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Today only, you have the opportunity to save up to 55% on select popular strategy board games and card games suitable for older kids, teens, and adults. And we’re not talking about the overplayed titles like Monopoly and Clue because Amazon means business. The online retailer has hacked away at the prices of cult classics like Eldritch Horror, Tak, Millenium Blades, the list goes on! And before you get worried, this deal isn’t exclusive to Prime, either. So if you’re not an Amazon member you can still score all the same savings, you’ll just be missing out on the complimentary two-day shipping.
Want a preview of the sale? Listed below are a few of Amazon’s highest-rated fan favorites that you can find deeply discounted for the next few hours.
Best board games on sale
From the publisher: Each player starts with his or her own basic 10-card deck and draws a hand of 5 cards each turn. Power is the currency you will use to buy new, stronger cards to add to your deck. The goal of a deck-building game is to craft your personal deck into a well-oiled machine. There are five different types of cards that can be acquired: Villains, Heroes, Equipment, Super Powers, and Locations. A large, central stack of cards supplies a five-card “Line-Up” from which players make their purchases. Each player will always have five face-up cards to choose from each turn, so every turn there are new options and surprises. When a player has amassed enough Power, he or she may defeat the current Super-Villain. When a Super-Villain is defeated, a new one appears and makes an Attack against each player in the game! Players can defend themselves with Defense cards like The Batsuit, Super Speed, Bulletproof, or several others. In the end, the player who has accumulated the most Victory Points from the cards in his or her deck wins the game.
Price: $19.87 (regularly $44.99)
From the publisher: Millennium Blades is a board game about a fictional collectible card game, which is also called Millennium Blades. You begin the game on pre-release night with just your starter deck. You’ll open new packs, form collections, and sell your junk cards on the aftermarket to buy hot new cards. Trade with your friends, build up your deck, and prepare to compete at Millennium Blades Worlds for the title of World Champion! This is a game about competitive deck building. You get a limited pool of cards, and then you tinker them into the most unfairly over-powered, table-flippantly broken deck that you can imagine. And your deck had better be intense because your opponents won’t be giving any quarter, and they all have unique collections with access to their own high-tier power cards. In addition to deck building, you’ll be speculating on blind pack buys, selling and buying cards on the aftermarket, and fusing your cards to make rarer and better ones to get an advantage over the competition. You might even make a few friends if you’re willing to help them out.
Price: $47.07 (regularly $72.87)
From the publisher: King Ludwig II of Bavaria has called all great architects to design his greatest achievement: a world-renowned Palace. Only the best will do! gorgeous appointments, white stone, surrounded by water, with swans everywhere. Oh, and the Ludwig touch? all the architects must design the Palace together. The designer who shows the strongest influence will receive the order to build it. In the Palace of Mad King Ludwig, each player builds rooms one at a time in a single gigantic Palace. As rooms are completed, a moat slowly forms around the outside. Once the ends of the moat connect, the Palace is finished! arrange and complete different room types, while leveraging clever placement of swans. The player who contributes the most to the Palace wins the game!
Price: $35.12 (regularly $59.95)
From the publisher: For the Zombies!!! enthusiast who wants it all this is the completionism’s dream come true! The Zombies!!! Collectors Box will contain the Zombies!!! base game, all 16 expansions, and Zombies!!! Deadtime Stories. Plus you’ll receive the new plastic hearts and bullets to help you fight and stay alive against Zombies!!. And to add to your Zombies!!! gaming experience, you’ll also receive a copy of the official Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack from Midnight Syndicate, featuring pulse-pounding music and sounds from the zombie apocalypse designed to take your Zombies!!! game to the next level!
Price: $161.84 (regularly $275)
From the publisher: You know what’s sucky about regular charades? Maybe it’s the clues, the bored looks, the silence, all while your pals wonder, “Why are we friends with Mark again?” Well, no more sad sackness for you, Mark. Because now, there is God Hates Charades, the acting and guessing party game that plays in thirty minutes and is so full of pop culture and awfulness that it makes Lucifer himself blush. Imagine Cards Against Humanity and Taboo met in a bar and had a baby. Then you would be close to the awesomeness that is God Hates Charades.
Price: $15.97 (regularly $35)
From the publisher: This standalone game includes four new characters, plus a storage solution designed to hold all of the previous characters, with room to spare! You and your increasingly mighty party of adventuring companions have spent all day slogging through the dungeon, killing monsters and taking their stuff. Now you’re back in town, healed up, cleaned up, and ready to party at the Red Dragon Inn. Drink, gamble, and roughhouse with your friends. But don’t forget to keep an eye on your gold. If you run out, you’ll have to spend the night in the stables. Oh. and try not to get too beaten up or too drunk. If you blackout, your friends will continue the party without you. after they loot your body for gold, of course! The last conscious adventurer with gold wins the game!
