A Board Game Bucket List For Travellers

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The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I wanted to curate a bucket list for myself. Sure, my list would include stuff like getting into a hot air balloon or climbing a volcano like most people, but I realized that there was another type of list that I wanted to draw up. One that only a few people would understand. I wanted to draw up a board game bucket list for travellers. Hear me out before you think that I am totally crazy. I understand that carrying a heavy board game isn’t at the top of your list and that is why there are certain board games that are designed for travellers. Yet there is an allure that draws me to take on carrying a larger board game even though we love to travel light.

The more you play board games the more you will realize that a lot of them are based on places, on experiences and yes quite a large number are based in an imaginary world. It was this observation that made me think why not play a game in a place that it was inspired in. I’ve managed to just tick off one of these from my list (Citadels in Sigriya, Sri Lanka) and I did miss out on a few but that doesn’t mean that I am not going to try and tick off many as I go. I’m going to divide the board game bucket list for travellers into two parts: Location specific and experience specific. That way you can navigate and see which ones you would love to do.

One thing that I agree with is the fact that you may not always be able to play a game at the location. At Sigriya, the wind was crazy and trying to play Citadels would have meant that I would have lost all the cards. Something that I was definitely not willing to do. Would I still carry it with me for a cool picture? Duh! Yes, I would but then I can be a bit crazy. I guess the ones I would do with also depend on practicality. i.e. How big is the game and how much space would it take in my luggage!

In order to ensure that I cover as many board games as I could, I reached out to fellow board game players to see what they thought. A lot of them had some great ideas. Here is the long list that I managed to compile. The games that I have played will definitely have a description in them. The others, I have tried to do justice and I probably will update them as I add them to my collection if I don’t go completely broke first! Getting to the point, you can use the links below to navigate through the post.

EUROPE

A gorgeous walk through the meadows of Kinderdijk

If you live somewhere in Europe and are looking at our board game bucket list for travellers, you have the chance to tick off the following games off your list. I was rather surprised when I realized that a lot of games that were suggested were named after or built after famous cities in Europe. Some of the games are also built after famous landmarks. Take a look and see what the avid board gamers have suggested.

ITALY

The famous boot shaped country does attract a lot of attention. While almost everyone who plans a trip to Europe considers adding Italy to the places they want to visit, few realize that there are games that are theme around some of the Italian cities. One of which was added to our board game bucket list for travellers by an avid board gamer. You may want to check it out.

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VITICULTURE

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-6 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.2

LOCATION: Tuscany, Italy

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves

THE GAME: Viticulture is based on pre-modern Tuscany and all about vineyards. Every player’s aim is to be the first to call their winery a success.

GREECE

The gorgeous islands and beaches of Greece make it to the top of many people’s destination list. What many people don’t know is that some famous board games were inspired by the country. Take a look at the games that people suggested should be added to the Greece part of our board game bucket list for travellers.

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SANTORINI

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.7

LOCATION: Santorini, Greece

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Would you believe that the game Santorini is over 30 years old? The game has been designed and redesigned again and again. The game is all about building but since I haven’t played it, it is hard to say more. I do intend on getting myself a copy, so I will be updating this a bit later.

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ELYSIUM

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.3

LOCATION: Olympia, Greece

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Elysium is based in ancient Greece, each player takes on the role of a demigod. In order to win, you need to gain favour with the Olympians. The aim of it is to become a legend yourself.

FRANCE

France may be known for all its culture and cuisine. Yes, it is also known for Paris and the Eiffel tower. That was the way I looked at it before Board Games entered my life. Now when I think about France, I think about Carcassonne and I wish I had played the game before I went. There were a couple of suggestions that made the list for France. Check it out. Maybe you can tick them off if you are in the neighbourhood!

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CARCASSONNE

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 – 5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.4

LOCATION: Carcassonne, France

SUGGESTED BY: Penny Fernandes

THE GAME: Carcassonne is a really simple title placement game. At least the original version is. The expansions can make it more complicated largely because of the addition of new rules and characters. We own the base game and are really happy with it when we play it with two to three players. Sometimes we wish that the number of tiles were more so the game could go on a wee bit longer. The game is modelled after Carcassonne and its surroundings. The aim of the game is to build your own roads, cities, farms etc. A lot depends on your luck because you draw tiles blindly from the bag. Often it depends on how big a risk you are willing to take. It is a game that works well as a filler and never gets old!

