Play our favorite board and card games online
Before computer games, friends gathered around round tables to entertain themselves with board games or cards. With a deck of playing cards, people could have endless fun playing anything from Snap to Poker.
Classic board games like chess, go or backgammon have been around for thousands of years. Then there are modern classics like Monopoly and Cluedo, or more complex adventure games like Dungeons & Dragons.
In recent years, a new generation of games like Cards Against Humanity and Settlers of Catan have appeared. For a serious offline gamer, the choices available in 2021 are too many to count.
At the same time, computer games are more popular than ever and everything from arcade games to sports simulators can be played online. From Super Mario to Grand Theft Auto, what can be played on an electronic device is only limited by the imagination.
This does not mean that the two worlds exist entirely separately, which can be played offline can also be played online. Software designers have long enjoyed the challenge of turning our favorite card and board games into electronics.
As the world has changed, it is not always possible for people to physically come together to play games. Our lives are busier, or our relationships wider, but our desire to play together remains stronger than ever.
To that end, here are some of the best board and card games that can now be played online.
Many will remember that Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in 1996, but chess has been played on computers since the 1950s. From the early days of the Internet, players were able to play against each other rather than pre-programmed algorithms.
This now ubiquitous card game was invented in 1971, barely 30 years later, people were playing it online as well. The digital version offers special maps, voice chat and a global table where players can compare their results.
The official version and a series of imitators of this word game are now available to play online. The ability to pick up and land a round of Scrabble made it ideal for mobile games with multiple opponents.
This property building game is known to cause arguments between family and friends when competitiveness kicks in. An added benefit of playing this game online is the elimination of long setup time.
The classic card game of skill and psychology, traditionally played in smoky halls or glamorous casinos. Few games have translated better into the online world than poker with hundreds of different styles and providers now available. One of the most popular versions of poker is arguably Texas Hold’em Poker which has been popularized not only in movies but also in televised poker tournaments and is still growing in popularity online as well.
Another established online favorite, what was played in huge venues can now be enjoyed on almost any device. Bingo has paid particular attention to mobile gaming, allowing it to attract huge new markets and a surge in popularity.
Dungeons & Dragons
You might think that such a complex fantasy role-playing game would struggle to find its place in the online world. If anything screams “creative solutions,” however, it’s this game, and dungeon masters have been running online courts for years.
The settlers of Catania
This world-building strategy game has, in recent years, grown from a niche market to the mainstream. This success was greatly aided by the movement of Catan and its various versions to the online world.
Cards Against Humanity
This dark humor party card game took the world by storm after its release in 2011. It quickly moved online, making it possible to make inappropriate jokes no matter where you are in the world.
This list could go on forever, it looks like anything we can play offline can be converted for online play. This is even more the case since the creation of online platforms like Tabletop Simulator.
This software, sometimes called ‘multiplayer physical sandbox‘seeks to emulate the online world in a digital environment. It allows individuals and communities to come together and digitally recreate real-world games.
With a platform like Tabletop Simulator, almost any card or board game can be imported and played in an online space. Users build boards and game pieces and share information with each other in a collaborative process.
More and more, the barrier between the physical and the digital is being broken and games are moving between the two. We’ve even reached the point where card game makers are completely skipping the real world and heading straight online.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game and Hearthstone are classic card games in every sense of the word. However, rather than being released as physical games and translated for online play, these were designed to be played online.
Likewise, Yu-Gi-Ho !, from the Japanese manga franchise, was developed in parallel as a collectible card game and a computer game. The traditional route of adapting from the physical to the online is no longer the only way to go about things.
Nothing will ever replace the close social contact of gathering around a table to play our favorite games. The digital world, however, especially the online arena, will always find ways to bring us something that is both similar and different.
Friendships are no longer limited by physical distance and can be formed and maintained from distant points around the world. Thanks to online games and adaptations, we will always be able to play our favorite games with our distant friends.