Price: $31.49 (regularly $59.99)
From the publisher: Across the globe, ancient evil is stirring. Now, you and your trusted circle of colleagues must travel around the world, working against all odds to hold back the approaching horror. Foul monsters, brutal encounters, and obscure mysteries will take you to your limit and beyond. All the while, you and your fellow investigators must unravel the otherworldly mysteries scattered around the globe in order to push back the gathering mayhem that threatens to overwhelm humanity. The end draws near. Do you have the courage to prevent global destruction? Eldritch Horror is a cooperative game of terror and adventure in which one to eight players take the roles of globetrotting investigators working to solve mysteries, gather clues and protect the world from an Ancient One – an elder being intent on destroying our world. Each Ancient One comes with its own unique decks of Mystery and Research cards, which draw you deeper into the lore surrounding each loathsome creature. Discover the true name of Azathoth or battle Cthulhu on the high seas. With twelve unique investigators, two hundred-fifty tokens and over three hundred cards, Eldritch Horror presents an epic, world-spanning adventure with each and every game.
Price: $36.53 (regularly $59.99)
From the publisher: In Favor of the Pharaoh, players roll dice to advance in Egyptian society, each turn gaining a new contact and more influence. These contacts give players more dice to roll or special powers to adjust those dice. The game culminates in a tense final roll-off as players vie for the Pharaoh’s favor. This re-imagining of Tom Lehmann’s earlier game “To Court the King” boasts over 50 different characters, each of whom has a unique ability. In each game, only 21 of those characters are used, increasing variety and replay value. Also new are 6 different custom dice with special abilities, special Immediate dice and bonus tokens that are used to tweak players’ rolls.
Price: $38.66 (regularly $59.99)
From the publisher: Taken from the pages of Patrick Roth fuss’s bestselling series the King killer Chronicle and made a reality by renowned designer James Ernest, take is a beautiful two-player abstract strategy game boasting an elegant new design that feels like a familiar classic. The goal is simple: make a road connecting two opposite sides of the board. On their turn, players may place a stone in an empty space, move a stone to an adjacent square, or spread stacks of pieces on the board. Players can build a line of pieces connecting opposite sides of the board using flat stones, walls, and capstones. When stones are played flat, other stones can be stacked on them. Walls cannot be stacked on, but do not count as part of a player’s road. Capstones count as part of the road, cannot be stacked on, and can also flatten walls. Whether players win or lose, take offers a beautiful and elegant experience to players both familiar and unfamiliar with the King killer Chronicle.
Price: $33.99 (regularly $55)
From the publisher: In Colony, each player constructs and upgrades buildings, while managing resources to grow their fledgling colony. Buildings provide new capabilities, such as increased production, resource manipulation, and additional victory points. With a clever twist, dice are used as resources, with each side/number representing a different resource. This facilitates a dynamic resources management mini-game while players work to add buildings to their tableau on their way to victory.
Price: 29.38 (regularly $59.95)
From the publisher: Space Cadets: Away Missions is a co-operative, man-to-man combat action game for 1-6 players set during the bygone Golden Age of science fiction. In this game, the third standalone game in the Space Cadets franchise of cooperative/team space-themed games, players take on the roles of adventurous human Rocketeers who explore UFOs, acquire Alien technology and fight hostile extraterrestrials. Space Cadets: Away Missions contains 20 scenarios linked in a campaign story. Each mission features different combinations of aliens on different spaceships, with hexagonal map tiles arranged to form flying saucers, rocket ships, space stations, etc. Cooperation, tactical planning, and good dice are essential if the Rocketeers hope to overcome the relentless horde of little green men.
Price: $39.77 (regularly $99.99)
12) La Granja
From the publisher: In La Granja, 1-4 players control small farms by the Alpaca pond near the village of Esporles on Mallorca. During the course of the game, the players try to steadily expand their farms into the mighty country estate La Granja. They also seek to deliver goods to the village. Here, speed is everything. La Granja is a fascinating game that requires careful planning. Successful players must learn to cope with the imponderability of the dice and cards as well. The player who has earned the most victory points at the end of the game is the winner and new owner of the La Granja estate!
Price: $34.12 (regularly $59.99)
13) A Feast for Odin
From the publisher: A Feast for Odin is a saga in the form of a board game, from acclaimed designer Uwe Rosenberg. In this epic game, command a band of Vikings to trade, hunt, raid, pillage, and plunder in search of wealth and glory for your tribe. Send some Vikings to produce goods—such as wool, spices, and silver. Then send others to trade these goods for more valuable resources. Or send a ship to explore new lands, adding more boards—and even more options—to the home board. The goal is to fill the home board with a horde of goods collected from the activities chosen. Players must strike a balance between accumulating wealth through raids and providing for the tribe’s basic necessities. The Viking chieftain who can best maintain this balance will emerge victoriously! In the end, the player whose possessions carry the greatest value is the winner.
Price: $79.99 (regularly $99.99)
14) Among the Stars
From the publisher: Among the Stars takes place in a war-ravaged galaxy where warring alien races have declared peace in wake of a threat with the potential to destroy them all. An alliance is established to build space stations throughout the galaxy in order to promote trade among the races, strengthen diplomatic relations and defend against this impending threat. Each player takes the role of one of those races trying to build the greatest space station. Through card drafting, the players select locations and use these to build their station, scoring victory points based on the placement. The construction lasts four years and the alien race with the most points at the end wins.
Price: $22.43 (regularly $49.99)
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