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THE CASTLES OF BURGUNY

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.1

LOCATION: Burgundy, France

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: The name of the game itself gives you a clue into this game. The Castles of Burgundy is set in the Burgundy region of France. Every player in this game is an aristocrat that aims build settlements, castles and to trade.

SPAIN

Let’s head to the south of Europe and enter Spain. It is on many people’s bucket list for good reason. The sun, the beaches, the gorgeous artwork and some gorgeous churches. Did you know that one of the most popular board games is based on the stained glass work of one of Barcelona’s Basilicas? You may want to see what our board game bucket list holds for travellers heading to Spain.

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SAGRADA

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.6

LOCATION: Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

SUGGESTED BY: Penny Fernandes and Paul Floods.

THE GAME: I don’t own Sagrada, but from my understanding, the flavour of the game revolves around the famous stained-glass window in the Basilica of Sagrada Familia that is located in Barcelona, Spain. Each player’s aim is to create a stained-glass window using the dice that are provided. There are however restrictions to how the dice are placed. To tell you the truth, I actually heard of the Basilica after I heard of the game. For many people it could be quite the reverse just like Carcassone was for us. Needless to say, if I do head to Spain, this would be a place I would visit. Preferably with the game under my arm if possible!

PORTUGAL

Let’s move to a country that is adjacent to Spain, namely Portugal. Portugal has always been my dream location. One that I have always wanted to visit since I was a little girl. I recently realized that there are a couple of games that are based on Portugal or have their stories linked to it. We finally managed to get our hands on Azul which quickly became one of our most played game. There is another that I need to add to our collection. Read on to find out which one it is.

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AZUL

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 years

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.0

LOCATION: Portugal

SUGGESTED BY: Penny Fernandes

THE GAME: We had heard a lot about Azul and the artwork on the box really caught our attention. What we did not expect was to fall in love with the game so quickly. Azul is an easy game. The aim of the game is to fill as many tiles on your board as you can. While the game does have a component of luck, there is quite a bit of strategy involved in it too!

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LISBOA

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.2

LOCATION: Lisbon, Portugal

SUGGESTED BY: Heather Harris

THE GAME: Many people would not know that Lisbon is also known as Lisboa and is where this game is set in. The story revolves around earthquake, tsunami and fires that plagued the city in 1775. Every player in the game takes on the role of nobility to use their influence to rebuild the city.

RUSSIA

I fell in love with Russia when I visited. I never realized that there was a board game that was based on a Russian city. While St. Petersburg had really yucky weather when we were in town, people have told me that it is really pretty in spring. Take a look at the game that put Russia on the board game bucket list for travellers.

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SAINT PETERSBURG

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.3

LOCATION: St. Petersburg Russia

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THE GAME: The Game Saint Petersburg is based on the man who laid the cornerstone for the start of the city in Russia. The game is all about nobles adding to the glorious buildings that form the city. The rouble however is important if you want to win because at the end of the day you need to pay for what you build.

BELGIUM

When someone says Belgium, I think of chocolate, waffles and beer! I was surprised when people suggested a couple of games that are set in Belgium. Take a look at the games that made our board game bucket list for travellers.

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BRUGES

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.4

LOCATION: Bruges, Belgium

SUGGESTED BY: Christian Gilbert

THE GAME: Bruges is based in 15th century Belgium which was one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. Here the player assumes the role of a merchant. The aim is to compete for power, status and influence.

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BRUXELLES 1893

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.7

LOCATION: Bruxelles, Belgium

SUGGESTED BY: Phil Every

THE GAME: As the name of the game suggests, Bruxelles 1893 is set in the late of the 19th century. Here every player takes on the role of an architect and tries to achieve the most successful building in the Art Nouveau style.

