We at AYCB want to start by wishing you all the best in this strange and complicated time.
We also appreciate your patience and understanding as our content adapts to the various challenges presented. As soon as we can get back to playing games in groups and releasing videos on a regular basis, we will.
In the meantime, we will not be reviewing any newer games since our respective gaming circles are limited to the confines of our own homes and we wouldn’t feel right reviewing games based on versions in Tabletop Simulator, for example. Instead, we’ll be publishing more Retrospectives of older games (you can check out our first one here), as well as other written content about games we’re playing, upcoming games, and more.
There are quite a few ways to stay involved with board games, whether you live alone or have people to play games with face to face. We’ve put together a compendium of sorts, of some of the best resources for gaming while stuck at home, from solo games to apps to Tabletop Simulator and other online platforms.
An extensive guide on how to play games while social distancing, including solo gaming, how to use Zoom, specific game recommendations, print-and-play options for at home, and online implementations such as Tabletop Simulator, Board Game Arena, Tabletopia, and more.
Print-and-play games, campaigns, and other goodies from various publishers hoping to spread some cheer during this time of isolation.
A thorough list of the 25 best board game implementations brought to mobile. We’ve tried many of these and highly recommend them all.
An excellent resource of online gaming options. Very little detail about each, but many fantastic links to check out.
Reviews of digital board game options available, along with recommendations for specific games to try on each platform.
An accessible guide to getting started with Tabletop Simulator. Send this to your friends who need convincing to get on board with remote gaming.
We will continue to update the compendium as we discover new resources we feel are worth sharing with you.
We’ve been playing games primarily through Tabletop Simulator, and it’s been a revolution. There was a bit of a learning curve at first, but for the price and the selection of games, how can you go wrong? Between us, we’ve already played more than 10 games on Tabletop Simulator and they’ve all worked incredibly well. Many of them take longer than playing a game in person, but for now, this certainly feels like the best alternative.
How have you been staying involved with board games? Have a link you’d like to share with us that you feel should be added to our Compendium? Have a request for something you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care, stay safe, and happy gaming.