These strategy games are kind of a potluck of games that don't clearly fit in one of our other categories. They share the need for strategy and careful thinking, without a clear "train" or "war" theme. Why should you buy strategy games from us? We offer some great games at big savings off the retail price. Look at our collection and read our strategy game reviews.
Of course there are different levels of difficulty among these strategy board games. You can read our reviews for suggestions about the appropriate players and situations for these strategy games, but here we'd like to make a special mention of Carcassonne. We can't say enough about this game and it's expansions and variations. There's a serious strategy game in there for people looking for it, there's a great family game in there for people who want it, and there's a great casual beverages and pizza pastime in there for your buddies. It's the all-around strategy game, perfect for a cold snowy/rainy night in Canada.
For a much more serious strategy game, try Tigris and Euphrates, one of the best strategy games we've played. It'll take a lot of careful planning to win this one and best of all it takes only about an hour, which means there's always time for that rematch and a chance to redeem yourself.
Be Donald Trump for a while and build your own hotel and real estate empire! But watch out because the other players are trying to take over your hotel chains. Buy the right stock, take over the right competitors and you may survive to win the game.
Age Of Mythology : The Board Game
Players control armies made up of warriors, priests, heroes, and mythical creatures from ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Norse mythology. They gather resources, which allow them to create buildings and armies. Special buildings are required to allow players to build new army types and improve the abilities of their units. Battles are resolved with a unique dice and card system that keeps the action moving. You get all the fast-paced action of a real-time game, with real 3-D pieces, and face-to-face gameplay!
Alexander moves with army back and forth across Asia Minor, conquering the land as he passes. To bring peace to these newly conquered lands and to reward his generals, he gives them control of the new lands. The generals establish administration over the lands and levy taxes on the people living there.
Carcassonne is our favourite family strategy game. It s fast, easy and a ton of fun for people of all ages. One of the very best German-style tile-laying games, you will love to look at the finished map almost as much as you enjoyed playing the game itself!
Carcassonne Big Box
This special limited edition has the basic game and river expansion as well as the four major expansions: Inns & Cathedrals, Traders & Builders, Princess & Dragon, and The Tower. Each has its own compartment in the box and the tiles for each expansion...
Carcassonne: Abbey and Mayor
With this expansion, the players have new possibilities of strengthening their influence in the area around Carcassonne. Now traveling merchants transport their goods to surrounding cities and monasteries.
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
One of Carcassonne's selling points was the great art work. Hunters and Gatherers is another game (not an expansion!) which takes the classic strategy game into a new world with new art and some new twists on the game that you love. An instant hit with our group, this game will keep the Carcassonne series fresh and exciting for your crew too.
Carcassonne: Inns & Cathedrals
Carcassonne: Inns and Cathedrals was the first expansion to the classic family strategy game and the larger number and variety of tiles makes this a expansion a must-have for al Carcassonne fans. Especially is you play with a larger group. Take the strategy game that you love to play to the next level!
Carcassonne: River 2
There is another river in the Carcassonne region. Like the first river, you can use these 12 tiles to start a Carcassonne game instead of the normal start tile. But, there is more. It can be used with the other river, to make an even longer river to start the game.
Carcassonne: The Castle
One of the very best 2 player games we've played. Reiner Knizia takes the award winning game series and guarantees you a fun and exciting game you can play in less than an hour.
Carcassonne: The Count
This small expansion adds the 12 tiles that represent the actual city of Carcassonne and are the starting tiles for the game. During the game, players who help others score points may place followers in the city and later move them to scoring features outside the city. Yet another new way to play this great game!
Carcassonne: Traders and Builders
It's the 2nd expansion to the Carcassonne strategy game! The maps are bigger, the points are higher, and the fun is just plain funner. Introducing some new peices and some rule changes to more carefully balance the game, Traders and Builders will enhance your game nights at a great price.
Conquest of the Empire
Players of Conquest of the Empire take on the role of potential Caesars in the second century A.D. The 200 year Pax Romana has come to an end and someone must arise to unite the land. Who that person is will be determined through land and sea battles across the empire.
Trust and treachery are the entertaining ingredients in this Game of International Intrigue. Each player represents a Great European Power prior to World War I, a time when the continent was a complex cauldron of political stratagems and maneuvers. Your armies and fleets can dominate Europe, but only with the cooperation of your neighbors. Never forget, they are all trying to expand their territory, too, and you could be the target!