NORWAY

When people talk about Norway, I think of the northern lights. I guess a lot of us do. I also think of beautiful landscapes, hikes, quaint cities and how expensive a trip there would be. Would the expenses deter me? Probably but if I saved enough, I most likely would splurge. One of the board gamers suggested adding a few Norway themed games to our board game bucket list for travellers. The suggestions were definitely interesting.

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BLOOD RAGE

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.1

LOCATION: Norway

SUGGESTED BY: Cornelius Lindemark

THE GAME: Blood rage is all about Vikings. Each player has his own clan of Viking warriors. The concept is that Ragnarok is coming and that means that the end of the world is year. It is the Vikings job to secure Valhalla for Odin.

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NUSFJORD

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 – 5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.6

LOCATION: Nusfjord, Norway

SUGGESTED BY: Cornelius Lindemark

THE GAME: Nusfjord is based on a peaceful fishing village in Norway. Here the player is the owner of a fishing company. Your goal is to develop the harbour and enlarge your fleet. While you expany your city, you need to be sure that you satisfy the local elders too!

SWITZERLAND

Gorgeous Switzerland has formed the back drop of many books, movies and travellers dreams.I wasn’t surprised that it is also on my board game bucket list for travellers. Oddly enough, it isn’t location specific but the concept itself makes me smile with glee. I’m not sure about the logistics of playing Pandemic at WHO headquarters but who knows. Maybe it is possible.

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PANDEMIC

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.6

LOCATION: WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

SUGGESTED BY: John Daigler.

THE GAME: In Pandemic, you have the map of the world to contend with. Several virulent diseases break out across the world. Each player takes on the role of a disease fighting specialists who have to work together to rid the cities of the disease outbreaks.

UNITED KINGDOM

Everyone probably has thought about visiting the UK for a variety of reasons. To me, I find that the country intrigues me because of the numerous sources of literature that it has served as the source of inspiration for. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the United Kingdom has also served as a source of inspiration for a number of board games and hence it made its way onto our board game bucket list for travellers.

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CLANS OF CALEDONIA

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.1

LOCATION: Scotland

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves and Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Based in 19th century Scotland, the Clans of Caledonia is all about the transition of the country from its dependence on agriculture to the industrial revolution. Here each player takes on the role of one of the clans and competes with other players for the production and export of agricultural goods. The most important and valued resource… Whiskey!

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BRASS: LANCASHIRE

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.1

LOCATION: Lancashire, England

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Brass: Lancashire was originally called just Brass. It is another economic strategy game where the commodity is cotton. Each cotton entrepreneur has to establish his/her industries and build a network while managing the required resources.

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BRASS: BIRMINGHAM

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2- 4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.7

LOCATION: Birmingham, England

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Like Brass: Lancashire, Brass: Birmingham is an economic strategy game. This time it is all about competing entrepreneurs in the industrial revolution. Very much like the previous Brass, this game too revolves around establishing your industries and network.

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LETTERS FROM WHITECHAPEL

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-6 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.5

LOCATION: London, England

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Letters from Whitechapel takes you back to 1988 to the Whitechapel district of London. Jack the Reaper has left a trail of mysterious murders. One player takes on the role of Jack the Reaper. The others are police detectives. Their job is to catch the killer.

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SCOTLAND YARD

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-6 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 6.5

LOCATION: Scotland yard, London, England

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Scotland Yard is all about catching Mr. X. One of the players takes on this role and his sole job is to evade the other players. The intriguing part about this game is that all the players must act together to catch Mr. X.

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SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.2

LOCATION: Nottingham, England

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: The Sheriff of Nottingham is a game where all the players make profits by selling goods in the bustling city during Prince John’s visit. The trick however is to get through the gates which are under the watchful eye of the sheriff. If he catches you entering then be prepared to have your goods confiscated.

ROMANIA

Has Romania ever made your travel list? I have to be honest, I never thought about heading there till I read a friend’s blog. Gorgeous hills, beautiful castles and the four seasons that pass through the country show you a different kind off beauty each month even if you are in the same town.  I have to admit that I was mighty surprised when I was able to add Romania to the board game bucket list for travellers. Surprised and glad!

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CATAN

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.2

LOCATION: Catane, Romania

SUGGESTED BY: Virginie Tacq

THE GAME: Catan or more commonly known as The Settlers of Catan is a great game where each player tries to be the dominant force on an island. This involves building cities, roads and settlements. The way the game proceeds is determined by the roll of the dice.

