Stuck inside and bored out of your gourd? Instead of whipping out Hungry Hungry Hippos for the umpteenth time, check out the best tabletop simulator games and mods you can download on Steam for free to play with your friends, virtually, from anywhere in the world. You can have a game night with your close and not-so-close buddies without ever leaving the comfort of your house. Best of all, there's no initial setup required; simply gather a few players, download the game, and get going.
A nifty simulator that's been taken to bold, new heights thanks to everyday modders, Tabletop Simulator features tons of your favorite board games in digital form, as well as a hearty repository of expansions. Sporting an extremely expansive library, it features everything from popular board games like Dungeons and Dragons and Monopoly to indie epics like The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls and Red Dragon Inn: Battle For Greyport.
For when you're tired of playing the same old games over and over, check out the best table top simulator games and try something new for your next game night.
Dungeons and DragonsPhoto: TSR, Inc.
For gamers who prefer to rely on their imagination instead of simply what's in front of them, Dungeons and Dragons is a must. You can play with any number of people, but for beginners, it's recommended that you keep it to a smaller group. Obviously, you'll need one player to be the Dungeon Master, which is the person who's responsible for coming up with the story and the encounter for the rest of the players.
The rest of the players will create characters, each with a different class and race. After that it's up to the players, as the Dungeon Master needs to adapt to what the players do because they can go on whatever adventures they want. Dungeons and Dragons is a great game for bonding friends and family together.
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- Photo: Avalon Hill
Some tabletop games are designed to be easy to pick and play, while some definitely require a little more experience. Betrayal At House On The Hill is definitely one for the latter camp as it's actually quite complex. As a result, it isn't a game that's for everyone, but if you take the time to learn the ins and outs, it can be quite enjoyable.
In the game, one player assumes the role of a traitor and the other players need to deduce who the traitor is. The game needs at least three players, but it can be played with up to six.
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Settlers Of CatanPhoto: Catan Studio
Easily one of the most popular board games, the Simulator version of Settlers of Catan is easily one of the best games tabletop games you can play. It can be played with up to four players in the standard edition, and up to six with the expansion. And unlike the physical game, this one's effortlessly easy to set up. Just press a button and you're good to go.
In the game, you acquire and trade resources so that you can build roads, settlements, and cities. Things you build give you victory points, and the first player to 10 points wins. The most important aspect of this game is the trading, so make sure you have your negotiator hat on.
Players: 3-62110Love this game?
Battlestar Galactica: The Board GamePhoto: Fantasy Flight Games
Battlestar Galactica is one of the most popular TV shows of all time, and for fans of the franchise, this game is a blast to play. As a classic cooperative game, one or more players assume the role Cylon traitors while everyone else has to figure out how to trust—and how to destroy.
The Cylons win by destroying Galactica with their fleet or depleting the player's resource supply down to zero. The players win by figuring out who the Cylons are. The game can be played with up to six players, but it needs three at a minimum.
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