Rathskellers Gaming Labs2021-02-18T08:28:29+00:00

8 Best Starter Sets for Stunning Franchises

Picking up a new hobby can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be difficult No mater whether it’s getting to grips with a challenging meta, getting enough ‘game’ to enjoy your experience, or just grappling with cost – finding a quality starter set can help you quickly [read more]

5 Games that Generate Unforgettable Moments

Ask yourself – what moments do you remember most in your lifetime of playing games? Was it those exceptional plays that won you the session? Maybe the lucky breaks that allowed you to capture the points you needed to eke out a win? Perhaps exceptional moments of teamwork that [read more]

7 Quality Games with Legacy Elements

Legacy games are a fantastic way to spend time with a dedicated group. But while the series is great, messing about with Pandemic, SeaFall, or the rest of Rob Daviau’s line can become a little samey before too long. And the commitment to complete the same game time after [read more]

10 Quality Games for Would-Be Explorers

Whether you’re keen to experience the pure joy of exploring somewhere new or create a new world with some friends, board games are fantastic ways to live out your dreams. So, here are ten of our favourite games that let us scratch that journeying itch, starting with- [read more]

7 Unbeatable Feelings in Board Games

We’ve all been there. After hours of waiting, the stars have aligned, and you are ready to make the perfect play that will go down in history. Or maybe your opponent just made a massive mistake and you’re right there to make the most of it. The best games [read more]

7 Collectible Games that Won’t Break the Bank

Whether you’re looking for an affordable adventure, something that’s portable and compromise free, or just taking on your friends – card games can be a fantastic way to scratch your gaming itch. But while cards may not be costly to produce, keeping up with the meta can be [read more]

6 Games that play in under 30 minutes (we promise)

Time - like the entirety of your 100+ game collection - is precious. No matter whether you have a gap over lunch, are waiting for a takeaway to arrive, or whiling away a lazy Sunday, having something great that plays fast is a massive bonus. Being able to pull [read more]

6 Great Expansions to add to your Games

Sometimes even a classic gets a little ‘meh’. No matter whether you’re facing down a dominant strategy, stale gameplay, or overfamiliarity, it’s a tragic day when you stuff your favourite game back on your shelf for good. Thankfully, there’s a solution to hand. Picking up a quality expansion can [read more]

7 Games that Keep You Coming Back for More

Let’s be honest…how many games in your collection are gathering dust right now? Whether it’s depth, a satisfying loop, reduced downtime, or some special sauce that keeps you playing – here are some of our favourite games that are great for repeat play. No matter whether you like it [read more]

10 Stunning Games for Animal Lovers

Few things go together better than fluffy pets and masses of carboard. But, cats aside, the warm and welcoming world of board games is crammed full with a wealth of animals that can warm the cockles of even the most hardened 18XX player. So, here are ten of our [read more]

Enjoy our 10 Favourite Haunted (Cardboard) Houses

When it comes to horror tropes, there is nothing better than the thrill of a haunted house. No matter whether you grew up on a diet of scooby doo, enjoy a bit of classic terror, or just love to be scared – there’s few settings better than a haunted [read more]

Make a Splash With 10 Fantastic Undersea Games

Whether you’re keen to explore the depths or get pulled into the murk by a squamous horror, boardgames have something for every fan of the ocean. But the best the industry has to offer can sometimes be difficult to get your hands on. So, here are some of our [read more]

8 Empire Building Games for Budding Despots

While here at Rathskellers we love games that reward peace and creativity… sometimes you just want to stomp some heads throughout the ages. Or in space, we’re not picky. Thankfully, the hobby has more than its share of games that let you build a mighty empire, steamroll opponents, [read more]

10 Fantastic Games about the Great Outdoors

Sometimes it’s good to get some fresh air, but it can be more difficult than it looks. However, if you’re looking to experience the joy and vibrancy of the outdoors, picking out a game to play in the garden can help scratch your wildlife itch. So, here are ten [read more]

8 Great Dino Board Games

Let’s face it, you knew this one was coming eventually. While the Venn diagram representing a) people who love board games, and b) people who love dinosaurs is a circle, there are a number of amazing games for dino-fans across the world. Whether you want to capture, evolve, [read more]

6 Great Board Game and Film Combinations

Sometimes it’s worth adding a little extra flavour to your gaming session. This can involve playing a spooky soundtrack, providing some extra props, or sitting down to enjoy a movie as part of your evening. Picking out a quality film can help you set the tone for a game, [read more]

10 Essential Sports Games…With a Twist

Generally, the worlds of professional sports and tabletop games don’t overlap. But when they do…something truly special can happen. Combining real-world tactics and the joy of gaming, some of the best competitive games you can pick up are inspired by the world of competition. So, here are ten of [read more]

7 Ways to Get into Warhammer

For those brave enough to try The Hobby, you may be spoiled for choice…and a little intimidated. In operation since 1975, Games Workshop’s flagship Warhammer brand is undergoing an unprecedented resurgence in popularity – combining model making, painting, and wargaming into one glorious package. But with so many choices [read more]

8 Great Games for the Min-Maxers Among Us

Either a living curse or an end-game opponent, min-maxers live for victory. These players tweak their character, setup, or strategy to be incredibly good at one thing. But - like any machine operating at its absolute limits - poke them too hard and the wheels fall off. Here [read more]

8 Fantastic Games with a Quality Campaign

If you’re getting four friends over to play games on the reg…before long, someone is going to want to commit to something a little more satisfying that one-off play. Whether it’s an intensive 100+ hour campaign or a taut experience where one game impacts the next, modern games [read more]

10 Solid Boardgame Picks for Lord of the Rings Fans

An adventure you say? Better grab the Lembas, elven capes, and…cardboard? Beloved by all, it’s no surprise that Tolkien’s are a mainstay of the hobby. But, like following a magic sword as it struggles to find its target, choosing the right game for your group can be challenging. So, [read more]

10 Best Batman Boardgames

Featured in epic anthologies, TV, Film, Animation and more – the caped crusader has filtered across a huge range of media, and boardgames are no exception.  Here are our top ten favourite games that let you get behind the cowl of the dark knight detective. Starting with-  [read more]

6 Astonishing X Men Games to Play Today!

Whether it’s Jonathan Hickman revamping the world of Marvel with House of X or the ongoing rumours about mutants entering the MCU – there’s never been a better time to bring the X Men to the tabletop.  So, here are six of our favourite games for mutie lovers and some of our favourite reading material to make an evening of adamantium and optic blasts complete. Starting with-  [read more]

10 Racing Games for Speed Enthusiasts

Not know for their speed, unless they’re on a table that’s being flipped over at 90mph – most people can be forgiven for thinking that board games are a dry affair. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether you are driving a car round a track, pressing through [read more]

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