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FURY OF DRACULA

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.6

LOCATION: Bran castle, Romania

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: There are many editions to The Fury of Dracula. The game has got better which revision and if you look at the score on boardgamegeek you will notice the trend. The game is played between Dracula and the hunters. Dracula aims to mislead the hunters and the extend the terrible reach of his existence. The hunter’s aim is to ensure that Dracula’s vision never comes to be.

GERMANY

I have always wanted to visit Germany especially when I think about all the gorgeous castles and forests that cover the countries land. We made a couple of friends during our trip through Vietnam and their photographs of their adventures at home really tempted us even more. What wee did not know was that Germany has also served as inspiration for artists to develop games and that is how we added it to our board game bucket list for travellers.

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CASTLES OF MAD KING LUDWIG

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.6

LOCATION: King Ludwig Castle better known as Neuchwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a tile laying game where the players aim is to build an extravagant castle for the king. Did you know that Neuchwanstein Castle was the castle that inspired the Disney castles that we see today? Your task in this game is to build a castle that the King will love. The bigger and more extravagant the better!

TURKEY

Have you ever thought about going to Turkey? I’ve seen so many gorgeous photographs of the country that I always feel tugged to go and explore it. There are just so many things to do there- hot air balloons in Cappadocia, jumping into the sea, scuba, snorkelling, gorgeous monuments and I just realized that it also fits in well with my board game bucket list for travellers. Doesn’t come as a surprise now, does it?

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ISTANBUL

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.6

LOCATION: Istanbul, Turkey

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Istanbul draws inspiration from the markets of the city. Here every player leads a group which consists of a merchant and four assistants. You move through 16 locations of the market and at every location you have to carry out a specific action. At the end of the game you need to be the merchant who collects the most rubies to win.

ASIA

Since stay in India, we have spent a lot of time travelling across the countries in Asia. The gorgeous beaches, the tropical forests and even the deserts have a particular allure that brings tourists to them from far and wide. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of Asian countries made it to our board game bucket list for travellers. You can use the links below to jump to the countries directly if you wish.

INDIA

I have lived in India all my life except for a few trips outside the country. Board games haven’t truly become as popular here as there are elsewhere and if you have read my post about access to board games you will know how difficult it can be to get out hands on copies of games we love. The vibrant and diverse country has served as inspiration for some board games and made it to our board game bucket list for travellers.

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JAIPUR

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.5

LOCATION: Jaipur, India

SUGGESTED BY: Penny Fernandes

THE GAME: Jaipur, is located in the bazaar of one of India’s most popular locations – Jaipur. Here every player is a merchant and one needs to earn the privilege of being invited into the court of Maharaja. To do this you have to win two rounds with your competitor and that means you need to be the better trader.

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RAJAS OF THE GANGES

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.7

LOCATION: India. Preferably somewhere near the Ganges.

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves

THE GAME: During the 16th century, a powerful empire sprang up between the Indus and Ganges rivers which belonged to the Moguls. That is where the Rajas of the Ganges is based on. Here the players develops his or her estates so that they grow into magnificent provinces.

JAPAN

A lot of people have been talking about Japan. The cherry blossoms season is one of the most popular times of the year when it comes to the influx of tourists. Did you know that Japan is also a great place to hit the snow with your skis? Japan has made its way on our board game bucket list for travellers and these games are why.

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TOKAIDO

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.1

LOCATION: Tokaido, Japan

SUGGESTED BY: Teena Hanson and Abdullah Civil. Teena mentioned that she also knows someone who has actually did this. How cool is that?

THE GAME: Tokaido takes inspiration from the East Sea Road in Japan. Here each player is a traveller and as you progress through the game you meet people, collect souvenirs and discover new places. The aim is to be the player that has seen and done the most interesting things. I think it is a great fit with our board game bucket list for travellers.

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RISING SUN

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.1

LOCATION: Japan

SUGGESTED BY: Cornelius Lindemark and Jared Reeves

THE GAME: Rising Sun is set in feudal Japan. Here the ancient God’s are working to rebuild the empire. Negotiations, war and alliances is what the game is all about.

