10 amazing tabletop games to look out for in summer 2024

10 amazing tabletop games to look out for in summer 2024

Larian go full circle (Larian Studios)

From the board game version of Divinity: Original Sin to a new Dungeons & Dragons expansion, this summer is looking hot for tabletop gaming.

It’s the UK Games Expo at the end of the month, as dozens of new tabletop offerings send hobbyists into a buying/trading and, of course, playing frenzy. Unlike the video game industry, that’s still wracked with layoffs, the tabletop industry is absolutely booming, with industry projections of the market doubling to around £20 billion by 2030.

Never mind investing in Nvidia, now’s the time to put your pension fund into cardboard. Google searches for Warhammer and Dungeons & Dragons have increased massively but what are people searching for? Details of the new Age Of Sigmar: Skaventide? After the pandemic, I’d suggest community and connection are what new tabletop enthusiasts are really yearning for.

With more exciting new IP on the way from massive brands such as Disney and Star Wars, as well as a thousand new kickstarters keeping the concept of crowdfunding afloat, there’s never been a better time to find someone to play with. With new Dungeons & Dragons clubs and boardgame cafes popping up across the country, here’s a selection of games we are playing right now and those arriving in the next few months.

10 amazing tabletop games to look out for in summer 2024

A video game in physical form (Larian Studios)

Divinity: Original Sin The Boardgame

Before everyone was talking about Baldur’s Gate 3, they were enjoying the equally good Divinity: Original Sin. Larian Studios’ first foray into cardboard gaming is just now hitting doorsteps and shelves, seamlessly translating the beloved video game franchise into a tabletop experience. It offers a rich tapestry of storytelling and strategic gameplay, with over 1,000 cards adorned with stunning artwork and miniatures of familiar characters, such as the Red Prince and at least four chickens.

At its core, the game captures the essence of cooperative role-playing adventures, where you embark on quests, battle foes, and make crucial decisions that shape the world around you. One standout feature is the Divine Atlas, which acts as the board/map and when paired with a deck of cards and saves faffing around with a bunch of tiles.

Combat is where the game truly shines, as it employs an innovative elemental system reminiscent of its digital counterpart. You strategically combine elements like fire, water, and electricity to create powerful synergies and exploit enemy weaknesses. The action point-based combat system adds layers of tactical depth, requiring careful positioning and resource management to overcome challenging encounters, although often your fate will still be decided by a die roll.

Overall, Divinity: Original Sin The Boardgame, while being a bit on the long side, is easy to pick up and faithfully captures the spirit of its source material. I’m already looking forward to getting my hands on the expansion packs.

Available now for €150 (approx. £128)

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