The best board, card & dice games with role playing elements 2021

Are you looking for a really good role-playing board game or board game with role-playing elements? Especially lately, many interesting and good ideas have been implemented to integrate role-playing elements into "normal" board games.

We have listed the best role-playing games for you.

What is a role-playing game?

A role-playing game (abbreviated as RPG - "Role Playing Game") is a game in which players take on the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through specific action or through a process of structured decision-making regarding character development.

Some board games incorporate elements of role-playing. One variation is that players control a character that improves over time. The second way to incorporate role-playing elements is to stimulate or inspire storytelling.

List of the best role-playing board games 2021

But now to our overview with the best role-playing board games 2021

This list was last updated on July 13, 2021. We compared 459 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Monikers

    All details for the board game Monikers and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Monikers
    • Players4 - 16 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age17+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Monikers

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Monikers" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  2. Monikers: Serious Nonsense

    All details for the board game Monikers: Serious Nonsense and similar games
    • Players4 - 20 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  3. A Fake Artist Goes to New York

    All details for the board game A Fake Artist Goes to New York and similar games
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  4. One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak

    All details for the board game One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak and similar games
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  5. One Night Ultimate Werewolf

    All details for the board game One Night Ultimate Werewolf and similar games
    • Players3 - 10 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for One Night Ultimate Werewolf

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "One Night Ultimate Werewolf" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "One Night Ultimate Werewolf" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  6. Legacy of Dragonholt

    All details for the board game Legacy of Dragonholt and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 - 999 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!60€ atAmazon.de
  7. When I Dream

    All details for the board game When I Dream and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for When I Dream
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for When I Dream

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "When I Dream" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  8. Spyfall

    All details for the board game Spyfall and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Spyfall
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Spyfall

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  9. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  10. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  11. Captain Sonar

    All details for the board game Captain Sonar and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Captain Sonar
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Captain Sonar

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  12. Spyfall 2

    All details for the board game Spyfall 2 and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Spyfall 2
    • Players3 - 12 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!18€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Spyfall 2

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall 2" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall 2" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  13. Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition

    All details for the board game Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition and similar games
    • Players5 - 68 Players
    • Playtime30 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  14. The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow

    All details for the board game The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow and similar games
    • Players8 - 18 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  15. Roll Player

    All details for the board game Roll Player and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Roll Player
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Roll Player

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Roll Player" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  16. Funemployed

    All details for the board game Funemployed and similar games
    • Players3 - 20 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  17. Frostgrave: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Frostgrave: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Freeze

    All details for the board game Freeze and similar games
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. No Thank You, Evil!

    All details for the board game No Thank You, Evil! and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de
  20. Darksiders: The Forbidden Land

    All details for the board game Darksiders: The Forbidden Land and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 180 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  21. Tales of the Arabian Nights

    All details for the board game Tales of the Arabian Nights and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Tales of the Arabian Nights

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tales of the Arabian Nights" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  22. Here to Slay

    All details for the board game Here to Slay and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  23. Stuffed Fables

    All details for the board game Stuffed Fables and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Stuffed Fables
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!65€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Stuffed Fables

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Stuffed Fables" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  24. Catacombs (Third Edition)

    All details for the board game Catacombs (Third Edition) and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Cantaloop: Book 1 – Breaking into Prison

    All details for the board game Cantaloop: Book 1 – Breaking into Prison and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime300 - 720 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de
  26. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Arkham Horror: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 4.

    More details for Arkham Horror: The Card Game
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Arkham Horror: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  27. HeroQuest

    All details for the board game HeroQuest and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for HeroQuest
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  28. Star Wars: Imperial Assault

    All details for the board game Star Wars: Imperial Assault and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Star Wars: Imperial Assault
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!135€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Star Wars: Imperial Assault

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: Imperial Assault" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  29. Catacombs

    All details for the board game Catacombs and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Catacombs
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  30. Mafia de Cuba

    All details for the board game Mafia de Cuba and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Mafia de Cuba
    • Players6 - 12 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Mafia de Cuba

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Mafia de Cuba" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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