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KING OF TOKYO

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-6 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.3

LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves

THE GAME: In King of Tokyo, each player takes on the mutant monsters, gigantic robots and strange aliens. At the end of the day, you need to remember that Tokyo is your territory and the best player will occupy it.

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HANABI

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.2

LOCATION: Japan

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Hanabi is one of the first board games that got us hooked. It was only recently that I learned that Hanabi means fireworks in Japanese. It is a cooperative game and one that relies on memory. The cards or tiles consist of five different decks of different colours. Each colour has a different shape. Each person helps the other to ensure that the cards are placed in order so the group gets the highest possible score.

CHINA

China has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination. The great wall of China, the gorgeous Chinese decorations and stories, the markets and the diverse terrain are reasons for the country’s popularity. Here are the games based in China that made it to our board game bucket list for travellers. Take a look if you are headed to China. You may be able to tick off some of the items on the list.

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LANTERNS: THE HARVEST FESTIVAL

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.0

LOCATION: China. Preferably during the harvest festival

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves

THE GAME: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is based during the Harvest Festival in China. As the harvest festival approaches, the artisans are hard at work. Your job is to decorate the palace lake with lanterns. The competition is to be the most honoured artisan in the vicinity.

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DECEPTION: MURDER IN HONG KONG

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4-12 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.5

LOCATION: Hong Kong

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THE GAME: In Deception: Murder in Hong Kong every player takes on the role of an investigator and is assigned a ream. Their role is to solve a murder case. Every player’s role is assigned at the start and at random. One of the roles assigned is that off a killer.

AFRICA

I have always wanted to visit Africa. Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Madagascar and so many other countries are on my list. I was lucky enough to tick Egypt of my list. One of the things that I have always wanted to do is go for an African safari. Egypt has served as inspiration for many board games. I was rather disappointed that I haven’t been able to add more countries to our board game bucket list. The search is still on though.

EGYPT

Most of the games on our board game bucket list for travellers are inspired by ancient Egypt. That doesn’t come as a surprise though. The pyramids, mummies and ancient tombs have inspired creative minds for decades. I wish I had thought of putting this list together sooner, I may have ticked 7 wonders off my board game bucket list for travellers a couple of months back.

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7 WONDERS

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-7 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.8

LOCATION: Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

SUGGESTED BY: Penny Fernandes

THE GAME: 7 Wonders is based on the 7 wonders in the Ancient world. Every player takes on the role of an ancient city. Your job is to gather resources, develop your city and build a wonder. It is a race against time to see which player develops their city the fastest.

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KEMET

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.8

LOCATION: Giza Egypt

SUGGESTED BY: Ian MacLeish and Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Kemet is another game that is based in ancient Egypt. Here each player deploys troops from the Egyptian tribes. They use the power of the troops and the powers of the Gods to win battles and invade territories. It also has detailed miniature components which makes the game interesting.

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AMUN RE

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.3

LOCATION: Egypt

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves

THE GAME: Amun Re is one of the ancient Gods of Egypt and the board game is about him and the other Gods. Here every player is a pharaoh and your target is to acquire a province which you can choose to trade from. The player needs to be smart and make sure that he always pays homage to Amun re with sacrifices.

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IMHOTEP

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.2

LOCATION: Egypt

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Imhotep was a famous architect in ancient Egypt. It doesn’t come as a surprise that every player in this game is a builder. The aim is to build monuments. How? By buying stones and moving them the way the ancient Egyptians did.

KENYA

Kenya is a gorgeous country. When I think about Kenya I think about national parks and safaris. It has always been a dream of mine to sit in one of those open jeeps and head out to catch a glimpse of giraffes and lions in the wild. I can’t help wishing that I had more to add to this part of our board game bucket list for travellers.

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MOMBASA

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.9

LOCATION: Mombasa, Kenya

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Mombasa is based on acquiring shares in chattered companies. Technically Mombasa could also be played in Cairo, Cape Town and Saint-Louis. That is because the trading posts are based out off. The idea of the game is to earn the most money.

