Play Designer Boardgames On-Line

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My friend Nicholas Hjelmberg is a frequent guest at game night. Here are his best tips for how to play designer boardgames on-line.


Here’s a list of some web sites that I have visited to familiarise myself with various games. All are free to use but you have to register.

  • Boardgame Arena. A large and well developed site for many games including Keyflower and Palaces of Carrara. I do miss the ability to retract moves though.
  • Triqqy. A slightly buggy site but one of the few where you can play Reiner Knizia’s games, including Tigris & Euphrates and Samurai. Here too I do miss the ability to retract moves.
  • Spiel By Web. This site has better functionality than design. Its games include Reef Encounter and Tikal.
  • Yucata. Reminiscent of Spiel By Web, this site has shorter games like Alchemist and Torres.
  • Boardgame Core. A stylish site with several games from Splotter Games, including The Great Zimbabwe och Food Chain Magnate.
  • Sloth Ninja. For those who miss the Splotter game Indonesia, that is one of the few games here.
  • >Boite à Jeux. a good-looking site with games including Alchemists, Myrmes, Vanuatu and Concordia.
  • Michael Schacht. A simple but fully functional site for many of Michael Schacht’s games, including China and Patrician.
  • MaBi Web. A little site with less known gems such as UR and Mykerinos.
  • Civilization. A not entirely intuitive site dedicated to Civilization and Advanced Civilization.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

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