The Online Gamers’ List: 14 Sites to Get Your Game On
Tabletop games don’t have be played on physical tables. Thanks to emulators, simulators, and internet connections, board games can now be enjoyed anywhere.
If you’re an online gamer by nature, there are plenty of places that host digital versions of your favourite games. Online varieties of Monopoly, Backgammon, Chess, and even Dungeons & Dragons can get you playing with an international network of other board game fans right now!
Here are 14 of the most popular websites to play your favourite tabletop and board games.
Bridge is sometimes best played with friends. Trickster offers online bridge with the addition of a video/audio feed to communicate with others around the table. Alternatively, hone your bridge skills online at FunBridge or Bridge Base Online (BBO).
Chess Variants is an online hub for different versions of chess, including classic, speed, and puzzles. Alternatively, you can also play the most standard variety of international-rules chess against other players on PlayOK and Chess.com.
Backgammon is one of the world’s most ancient games. Challenge other players, join rooms, or create your own open room for others at PlayOK. Click around the site to find more multiplayer board games, including Yahtzee, Reversi (Go), and contract bridge.4. Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons is one of the world’s most widely-played tabletop games. If you want the whole experience from the best possible source, join the official D&D Online website and download the gaming client to start.
- Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens is a quirky game that needs little explanation to enjoy. It’s a little bit like mixing Snap, Go Fish, and kittens. If you would like to play the game with others online, the recommended way is to download the official Exploding Kittens app from their website.
Senet is an ancient Egyptian game that dates back to the time of the Pharoahs. PlayOnlineDiceGames hosts an easy in-browser version of Senet that uses the most agreed-upon rules for getting to know the game better.
- Magic: The Gathering
Magic: The Gathering (or MTG) is one of those essential games that feel like a rite-of-passage. Play it at least once! As with Dungeons & Dragons, the best place to play this game is right at the original source, the online MTG Arena. Level up, trade cards, and challenge others.
Monopoly is a great game for the entire family, unless you are British and Royal. For some reason, the Royals are said to avoid the game around their home at all costs. If you’d like to join or host games of Monopoly online, visit the official Hasbro home for Monopoly here.
Pokemon has different online varieties, including the widely successful GO!. If you would like to go back to basics and stick to the TCG version of the game, visit Pokemon-US for access to games, tournaments, and their official online playing client.
Risk puts strategic thinking to the test, and players compete for domination of the map. If you would like to challenge players across the entire world to Risk, Conquer Club is one of the sites that get recommended most often. While not “official”, their interface is far superior to many other online clones of the game.
Roll20 isn’t focused on just a single game, but features several that would fall into the category of tabletop. Pen-and-paper games using dice are preferred. This includes classic ones like Dungeons & Dragons, but also modern takes like Call of Cthulhu. Enjoy!
Tabletopia is another general tabletop website that’s home to several games. It’s praised often as one of the most comprehensive online tabletop sandboxes, and it allows users to join thousands of games (or create their own sandbox for others).
- Tabletop Simulator
If you’re looking for an alternate to Roll20 or Tabletopia, Tabletop Simulator is a recommended stop. Games are split up into free-or-paid, and classic options like chess and backgammon are made available alongside elaborate tabletop games like D&D.
If you’re ready to duel, the Nexus is one of the best places to go. It’s free, and provides the ability to challenge other players right in your browser without the need to download anything. Their Nexus AI offers the ability to practice. Decks can be constructed, or uploaded from other sources.
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