Best & Most Expensive Board Games
So, you’ve got extra dough burning a hole in your pocket? Why not invest in one of these epic board games that are well worth the cost? If you’re looking for a well-manufactured board game that will provide you with endless hours of entertainment, you’ve come to the right place.
On our list are board games that’ll cost more than your average Scrabble, but don’t worry, you won’t need to sell your soul or a spare kidney.
Of course, each and every board game is worth its weight in gold but some come with a hefty price tag. We’ve scoured the shelves for the boujee-est board games and found the best that’ll give you more bang for your buck!
🏆 Our Top Picks for Most Expensive Board Games
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Kingdom Death: Monster
Players: 1- 4
Playing time: 60- 180 mins
We are starting off the list with a bang. Kingdom Death: Monster is a labor of love, making it one of the most expensive on the list.
The world of Kingdom Death is immensely deep and brutally challenging. Kingdom of Death: Monster is a cooperative game where players must unite to survive. Collectively you’ll be hunting monsters and developing your settlement through a 25-year self-running campaign.
Each year consists of a cycle of hunting and settling, where you’ll need to set up an intricate strategy for survival, with very limited resources.
What makes Kingdom Death: Monster more expensive but also more worth the cost is the miniatures. Designed and sculpted by the finest artists, each figure is crafted beautifully and is a worthy piece of art to add to a collection.
The miniatures are made using traditional mold techniques, so each sculpture is gorgeous, but it means there are limited quantities, only adding to the game’s prestige.
Small World Designer Edition
Players: 2- 6
Playing time: 40- 80 mins
Small World is a civilization-building game where players fight for control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate all.
Designed by Philippe Keyaerts, Small World has a cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs, and even humans. Each of the groups uses its troops to occupy territory and push the other races off the face of the earth.
Small World Designer Edition can only be purchased through second-hand sellers, so the price has driven up, but reviewers say that it’s well worth the purchase. It comes in a wooden box with 65 beautifully sculptured figures, 6 purses with metal coins, and many wooden components!
If you love playing Small World, the Designers Edition elevates the game as you play on sturdy wooden boards with terrifying miniatures that bring the game to life.
Catan 3D Edition
Players: 3- 4
Playing time: 60- 120 mins
Catan is now a household name, pretty much every board gamer has played Catan, or at the least heard of it. Catan is so popular it’s now played in international leagues!
If you’re looking to take the game to the next level, literally, Catan 3D is an immersive special release. In the game, there are highly detailed sculpts, each meticulously painted. The game is packaged in a beautiful and refined box, so your game is stored away safely.
Catan 3D is full of personality and table presence. A definite must for a Catan fan’s collection!
Monopoly Luxury Edition
Players: 2- 8
Playing time: 60- 180mins
The classic game of Monopoly has an elegant Luxury Edition. Monopoly Luxury Edition comes as a two-toned wooden cabinet with decorative metal plaques and wooden veneers.
The rolling area has faux leather, and there’s also gold foil stamping along the game path. There are two integrated storage drawers with built-in storage and die-cast handles.
The game looks almost vintage in its sophisticated design. The Luxury Edition is often used as an interior design piece on coffee tables and in libraries and studies. If you’re looking for a suave game to display, this is your go-to game!
Return to Dark Tower
Players: 1- 4
Playing time: 100- 120mins
For an age, the tower lay in ruins. But great evil is stirring, unbeknownst to the people of the realm. First, it started with strange happenings. Crows would fly in circles until they dropped from the sky. In the heat of summer, the lake froze solid. Evil grew, as did fear, and soon darkness would fall again.
Return to Dark Tower has players take on the role of heroes. Working together, you’ll gather resources, cleanse buildings of evil, and defeat evil monsters. All this is to build strength for a final showdown with the evil entity.
The game is interesting as it shifts when the players face the tower, only having one chance to defeat the enemy.
