Medium difficulty and complexity, these board games are perfect for anyone with some experience who wants to expand their knowledge.
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye is a highly variable tile-placement game, intended for 2-5 players who already have some experience with board games.
Bid on tiles and arrange them in particular ways to maximize your point gains. That’s what the rolling fields of Scotland are all about!
In Isle of Skye you play a chieftain of a famous clan who’s trying to build up their respective kingdoms. Obviously, the better kingdom is denoted by rating their kingdoms at the end of the game. Each game will play out differently, the scoring on tiles playing out in unique ways as each player develops different tactics and strategies in each game. Bonus points are awarded to anyone who really gets into character and roleplays their character the entire game. Not really, but hey, that’s why home rules are a thing right?
Bear in mind, while you do need money throughout the game to purchase your ideal tiles and build your kingdom, in the end the leader of the island will be the one who’s built the best kingdom. All of that gold doesn’t mean much if your kingdom gets overrun by the neighboring one!
Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport Expansion
Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport is an in-depth expansion for the well-renowned worker placement game.
Chinatown is a negotiation based city building game, intended for 3-5 players who already have some experience with board games.
In Chinatown, anything goes. You’ve just acquired your own little block of the city and you’re here to do one thing: build. Place tiles that represent businesses, gain points for each tile placed, and haggle with your opponents to get opportune placements on the district.
Resources are randomly distributed, so you will have to work with players to get the resources you need. You’ll get paid out for each tile you lay down at the end of each turn, but any completed business will give you exponential more. So, build your business, haggle with everyone else, and build up the district in your vision of success. Remember though, only one person can be in charge of Chinatown. Make sure you place your businesses well, and negotiate as hard as you can!
And that’s Dallas!
Lords of Waterdeep
Lords of Waterdeep is a well-renowned worker placement game perfect for 2-5 players with light board gaming experience.
Ah, yes, Waterdeep. A den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. You might be thinking to yourself: “I’d love to lord over a town like that.” You’ve certainly come to the right place then.
Play as a powerful lord vying for control of the City of Splendors, your strings controlling the puppets that are the citizens. You can expand the city by purchasing new buildings, recruit adventurers to go on quests, and play intrigue cards that expand your power and control, helping or hurting the other lords along the way. It’s like if you stopped your TTRPG session and decided to RP as one of the people giving you a quest. You know, that one guy you want to punch half the time but you need him for his resources or information he has? Yea, that’s the one!
Wingspan – Revised Edition
You’ve always wanted to play a board game where you impersonate a bird enthusiast, right? Well, today’s the day for you!
Wingspan is a competitive board game that utilizes a mixture of cards, tokens, and other misc. components.
7 Wonders is a competitive card drafting game, intended for 2-7 players who already have some experience with board games.
You’re the leader of a civilization with a simple, extremely easy task: build a fantastical feat of strength like the pyramids of Giza. Also, while you’re doing that, do your best to stay on top of the food chain of civilizations. Also, manage your resources well so you can keep building your wonder. Also, keep a close eye on your left and right, because its in the best interest of those players to put you on your back foot. Sounds easy, right?
Gather resources, develop commercial routes, and show those haters that you’re a military force to be reckoned with by using cards that are drafted one at a time and played right away. Some cards require you pay resources, some cards have you go to war, and some aren’t so useful until later in the game. You can work with the player to your left and right to a degree, so make sure you aren’t making TOO much war with them. Just a moderate amount of war, ok?