Sandbox Games

I love games with seemingly endless options. This is easier to do in video games, but there are some good board games that do it as well. At least, they do it as best as tabletop limitations allow.

One I've played only once but really enjoyeed for the "sandbox" experience is Western Legends. There's no one-right path to victory, and you could go about doing a horde of different things to get points. I think it's fantastic.

But I want more.

What are some open-world, sandboxy board games you can think of? I'd love to hear suggestions!

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Supporter13 months ago

Merchants and Marauders would definitely be in the Western Legends category. 

13 months ago

I’ve heard some good things about this one. Still, it’s not one I’ve ever been too keen on playing. But, knowing it’s sandboxy, I may have to take a closer look!

Supporter13 months ago

I personally preferred Western Legends but it’s worth a look. 

Supporter13 months ago

I have heard good things about Star Trek: Ascendancy as a sandboxy game. I haven't played it. I think it only supports three players. BUT it is on Amazon right now for $40 USD. 

It appears like that is a historic low. I want to credit BGA historic low tracker for pointing this out to me. 

13 months ago

I’ve never been big into Star Trek, but am certainly not opposed to a game with the theme. Is it playable with less than three? Or does there always have to be three players?

Supporter13 months ago

I believe it is three person only. I haven't played it, and some time has passed since I last looked at it. 

Supporter13 months ago

I love me some Western Legends.  Although I do think there needs to be a way to mitigate the mine and deliver option.  I know we can attack that player but once they have a fast horse they can basically mine and deliver in one turn before being attacked.  Have you had that issue?

But overall I think it's so fun.  It's a much more social game because of the Sandbox and I love that you get to control NPC's upping the player interaction.

13 months ago

The mining can be OP, but I guess that makes the player interaction (ie attacking him) more important. It’s sandbox, yes, but that just means others can do what they want, too, and if you don’t like it, then you gotta deal with it. Still, I wish you could blow up the mine or something. That’s one way to stop them! Haha

Supporter13 months ago

Totally, the biggest problem I've had is that it's hard to attack them when they only get gold right before they can run to the bank.  I mean that person hasn't wont yet when we've played so I guess there's that.  I know some people don't love house rules, but I'm all about them.

Supporter13 months ago

Just thought of another Sandbox game - Mage Knight. 

13 months ago

Annnnd another reason I want Mage Knight. This is getting out of hand...

Supporter13 months ago

Now there are two of them!

If my Dad asks what I want for Christmas I’m going to suggest Mage Knight Ultimate Edition. No doubt. 

13 months ago

Thank you so much for finishing my Star Wars quote haha I’m so pleased. It’s actually a quote I use frequently, including yesterday and this morning, ironically enough. I just can’t help myself hahaha

my Mom has stopped asking what I want for Christmas and gets me some small stuff and some money to get whatever game I want. It’s great, but it also puts a lot of pressure on me haha

Supporter13 months ago

Lol. I usually just send my Mom an Amazon link for something and she picks it up. My Dad is currently IT Director for a hospital in Indonesia and is doing super well for himself, and thus enjoys getting large presents for Christmas and birthdays. 

Supporter13 months ago

Although it hasn’t hit my table yet Outer Rim clearly sounds like a sandbox experience. 

13 months ago

Yup, it certainly is. Maybe that's why I like it so much. I love the freedom it brings.

Supporter13 months ago

Space Biff is my favorite game reviewer. He wrote an article highlighting his top ten. I don't necessarily agree with it all. I have at least demoed most of the games and I think that he is mostly right about it. I'll link the article below. 

https://spacebiff.com/2018/05/16/easier-than-feudum/#more-11586


Supporter13 months ago

I agree, thanks for the link. Interesting article!

Supporter13 months ago

Pericles (#1 game on that list) sounds right up my alley. 

13 months ago

Wow, thanks for the link! I'll have to peruse this in my spare time :) 

Rob, Dan's cohost (at least, former cohost) on the Space Biff podcast is one of my friends, and actually is 85% of why I'm in this hobby to begin with haha He put on the best game nights, hands down. 

Supporter13 months ago

It is I who must thank you. I didn't know there was a Space Biff podcast. I think I will have a very good weekend listening to it. 

13 months ago

I don't think they did a lot of them, so you may get through them faster than anticipated haha Here's the BGG link to the podcast:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepodcast/39574/space-biff-space-cast

Supporter13 months ago

So, they don't do one anymore? Ah well. I guess I can have fun hearing what they did do. Thanks for the link. 

13 months ago

I know Rob left to do a show with Jason Tagmire (Button Shy Games), and that was some time ago. But, even old podcasts are better than no podcasts haha I hope you enjoy them!

13 months ago

Caverna is widely in the Sanbox category!

13 months ago

Feudum (super heavy and fiddly) is another game that comes to mind, even Pipeline has aspects of Sandbox gameplay. 

13 months ago

Pipeline looked good; I'll have to dive deeper. I wasn't sold on Feudum though. I've always had a passing interest in Caverna, but never actually played it. I'll have to remedy that.

Supporter13 months ago

I’m in the same boat Ben. Interested in trying Caverna just never had the chance to play it. 

13 months ago

Oh I have zero interest in Feudum but I know it’s a sandbox game!

13 months ago

Hahaha fair enough!