The king shall return... But before he does, the realm falls into anarchy and chaos. The lords of the kingdom struggle to improve their place and standing. New borders are drawn, and expanded through strength of arms and subtle maneuver. Each duke seeks to establish a claim over the most valuable parts of the kingdom before the king finally returns...
It is a time of awakening. The position of the king is secure, but the high aristocrats, the Grandes, look to expand their influence. Thus, intrigue fills the country! Their primary weapons are the attendants to the king: the Caballeros. Each Grande has his favorites, recruited from the provinces, which he deploys to accumulate the power he so desires.
Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga
Fear the fury of the Men of the North!
Trade, plunder and colonize the world of the early middle ages! Sail the oceans to the borders of the world. Fight bravely under the banner of the Crow and fearlessly cross the doors of Valhalla!
The Flemish Guilds' Revolution began in the Battle of the Golden Spurs in Kortrijk on July 11th 1302. The guilds of weavers, fullers, dyers and cloth-cutters had successfully rushed to the aid of the Count of Flanders to drive out King Philip IV
With the announcement of the King's retirement, the pirouette for succession begins! All of his subjects from cobbler to cook, painter to paladin, debutante to duchess bustle about the castle in preparation for the succession. One of your favorites can attain the throne. But, beware! it will require clever maneuvering and selective positioning to be in the right place at the right time to achieve the crown!
Who will emerge victorious as various political factions fire to gain control of France. Warfrog's latest game, Liberté, brings to life the chaos that was the French Revolution. Although the game play is complex and challenging the rules themselves are simple.
Lord of the Rings : The Duel
Gandalf encounters the Balrog in the under mountain Caves of Moria. The result is a fantastic duel of their magical powers on a small bridge over a deep chasm. Here, players replay that duel with the help of cards, which have magical symbols on the left and right, representing the strength of the adversaries.
Within the dark cold deapths of the sea lies a world that could have risen from the works of Jules Verne. Here beneath the silt and sand of the sea floor resides the resting place of an ancient civilization once the marvel of the world. Swallowed by the sea, it sank to the deapths to be remembered in legend.
As you and your family step off the Mayflower, you tingle with excitement at the prospect of freedom. With this new land brings the challenge of survival. To succeed, you must build shelter, grow crops, and conduct trade with your neighbors.
Grades 1 and up. There’ll be no stone left unturned in this challenging strategy game. Inspired by Incan architecture, RUMIS (meaning “stones”) sharpens spatial awareness and critical thinking skills as players strategize to outwit their opponents while reconstructing historical Incan structures (pyramid, tower, stairs, and wall).
For centuries, Samurai have represented unfailing courage, imperturbable loyalty and internal harmony. There are three Samurai forces: peasants, clergy and nobility. The way to power leads through these three: peasants, represented by rice fields, clergy, represented by Buddhas and nobility, represented by high helmets.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Boardgame
Finally, a boardgame version of the award-winning PC strategy game. Create a civilization to stand the test of time! The game begins in 4000 BC where the players found the first small city of a fledgling people. Each player’s civilization explores the world around them, discovering resources, terrain, treasures, technologies, and minor civilizations.
Hundreds of years ago, a wealthy city was struck by a gigantic tidal wave. While the wave destroyed everything in its path, the city sank beneath the waters nearly intact. It now rests at the bottom of a deep lake; its treasures guarded by Neptune.
The Bridges of Shangri-La
In Shangri-La, the mysterious and isolated utopia nestled high in the mountains, a strange struggle for dominance has begun. Once peaceful and neighborly, the Masters of the competing mountainfolk train their students and send them out across bridges to control neighboring villages. To take control of a village, the students must come together in uncomfortable alliances, regardless of their tribal origin.
Tigris and Euphrates
Thousands of years ago, in the fertile land between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, a new civilization flourished. The leaders of the powerful and independent kingdoms were believed to be the earthly representatives of the gods. These leaders developed this new culture, which would last for thousands of years.
Get lost in the jungle with Tikal, a board game which asks you to explore and excavate an ancient Mayan site. Other players will try to stop you, so rush to recover the ancient treasures and dig out the temples you find.
Top Secret Spies
The Top Secret Spies board game was a revelation to use at Rainy Day Games when we first played it. Everyone is familiar with the strategy board game genre. You try to maximise your position while limiting or destorying your opponents. But what happens to your standard strategy board game when you have no idea which player controls which piece. And which piece you control youself is your most closely guarded secret?