THE AMERICAS

Board game bucket list in the Americas

There were a number of suggestions that came in for North America. Particularly in the United States of America. That doesn’t come as a surprise largely because of the large boarding community in the country. I thought that I would combine both the Americas together. There weren’t too many so it made sense. Take a look and see if you can tick any of your board game bucket list for travellers.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Unites States of America is a vast country and it has a diversified terrain. People have all sorts of bucket lists when it comes to this country. One popular one is to visit all 50 states. If you love board games then I think that you should read on and see if you would like to have your own board game bucket list for travellers that is centred around places in the United States of America.

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THE GODFATHER: CORLEONE’S EMPIRE

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.7

LOCATION: New York City, USA

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves

THE GAME: The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire is based on Mario Puzo’s book. It is a game full of murder and intrigue. Two competing mafia companies are fighting to rule the city of New York. You use dons, thieves, businesses and everything that you can to stake your claim. Money is the key to winning the game.

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ARKHAM HORROR

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-8 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.3

LOCATION: New England Massachusetts

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Themed after H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, Arkham Horror is a cooperative game. Each player gets to choose their character from the 16 investigators. The investigators work to prevent the Ancient one from breaking havoc in our world. Through the process the investigators get a chance to upgrade their characters.

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TICKET TO RIDE NEW YORK

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.2

LOCATION: In a taxi in New York, USA

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Ticket to Ride: New York is a different take on the popular game Ticket to Ride. Here instead of using trains, you use taxis to move from point to point. As you can guess, this takes place within New York city. Players compete to complete routes and win the game.

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PUERTO RICO

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 8.0

LOCATION: Puerto Rico

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves and Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: Puerto Rico is modelled after the island of Puerto Rico. Here every players takes on the role of a colonial governors. Their role is to construct buildings and to ship goods across the oceans to Europe.

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SAN JUAN

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.6

LOCATION: San Juan, Puerto Rico

SUGGESTED BY: Jared Reeves

THE GAME: The board game San Juan is a lot like the Puerto Rico board game. Here the players deal in production building which produce a number of things that range from sugar to silver. While the game does follow along the lines of Puerto Rico, it has different mechanisms.

MEXICO

Mexico has always been on my list of countries to visit. The culture, the food and the gorgeous sandy beaches caught my attention. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Mexico made it on to our board game bucket list for travellers. It gives me one more reason to visit the gorgeous country. If you are headed to Mexico, you may want to check out the game below.

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TZOLK’IN: THE MAYAN CALENDAR

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4 players

BOARD GAME GEEK RATING: 7.9

LOCATION: Chiapas, Mexico

SUGGESTED BY: Abdullah Civil

THE GAME: The board game Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar is based in Mayan era in Mexico. Each player takes on a Mayan tribe. Each player gets to place their workers on to giant gears. As the gears rotate, the workers are taken to different spots. The currency of the game if corn and that is what each player has to pay when they place their workers.

Do you have a board game bucket list for travellers? I would love to know all about your list in the comments below.

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2018-11-20T12:22:21+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Board Games, Travel Accessories|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Tim S October 28, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

    We made a fun family card game which was chosen best game to take on holiday by Thomas Cook last year. It’s called Kastles and it’s a pocket sized castle defence card game.

    • Penny October 28, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

      That sounds awesome. I will keep an eye out for it!

  2. Stephanie October 29, 2018 at 4:35 am - Reply

    This is great! We’re currently travelling around Asia so we’ll be sure to check out some of these games 🙂

    • Penny October 29, 2018 at 4:39 am - Reply

      It is harder to get games in Asia. Kuala Lumpur and Singapore do have some great spots to buy them though!

  3. Lorelle October 29, 2018 at 5:17 am - Reply

    What a great idea. My family and I love board games, and you have put together an elaborate list here. Awesome 🙂

    • Penny November 7, 2018 at 12:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Lorelle. Ever since our friends introduced us to the hobby we have become addicted!

  4. Michelle | A Geek Girl's Guide November 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I love this post idea! Definitely great for people who love travel and games! And this list has some really great games too.

    • Penny November 21, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the list. It is going to take me forever to collect all of them but I am definitely going to have fun trying!

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