Looking for a new date night idea? Why not stay in, open a bottle of wine, or three, and play one of these epic RPG (role-playing) board games.
RPG board games give a unique experience each and every time you play. Create lasting memories with your partner as you delve into the mind of your carefully curated character(s). Whether you’re waging war or cooperating on a quest, RPG board games ensure you’ll be having an epic adventure.
Let’s take a look at the best RPG board games for couples.
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best RPG Board Games for Couples
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The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth
Playing time: 60-120mins
Embark on an epic adventure through Middle Earth.
The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth gives you the chance to create your own adventure as you work together to fight the forces of evil. You’ll be battling villains and playing heroes as you campaign across the storied hills and dales of Middle-earth.
Each player takes on the role of an iconic character, each with its own unique characteristics and abilities. You’ll need to strategize and cooperate to survive battles and adventures while discovering and uncovering the lands of Middle-earth.
The board game comes with a free companion app that helps guide you through each adventure, making the role-playing experience even better.
For the love of Tolkien, play The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth, you’ll have no regrets.
Playing time: 120mins
Mistfall is another cooperative game that takes you to a fantasy world of mystery and adventure. Players will embark on deadly journeys as they try to navigate eldritch powers.
In this deck-building game, you’ll band together to survive perilous monster-infested locations. You and your partner will assume the role of a hero encountering challenges along the way like fighting monsters and discovering new places until you reach the Special Encounter.
With multiple quests to choose from, each with deviants and danger, Mistfall has a lot of complexity, making it an excellent challenge for board game lovers.
Playing time: 60-120mins
Are you brave enough to leave the safety of Gloomhaven?
Gloomhaven is a cooperative game of tactical combat with shifting motives. You’ll be taking on the roles of mercenaries on the edge of civilization. When leaving the safety of Goomhaven’s walls, you’ll face untamed and shadowy forests, long-forgotten crypts, and snowy terrain that’ll hopefully lead you to wealth and fame.
Each adventurer has their own particular set of skills and reasons for traveling to the darkest corners of civilization. You’ll need to work together to enhance your abilities by discovering new locations, gaining experience, and looting. Each decision affects the game that expands an ever-branching story and world.
This game is best played over many gaming sessions, so get settled and start a fantasy campaign experience of scope and depth.
Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft
Playing time: 60mins
The master of Ravenloft is having guests for dinner — and you’re invited.
In the towers and dungeons of Castle Ravenloft, evil lurks. Players must work as a team to face the horrors within the castle. Each player takes on the role of a brave hero; who’s come to Castle Ravenloft to discover all its dreadful secrets.
In Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft, players can choose from a human rogue, dwarf cleric, Dragonborn fighter, or eladrin wizard to explore the dungeons below, fight monsters, solve mysteries, and find magical treasure. You’ll need to work together to complete all the game’s objectives within an hour.
Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress
Playing time: 120mins
Feel like going on a dungeon crawl?
Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress is a fully cooperative adventure board game. Set in Japan, you’ll play as an honorable Samurai Warrior, a deadly ninja assassin, a demon hunting traveling monk, or a mystical Sorceress. Using special abilities and skills, you’ll try to fight evil creatures and demons that have invaded the world.
Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress is a new core set that can be played as a stand-alone game but is also compatible with other Shadows of Brimstone products. The Forbidden Fortress core set is great for introducing players into the world and challenging veteran players to explore new worlds.
Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
Playing time: 120mins
Embark on an epic quest against an ancient evil…
In the darkest depths of Terrinoth, a ruthless overlord gathers his minions to besiege the world above. Only a few gifted and courageous heroes will be able to save the world from total domination. It Nows the time to venture into the dark before it’s too late…
Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) is a narrative game where one player takes on the role of the treacherous overlord, and the rest of the players take on the roles of courageous heroes. The heroes embark on quests and venture into dangerous caves, cursed forests, ancient ruins, and dark dungeons to stop the overlord’s vile plans. Complete a range of scenario-specific objectives, and you’ll successfully overthrow the overlord.
This immersive story-driven campaign has countless hero and skill combinations and a double-sided modular board, so the game feels different every time. If you’re a competitive couple, this RPG board game is the perfect fit for you.
Mice and Mystics
Playing time: 60-90mins
“Living in the walls lurk things that aren’t nice, that nobody knows of except for the mice. Throughout the long ages, one lesson is well-earned; nothing’s half as dangerous as a sorceress spurned.”
Mice and Mystics has players take on the roles of heroes still loyal to King Andon but to escape the evil Vanestra, you’ll be turned into mice and must race through the castle to save the king. In this storytelling adventure game, players must cooperate to face a series of challenges to restore peace.
There are many different characters to choose from and countless adversaries such as cockroaches, spiders, rats, and even the castle’s cat. Mice and Mystics comes with highly-detailed miniatures, so your adventures come alive on the board.
Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition
Playing time: 150mins
Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition has players control one of four powerful knights as you explore the Mage Knight lands. Players have to build up their armies, find powerful spells, and conquer cities controlled by the Atlantean Empire.
Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition comes with all three expansions, The Lost Legion, Krang, and Shades of Tezla, as well as the base game. All the Mage Night board games combine elements of RPGs, deck-building, and traditional mechanisms into the Mage Knight universe, making the experience exciting and enjoyable for different types of gamers.
You can play cooperatively and competitively, making it a fun game to play with or against each other.
Mansions of Madness (Second Edition)
Playing time: 120-180mins
A game of exploration, mystery, and horror.
Brave investigators venture behind Arkham’sclosed doors to make their stand against the madness within. Entering haunted mansions and coming across sinister locales, you’ll try to uncover secrets and solve puzzles while battling otherworldly dangers.
Mansions of Madness is a cooperative game in which players travel down dark alleyways and desolate halls to complete the harrowing adventure. Players navigate through a double-sided map of tiles to confront sculptured monster minis.
There are loads of thrilling and confounding scenarios with unique and unpredictable maps, puzzles, and monsters that give Mansions of Madness high replayability.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best RPG board games for couples! Have you tried any of the games on this list? Will you be playing one of these games as a couple? Let us know your favorite board games to play with your partner. Drop a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.
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Ready Player Christine. Since my first D&D game, which took a turn for the weird and wacky (probably my influence), the world of board and tabletop games came alive. Now today, I get to write about these fantastical, fictional, and downright fun worlds.