3 strategy board games to spend hours with your friends


This article is sponsored by Avalon Hill.

If there’s one thing I look forward to in the coming months, it’s a relaxing night out with my pals. It feels like eons since we last gathered around a table, watched Netflix, or spent hours in a board game.

I can’t remember the last time I played a board game in person, not on Zoom or something. That’s good – I had fun, but they just don’t compare to playing a game with real friends. Mostly a strategy game that can make some of your party (me) super competitive. It’s all part of the bonding experience, if you ask me.

Add in a few snacks, a few drinks, and plenty of news to catch up on between games, and you’ve got a 10/10 night out.

So, in the spirit of finding ourselves back after months on our own, here are three strategy board games to absolutely play on.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

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From the Spirits of Avalon Hill comes the second edition of the Beloved Betrayal at House on the Hill narrative board game. What else would I start with?

This tile game gives players the power to build their own haunted house, room by room, tile by tile. It is designed for three to six players, ages 12 and up, with each person playing one of six possible characters.

But one of the characters is persuaded by frightening forces to betray the rest of the group, and the innocent players must defeat the traitor before it’s too late. Dun, dun, dun!

Suspenseful and strategy-based, this game comes with detailed character cards, pre-painted plastic figures, and special tokens. A game lasts about 60 minutes, with 50 different scenarios in total.

Betrayal at House on the Hill is easily one of the more popular strategy board games, so it’s the perfect game to introduce newcomers to the genre.

Axis & Allies 1942

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For those who love period films in the midst of war, I give you Axis & Allies 1942. In the title year, players will command both your country’s military forces and its wartime economy, with the ability to plan attacks, muster forces in besieged territories, and resolve conflicts. . History buffs can play as the UK, USA, Soviet Union, Germany or Japan.

Victory is yours if you conquer your opponents on the battlefield and liberate (or occupy) cities. I can think of at least three people I know who would be happy to sit around this strategy game, exchanging suspicious glances for hours on end.

This second edition of the Avalon Hill strategy game features 400 pieces, including an anti-aircraft artillery combat unit, British artillery, submarines and model destroyers. In addition, German artillery and a Russian submarine also sculpt.

Make sure you have enough space to play, as this board game measures 40 “x 26”, which is approximately 100cm x 66cm.

This baby is best played with two to five players – ages 12 and up – and the playtime is around four hours, so sit back.

Risk inheritance

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In Risk inheritance, each game played will change each future game. It’s a game-changer (sorry). A decision you make in Game 1 might come back to haunt you in Game 10, so think very carefully about every move you make. Again, it’s all about strategy in Inheritance of risk.

Each player will be able to shape the evolution of their world in this game – I’m talking about their history, their cities, their factions and how they fight. Unlock new rules and watch the events unfold as players win multiple games. Rules, cards and stickers will come into play… then disappear forever.

This game is a more involved version of the classic Risk strategy board games, focused on an immersive narrative experience for maximum enjoyment.

Risk inheritance is a great choice for your next game night, both for newcomers and fans of strategy games. It’s best suited for three to six players – ages 13 and up – and only takes an hour to play.

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