Online games

 

The lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that we have suffered this year has allowed us to discover or even rediscover a whole host of websites, some new and others around for years, which have enabled us to play online many of the board games we enjoy and to discover many we knew nothing about. The following are a few of the better-known platforms for playing board games online:

  • BGA – Board Game Arena: Currently features over two hundred games and continues to grow. It allows users to play in turns (offline) or in person (online). Because it is a “smart” platform, it takes into account what players can and cannot do. There are two subscription modes, free and pay, although all the games can be played for free with certain limitations.

  • Boîte à Jeux (BàJ): Originally French, it features some sixty board games, some of which can only be found on BàJ, such as Agricola and Alhambra. Subscription is free. It is a “smart” platform and only allows playing in turns (offline).

  • Yucata: Originally German, it now has over a hundred and fifty board games. Subscription is free. It is also “smart” and only allows playing in turns (offline).

  • Vassal: Mainly consisting of historical simulation or war games, this is not a “smart” platform, so it can’t play games: it's simply a virtual space with game components. Subscription is free. Vassal can be played in person (online) or by email. It currently features over 2,300 game modules.

  • Ludoteka: Originally Basque, it features most of the traditional board games, over sixty. If you’d like to play the games you’ve known all your life, this is the place for you. It’s “smart” and games are played in person (online). There are two subscription modes: free and pay.

  • TTS – Tabletop Simulator: Creates virtual environments containing components of the game you want to play virtually, only in person (online). It’s a “free” platform but you pay to play. Uses the Steam video games platform.

  • TT – Tabletopia: Creates virtual environments containing components of the game you want to play virtually, only in person (online). It currently has over a thousand games and is continually growing. It has two subscription modes: free and pay. Uses the Steam video games platform.

Despite all the virtual improvements and facilities for playing online board games, it will never be the same as playing around a board, face to face with your fellow players.

Where games can be bought

In previous years, those attending the Dau Barcelona had an opportunity to take the games they have enjoyed playing at the festival home with them. That will not be possible this year, although fortunately there are a whole host of physical shops in Barcelona that offer a good assortment of board games. If you like to buy online, you won’t need our help, but if you’d like to find out about the shops specialising in board games or where you can find numerous games, below we offer you a map of Barcelona and its metropolitan area so you can locate them.

Remember that the shops specialising in board games not only offer a huge range of games but expertise too, so they can advise you properly on whatever it is you are looking for.

 

 

If you are a shop specialising in board games and we have mistakenly failed to mention you, tell us through our contact form and we’ll put you on the list. Many thanks.

In addition to a good number of shops specialising in board games, you can also find them in other shops and department stores.