Great Tabletop Games for Beginners
Sat, April 17, 2021

Great Tabletop Games for Beginners

Tabletop games can bring tons of fun for family or friends and make their bonding weekend night truly enjoyable / Photo by: pinoyvideogamer via Pixabay

 

Tabletop games can bring tons of fun for family or friends and make their bonding weekend night truly enjoyable. Of course, not all tabletop games are created equal, as there will be those that won’t be as much fun as the others. Some will also be complicated especially for those who might be discovering them for the first time (read: kids and teens who are much into electronic gadgets). Tabletop RPGs, in particular, require a deeper understanding of their rules and nuances first so that they can be played effectively. 

Here are some of the role-playing games for beginners, which they can enjoy with friends or family. 

 

Fiasco

In a list created by Paste, a monthly music and entertainment digital magazine, it was mentioned that Fiasco is the most basic example of what a role-playing game should be. It has a handful of dice, index cards, and a scenario. This tabletop game is about small-town people filled with ambition and who will go at each other’s throats just to achieve their goals.

The game starts with the roll of the dice, and the outcome is where a scenario is built on. Each player has a relationship with their neighbors, and some will share a place, an object, or a need. Needs will actually drive the game. After the scenario is created, each player will take turns enacting the scenes with each other.

Fiasco is the most basic example of what a role-playing game should be. It has a handful of dice, index cards, and a scenario / Photo by: Dave Younce via Flickr

 

Sushi Go!

If you’re a fan of sushi and you just can’t get enough of it, you might want to try this tabletop game inspired by it. Dicey Goblin, a board game company, claimed on their website that this fun and cute game is for everyone, even for those people who haven’t played tabletop games before. Sushi Go! is a card passing game, where the players need to collect different types of sushi or other sushi-related items. 

The game has three rounds, and the player with the most points tallied at the end of the third round will be hailed as the winner. This tabletop game is very easy to set up because all you need are the cards, papers, or phone to jot down the score, and a flat surface to roll off the cards. Reviewers say it's the perfect lunchtime game since it’s food-related and the game is easy even for beginners. However, players should learn more about the scoring as the game progresses because it can get confusing if the players do not understand the mechanics very well. 

Dungeons & Dragons, 5th edition

This might be one of the most popular tabletop games ever, but it is also beginner-friendly. Games Radar, a website that provides media and gaming content, reported in their article that the 5th edition of D&D may be the best version of the world’s biggest tabletop role-playing game. 

The game is perfect for those who have limitless imagination. Players use a set of polyhedral dice and a copy of the D&D book. This equipment plus a rich imagination and convincing acting are all you need to have a good time playing this game. D&D is a great choice for those who enjoy fantasy adventures and have no problem spending hours coming up with role-playing scenarios. 

The game is perfect for those who have limitless imagination. Players use a set of polyhedral dice and a copy of the D&D book / Photo by: Moroboshi via Wikimedia Commons

 

Blades in the Dark

From the title itself, one could surmise that this tabletop game is not your usual fare. Set in an industrial- fantasy city, Blades in the Dark will have players taking the roles of criminals such as smugglers, illegal merchants, and thieves—all members of a dark organization. The object of the game is to get up the ladder of the criminal underworld through notoriety and taking money and territories.

There is a game master who will ask several questions to the players. The player responses build a dice pool, and the result will determine how well the players are doing. Blades in the Dark is a great choice for those who want to seek their own adventure. 

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion

Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion are technically two separate games. Paste Magazine explained that even though they are different, they share the same system. The Edge of Empire focuses on catching bounty hunters and smugglers, while the Age of Rebellion revolves around the famous rebellion. These Star Wars-inspired tabletop games use a dice pool system with a custom dice that features special symbols in place of numbers. The dice contain six main symbols. Each of these symbols represents success, failure, critical success, critical failure, advantage, and disadvantage, plus there are several colors of dice to choose from.

Tabletop or board games may have taken a backseat to video games and mobile games played on tablets and smartphones, but they will always have a certain charm that their more high-tech brethren will be hard-put to achieve.