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Best Dungeons & Dragons Board Games

Last Updated on January 11, 2023

Love it or hate it, Dungeons & Dragons has been the most successful tabletop franchise in existence and its popularity is still booming. Today we’re looking at the best Dungeons & Dragons board games out there to keep the adventure going.

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01/31/2023 01:00 pm GMT

DnD has grown an incredible cult following and in recent years, has even branched out into other mediums. From tabletop RPGs, traditional board games, video games, and a very, very awful movie, DnD is everywhere.

We’re not here to talk about awful movies, though. We’re more interested in the board game side of DnD. Its humble beginnings as a tabletop RPG and its epic fantasy world translates extremely well to the board game sphere… and not all of them are dungeon-crawlers. Who would have thought?

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Lords of Waterdeep

Lords of Waterdeep Board Game

Instead of delving into the dungeons yourself, why not hire out adventurers to do your bidding?

In this worker placement game, players will take on the roles of the quest-givers as one of the hidden Lords of Waterdeep. Players will compete for control of the city by hiring adventurers and completing quests for victory points.

Lords of Waterdeep is a fantastic gateway game and a solid introduction to the worker placement mechanic. We love this game so much we had to cover it in an in-depth guide. Get the low-down here.

Lords of Waterdeep
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02/01/2023 07:53 am GMT

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate

Betrayal at Baldur's Gate Board Game

Baldur’s Gate has long been plagued by the forces of Evil.

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate isn’t just a reskin of the original Betrayal at House on the Hill board game.
The game is more balanced than the original, with one-sided Haunts becoming a lot less common.

Ready to battle evil in the streets of Baldur’s Gate? Check out our full review before you buy!

Betrayal at Baldur's Gate
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01/29/2023 09:30 am GMT

[Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System]

The DnD Adventure System is a series of dungeon-crawl board games that have been in production since 2010.

Each one is a standalone game in itself and also 100% compatible with the others. They’re all based on previous Dungeons & Dragons campaigns but are streamlined for combat in a board game. You won’t need a Dungeon Master (DM) or even any other players. They all work extremely well as solo games and make for a great dungeon-crawl experience.

One of the great things about the DnD Adventure System is that it does feel like a very distilled DnD experience. You’re thrown right into the world you love and everything is streamlined to get you into the action; killing monsters & getting them loots!

There are other dungeon-crawlers out there that have a lot more customization and fiddly bits, but the setup and playthrough can be a pain. That’s one of the reasons why these keep their place on my shelf and keep getting pulled down to play.

“I want to play a dungeon-crawler, but I don’t want to deal with all the fluff and hassle of setup and tear down!”


Have no fear. DnD is there for you, buddy.

If you’re looking for a heavier dungeon-crawler, or really want all the fiddly bits, then these probably aren’t for you. They’re meant to be fun, lightweight, and have the ability to get players in and roll a single D20 (there’s only 1 die).

D&D: Castle Ravenloft

Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game

Castle Ravenloft is the first in the DnD Adventure System and although you could start anywhere in the series, this is probably the best place to start.

Your villains include a werewolf, Strahd the vampire, and a Dracolich. The minis are all well done, and thematically everything fits well. There are a lot of zombies thrown into the mix, it really plays on the horror themes of Castle Ravenloft.

Each game builds upon the previous version’s mechanics. Some people may find Ravenloft a little bare-bones but I think it holds up well compared to all of the others and does a nice job of bringing the setting to life.

2010 Origins Awards Best Board Game Winner

Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft
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01/31/2023 11:30 am GMT

D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon

Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath f Ashardalon Board Game

The great red dragon Ashardalon has returned. After being mortally wounded, Ashardalon bound a demon into its chest to sustain its life force. Ashardalon is one of the oldest and one of the most conniving dragons in existence.

In Wrath of Ashardalon, you’ll band together with a group of heroes to ultimately stop Ashardalon.

Wrath of Ashardalon is a dungeon-crawler for 1-5 players. There are multiple scenarios to play from and 5 characters to choose from: rogue, thief, warrior, cleric, and wizard. The shelf life of the game is further extended by choosing the abilities of your character. In every game, characters will choose a set of abilities and they are mutually exclusive. You’ll have to play multiple games to see everything the game has to offer.

Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon
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Intrigued? Check out our full review of Wrath of Ashardalon before you buy!

D&D: Legend of Drizzt

Dungeons & Dragons: Legend of Drizzt Board Game

Legend of Drizzt is the third addition to the DnD Adventure System.

