The best Welsh board games

Looking for a board game with a slightly more local feel? Look no further!

Being a relatively small place, Wales doesn’t get too much love and attention when it comes to the board gaming world.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at those games that share a Welsh connection, whether through the inclusion of Wales as an important location, its inspiration for the theme of a game, or having Welsh designers.

Board games with Welsh designers

Ghostel

A dice-placement game from Tinkerbot Games

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Recently making its debut on Kickstarter, Ghostel is a spooky game from designers Tinkerbot Games.

The game sees you play as ghosts wandering through a haunted manor, attempting to scare the guests by placing dice. You can upgrade your dice or use scare tactics to prey on their phobias and score more points.

Check out the crowdfunder spotlight on Ghostel here.

 

Stand and Deliver

A negotiation game from Dark Blade Creations

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You play as a dandy highwayman who they’re too scared to mention. You choose a target to rob and then negotiate with the others about whether you share the loot or fight for it all.

The problem lies in how heavily guarded the coaches are – go in without enough muscle and you could walk away empty-handed.

Epic Death!

A party game from Waits in Graves

Epic Death! is a comical fantasy card game where you must use your group of adventurers to complete quests, get equipment and gain loot.

However, you can only score with a dead adventurer, so you must find a way to take out your own team in the most epic way possible.

Read my review of Epic Death! here.

Board games with a Welsh theme

Snowdonia

A worker-placement game from Surprised Stare Games

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You play the leader of a gang of workers who are attempting to construct the railway up mount Snowdon.

As well as laying racks and viaducts, you also have to contend with the hazardous and unpredictable Welsh weather!

Ivor the Engine

A hand-management game from Surprised Stare Games

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Another railway based game, Ivor the Engine is adapted from the children’s animation from the 70s.

You need to help Ivor complete tasks and collect lost sheep from around the board – the winner is the player with the most sheep at the end of the game.

The Marcher Lords

A tabletop wargame from Fiery Dragon Productions

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Image by Tom Grant. Used with permission.

The Normans have conquered England and are making their way towards Wales. The Welsh have to defend themselves against the enemy as well as Viking raiding parties.

This wargame uses the entirety of Wales as the battlefield. As the Normans, the player has to build castles to strengthen William the Conqueror’s hold on the country. As the Welsh, the player has to repel the Norman invaders at all cost.

Mordred

A territory-placement game from Warfrog Games

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Image by Duarte Conceicao. Used with permission

Another game that uses the entirety of Wales is the board. Players are the knights of King Arthur and they must stop Mordred’s influence extending into Wales.

Players move around the board, building castles and towns in order to stop Mordred’s expansion. Mordred is attempting to plant men in key strategic areas. At the end of the game, whoever controls the most areas wins.

The original Welsh board game

Tawlbwrdd

An ancient Welsh strategy game

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Image by Fernando Tsukumo

A variation of the ancient Viking game Hnefatafl, Tawlbwrdd (literally “throw-board”) sees one player as the Brenin (“king”) in the centre of the board, surrounded by 12 bodyguards. Their objective is to get the king off the board and to safety.

The opposing player sets up 24 attackers on the edges of the board.  They must surround the king on at least two sides to claim victory.

The game is likely based on an even older one called Gwyddbwrdd, but there’s not much known about how it works.

Do you know of any more board games with a Welsh connection? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook!

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An 80s kid trapped in the body of a 90s kid, Jamie is fond of hyperbole and tends to get excited about things.

Whovian, Ravenclaw, and proud Welsh geek.

5 Comments Posted

    • Thanks 🙂 I’ve seen the unboxing video of Snowdonia on GMS Magazine’s YouTube channel, and it does look pretty good. I’ll let you know my findings on Ivor the Engine soon too 😉

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