The great fantasy boardgame
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I have games that are quite satisfying in covering each historic period/setting in which I'd like to play with my friends. I have Mare Nostrum for the ancient era, Axis&Allies revised2004 (bought today) for world war II, Twilight imperium for the future/SF.
Now I'm considering buying a great fantasy boardgame, because I like fantasy and I'd like to live an "adventure" with my friends in some fantasy setting, without resorting to roleplaying games.
The fantasy boardgame should be great in many ways: in scope, in depth, etc. I'd really like to have some quests, diplomacy, politics, warfare, etc. These are the games I thought of, some easy to find, some hard to find and expensive. Please comment and add new games.
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1. Board Game: Battlemist [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:6982]
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1. Battlemist
I have twilight imperium so... what I find intriguing in this game is the possibility to use quests, war, etc. I didn't read good things, too. I can easily find this near my town but the price is outragous (65 euro, double than the online price). I should order this from USA. Too bad I cannot find the expansion.
 
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2. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1749]
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This is the italian version by Tilsit, it's quite easy, and I can easily find this near my home in the same shop of #1: the price is 40 euro. My doubt is that this is more a wargame than a boardgame with quests, etc. But there are scenarios on the web with different objectives, etc.
 
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3. Board Game: Divine Right [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2484]
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3. Divine Right
I can find the 25 years edition online for a decent price. Is it worth it or this one aged bad? I know very little about this. Whoa, this gameboard is pure crap!
 
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4. Board Game: Quest for the Dragonlords [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:12213]
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4. Quest for the dragonlords
I know nothing about this, apart that there are tons of plastic miniatures. The opinions on the web are bad and good. Is it only a plastic wargame or there are other features as quests, politics, etc.
 
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5. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:930]
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5. Magic Realm
This is rare, difficult, expensive and I cannot find this... but it's something very close to what I'm searching for.
 
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6. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1675] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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This is the Adventure Quest game I am after.
 
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7. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1675] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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You may want to take a look at Die Rückkehr der Helden, which was released last year - I had a chance to play it several weeks ago, and it's quite good. The only downside is that it's purely in German - I don't know if this is a problem for you or not, but it's worth mentioning.

This is a Quest game, with each player trying to collect enough items and power in order to eventually defeat the evil villain. The neat twist is, initially, at least, the evil villain is unknown - it can be one of any number of potential villains, all of whom have a weakness but they all vary!

Characters include a warrior, priest, ranger, paladin and mage. Each has different abilities, and some are better at confronting certain situations than others - but that's what makes this sort of thing fun!

The game took us about 3 hours, but that included a fairly detailed rules overview, so I'd imagine it'd be closer to 2 normally.
 
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8. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
Luca Iennaco
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You can wait August and then try this one...
 
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9. Board Game: Runebound (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2941]
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This is something you should look into. I have high hopes for this game and the preliminary reviews sound good.
 
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10. Board Game: Phantasy Realm [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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You might wanna check this one out too. Haven't tried it yet.
 
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11. Board Game: Dragon Pass [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3121]
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Dragon Pass - you are in command of either the Lunar or the Satar army (third player my take command over all the neutrals). This is more of a wargame than a classic fantasy boardgame. Fetures include:
- Major neutrals that can be drawn into you realm by spenmding diplomatical points
- Minor neutrals (such as tusk riders, dragons) start the game on the board and can be visited to get them into your realm
- Moon phases in which the lunar magic is more or less strong
- tons of mages and heros on each side

Really a good fun game
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12. Board Game: Scandinavia [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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Try this one.

It's French, it's rare but it's good !
 
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