Just like the previous 2 installments, Legend of Drizzt is a cooperative board gaming experience, where players will be working to accomplish the scenario’s objective. Drizzt is also compatible with any of the DnD Adventure System games, so you could potentially dive into any game and start to mix-and-match monsters, heroes/heroines, scenarios, and tiles straight out of the box.

So what does Drizzt bring to the mix?

Well… Drizzt, for one thing. The legendary drow elf and his companions will all be playable characters that you can control. They join the fray and mix it up quite well without outshining the generic heroes from previous versions. After all, it’s no fun if you spent 3 games building up your favorite rogue only to have a hero of legend show up last minute to take all the credit.

This expansion also brings in a new tile set: caverns. Players will have the opportunity to explore treacherous tunnels that can possibly lead into hidden dungeons, adding a lot of new thematic flair to your adventures.

Character abilities have been given an overhaul with a stance system. Players can use different stances to add a tactical element. Each stance gives different bonuses and all of them seem useful in different situations.

The best thing about this expansion, however, is the competitive elements added. There are a few scenarios where players will be working in competing teams to complete objectives or one where there’s even a hidden traitor among the player characters.

Legend of Drizzt is a fantastic expansion and the best part is it’s not 100% necessary to read the Drizzt novels beforehand. You should read them though. They’re pretty good.

Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt
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01/31/2023 11:30 am GMT

D&D: Temple of Elemental Evil

Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game

In the Temple of Elemental Evil board game, you play as a heroic adventurer. With amazing abilities, spells and magic weapons, you must explore the dungeons beneath the Sword Coast where you will fight monsters, overcome hazards and find treasure. Are you ready for adventure?

The Temple of Elemental Evil allows players to run an official campaign element in the game. Before this game, the Adventure System was basically a series of missions only connected through a light bit of theme and your own headcanon. Having an official campaign (finally) is a nice touch for the series.

You’ll still only be able to level up your character to level 2 but as you continue on with the campaign, you’ll be able to get small bonuses that can be used throughout the campaign.

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D&D: Tomb of Annihilation

Dungeons & Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation Board Game

The death curse grows and the souls of the world are in peril! Are you ready for adventure?

Tomb of Annihilation vastly improves upon the campaign system and refines a lot of the rules, adding much more complexity to the game. The upgrades and leveling systems are much more balanced and work much better here.

One of the interesting parts about the DnD Adventure System is that the rules and mechanics grow with the series. All of them are great on their own but they keep updating and growing with each new set.

If you’re looking for series campaign play then this would be a good place to start.

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D&D: Dungeon of the Mad Mage

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeons of the Mad Mage Board Game

In the city of Waterdeep rests a tavern called the Yawning Portal, named after the gaping pit in its common room. At the bottom of this crumbling shaft is a labyrinth dungeon known as Undermountain, domain of the mad wizard Halaster Blackcloak, who has seeded his lair with monsters, traps, and mysteries.

The latest expansion to the DnD Adventure System just recently came out.

In this version, we’re off to Waterdeep to make our fortunes delving the depths of the Undermountain. This further expands the campaign system and now players will be able to progress up to 4th level, which grants all-new power abilities.

The monsters and creatures of the Undermountain haven’t been sitting idle either. You’ll find much stronger encounters here and new conditions like “weakened”, which makes it much more difficult for players to heal.

Overall, it’s an excellent progression of the game that still keeps the mechanics streamlined and simple while offering more of the same theme from the Adventure System.

Dungeons & Dragons Waterdeep: Dungeon of The Mad Mage

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Assault of the Giants

Assault of the Giants Board Game

The Ordning, the ancient caste system of the Giants has been destroyed. All of Giant society is in chaos and any Giant with the right ambition and cunning can rise up to become the ruler of all Giantkind.

Players can control a different tribe of giants, as diversified as humans, each with their own special abilities and goals.

Storm Giants: Their goal is to restore their King who was imprisoned by a Blue Dragon. They seek an alliance with the little people to restore order to the land.

Cloud Giants: They seek an ancient dragon treasure trove to usurp the Storm Giants’ hold over them.

Fire Giants: They aim to steal the primordial flame from the Dwarves to relight ancient forges. They hope to revive an ancient titan to seek revenge against the dragons.

Frost Giants: They seek an ancient ring that has the power to turn the world into a winter wonderland (for the Frost Giants).

Stone Giants: They have basically gone insane and are rampaging through the world looking to be awakened from reality, which they believe is just a dream.

Hill Giants: Bigger is BETTER! The matriarch of the Hill Giants has married all of the males and given one order. “BRING ME FOOD”.

Assault of the Giants is a standalone area control game for 3-6 players in which each tribe is raiding and completing individual objectives to become the ruler of the Giants.

