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Five super-weird board games you've probably never heard of

The founders of board game café Draughts reveal the left field board games that even haters will enjoy playing

By Kate Solomon
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Now that we’re all staying indoors, it’s time to pretend you’re in some remote country cottage and expand your board game collection (there are only so many times you can fall out over Monopoly). Michele and Samwell from Draughts, the board games caff, reveal the very good games you didn't know existed and will probably still fall out over. 

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Not-lame board games

Photograph: Draughts
Photograph: Draughts
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The epic one

Gloomhaven is big, it’s long and it’s the best board game in history. Fantasy adventurers going around killing monsters, and it’s a cooperative team game, so no fighting over who wins! For one to four players.

Photograph: Draughts
Photograph: Draughts
Photograph: Draughts

The cute one

Fox in the Forest is a lovely trick-taking card game with amazing illustrations. Once you learn the rules, you’ll never want to stop playing. For two players.

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The oh-that’s-a-bit-on-the-nose one

In Dead of Winter, it’s the zombie apocalypse (topical) and you lead a colony of survivors – but each of you has a secret objective, and one of you can be a traitor! For one to five players.

Photograph: Draughts
Photograph: Draughts
Photograph: Draughts

The best-enjoyed-with-a-nice-pinot-noir one

Viticulture is one of the best ‘worker placement’ board games of all times. Plan ahead in order to produce the best wines in the region against your opponents, while all sorts of visitors are coming to try a taste, and your grapes are slowly ageing and getting better. For one to six players.

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Photograph: Draughts
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The one that comes with inspiration for movie night

In Horrified, the monsters from Universal Pictures (the Mummy, the Invisible Man, Dracula) have been unleashed in town and you have to stop them. It’s a cooperative game that is fairly simple and that takes you back through the horror movies of your past. For one to five players.

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