The best games with irregular and/or unpredictable events 2021

Looking for a really good game with irregular and/or unpredictable events? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best event games 2021.

What are games with random events?

In this list you will find games with events or actions that are beyond the control of the players and have an immediate effect, change the state of the game or influence subsequent actions.

In the Board Game World, "Random Events" are sometimes called "happenings".

Examples of games with irregular and/or unpredictable events

A good example of an event game is Galaxy Trucker. Here, during your journey through space, you repeatedly encounter random events such as pirate attacks or an unknown planet.

List of the best event games 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 225 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

    All details for the board game Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  2. Zombie Teenz Evolution

    All details for the board game Zombie Teenz Evolution and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Zombie Teenz Evolution
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 25 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Zombie Teenz Evolution

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Zombie Teenz Evolution" von "The Dice Tower"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Zombie Teenz Evolution" von "The Dice Tower"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Zombie Teenz Evolution" von "Meeple University"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Zombie Teenz Evolution" von "Meeple University"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Zombie Teenz Evolution" von "Scorpion Masqué"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Zombie Teenz Evolution" von "Scorpion Masqué"Sprache
  3. Forgotten Waters

    All details for the board game Forgotten Waters and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Forgotten Waters
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!52€ atAmazon.de
  4. The Downfall of Pompeii

    All details for the board game The Downfall of Pompeii and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for The Downfall of Pompeii
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!70€ atAmazon.de
  5. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. Galaxy Trucker

    All details for the board game Galaxy Trucker and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Galaxy Trucker
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  7. Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age17+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  8. Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

    All details for the board game Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  9. Twilight Struggle

    All details for the board game Twilight Struggle and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

    More details for Twilight Struggle
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  10. Nations: The Dice Game

    All details for the board game Nations: The Dice Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Nations: The Dice Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Nations: The Dice Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Nations: The Dice Game" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  11. Evolution: Climate

    All details for the board game Evolution: Climate and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Evolution: Climate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Evolution: Climate" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Evolution: Climate" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  12. In Magnificent Style: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg

    All details for the board game In Magnificent Style: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and similar games
    • Players1 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. Nanty Narking

    All details for the board game Nanty Narking and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!74€ atAmazon.de
  14. The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire

    All details for the board game The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  15. Spirit Island

    All details for the board game Spirit Island and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 1.

    More details for Spirit Island
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  16. Dungeons & Dragons: Adventure Begins

    All details for the board game Dungeons & Dragons: Adventure Begins and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  17. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  18. Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno

    All details for the board game Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  19. This War of Mine: The Board Game

    All details for the board game This War of Mine: The Board Game and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    🔥 Deal: 14% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for This War of Mine: The Board Game
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 120 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!31€ atAmazon.de
  20. The Pillars of the Earth

    All details for the board game The Pillars of the Earth and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 6.

    More details for The Pillars of the Earth
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  21. Castle Itter

    All details for the board game Castle Itter and similar games
    • Players1 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. Maracaibo

    All details for the board game Maracaibo and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Maracaibo
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  23. Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs

    All details for the board game Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  24. Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem

    All details for the board game Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem and similar games
    • Players3 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  25. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

    All details for the board game Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  26. Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61

    All details for the board game Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61 and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. In the Year of the Dragon

    All details for the board game In the Year of the Dragon and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime75 - 100 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  28. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage

    All details for the board game Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime40 - 200 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  29. Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

    All details for the board game Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  30. Code Triage

    All details for the board game Code Triage and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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