Top 10 Fantasy Board Games (Updated for 2012)

Love fantasy and want to find the best board game of it's type? Well, here's a look at the Top 10 as selected by our staff and our customers. For our old list, which includes some great classics that didn't quite make the cut this time around, go here.

1. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (2nd Edition)

The Game of Thrones board game brings George R.R. Martin’s popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series to life as players control one of the five (5) houses in Westeros in a battle for the Iron Throne. You'll need to balance diplomacy and warfare, using a blind bidding system to bluff and outmaneuver your opponents. Will you sit on the Iron Throne or perish on the perilous journey?

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game 2nd Edition

2. Small World

Small World is a game of warring fantasy civilizations , all depicted with entirely too cute tokens and humorous special powers and abilities. In Small World, players run rampant across the board, conquering provinces until their race is spread too thin and must go into decline, whereupon the player calls upon a new race. Small World has a highly strategic board game beneath its cute exterior and has been featured on TableTop and our own review videos (below).

Small World

3. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2nd Edition)

Descent is a classic dungeon crawling, fantasy board game. The 2nd Edition of this popular game features streamlined rules and faster gameplay while keeping much of the same epic flavor. In Descent, players take on the role of either a group of brave adventurers making their way through numerous dungeons in an attempt to finish the quest laid out for them, or the Overlord, who creates the quest and its challenges. With a slew of adventurers to pick from, a modular game board and a Dungeon Master (the Overlord), it’s one of the best dungeon crawl games out there. Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition

4. Mage Knight

Mage Knight has you and up to three players in the Atlantean Empire where you must build your armies, defeat enemies and conquer cities for the Void Council. Mage Knight's an intricate, world-spanning game with multiple scenarios and is not for the casual gamer.

Mage Knight

5. Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set

The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Ruenlords Base Set is the deck-building, card game version of the bestselling, hit Pathfinder role-playing-game (RPG). Choose a character class, acquire allies, spells and weapons and explore locations; defeating the monsters you meet. You will need to work together to win as the monsters and locations get harder as you play through this game.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set

6. Castle Panic

Castle Panic takes a very simple concept -- players defending their castle from an invading horde of monsters -- and makes it highly enjoyable. It’s playable as a semi-cooperative or fully cooperative board game, and uses a die roll to randomise monster allocation and card management, forcing players to work together and plan ahead. Castle Panic is a tense, nail-biting tower-defense game that everyone can enjoy, and was recently profiled on Wil Wheaton’s TableTop.

Castle Panic

7. Dicworld: Ankh-Morpork

Discworld: Ankh-Morpork brings Terry Pratchett's beloved, beleaguered city to life. Fans will giggle at the inside jokes on every card, while non-fans will enjoy the strategic options the game offers and the beautiful execution. A simple game to teach, Discworld : Ankh-Morpork still contains a lot of strategy and double-guessing -- a hallmark of most Martin Wallace games. The area control mechanics are elegant, while secret player objectives add a lot of tension to this quick-playing game.

Discworld : Ankh-Morpork Boardgame

9. Red Dragon Inn

Tired of all these serious board games? Red Dragon Inn is the cure, as you play one of four fantasy characters back from their latest adventure. They are ready to relax in the Inn, and if you work hard like they do, you know they'll play harder. Gamble, fight, drink, tip the wench and try to be the last one standing at the end of the night. Red Dragon Inn has 4 separate base games, each with different characters.

Red Dragon Inn

9. Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia is the only 2 player game on this list for a reason - its multiple scenarios provide a high level of variation and play length while each player's roles play extremely differently. In Claustrophobia, one player controls the heroes and the other, the demons from the underworld. This is a tense, variable game that only gets better with more plays.


10. King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo is a lighter fare than many of these other games, basically Yahtzee with giant monsters. In King of Tokyo, you'll control a giant monster and must defeat the other monsters, whether by beating them up directly or gaining sufficient victory points to be crowned the King of Tokyo. This isn't a complex game, but it's full of laughs with just enough strategy to keep it interesting for multiple replays with a casual gaming group.

King of Tokyo

Updated: February 13, 2015