The best games from Thomas Lehmann 🇺🇸👨 2024

Looking for a really good game from game designer Thomas Lehmann 👨? Then we have just the thing: the list with the best Thomas Lehmann games 2024.

Who is Thomas Lehmann anyway?

Thomas Lehmann has been designing dice, card & board games since 1992. The game designer comes from the USA🇺🇸, was born in 1958 in Paris, France 🇫🇷 and currently lives in Palo Alto, California, USA🇺🇸. He is also known as "Tom Lehmann."

Lehmann's first game "Time Agent" he developed in 1992 at the age of 34 - so he has been designing games for over 32. Famous Lehmann games include Race for the Galaxy, Roll for the Galaxy & Res Arcana.

Much traveled in his childhood

Lehmann grew up in Tunisia, Indonesia, Korea and also in the USA. His formative years at the age of 5-10 were spent in Carthage, Tunisia - where he designed a game about the Phoenicians.

Studies in the USA

He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Arts from Michigan State in 1979 and a Master's degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford in 1982.

Game development part-time for the time being.

He then worked as a programmer and technical writer. In the early 1990s he started to pursue his hobby as a board game inventor more intensively but part-time - at the beginning mostly with James "Jim" Hlavaty. With him he also founded a game publishing company. First successes he could celebrate with the game Magellan (it was for example on the shortlist for the Spiel des Jahres 2002).

Even more success with Race for the Galaxy & Pandemic expansions

After developing a few more games, Race for the Galaxy was such a success in 2007 that he turned to developing card, dice, and board games full-time.

Together with Matt Leacock, Lehmann has invented several Pandemic-expansions.

How good are "Thomas Lehmann" games?

There are 6 games by Thomas Lehmann in our Top1000 games list, making Lehmann the #37 best game author out of a total of 708 authors in our database.

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List of best games by Thomas Lehmann 2024

In this list we have listed the best board games that Thomas Lehmann either designed himself - or was involved in designing.

Unfortunately, not all of Thomas Lehmann's games are currently available. In the following list you can find all dice, board & card games by Thomas Lehmann that you can buy 2024:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 33 board games for this list and selected the top 17. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Res Arcana

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    Embark on a mystical journey into the enchanting world of Res Arcana, where mages harness the powers of Life, Death, Elan, Calm, and Gold to shape their destiny. Prepare your place of power and engage in a strategic contest to achieve victory.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Res Arcana
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  2. Race for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Race for the Galaxy and similar games

    Race for the Galaxy is a captivating card game that immerses players in the challenge of building galactic civilizations. In this race through the cosmos, players use game cards to represent worlds, technologies, and developments as they strive for supremacy. Let's delve into the gameplay and discover what makes Race for the Galaxy unique.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    More details for Race for the Galaxy
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  3. Roll for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Roll for the Galaxy and similar games

    Roll for the Galaxy is a dice-based strategy game for 2-5 players, where dice represent the populace tasked with building a space empire. It's a dice adaptation of the popular card game Race for the Galaxy.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Roll for the Galaxy
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  4. Jump Drive

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    Jump Drive propels players into the vast expanse of the Race for the Galaxy universe through a swift and engaging card game. In this game of galactic expansion, players harness the power of the Jump Drive to explore new worlds, develop advanced technologies, and establish a dominant space empire. Players aim to find potent card combinations that propel their civilizations to prosperity and victory. As a standalone game, Jump Drive offers a more streamlined and quicker gameplay experience compared to its predecessor, Race for the Galaxy, making it accessible to newcomers while still challenging seasoned players with its strategic depth.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Jump Drive
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. The City

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for The City
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The City

    • YouTube Review for the game "The City" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "The City" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe

    All details for the board game Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe and similar games

    Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe is a compact and quick-playing version of the beloved cooperative game Pandemic. Set against the backdrop of Europe, this iteration maintains the core mechanics of the original game but in a streamlined format that's ideal for players looking for a shorter game time and greater portability.

    More details for Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Favor of the Pharaoh

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    Favor of the Pharaoh immerses players in ancient Egypt, where even a humble peasant could catch the eye of the Pharaoh. This game for 2–4 participants is all about ascending through the social hierarchy by accumulating influence, symbolized by dice and special abilities. The ultimate goal? To gain the Pharaoh's favor and win the game.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Favor of the Pharaoh
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. New Frontiers

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    New Frontiers is a standalone strategy game that expands the Race for the Galaxy universe into new realms of empire building and exploration. Players vie to construct the most powerful galactic empire by strategically selecting actions that benefit all, but with a special advantage to the chooser.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for New Frontiers
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Dice Realms

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Dice Realms
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Jericho

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age

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    More details for Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Ciúb

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. 1846: The Race for the Midwest

    All details for the board game 1846: The Race for the Midwest and similar games

    1846: The Race for the Midwest is a distinguished title within the 18xx series of board games, focusing on the strategic development and expansion of railway companies across the Midwestern United States during the period of westward expansion. This game combines elements of route building, stock trading, and financial management, offering a deep and immersive experience that challenges players to think like investors and railway magnates.

    More details for 1846: The Race for the Midwest
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  14. Pizarro & Co.

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Pizarro & Co.
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Pizarro & Co.

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pizarro & Co." by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  15. Middle Kingdom

    All details for the board game Middle Kingdom and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Starship Merchants

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Phoenicia

    All details for the board game Phoenicia and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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