Dungeons & Dragons: Assault of the Giants
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01/29/2023 10:04 am GMT

Tyrants of the Underdark

Tyrants of the Underdark Board Game

A deck-building/area control game? I’m interested…

Tyrants of the Underdark puts players in the shoes of one of 4 Drow houses that are vying for control of the Underdark.

Players must outmaneuver each other to gain control of the Underdark. Each player’s deck will be full of different minions and players will be able to draft cards to hire stronger minions for their house.

Interestingly enough, although Tyrants of the Underdark is for 2-4 players, it plays surprisingly well with only 2 players. That’s an achievement in and of itself.

Dungeons & Dragons: Tyrants of the Underdark
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01/29/2023 10:30 am GMT

Rock Paper Wizard

Rock Paper Wizard Board Game

In every great dungeon-delving adventure, players must come face-to-face with their toughest trial: dividing up the loots after killing the BBEG (Big Bad Evil Guy).

As a party composed entirely of wizards, there’s really no better way to divide up your loots than the age-old tradition of Rock Paper Wizard… it’s basically Rock Paper Scissors, but with spells.

You’ll be able to cast iconic DnD spells like Vampiric Touch and Fireball at your opponents. Seriously, who’s never had that one friend that you’ve been dying to cast a silence spell on?

Each spell has a corresponding hand gesture, just like in Rock Paper Scissors. Fireball, for example, looks like a fist when played and meteor swarm, when cast, looks like jazz hands if you’re doing it right.

It’s silly and doesn’t take itself seriously, but it’s a hilariously good time. Especially the first few rounds when you’re trying to figure out the spell hand gestures.

Rock Paper Wizard
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01/31/2023 01:00 pm GMT


Dragonfire Board Game

The Dragonfire Series is a cooperative deck-building game for 2-4 players.

In each game, players will be playing a different scenario, taking on the role of classic DnD characters. You’ll be exploring different Forgotten Realms settings such as Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter, and Waterdeep.

As players level up, they’ll have access to newer cards to include in their decks and every turn, more monsters and traps will spawn that you’ll need to deal with.

The game has an amazing feel and play experience but has been known to feel a little unbalanced with less than 4 players. My suggestion is if you are playing with only 2 players, then each of you should control 2 characters. It feels much better with just that one change.


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01/29/2023 11:00 am GMT


Dungeon! Board Game

A reinvention of the 70’s classic DnD game is back.

It’s not as glamorous and high-production as some of the newer DnD Adventure System games but for around $20, you’re going to find yourself dungeon-delving with a classic set of heroes and adventurers.

It’s by no means the greatest game on this list, but it is part of classic DnD history and does manage to hold its own as a complete and fun gaming experience, all in one box.

In addition to upgraded components (cards, tokens, and cardboard quality), there have been improvements to the general rules that make the game much more playable and far less frustrating.

If you want that DnD itch to get scratched on a budget, Dungeon! delivers the goods.

$19.99 $17.80

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01/29/2023 12:00 pm GMT

Dungeon Mayhem

Dungeon Mayhem Board Game


Dungeon Mayhem is a nice little filler card game. Perfect for playing a few rounds when you’re waiting for your DnD group to gather. Nobody is ever late to those, right?

In this card game, every player picks a quirky character and everyone basically pummels each other to death, until there’s only one player left standing.

Choose from:

  • Sutha Skullcrusher, the Orc Barbarian
  • Azzan, the Mystic Wizard
  • Lia, the Radiant Paladin
  • Oriax, the clever Tiefling Rogue

This fast-paced game has players drawing and using cards for their abilities like healing, throwing daggers, and, of course, crushing skulls.

It’s one of those great games to get everyone in the mood for a larger game or to take a break from one of the big box 2+ hour games.

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01/29/2023 12:00 pm GMT

Conquest of Nerath

Conquest of Nerath Board Game

War has come to the Dungeons & Dragons world! In the north, the undead legions of the Dark Empire of Karkoth march against the fragile League of Nerath, determined to sweep away the human kingdoms forever.

Surprisingly, this is one of the few DnD wargames that I could find.

In Conquest of Nerath players will choose one of 4 factions:

  • Dark Empire of Karkoth (Karkoth): Undead
  • Vailin Alliance (Vailin): Elves
  • Iron Circle: Goblins
  • Nerathan League (Nerath): Humans

The Conquest of Nerath does a lot of things right. Unlike other wargames, starting positions are already set, which allows players to set up much quicker and jump right into the action. They’ve also managed to integrate a hero system as well as a quest and dungeon system (who would have expected that from Dungeons & Dragons?).

