Gloomhaven is a great example of a legacy board game

Legacy Board Games

Epic Legacy Board Games from The Board Game Box

A legacy board game is one in which you play like any other board game but the rules and the componenets that you use change over time and as you play through the game. These board games take on a much more narrative style of play where the players make decisions that will effect both the outcome of the current game and any subsequent plays of the game, those future plays being different in both rules and objectives. A legacy board game provides an experience that is more akin to a role playing game, and in some cases the components in the game are written on, ripped or completely destroyed as well as some of the legacy board game components being hidden until players get to that stage in the game's story.

Top 10 legacy board games

Gloomhaven

Gloomhaven is a game of Euro-inspired tactical combat in a persistent world of shifting motives. Players will take on the role of a wandering adventurer with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for traveling to this dark corner of ...

1 - 4

players

60 - 120

minutes

12+

ages

Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated extends the deck-building fun of Clank! with legacy-style gameplay! Found your own franchise of the legendary adventuring company Acquisitions Incorporated, and shepherd your fledgling treasure-hunters to immo...

2 - 4

players

90 - 120

minutes

13+

ages

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Pandemic Legacy is a co-operative campaign game, with an overarching story-arc played through 12-24 sessions, depending on how well your group does at the game. At the beginning, the game starts very similar to basic Pandemic, in which your team of d...

2 - 4

players

60 - 60

minutes

13+

ages

Aeon's End: Legacy

“You are not breach mages yet,” Brama lectures as she paces down the line of students, her frail form belying her immense power. “Breach mages have protected us since the beginning — since the burning of the world and our pilg...

1 - 4

players

45 - 90

minutes

14+

ages

Arkeis

History is full of secrets... As they explore an ancient Egyptian tomb, a team of archaeologists and adventurers stumble upon a mystery that History forgot. To uncover the truth, they will have to delve deeper and deeper in the pyramids, dod...

1 - 5

players

60 - 60

minutes

10+

ages

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

Description from the publisher: The world almost ended 71 years ago... The plague came out of nowhere and ravaged the world. Most died within a week. Nothing could stop it. The world did its best. It wasn't good enough. For...

2 - 4

players

60 - 60

minutes

14+

ages

The King's Dilemma

The King's Dilemma is an interactive narrative experience with legacy elements, featuring several branching storylines leading to many possible finales and an evolving deck of event cards at its core. Players represent the various houses leading the ...

3 - 5

players

45 - 60

minutes

14+

ages

Betrayal Legacy

Betrayal Legacy marries the concept of Betrayal at House on the Hill — exploring a haunted mansion — with the permanency and multi-game storytelling exhibited by Daviau's Risk Legacy and other legacy games that followed. Betrayal Legacy c...

3 - 5

players

45 - 90

minutes

12+

ages

The Rise of Queensdale

"Build me a castle! Build me a city worthy of my Queen!" Your King's wish is your command, so you decide to travel into the valley of Queensdale, collect raw materials, build buildings, and take fate into your own hands. Fame and fortune ar...

2 - 4

players

45 - 60

minutes

12+

ages

Charterstone

The prosperous Kingdom of Greengully, ruled for centuries by the Forever King, has issued a decree to its citizens to colonize the vast lands beyond its borders. In an effort to start a new village, the Forever King has selected six citizens for the ...

1 - 6

players

45 - 75

minutes

14+

ages

Divinity Original Sin the Board Game

Divinity Original Sin: The Board Game is an epic adventure game set in the world of Rivellon. Up to 4 players take their heroes on a branching, narrative adventure, filled with tactical combat and meaningful choices. Players read from a stor...

1 - 4

players

45 - 120

minutes

10+

ages

Risk Legacy

This description is spoiler free, containing nothing outside the initial rulebook for the game. Details on why this is important in the description. Risk Legacy represents what is if not a new, at least a rare concept to boardgaming: campaig...

3 - 5

players

60 - 60

minutes

13+

ages

Dragonfire

Description from the publisher: Dragonfire is a cooperative deck-building game set within the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Players choose from a number of races — from dwarf to elf, half-orc to human — while assuming the quin...

2 - 6

players

60 - 90

minutes

13+

ages

Ultimate Werewolf Legacy

Ultimate Werewolf is an interactive game of deduction for two teams: villagers and werewolves. The villagers don't know who the werewolves are, and the werewolves are trying to remain undiscovered while they slowly eliminate the villagers one at a ti...

8 - 16

players

60 - 60

minutes

13+

ages

Shadowrun: Crossfire

The shadows of the Sixth World have every kind of danger you can imagine: ultra-violent gangers, flesh-eating ghouls, mages that summon spirits from toxic waste, backstabbing corporate raiders, hard-nosed police officers, and even dragons. You don't ...

1 - 4

players

30 - 60

minutes

13+

ages

Eila and Something Shiny

Deep in the forest, an innocent rabbit - Eila is attracted by something shiny on the hill. With courage and passion, she sets out on a journey to find the mysterious light and you will be in her role to experience this wonderful adventure story. Make...

1

players

30 - 45

minutes

7+

ages

Machi Koro Legacy

Machi Koro Legacy features the same gameplay as Machi Koro. You are still rolling dice, you are still collecting income, and you are still racing to build landmarks — but then you unlock the [censored] and you start earning a little extra incom...

2 - 4

players

30 - 45

minutes

10+

ages

Trick Legacy

Trick Legacy takes you on a journey through traditional trick-taking games, by altering core mechanics and individual player abilities from one game to the next. At various points throughout the campaign you will find similarities to popular trick-ta...

2 - 6

players

30 - 30

minutes

12+

ages

SeaFall

SeaFall is a 4X-inspired game (without player elimination/extermination) set in an "age of sail" world reminiscent of our world. In SeaFall, the world is starting to claw its way out of a dark age and has begun to rediscover seafar...

3 - 5

players

120 - 180

minutes

14+

ages

We Didn't Playtest This: Legacies

You may be familiar with our very silly card game "We Didn't Playtest This at All". It is silly, quick, and fun. We have an interesting idea on how to expand it: designing a version of Playtest that benefits from you writing on the cards!...

2 - 15

players

1 - 10

minutes

12+

ages

Underworld

Underworld is a cooperative fantasy board game about establishing a colony in a newly discovered land that is hostile, dangerous and full of riches. The players will lead a band of rugged adventurers on perilous expeditions to explore the surrounding...

1 - 4

players

90 - 999

minutes

10+

ages

Adventure Ink: Five Factions of Filigree

Adventure Ink: Five Factions of Filigree is a cooperative storytelling game where Players embark on an adventure in the world of Filigree. Player characters form an Adventuring Party that interacts with the inhabitants of Filigree and with each other...

1 - 6

players

60 - 120

minutes

12+

ages

Examples of great legacy board games

Some excellent examples of a legacy board game include Forbidden Island, Arkham Horror The Card Game or Pandemic Legacy Seasons 1 and 2. If you like to keep your board games in pristine condition and like new then some of these legacy board games are not for you!