Tis' the season of giving and if that makes you think 'B'ah Humbug' then this guide is for you! Some of the best and most expensive board game presents you can buy! Two rules - it must be in stock or available to pre-order at time of writing, and on our website. Let's look at Scrooge's never buy list!
Coming in at number one is the ever popular Gloomhaven. This dungeon crawl has one people over with it's story telling and campaign like structure. Characters you meet during your play through may crop up at other points as your character grows and grows. As a bonus the box is big enough to house you and your family comfortably should you default on your mortgage after buying it. Gloomhaven has already had a number of reprints to fulfil demand, has expansions launched and coming and has received nearly universal praise. Cheaper now than before but still topping three figures Gloomhaven is a lot of game.
Dice are amazing. Those little chance engines bring excitement and frustration to a new level. Well with these bad boys you won't want anybody else rolling them! Handcrafted from Mabiwasa rosewood, a lot of work has gone into making these not only the best weighted wooden dice available but ones that beat plastic dice in accuracy tests. Costing more than most of the other games on this list this is definitely a gift that will show you care!
Coming from Weta Studios (yeah that one) GKR or Giant Killer Robots is literally about just that. Take massive, gorgeous, pre painted robots and fight in a city scape. With it's simple rule set the game is a surprising amount of fun as you seek to 'tag' the most buildings while putting enough hurt on the other players to discourage them. Of course the base set alone will not be enough for any serious consumer and you will soon need to add the Sweat & Salty expansion that adds two more factions making this a serious purchase. Dice are provided but they are not made of Mabiwasa...
The newest game on the list and the latest from CMON and Eric Lang sees you tackle insanity and whatever creatures you have summoned. It drew a lot of attention for the biggest mini ever? But the early reviews see to suggest it is a very enjoyable game and of course there are a number of expansions available and on the way - Yog Sothoth adds move characters as does Black Goat of the Woods. More dice of course in the Extra Dice Pack!As with most CMON products from Kickstarter this will have a lot of content to keep you going.
Glorantha is the follow up to Cthulhu Wars from Peterson Games. It's an area control game with stupidly big 'minis' and factions that play really differently, set in the Glorantha universe. You don't need to know anything about that world to play and enjoy it though. The core box contains four factions but gives you the rules for all the extras and expansions straight away so you can see what you are missing and how it might effect play. The essential expansions in my opinion are the buildings which replace the awful tokens and the Empires expansion that gives you the remaining four factions. All that makes this the most expansive game on the list.
If you are going to invest in these games then you need a good way to protect and transport them! GeekOn! has you covered with their padded water resistant backpack. You can fit loads in here including the massive Gloomhaven. Also there are loads of little pockets and spots for your smaller games too. See Tom's first impressions video for further detail!
Well there you have it! Big money games for those anti-Scrooges' among you. Already spent out? Then check out Nick T's Best Stocking Fillers under £15!