Brian Holland

by Brian Holland

It’s not always easy when it comes to deciding what to do on February 14th- some of us have dates, some of us will fly solo, some of us will spend time with friends, and some of us might even ignore the holiday all together.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day, we can guarantee your experience will be enriched by adding some games to your schedule!

We recommend cuddling up with some tabletop fun to wile away the hours. Here are a few titles suited to this particular holiday.

Fog of Love
We would certainly be remiss if we didn’t mention Fog of Love on Valentine’s Day! The quintessential RomCom Simulator, Fog of Love thrusts two players head-first into a romantic relationship roleplay. You’ll build characters with each other, determine secret objectives and personality traits, and respond to scenes, dramas and plot twists while doing your best to both remain compatible with your partner, and achieve your own objectives.

If the real-world storytelling of Fog of Love doesn’t quite suit you and your partner, then embark into the Weird West of Grimslingers! In this narrative-driven card game, players build characters from a choice of classes, races and evocative art, before setting off on an epic adventure of bandits, cowboys, giant scorpions and maybe aliens (it’s hard to tell).

Lucidity: Six Sided Nightmares
If you love fast games and lots of dice rolling, then you and your partner will enjoy diving deep into dream in Lucidity! A push-your-luck game filled with evocative imagery, Lucidity sees players extracting the power of dreams deep inside their subconscious- but don’t delve too deep, or you’ll become a Nightmare with cool powers! So… don’t do it. Right?

Codenames: Duet
Codenames took the tabletop world by storm two years ago, and has since spawned many iterations, such as Disney, Marvel and Pictures editions. Duet changes the games to make it a two-player cooperative experience, removing the need for large groups in order to build teams. Still using a modular board, Duet has stacks of replayability, and is best paired with a fine Rosé and box of chocolates.

7 Wonders Duel
The epic love story of Antony and Cleopatra can be yours! Perhaps with a gritty-reboot twist: Antony VS Cleopatra! In this reimagining of the classic 7 Wonders, comes 7 Wonders: Duel from designers Antoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala. Designed specifically for two players, in 7 Wonders Duel, you will go head-to-head with your opponent to gather resources, muster your military and build the eponymous 7 wonders. Just remember to be nice to your partner as you crush their dreams of having the most majetic domain in the ancient world!

No game embodies romance and love than Pandemic, a cooperative experience where players work together to stop the world from succumbing to a rampant and powerful virus. While this may sound slightly sarcastic, Pandemic encourages players to work together, time their responses, and collaborate to find the most efficient solutions to massive problems- all skills everyone can use when navigating both a relationship, and the world-ending threats of Pandemic.

Ultimate Werewolf: Legacy
Some of us have more than one partner, or may enjoy spending Valentine’s Day with a bunch of friends. A big game with a focus on deductive reasoning and ongoing consequences is a great way to spend the night! Ultimate Werewolf: Legacy brings the very familiar Werewolf game into the legacy genre. With a big, leather diary in which to record the changes and outcomes, not only will you have an easy-to-reference guide for future games, you’ll also have a great memento to keep on your shelf to reminisce about the time your friends and/or lovers were lying to you about murdering people in the village.