Overall, it’s just a unique game that offers way more than a traditional wargame. If you can find a copy, definitely take a look. It’s worth it.

2011 Origins Awards Best Board Game Winner

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Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing

Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing Board Game

Have you ever wanted to be a dragon? If not, you should.

Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing puts you into a dogfight (dragonfight?) for supremacy of the skies.

Attack Wing uses the HeroClix system to track your miniatures on the table.

The base box comes with enough for a small skirmish for 2 players and just like the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game, you can purchase additional booster sets to add to your game.

Players can eventually add siege engines, giants, and smaller land units to blast the dragons out of the sky.

It’s an excellent starter but be warned: there is a collectible component and you’ll need to sink a fair bit of money into it if you want that big table experience. On the plus side, all minis can double for your tabletop RPG sessions.

Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing: Starter Set
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01/29/2023 03:00 pm GMT


We hope you enjoyed our round-up of the best Dungeons & Dragons board games. I have no doubt that DnD will continue to grow in popularity and with that growth, newer and better games will continually be produced.

Some of my favorite DnD games are the ones you wouldn’t expect. I love the thematic elements of Lords of Waterdeep. Becoming a quest-giver in a worker placement setting just tickles my fancy. The deck-building DnD games are also a lot of fun to play, and if you really feel like some sword & spell swinging action, the DnD Adventure System games basically play as DnD-lite.

So the next time your DnD group actually makes it together for a session, try and pull one of these off the shelf.

Which of these Dungeons & Dragons board games have you tried? Drop a comment below and show us what you got.

Looking for more DnD inspiration? Check out our list of DnD Books or our guide to DnD Races.

Love playing DnD, but can never think of a name? Check out this free D&D name generator.


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9 Responses

  1. Hello:
    Thank you so much for such a complete analysis of D&D board games.
    Am a grandmother who didn’t have a clue to D&D.
    This list is great for both 11/7 year olds.
    Will keep your hard work forever!!
    Stay safe.

    1. Hey Virgina,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed our article. Thank you so much for the kind words. Let us know how the youngins like the games and if you have any questions we can help you with.

      Stay safe too!
      Bryan & Kendra

  2. Hello Bryan and Kendra,
    Reporting in……..Dudgeon Mayhem for the 7 year old and Lord of Waterdeep for the 11 year old.
    Both kids love them!! The older is into the D&D seriously . Studying to be DM.
    Having the board game was a eye opener. “Gammie, this is so cool”. This list great for family to patriciate.
    Your summation of features is a great help to choose.
    Thanks again……..I am blessed to have found you.
    Stay safe!/Virginia

    1. Thank you Virginia!

      That makes me so happy that you and the family found some great games to play together. I hope you have a great time!

      Happy Gaming!
      Bryan & Kendra

  3. Hello Bryan and Kendra:
    Me again…….Virginia reporting in.
    Grandson LOVES “Wrath of Ashardonlon” because he can play alone.
    I am batting a fantastic average because of YOUS!!!
    Thank you so, so much. The list is long, but when I get through it I shall be looking for more games. HINT!!
    Stay safe and be well,

    1. Thank you so much Virgina!

      It’s always lovely hearing your check-in and that your family is enjoying our recommendations. We do have a long list of solo games as well, and if you were interested in playing a fantasy game with your grand kids I’d also suggest Legacy of Dragonholt on our best fantasy board games list. It’s a little less intense than the Dungeons and Dragons games you’ve been getting him, but it’s more roleplaying and acting out, which might be fun for everyone in the family to get into.

      Always a pleasure to hear from you.

      Kendra & Bryan!

  4. Oh my goodness, I am honored to have received this personal suggestion.
    It isn’t on this list, but then it might be on your GameCows sight which I also have not connecting it to you!
    Will get this for his 12th birthday coming up in Oct.
    He is a MAGIC enthusiast. Way too brainy for me.
    Stay safe and well you two,

  5. سلام خوشحالم که اعلام کنم ما الان سرور دیسکوردی داریم. که با بیش از ۵۰۰ عضو و ۵ سال سابقه داریم سعی میکنیم‌ یک فضا دوستانه فعال برای علاقمندان رول پلی و D&D جمع کنیم. که بتونن از طریق هماهنگی به صورت حضوری و آنلاین (ویس و ویدیو) این بازی تجربه کنن و حتی یاد بگیرن. و باهم در ارتباط باشن و این کامیونیتی هر روز بزرگتر و بهتر بشه. خیلی برنامه های ویژه دیگه هم توی سرور داریم. اگه علاقمندید این لینک سرور دیسکورد ما هست :


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Lords of Waterdeep
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02/01/2023 07:53 am GMT