Video games and nerd culture have never been more culturally accepted. While once the concept of playing tabletop and video games was considered terminally uncool, that perception has shifted dramatically. Now, it’s weird when someone doesn’t have a hobby like playing Xbox or having a Dungeons and Dragon campaign.
As such, now is a better time than ever to get into a tabletop game. Not just Monopoly or Risk, either: a true traditional game. Something with a legacy or a community that takes it beyond being a simple board game or boxed set. Which games should you be looking at? Here are a few suggestions to get your imagination going.
Dungeons and Dragons
The world’s first, and arguably greatest, role-playing game is healthier than ever right now. Nearly everyone gets the gameplay of D&D right off the bat: you’re playing someone else.
That someone has a race and a class, stats, and skills, and is trying to slay monsters and acquire treasure. Anyone who’s picked up a controller and played Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest in the last 30 years will be right at home.
You don’t need much to play, either. A set of dice, a Player’s Handbook, and some notebook paper will set you up for your first character. Once you find a group of adventurers to travel with you to face the dark things in the deepest dungeons, you’ll be ready for greatness.
The grim, dark world of the year 40,000 is the setting of Games Workshop’s long-running Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game. This miniature wargame revels in the chaos of pitting fantasy races against one another through the lens of a science fantasy setting. If you’ve ever wanted to own an army of space elves, this is the game for you.
Between the tabletop game, numerous books in the setting, and the fun of building and painting a personalized army, Warhammer 40,000 is a bottomless pit of fun things to fall into. Just remember: the Emperor protects.
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
If you’ve ever wanted to reenact classic Star Wars sequences, then X-Wing is probably a game you’d be interested in. The game involves piloting various ships from the Star Wars galaxy, including, of course, X-Wings and Tie Fighters.
This fast-paced game is a great introduction to tabletop wargaming, as it requires no model assembly or painting, unlike Warhammer.
Moreover, there’s a robust community of competitive players who would be happy to show you the ropes. If you’re the kind of person who loves tight, well-balanced competitive games, then X-Wing is perfect for you.