5 Board Games for Book Lovers

These board games are just what book lovers need to get immersed in their favorite stories. Go check these out for a new and unique literary experience!

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Have you ever perused the shelves of Target for a fun board game to take home and play on a rainy night, but didn’t find any that struck your fancy? Are you an avid reader who wants to branch out? Or are you someone who finds the concept of board games interesting enough to click on this article? Whatever the reason, go check out these board games for a new and unique literary experience.


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1. 221B Baker Street Master Detective Game

Sherlock Holmes fans should definitely look at this board game. In this game, each player assumes the role of Holmes and competes with the other players to see who has the best skills of deduction. Here’s how it works: for each case, there is a card that tells you about a crime, possible suspects, and a list of locations involved in that crime. Clues are hidden throughout London (the board game London, not the real one, though that would be an epic game), and players must collect them as they try to answer the questions posed by the case. The first player to use those deductive reasoning skills to figure out the correct answers and return to 221 B Baker Street with the solution is the winner.

The best part about 221B Baker Street Master Detective Game? There are seventy-five different cases for you to take on and solve. And with a playing time of an hour to an hour and half, that’s a ton of content for you and one-to-five other people to explore and experience. Go grab your friends or family and go check out this great literary board game!



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2. The Masque of the Red Death

In this board game adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story ‘The Masque of Red Death,’ you can play as a noble at a magnificent masquerade ball. As you try to increase your social standing, gossip flies, rumors swirl, and the clock creeps ever closer to midnight. With the intense sense of unease and the growing awareness of the inevitability of death signature to this story, this board game will give you an experience you’ll never forget. You must balance your actions to keep Prince Prospero’s favor while avoiding the Red Death. After all, as the game says, “having the highest social standing only matters if you survive…”

Fans of horror and Edgar Allan Poe should definitely go check out The Masque of the Red Death board game for some intense suspense and a thrilling ride.



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3. Eldritch Horror

Eldritch Horror is a board game based on, as you can probably guess, the existential horror of H.P. Lovecraft. The players will be part of a team of unlikely heroes attempting to stop the oncoming darkness. You’ll need to defeat otherworldly monsters, travel to Other Worlds, and solve mysteries of unspeakable horror. But you have to, because “if you fail, the Ancient One will awaken and rain doom upon the known world.”



This narrative adventure game will suck you into the mystery and horror of H.P. Lovecraft’s world. You can discover the true name of Azathoth, battle Cthulhu, solve ancient mysteries, discover the lore behind horrible, loathsome creatures, and so much more. If you’re looking for a worlds-spanning horror adventure, go check out Eldritch Horror.


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4. The Lord of the Rings—Journeys in Middle-Earth

In this immersive board game, you can form your own fellowship just like in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. First you choose from one of six iconic heroes from the series, and increase your power and customize your skills as you adventure through the game. With twenty-two beautiful map tiles, you’ll be sure to be immersed in your surroundings as you do battle and test your might against twenty-five sculpted miniatures of your enemies.

This game has so much ground to cover and content to explore, including multiple side quests. To further enhance your experience, you can also download the companion app, which will guide you through the intense landscape and world of Middle-Earth, while also controlling the enemies you’ll encounter for another level of immersion. Seriously, if you’re a fan of adventure, heroes, fantasy, or The Lord of the Rings, go check out this game!


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5. Fury of Dracula

Fury of Dracula is an interesting twist of a board game adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This game is full of deduction and gothic horror, with suspense and intrigue throughout your entire playing experience. The players can take the role of one of the hunters in the book and work together to stop the count, avoid his traps, and destroy him! You’ll investigate, prepare, and then eventually fight Dracula. If you’re looking for a suspenseful adventure, you can definitely find that with Fury of Dracula.

What else can you find with Fury of Dracula? Well, you can play as one of the hunters, but you can also play as Dracula. During the night, you’ll lay traps for the hunters, sire new vampires, and lead your enemies on a wild goose chase as they struggle to overpower you. With unique talents and powers, you’ll be laughing maniacally as your enemies scramble behind you, utterly clueless. And if you manage to extend your influence across all of Europe, you win! So, whether you want to be a valiant hero or a horror villain, go collect some allies (or enemies) and check out Fury of Dracula.



These board games are just what book lovers need to fully immerse themselves in their favorite stories. All you need for an amazing experience is a couple people, a few hours, and a fantastic sense of adventure. So go grab one of these and have a great time.


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