After years of board gaming, all of us want our session to have a bit of extra…challenge.
And we suppose taking on the Gods themselves would do it.
We’ve chosen eight games that raise the stakes to the heavens, letting you grapple with gods or act as their agents with absolute impunity.
Bringing the iconic video game to the tabletop, Age of Mythology was a breath of fresh air for the much-loved Microsoft series. And, bizarrely, translating the game’s RTS mechanics to the tabletop just works. The game’s card-and-dice system adds an element of strategy and luck to battles and the game’s deities allow for the recruitment of bizarre and thematic creatures. Combining 4X gameplay and balance-breaking divine powers, the game is perfect for strategy players looking to take their gaming to the next level and prove what pantheon packs the biggest punch. Until the next game anyway.ond basis. Horrendous for some but, for those looking for a challenge, pure heaven.
Ever struggled to get a promotion? Elysium ups the stakes by setting players up as demigods struggling to snatch a spot in Mount Olympus. But there’s only one vacancy. Built around card drafting, each of our quasi-gods attempts to write their own legend using the influence of their divine patrons. This means hoovering up mythical beasts, legendary heroes, and divine weapons as you build a story (engine) to secure the renown and fame (points) that you need to snap up your seat among the Gods themselves. Combining gorgeous components with a wealth of cards, the game is an exceptional choice and perfect (and thematically appropriate) passive-aggressive wish fulfillment for myth fans everywhere
A Kickstarter success story of Chthonic proportions, Cthulhu Wars is absolutely what is says on the tin. Combing dudes on a map mechanics with mind-bending horror, players are put in charge of their own eldritch cult that is struggling to bring their Great Old One to earth. This starts small, with gates and portals and squamous horrors. But it’s only a matter of time before a critical mass of power is accumulated and the Gods burst forth onto the earth. And then…things get interesting. Offering a streamlined ruleset and game-breaking powers, Wars plays fast, looks phenomenal, and guarantees an apocalyptic battle with every setting.