I don’t know if it’s the same about you, but I get bored of games really quickly. After 2-3 times of playing them. I got bored of playing Dungeons And Dragons too, but I ended up loving it anyway. My solution is to get another game that is similar to this. At least worked for me: made me relive the experience of Dungeons & Dragons, but the new game gave me a different, new feeling.
- Games like Dungeons & Dragons:
- Descent: Legends Of The Dark;
- Tales of the Arabian Nights;
- Hero Quest;
- Arkham Horror;
- Forgotten Waters;
- Mansions Of Madness;
- Betrayal At House On The Hill;
- Betrayal At Baldur’s Gate;
- Shadows Of Brimstone;
- King’s Dilemma;
- Baldur’s Gate;
- Divinity (DOS2);
- Neverwinter Nights;
- Dragon Age;
1. Descent: Legends Of The Dark
If you like the dungeon crawling of Dungeons & Dragons, Descent is the way to go. This tabletop game is a cooperative one that lasts 1 to 2 hours, in which players take roles of heroes, and while completing the Blood & Flame campaign, also fight the evil. Descent has several playing rounds, and each round consists of 2 phases. While being one of the 4 starting heroes (Brynn, Galaden, Syrus, or Vaerix), you will gain experience and power, explore dungeons, battlegrounds, and encounter villains and monsters too! Based on the times we’ve played these two games, Descent’s game scenarios are better structured than Dungeons & Dragons.
2. Tales Of The Arabian Nights
Tales Of The Arabian Night could work as a single-player game too. Players may be one of these characters: Aladdin, Scheherazade, Ali Baba, Zumurrud, Ma’oruf, and Sindbad, who will be seeking adventure, fame, and treasures. All people playing must decide on their victory formula. After you reach destinations, gain rewards or curses (depending on the cards), and progress your story, you aim to be the first player to complete the chosen goal and return to Baghdad. Although the game mechanics are similar to Dungeons & Dragons, safe to say that the Tales Of The Arabian Nights is less complex.
3. Hero Quest
If you like the RPG style of D&D, you are welcome to play the Hero Quest. In this game, one player acts as the game master, while the other players become one of the four characters: Wizard, Elf, Barbarian, and Dwarf. In Hero Quest, all heroes work together, so they complete epic quests, defeat evil, venture into a dungeon, find treasures, and similar actions. A typical game usually lasts around 1 to 1 and a half hours, and new areas get revealed gradually, as heroes explore them. There are several game quests, and a quest is completed whenever the specific goal written in the quest book is finished. Hero Quest is quite simpler than Dungeons & Dragons if you’re looking for that.
4. Arkham Horror
Here’s a living card game like Dungeons & Dragons, which takes about 1 to 2 hours to play! Players will choose one investigator, and control a deck of cards that represent that. There’s one Act Deck, from which requirements come. These requirements should be completed by the investigators, in order to bring a positive outcome in Arkham, a New England town. Besides your skills & flaws, you must find your strengths to complete the campaign. In simple words, if you like D&D’s character customization, but are looking for something simpler, then you must definitely check Arkham Horror.
Gloomhaven, and games like Gloomhaven, are pretty similar to Dungeons & Dragons when it comes to the aesthetics and combat of the game. Gloomhaven has nearly 100 sessions included in the game, and in all sessions, people aim to complete their scenarios successfully. Players will have to pick between character classes: Brute, Tinkerer, Spellweaver, Scoundrel, Cragheart, or Mindthief, and complete actions such as getting the battle goals, donating gold to the Sanctuary, moving through allies, gaining advantage & disadvantage, and so on. Although it’s pretty similar to Dungeons & Dragons, the latter uses dice rolls, while Gloomhaven uses a card system.
6. Forgotten Waters
Forgotten Waters works fine for larger groups too! The game time varies from 2 to 4 hours, and to play, you’ll need the game app too, to help you pick scenarios. Players will select a pirate standee, and play over a series of rounds, which consist of 3 phases: the planning phase, the action phase, and the end of the round phase. The idea of the game is that players will be part of a crew on a pirate ship, but besides serving a common goal, players also try to upgrade their own character and seek their own glory. Although the themes are different (Forgotten Waters has a pirate theme, differently from D&D), both games have similar story aspects.
7. Mansions Of Madness
Although Mansions Of Madness has a first edition too, the second one is our favorite. Each round in this board game has 2 phases: the Investigator phase, and the Mythos phase. Players represent investigators, and each investigator can perform up to two actions, choosing from move, explore, search, trade, interact, attack, and more. Monsters will activate during the game, and each investigator must resolve a horror check. If you’re curious to know the differences between Mansions Of Madness, and D&D, both include the role-playing element, but the character creation isn’t the same.
