its effects. By planning actions and guessing the moment, you can achieve a significant advantage over your rivals!

Like its digital counterpart, in Civilization you will need to keep track of many aspects of the game at once in order to succeed. The indisputable advantage of desktop performance is that here the batch takes an hour or two, and you can “save” it simply by leaving the components lying on the table.

Fury of Dracula

  • Number of players: 2-5
  • Party time: 120-180 minutes

Fury of Dracula is a great board game for those who love asymmetrical games. One of the players will take on the role of Dracula, who secretly moves around Europe and tries to spread his influence. Other players will become vampire hunters who are trying to find and destroy the Night Lord.

Dracula will create new vampires, leave traps, bluff and do his best to confuse the chase, because over time his influence grows. Hunters, on the other hand, must show deductive abilities and unravel Dracula’s strategy, based on the traces left by him and suggesting his next steps. The change of day and night gives a separate interest to the game, because the available actions for the characters change depending on the time of day.

Fury of Dracula is recommended for fans of Bram Stoker and those who appreciate all-against-one games. Fundamentally different feelings when playing for Dracula and hunters add additional replay value.

Star Wars: Uprising

  • Number of players: 2-4
  • Party time: 180-240 minutes

In a galaxy far, far away, Sith and Jedi are not united… Star Wars: Uprising is an epic confrontation based on the classic trilogy of episodes IV-VI. It is worth taking a closer look not only for fans of the legendary space fantasy, but also for those who simply appreciate large-scale strategies.

Here, participants play out a full-fledged space war between the forces of the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. And if the former are trying to wage a guerrilla war, arrange sabotage and try to recruit supporters, then the latter inflict terror with an excellent military machine in order to forever assert their superiority.

In addition to the battles of fleets and ground units (more than 150 miniatures in the game!) Prominent characters of the saga also come into play: Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine and many others. The Empire will win if it can find and destroy the Rebels’ secret base, and the Rebels, in turn, strive to gain enough reputation points to mutiny the entire galaxy!

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