Board games come in many different sizes, and well, different themes as well! One of our favorite themes happen to be western board games. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the best western themed board games that you can play for your next game night!
The Wild West is such a fun and interesting theme. One day we decided to incorporate this Wild West theme into our board gaming nights by purchasing some of the best western themed board games. In specific, we were looking for western board games where we could forge our way into the American Wild West by gambling money, robbing banks, fighting bandits, and becoming an outlaw. We didn’t realize how many western board games were actually on the market!
After playing through a bunch of these western themed board games, we fell in love with the theme and were hooked. That is why we decided to make a list of the best western themed board games currently on the market.
Here is a quick overview of what we feel are the best western themed board games. We will be going into each one of these western board games in more detail below!
The Best Western Themed Board Games:
- Western Legends
- Colt Express
- Great Western Trail
- Carson City
- Tiny Epic Western
- Spurs: A Tale In The Old West
- Walnut Grove
- Dice Town
- Shadows of Brimstone: Frontier Town Expansion
See why we love each of these western board games below!
9 BEST WESTERN BOARD GAMES
Here are 9 of the best western themed board games we have played so far. As we play more western board games, we will be sure to add them to this list. If you have any suggestions on other Wild West board games we should play, be sure to leave a comment after reading this article!
1. WESTERN LEGENDS
Western Legends is a fun “sandbox” game that throws you into the Western theme. This western themed board game consists of hunting down outlaws, rustling cattle, robbing banks, prospecting gold, and pretty much doing everything you would expect in a western themed game.
This board game has beautiful artwork, and the presentation of the game components really brings this highly thematic game to life. Choose your path wisely and grow your legendary status within the Wild West.
You may need to make quick decisions and change your strategy on the fly as you react to other player’s gameplay and decisions. Choose from 12 different characters with unique backgrounds for a starting point, but the game mostly consists of choosing your own path to victory.
2. COLT EXPRESS
When we think of Colt Express, we think of chaotic fun! Colt Express is a board game that simulates an old west train robbery using action programming and prediction. This game can lead to utter hilarity if you are playing with the right group!
Colt Express guarantees many laughs and looks great on the table. Great strategy, very replayable, and lots of great “fiddly bits”! The meeples even fit on the horses. This game is a must have game to add to your shelf of western themed board games.
3. GREAT WESTERN TRAIL
Great Western Trail is one of our favorite western themed board games as it blends so many different mechanics that we love from our other “go to” board games. There’s tile placement, deck building, and action selection.
In the Great Western Trail, you must navigate danger as you herd your cattle to Kansas City. The more cattle you herd, the more money and victory points you earn!
This board game is a great deck building / area control that has a satisfying learning curve. You also get to make many terrible cow jokes!
4. CARSON CITY
Carson City is another great western themed board game that consists of buying land, building buildings and roads, protecting your income, and buying some points.
Players choose characters each round that will give them a specific advantage. After selecting your character, you can perform different actions such as building structures, claiming ground, earning money, and scoring victory points. Don’t get caught in a duel, because the last one standing claims the goods.
5. TINY EPIC WESTERN
Tiny Epic Western is a worker placement board game mashed up with poker. You must place your workers in buildings to gather resources, and at the end of each round you partake in a few rounds of three-card poker.
In this “poker” game, each location is adjacent to two cards from a specialized deck (four suits, numbers from 1 to 5), and the winner earns extra resources. You score points by spending resources to build buildings. It’s a very cool and unique worker placement game that is tons of fun!
6. SPURS: A TALE IN THE OLD WEST
In Spurs: A Tale in the Old West, players take on the role of adventurers in the Old West, competing to handle various challenges to become a true Legend of the West.
Players must take turns moving around the game board, carrying out different activities in the Wild West. Search for wanted outlaws, escort stagecoaches, seek out wildlife, search for gold, or gamble in the saloon.
Be careful though, any player can challenge you to a duel and rob you of all your fortune!
7. WALNUT GROVE
Starve and freeze on the plains as you build your farm and trade your goods in town. Walnut Grove is a worker placement game that consists of players developing their own ranch by adding new land tiles to it, hiring more workers, building improvements, etc.
8. DICE TOWN
Dice Town is an awesome western themed board game that puts a hilarious twist on risk taking and gambling, As a player, you must decide if you take the risk, and you control which dice you try to hang on to. Knowing the rules of poker is a great plus, but after a few rounds, everyone will get the hang of it!
We enjoy this game tremendously, and it is one of the first games we introduce to our non-gamer friends all the time.
9. SHADOWS OF BRIMSTONE: FRONTIER TOWN EXPANSION
The Frontier Town Expansion of Shadows of Brimstone offers players the ability to dive deeper into dangerous and adventurous towns in the Wild West. You may just find yourself having a shootout with bandits trying to rob a local bank or in a duel at high noon.
There are so many variations and uniques situations in the game, anything can happen!
BEST WESTERN BOARD GAMES – WESTERN THEMED BOARD GAMES
We hope you enjoyed our list of the 9 best western board games. These western themed board games are perfect for a cowboy themed game night.
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