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Top 10 Board Games for Geeks and Nerds

Updated on August 27, 2015

Great board games for geeky kids and adults

 

If there is something all geeks love, then it is a great board game. Getting together with a group of friends to beat each other in a game of Settlers or a fantasy dungeon crawler tabletop game like HeroQuest is a great way to spend an evening.

I have put together a list of the top 10 board games for geeks in this article. Whether you are a computer nerd, a gamer geek or a fantasy/roleplaying enthusiast there will be an exciting board game for you here.

Age has also been taken into consideration so I included some games that will be enjoyable for the entire geeky family. That way both adult and young board game fans can get together and for a nerdy evening of fun.

If you are a computer gamer that is looking to get into board gaming it may be good to start out with playing a board game based on a video game you are familiar with. That way you know the universe and most likely you will also have an easier time understanding the basics of the game.

If you are new to tabletop gaming keep in mind that the rules for some games can feel a bit overwhelming to start with, but look at it like this. You are starting out as board game noob, but if you stick to it, you will end up as a hardcore tabletop player. And you will have a lot of fun in the process!

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The 10 best boardgames for geeks

Most geeks love to game and we are more than happy spending hours in front of the computer screen playing alone or with friends over the Internet. But once in a while it is nice to have some real face to face interaction with real people.

Luckily, this doesnt't have to exclude gaming, because there are thousands of great boardgames on th marked that can ensure you and your friends entertaining through many a boardgaming night.

Many of these games are even geared towards those of us with a nerdy streak, created based on famouse computer games or on the roleplaying genre. You can even find traditional games that has been relaunched in a geekier package.

This article will however focus on the boardgames created exclusively for us geeks. If you already know these games, then go ahead and vote for your favorite. If not read on to get inspiration for your next boardgame purchase.

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Settlers the video game has been a huge success amongst people who loves strategy and cute graphics at the same time. Settlers of Catan applies the strategic element masterfully in the board adaptation of the gamer geek favourite.

You battle the other players for resources in order to take more areas to gain even more resources. With resources you can build roads, houses and victory points. The player that gets to 10 victory points first win.

It might seem easy, but when you add a couple of other people aiming for the win as well it becomes much harder.

Settlers, the board game has great re-playability as no game is ever the same. The best part is that it can be played even without having prior knowledge of the video game equivalent. This means you can play the game with your non-geeky friends as well.

Settlers of Catan Video Review

Video by geekandsundry cyrated from Youtube

Settlers the board game expansions

Settlers of Catan is so popular that multiple expansions has been released. I have listed them all below as well as the 5-6 people expansions that will allow you to get 2 more geeky friends involved.

Settlers of Catan T-Shirts

If you are a real fan of Settlers of Catan and want to show the world how much you love the boardgame, then one of these T-Shirts may be a good investment.

They also make for a great combination gift to a geek who put the tabletop game on their wish list. This way you can give them the game they wished for along with a unique surprise gift that they would have never expected.

Build castles and knock out pigs to earn points and beat your opponent in the Angry Bird Boardgame. This is a real life adaptation of the popular touch screen game. Angry birds will be flying through the air while you desperately try to build a proper castle for your pigs.

Up to 4 geeky players can get together in the rampage and this is a perfect game to play with children as they will love the funny looking birds and the whole idea of a little bit of innocent destruction.

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Angry Birds - Knock on Wood Video Review

Vide by Creventive Character Workshop. Curated from Youtube

Are you one of those people who has sat glued to the television screen while following the fantastic adventures of John Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and the rest of the flavorful characters in Game of Thrones? Then you will most likely appreciate this board game set within the universe of Westeros.

Engage with your friends in a game of intrigues, negotiations and dimplomacy.

Build alliances and backstab your opponents Lanister Style to finally take the Iron Throne for yourself.

The game works best with 4-5 players which makes it perfect for a geeky gathering of friends. Just keep in mind that if your friends are the types that hold grudges and gets angry when losing a game, it might take a while before they will talk to you again after a Game of Thrones session.

A Game of Throne Board Game Video Review

Check out this very thorough game review of A Game of Throne, to see the layout of the board game and to have a run through of the rules. By the end of this walkthrough you will know whether or not the game is for you.

Video by UndeadVikingVideos. Curated from Youtube.

Heroquest - The number one oldschool Geeky board game

HeroQuest is a dungeon crawler game in a board game format. One player is the dungeon master who controls the monsters and directs the players as they move around the board. The rest of the players take on the roles of the mighty barbarian warrior, the elf, the dwarf or the wizard and fight their way through the dungeons.

