DISCLAIMER: All boardgame PC ports mentioned in this thread have the permission of the respective publisher.
Well, today I discoverd the wondeful world of free online boardgames, and I figured, hey, maybe it's time for another boardgame thread to share these games with my fellow PAers. So, here we go:
Race to the Galaxy
Currently sits at the number 12 spot in the list of the best games over at BoardGameGeek
. Its theme is "to build galactic civilizations via game cards that represent worlds or technical and social developments". It's also quite complicated and seemingly hard to get into.
Luckily, some lad over at http://keldon.net
has made a full-fledged PC version of the game and its two addons, with all the original rules and card art, and a malicious computer AI on top of it. Seriously, it makes even the toughest men cry.
Download it here:
No dice how to play? No worry, here's a pdf with all the game rules
for the addons:
And when you feel ready to measure your skills against real
players - visit http://genie.game-host.org/main.htm
. Apparently you can improve the speed of the site by following these instructions
"Based in a unique fantasy setting, Blue Moon simulates the struggles of the various peoples who live in the Blue Moon world. Each people has its own unique traits and gameplay mechanics, and is represented by a 30 card deck."
Haven't tried it yet, but the game seems to be kind of Magic-ish, you pick a faction and stomp your opponent. Looks like good fun! I'll search for the game rules and add them to the OP later. For now, try to improvise!
You can download
it from http://keldon.net/bluemoon/
as well, with working AI enemies.
(don't be afraid, we are not all the Nazis)
(runs much faster)
I did a quick forum search and found this precious little thread
, which unfortunately lasted all of four replies. Let's just all hope this one fares better! Anyway, the site has a quite a selection of great, and more importantly free boardgames. All relevant informations can be displayed in English, and there seems to be a sizeable community of people from other countries. Check it out!
Some of the more notable games available are several Spiel des Jahres winners:
* Settlers of Catan
* Thurn und Taxis
* Bluff (Liar's Dice)
* Saint Petersburg
Wait, they also have DOMINION?!
Look like you need to make an account first though.
Okay, lets get this over quick. If you know any other popular and fun card & boardgames that fit the criteria (online
), then by all gods mention them. I guess we could also have a [Game On] going if there's enough interest (if past attempts for this are any indication, probably not).