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.