You play through stories and adventures collecting magical items, potions and gold as you battle your way through goblins, orcs and skeletons.

The game comes complete with small monster and player figures, doors, chests and a manual with stories to play through. As this game was first released in the 90th it is quite rare now and can be expensive. If you don't want to pay the Amazon price, check the offers listed below.

HeroQuest Video Review

If you want to see how Hero Quest looks before investing in the game, you can check out this video review.

Please note though that there are differences in how the game looks depending on whether you have the European or the American version. The gameplay is the same though, so this is just a visual difference.

Video by NEStalgiaholic. Curated from Youtube.

Get HeroQuest from eBay

With older games like HeroQuest you can really find a bargain on eBay if someone is selling their board games cheap. It is also a great place for extra HeroQuest pieces and accessories

Dungeons & Dragons boardgame

Created for Roleplaying geeks

Once again we are looking at a game where the players work together to beat the challenges. While this is not HeroQuest is iclearly inspired by the oldschool board game.

You get an adventure journal that helps guide you through the set up of the game.

The great thing about this fantasy board game by Wizards of the Coast is that you don't need one of the players to be the Dungeon Master, encounters are decide by dice rolls.

The game can be player by 1-5 players (yes you can play it on your own).

Check out the video below where Rodney Thomson walks you through the gameplay of this cool RPG boardgame.

Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game
Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game

Once again we are looking at a game where the players work together to beat the challenges. While this is not HeroQuest is iclearly inspired by the oldschool board game.

You get an adventure journal that helps guide you through the set up of the game.

The great thing about this fantasy board game by Wizards of the Coast is that you don't need one of the players to be the Dungeon Master, encounters are decide by dice rolls.

The game can be player by 1-5 players (yes you can play it on your own).

Check out the video below where Rodney Thomson walks you through the gameplay of this cool RPG boardgame.

 

Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game Walkthrough

If you want to see a walkthrough of how to play The Legend of Drizzt then check out the video below. You get really good insight into how the game looks, feels and unfolds.

Video by DNDWizards curated from YouTube

 

LEGO has had great success creating board games that make use of their bricks. One of the many creative building games they have released is the Heroica series.

It is a fantasy, dungeon crawler childrens game that is very enjoyable to adults as well. Before you start playing you build the playing board and even the dice is made from bricks.

If you want to introduce your kids to the world of geeks and fantasy adventures then this LEGO board game is a great place to start. On top you get to have some really fun, nerdy family evenings.

Fun, imaginative and creative. LEGO Heroica is a must buy for the geeky parents who wants their children to love roleplaying games and dungeon crawling.

LEGO Heroica video review

A nice video review of LEGO Heroica. This gives you a good idea of how the game plays out and what you can expect if you buy it. It also shows that not only children will enjoy playing this tabletop game.

Video by mightygoosepodcast curated from YouTube

Civilization

The ultimate computer game geek board game

Do you want to take the amazing gameplay of the lengendary Civilization computer game and add it to an evening of board gaming fun with your friends? Then this is for you.

Each player starts off with just a single city, one army and one scout, just like the video game version and as with the PC game you explore, battle and negotiate your way through the ages until your Civilization becomes the predominant one.

For gamer geeks, this purchase should be a no brainer.

Civilization: The Board Game
Civilization: The Board Game

Do you want to take the amazing gameplay of the lengendary Civilization computer game and add it to an evening of board gaming fun with your friends? Then this is for you.

Each player starts off with just a single city, one army and one scout, just like the video game version and as with the PC game you explore, battle and negotiate your way through the ages until your Civilization becomes the predominant one.

For gamer geeks, this purchase should be a no brainer.

 

Official Civilization board game video walkthrough

Embark on missions with our friends and cooperate to battle the Locust horde.

In this Co-Op game you and your friends take on the task of saving the world from the Locust and it will demand a tactical mindset and the ability to think one step ahead.

With 7 missions each between 2 to 3.5 hours long and with these missions being randomly laid out every game, there should be plenty of replayability for many game nights.

Another plus are the miniature figures included in the box. They are very detailed and if you are a fan of Gears of War you will really appreciate the care that has gone into designing the figures. The miniatures are not painted, but if you are into that sort of thing, these figures are definitely worthy of your time and will look even cooler when they have been under the brush.

