Over the last decade, we've gotten really into tabletop games thanks to the webseries TableTop. My husband and I started a small collection that has outgrown its shelving twice. Lately, I've discovered that digital versions of some of my favorite tabletop games are appearing on various console and gaming distribution services!
From February 6-13, 2020, two digital board game adaptations are available as FREE downloads for the PC through the Epic Games Store thanks to Asmodee Digital, an international publisher and distributor of video games:
These games are already available via Steam at a price of $9.99 each. If you pick them up during the free period from the Epic Games Store, you're getting $20 worth of digital tabletop games for free. After the free period, the games will be available in the Epic Games Store for the same $9.99 price as they are currently on Steam.
I'm a big fan of these games and have the physical versions of both, but if you're unfamiliar with them, keep reading below to learn more.
Ticket to Ride is the epitome of a "gateway game" - simple enough to be taught in a few minutes, and with enough action and tension to keep new players involved and in the game for the duration. The digital adaptation of Days of Wonder's best-selling train board game has already welcomed 66 million games online for more than 6 million downloads. In this railway adventure, you’ll need to be the quickest to link up your cities and reach your destinations. In this strategy game for all ages, try out different tactics, block your competitors’ lines and take over routes before the others do. With so many different strategies to try, each new game is a unique experience. A tutorial teaches you the rules of the game so you can head off quickly on your adventure. Play in single-player mode, online multiplayer against the whole world, or local multiplayer with your friends.
Carcassonne: The Official Board Game is a modern classic tile-placement game based on the award-winning board game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, etc. The player can then decide to place one of his followers, called Meeples, on one of the areas on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When that area is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner. Each new game is a new experience thanks to the ever-changing landscape.