Return to Dark Tower is pricier than your everyday board games but affordable. The game is well worth the extra few bucks as it features cooperative and competitive play. It also has a unique combination of traditional game mechanisms and technological interface giving it an edge.
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
Players: 3- 6
Playing time: 240- 480 mins
“The signs of great change are everywhere as if an ancient beast stirs from the slumber in a dark cave.” It’s the dawn of a new age.
Following the devasting Twilight Wars, the Lazax Empire has retreated to their respective homeworlds, and there’s been a period of quiet. But the race for what lays beyond borders into the far reaches of space has begun. Who will be as bold as to claim the throne and become Emperor?
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) is a sci-fi strategy board game where each player takes command of one of seventeen unique civilizations. Through warfare, trade, allegiances, and political dominance you’ll navigate and negotiate your way to total power.
What’s fantastic about Twilight Imperium is that each faction offers a completely different play experience giving the game-high replayability. You also create your own galactic space opera with over 1,000 components, making sure no game is ever the same twice.
Android Netrunner LCG: Revised Core Edition
Playing time: 45 mins
This is a card game of cyber struggles in a dystopian future.
Android Netrunner LCG: Revised Core Edition is set in the future of monolithic Mega Corps and augmented runner. An all-encompassing Network has become one of humanity’s greatest assets and deadliest battlefields.
In the game, megacorporations and talented lone runners are pits against each other. Corps try to advance their agendas while the runner tries to break through defenses to steal valuable data.
In this revised core set, it’s a high-stakes cybercrime as players are offered new choices to fully immerse themselves into the living card game for two.
If you’re a cyberpunk fan, Android Netrunner, and its many different packs won’t disappoint.
Kemet: Blood and Sand
Players: 2- 5
Playing time: 90- 120 mins
In the mythical age of ancient Egypt, powerful gods will battle for dominance over the land.
Kemet is a challenging battle game where players take on the role of an Egyptian god. You’ll need to build pyramids, combine powers, and lead followers into bloody battles. The game is deeply strategic, and you’ll need to show no mercy.
Kemet has stunning artwork with well-designed figures that add to the gaming experience.
Doom: The Board Game
Players: 2- 4
Playing time: 180 mins
Based on Doom, the computer game, Doom: The Board Game has one player taking control of the hordes of invaders, while the other controls highly-trained Marines fighting to save their lives and all of humanity.
The Marines work as a team and explore monster-infested rooms using their unique abilities. They’ll be battling the likes of imps and hell knights. If they don’t work together, the minions of hell will destroy all of humanity. No pressure.
Breaking through another dimension, one player controls a legion of demonic invaders trying to overrun the Marines.
Doom: The Board Game comes with many ready-to-play scenarios that’ll show you how to set up the game, explain rules, and describe the objectives to win the game.
If you’ve got a few extra bucks spare, there’s an awesome expansion pack that expands the game with 36 new figures and a brand new invader deck.
Players: 1- 4
Playing time: 60- 120 mins
Leave the safety of Gloomhaven’s walls and become a mercenary on the edge of civilization. It’s anything but easy.
Adventure, wealth, and fame await in wild and shadowy forests, snowy mountain caves, and long-forgotten crypts. In Gloomhaven, players take on the role of wandering adventurers, each with a special set of skills, and a reason for traveling to the dark corners of the world.
Gloomhaven has an innovative card system that determines the order of play and what a player does on their turn. Players must cooperate to fight against the system through each scenario, as motives shift with each turn.
Gloomhaven is well worth the price as it’s meant to be played over many game sessions, offering you hours of challenges and entertainment. After each scenario, players choose what to do next so each game is different every time.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best & most expensive board games and you’ve found the best board game to spend your hard-earned money on!
Maybe you’re looking for a multi-award-winning board game like Gloomhaven to be the shiny trophy on your board game shelf. Perhaps you love a game like Catan or Monopoly and are ready to invest in a luxury version. Regardless, these games are well worth the price tag!
Drop us a comment below and let us which board game you splashed out for!