Many tabletop games take a short amount of time. Small cards games, real-time games, etc. usually take about 30 minutes or less. Most gamers consider 30-60 minutes to be the average length of a game. Some games, however, go well above that time frame and can take a long time to finish.
Board games that have a long play-time often provide rich strategies and engaging themes that hold the players’ attention. Some hobby gamers consider long games to be the most immersive and rewarding experiences that gaming has to offer. Some of these games can even take up to an entire day to play.
10 Mansions Of Madness Combines Technology And Board Games
Mansions Of Madness’ first edition was a game where most players would take on the role of characters adventuring into a haunted mansion while one player controlled all of the eldritch horror monsters. Mansions of Madness Second Edition changed this by creating an app that controls all of the baddies so every player can play the game together. The game is based on the horror novels of H.P. Lovecraft and it provides incredibly engaging scenarios that will frighten and delight players every time. Some scenarios are shorter while others can take over four hours.
9 A Game Of Thrones: The Board Game Puts Westeros In A Box
A Game Of Thrones: The Board Game is based on the popular series of books. In the game, three to six players take on the role of different houses, competing for control over Westeros. The game allows players to attack one another, make treaties, become allies, and backstab opponents.
A Game Of Thrones takes about four hours to play, and that time can even be extended by including the Mother of Dragons expansion. Each house plays differently and the game provides a uniquely deep and strategic experience for fans to enjoy.
8 Detective Makes Players Feel Like They Are Solving A Real Case
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game lets players become detectives as they try and solve a case based on historical events. The game is divided into five chapters with each chapter taking about 3 hours each. Detective allows players to use the internet to research clues, watch security camera footage, and even interrogate suspects using the game’s interactive website. The experience is very immersive and leads to gamers feeling as though they are actual detectives working on a huge case. Detective was successful and has now spawned multiple different versions and spinoffs.
7 Dead Of Winter Makes Players Turn On Each Other In A Zombie Apocalypse
Zombies are a theme that many board games like to use as it provides an enemy to fight that gamers understand right off the bat. Dead of Winter takes this idea and expands upon it by making the game also focus heavily on the interpersonal conflict of players at the table. In each game, there may be a traitor that is trying to derail the situation, forcing the other players to lose. Players can exile each other if they suspect someone is the traitor. However, they won’t know for sure until the end of the game, meaning that players might accidentally exile their teammates.
6 War Of The Ring Is The Entire Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Many board games are made for two players. However, these games tend to be quicker experiences. War of the Ring instead makes the experience as grandiose as possible.
War of the Ring is regarded as one of the most thematic board games ever made and currently ranks in the top ten board games of all time, according to the popular website Board Game Geek. It takes quite a long time to play but gamers feel the experience is extremely rewarding. War of The Ring also has multiple expansions and special rules for 4 players.
5 Terraforming Mars Is Corporate Greed In The Future
Terraforming Mars is one of the most popular board games out there. It provides players with an interesting theme and engaging game mechanisms. In Terraforming Mars, each player plays as a corporation looking to terraform Mars for their monetary gain. Players can play cards, build greeneries, exploit the land’s resources, and more. With over 440 cards, unique corporations, interesting combos, and multiple expansions available, it is highly unlikely to ever play Terraforming Mars the same way twice, which keeps players coming back for more.
4 Robinson Crusoe Bring Rich Stories To A Classic Tale
Robinson Crusoe is a heavily thematic game full of adventure, crafting, and more. Gamers have raved about it for several years, praising it for its engaging story and thematic elements. The game is played cooperatively where all players have a goal they are trying to accomplish together. As the game progresses, players build tools that help them hunt, store food, survive, and prepare for the harsh weather conditions. Robinson Crusoe excels in many ways but it is a complicated game that takes quite a long time to play through.
3 Twilight Imperium Is Space Combat At Its Finest
Twilight Imperium is one of the most ambitious games ever made. The game single-handedly helped to establish Fantasy Flight Games as a company that is very important to the board gaming hobby. The game is now on its 4th edition and it comes in a large box that provides an even larger experience. Each player controls a race of aliens, vying for control over the galaxy. Each race has a unique backstory, ships, abilities, and more. Twilight Imperium takes roughly six to ten hours with a full player count and it is a game unlike any other.
2 Descent: Journeys In The Dark Is An Engaging Dungeon Crawl
Descent: Journeys In The Dark takes about five to eight hours on average. However, the designer decided to up the ante and created an expansion called The Road To Legend which, apart from adding new cards and mechanisms, added over 200 hours to the game.
The Road To Legend is a campaign, but even without it, the game is quite a gigantic experience. One to four players take on the role of the heroes, fighting off monsters, looting treasure chests, and saving the town. One player takes on the role of the overlord, controlling all monsters and perils the heroes face.
1 Gloomhaven Revolutionized Board Games
On the surface, Gloomhaven looks like any other dungeon-crawl board game full of characters, items, monsters, and board tiles. However, the game bridges the gap between American-style board games and European-style board games by focusing on strategy rather than luck. The game has no dice, it’s expensive, and it comes with about 100-200 hours of content straight out of the box. These days, games like Gloomhaven are coming out more and more but when it was first released in 2017, it was a revolutionary title in the hobby.
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Marc Musso is a writer, board game enthusiast, and aspiring board game designer based in Dallas, TX. He has been a semi-professional game reviewer, a miniature-painting Etsy seller, an amateur musician, and is now a list writer for CBR.com. Marc loses most board games because he’s usually too distracted by the quality of the cards. His favorite games include Everdell, Gloomhaven, and Dungeon Fighter.