If you like team working and tactical gameplay then this video game inspired board game will give you much enjoyment and this board game should be part of any Gears of War fan collection

Gears of War board game walkthrough

Video by StarlitCitadel. Curated from Youtube

Lord of the Rings, the board game is another co-orperative game. In this board game based on the ever popular fantasy books by Tolkien, you and your friends work together to get the One Ring to Mount Doom and throw it in the fires.

The corrupting influence of the ring is the major enemy to combat as the fellowship travels across Middle Earth towards their destination. Can you avoid corruption and finally rid the world of Saurons presence with the help of your friends?

As a self proclaimed Lord of the Rings nerd, this game is just down my alley.

Everything Tolkien rocks and so does this board game. Because of the popularity of the movies, you may even be able to persuade some of your less geeky friends to give it a go.

Please note that by accident this link previously went to Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game. For a review of that check out the comment made by Tom further down the page.

Lord of the Rings board game video review

Video by JCTritzes. Curated from Youtube.

I suppose that Dominion is not really a board game, but actually a card game, but because it is so awesome it had to be added to the list.

Dominion is a very popular game among geeks. Each player starts with identical decks, but expands on it by buying cards from the communal pile.

The premises of the game is that you are the ruler of a small country, but with ambitions to expand. You win the game by accruing victory points which of course are a symbol of the success of your kingdom.

Because of the great reviews Dominion received, multiple expansion packs has been released, ensuring that you will never grow tired of this little geeky gem.

Dominion video review

Very funny and thorough review and walkthrough of Dominion.

Video by machinima

What is your favourite geeky board game?

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      Knows better 18 months ago

      A poor representation of games, for geeks or otherwise. Most of the titles on here are dated by boardgame standards, not in the sense that they are old, but in the sense that they don't have clean or well designed mechanics. Several of these are better suited to be nostalgia for those that used to play them but have since been replaced by better realized contemporary games that take the concept and do it in a much more refined way. Interested in Dominion? Play Ascension instead. Settlers of Catan? You will enjoy Terra Mystica or Stone Age more. Civ?: Pandemic. DnD Board Games: Actually pretty solid, but you will find a much more refined system in Star Wars: Imperial Assault. Hero Quest?: Thematically: Talisman/Gameplay: Also Mice and Mystics.

      The games on this list are adequate at best, archaic at worse and there is a lot out there that will do all of this better, be more fun, and easier to learn without sacrificing complexity. I recommend anyone take a look at boardgamegeek.com and you will find more than enough to keep your nerds and geeks happy without spending money on the sub-par stuff that is only valuable anymore out of sentiment for it's place in the history of board gaming more than it's quality as a game

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      Micah 22 months ago from Central Florida

      I have the Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Rings board games, and I love them both! Be forewarned, however, that the Game of Thrones game is quite complicated and takes awhile to complete!

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      ausmetal 3 years ago

      Old lens I know, but still relevant! and opened my eyes to some awesome new board games.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome! I would appreciate it very much if you could check out mine about King Of Tokyo Board Game

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      MidnightSunRC 4 years ago

      Nice list! D&D The Legend of Drizzt and Pandemic are my personal favourites from your list.

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      CrazyGoblin 4 years ago

      @Wakerra LM: True, I also played it and a lot. But I can't seem to find the time any more or a group to play

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      CrazyGoblin 4 years ago

      Great list, so far I only played Settlers of Catan, bu I had my eyes on Game of Thrones and Civilization for a while now ;-)

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      Wakerra LM 4 years ago

      Ah, DnD...back in the day when I had time and people to play it with...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sorry, but you've got the description of "The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game" completely wrong. It actually has little to nothing to do with the one ring, and takes place before Frodo ever began his quest, and it's not a really a board game either, considering it uses no board, only cards. The adventure packs form story arcs, and the first of which has the players traversing through Mirkwood in an attempt to capture Gollum and bring him into custody, the second involves escorting Arwen From Moria to her home in Rivendell, and the newest one is about persuing corruption and villainous spies who aim to seize control of Gondor. I definitely tops my list, and can be played cooperatively or solo for increased difficulty. I just thought I would clarify this for the readers who don't want to simply relive the books and movies, but are in fact looking for something completely new.

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      Bellerine 5 years ago

      Yup, Settlers of Catan and Civilization are great games, but Dominion is our favorite! Another great list with at least one game we're going to check out. Thanks again!

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      Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Good stuff!

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      Senguin 5 years ago

      Dominion is a great game, i've enjoyed it a lot.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Since apples to apples is my favorite, I don't think I am that much of a geek. I want to work up to Scrabble. Good lens, pinned out to my board "Products I love."