Posted Tuesday, 28-Apr-2015
Just because we prefer to play indoors doesn’t mean that board gamers hate sports. Far from it. There is a whole range of tabletop games that brings gaming to the sports field, without actually having to leave the living room.
There’s a two-way relationship between board games and pro footballers. Settlers of Catan has become a favorite in at least one football locker room (see: 10 things you didn’t know about The Settlers of Catan), while those famous players are themselves represented in quite a few games.
Or if that’s not enough, for sheer novelty value there’s the endlessly expanding Pizza Box Football.
If you want to imagine the crowd cheering as your team scores touchdown after touchdown, there are no shortage of games for you.
There are probably more racing sports than any other kind. Whether it’s running, driving or sailing, people are always finding new ways to test who is the fastest. That means that there are also a wide range of racing games.
For motor racing fans, there are games like Formula D and Formula Motor Racing which use tracks and tiny cars to recreate the high speed excitement of Formula One. Race! Formula 90 incorporates opponents automatically controlled by the game to ensure that you have plenty of competition in a crowded track.
If you want a more unusual race, Snow Tails creates a thrilling chase between husky dog sleds in the Arctic Circle, where skidding across snow is a real hazard. Or you can take to the sea with sailing game Regatta.
Not all the excitement of sports lies on the field, or even in the modern world. Several games take us back to the ancient sports of the Roman arena, and the intrigues that drove them.
In Circus Maximus you play ancient ticket scalpers, trying to buy the best seats for the Roman games and then sell them on the black market. You even get your own race, trying to get back to the arena in time to sell your tickets.
Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery sees you running gladiatorial schools, training up fighters for the arena. You get to play out these ancient games, but more important are the games behind the scenes, and the political influence they can give the players.
There are board games to explore sports from every angle, so why not give them a go? You never know, you might even get to love the sport itself!
Published by BoardGamePrices.com
Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!