8. Betrayal At House On The Hill
When playing Betrayal At House On The Hill, players choose one character to represent, and each character has their special abilities and powers. There are two main game stages, the exploration phase, and the haunt phase. Players may exit rooms, connect room tiles, perform trait rolls, haunt, take damage, and hopefully not, die! A good game usually lasts 1 to 1 and a half hours, and heroes win if they successfully complete all their objectives. Even though Betrayal & Dungeons And Dragons have different game mechanics, both feature a similar game theme.
9. Betrayal At Buldur’s Gate
Here’s another game starting with Betrayal, and I bet you’ll love it, babes! The story will take place in the city of Baldur’s Gate, divided into 2 levels: city, and catacomb. Players take turns exploring the city, discover new tiles, make attacks, move between the two levels of Baldur’s Gate, exit streets, and several other actions. There are monsters and adventurers in the game, and they both have different behaviors. The first side to complete their objectives (monsters or heroes), wins the game. I think that this game is great for everyone who loves the cooperative play of Dungeons & Dragons but would like something with different win conditions.
10. Shadows Of Brimstone
While playing Shadows Of Brimstone players always aim to work together, just so they can explore the dark mines of Brimstone, and fight different creatures. There are four available Old West heroes: Gunslinger, Bandito, Saloon Girl, or Preacher, and you must pick one to represent. Also, all these heroes together, form the Hero Posse. The game feels just like being a character in the movie, and you help create the story, level up, and have encounters. Both Shadows Of Brimstone and Dungeons & Dragons rely on storytelling. But, the latter offers a wider range of characters and settings, in case you were wondering.
11. King’s Dilemma
All Kings have their dilemmas, right? Now, players have to work together, so they can save the kingdom and keep it going. It’s the Kingdom of Ankist, and all players a house, leading the kingdom’s government. There will be problems showing up while playing, and you must resolve them, always considering the King’s behalf. Each situation only happens once, and you must be really careful with the decisions since they determine the fate of the Kingdom. Yes, the game has a different genre from Dungeons & Dragons (which is all about fantasy). But, what they have in common is the decision-making element, which affects the outcome of the story in both board games.
12. Baldur’s Gate
Available for: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS 4, Android, and IOS.
The series of Baldur’s Gate is the right pick for everyone who wants to relive the game system of Dungeons & Dragons. Baldur’s Gate is a series of games, all about role-playing, and there’s one main character: the Gorion Ward. All information about him is defined by the players, and the story takes place in the fictional world of Ed Greenwood’s Forgotten Realms. Players may engage with creatures, and elements, go across the map, and move freely. Even though most of Bladur’s Gate games are related, you may play the third edition even if you have no clue about what happened in the previous ones.
Available for: Xbox 360, Xbox 1, Nintendo Switch, PS 4, Linux.
Divinity: Original Sin, is another series of role-playing games, and our favorite is definitely the DOS2! The most beautiful thing is that you can also create your character, or choose one of the 6 available on the game. Hunters travel to Cyceal, to investigate a murder mystery. There’s one entity called the Void Dragon, and you can stop their devouring time, is by collecting Star Stones. If your favorite element of Dungeons & Dragons is the turn-based combat, and the ability to create and customize characters, then you should definitely go for a Divinity game!
14. Neverwinter Nights
Available for: IOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PS 4, Xbox One.
The Neverwinter Nights series takes place in the city of Neverwinter, in the fictional land of Faerun. Player create their own characters, explore the game world, interact with non-playing characters, undertake quests and missions, make custom campaigns, and so on. The ending of the game depends on the choices you and other players have made throughout the game. Since this video game is closely based on Dungeons & Dragons, both have similar rulesets, alignment systems, and powerful toolsets.
Available for: MacOS, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One.
Solasta: Crown Of The Magister is a video game that takes place in a fantasy world, which was almost destroyed a thousand years ago, in an unfortunate apocalyptic event. Everyone playing chooses from a variety of character classes, parties of up to 4 players, select spells, navigate environments, run custom adventures… Solasta is about 40 hours in length and manages to be a great RPG experience. It has a similar alignment system just as DnD, and in both games, players will explore a fantasy world.
16. Dragon Age
Available for: Xbox 360, PS 3, OS X, Flash, Facebook Platform, IOS, and Android.
For everyone who loves the high-fantasy world, filled with magic, of Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon Age is a video game that brings the same element. When playing, you will complete quests, engage in conversations with non-player characters, earn experience points, and gather resources, weapons, armor, and much more. The main series takes place in the world of Thedas, which is filled with diverse cultures, regions, and histories. If you only focus on the main objectives only, Dragon World lasts around 46 and a half hours, but, if you want to obtain 100% completion, it may last up to 128 hours.
All good things come to an end. Even this list of magnificent games like Dungeons & Dragons. But at least now you have some good games to count on, huh? Read all descriptions carefully, and take your time to choose your favorite game, whether it’s a board game or a video one. You don’t have to get rid of your favorite D&D, thankfully!