Well surprisingly enough the online board games arena is a growing hobby. Many PK members already play a large number of board games locally and with friends.
These games cover all the usual Eurogames and Ameritrash and anything inbetween. (If you are not sure what I mean about these then head over to www.boardgamegeek.com and open your eyes to all the selection of games available).
Every year PK members tend to meet up where they can to play some games. The summer BBQ is the biggest events and last a few days however we also meet up at some smaller get-togethers as well as official venues such as the UK Games Expo.
Now hopefully you have got to this page because you play board games and want to join PK members online. Well here are the details.
What do we use?
The newest addition to playing board games online is tabletopia. To play you do not need any software to install other than a plugin that currently only works with Firefox or IE.
The team are working on bringing this to other platforms.
To play you currently need someone with Beta access who can host the game. After than you simply get the url from them and join the game.
There are some great games on tabletopia and it also seems to be a great platform for new games not yet released.
Tabletopia has some automation however ideally it requires someone with a good knowledge of the game you are playing as all the bits need to be moved accordingly. But that’s good right? Just like a board game.
BGA (as it is known) has been around for a while and was one of the first sites I used to play online board games.
It has some classics and games you will not find anywhere else.
The site is fully automated and so knowledge of the game is not needed however it can be confusing if it works everything out for you without knowing why.
We have had some great nights on this site playing some of the more casual games such as The Boss and saboteur.
Or to give it the full name “Brettspielwelt” is a german website which has been around longer than the others. Very popular with Euro style games and one of the only places you can play the classic Powergrid.
It can be confusing on how to play on this site so it is probably best to have someone on TS talk you through setup and how to join games.