The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s not always easy to shop for the gamer in your life. Don’t fret. I’m here to help. I’ve prepared a series of gift guides to help you navigate the waters of games and accessories that are sure to please both new and veteran gamers alike. Each guide will be tailored to a different crowd, and each of them will contain links to the other as they get posted. Whether it’s stocking stuffers you’re after or a mega game to put a smile on their face, I’ve got you covered.
Cornerstone games are the chonks. Large games that don’t fit on the shelf and take up their fair share of table space. They generally don’t have light price tags either. These are games that can form a foundation of a game collection, and are big ticket gifts for that special someone in your life.
Other 2020 Gift Guides:
[A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: D&D] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: RPGs] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Family Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Expansions] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Board Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Gaming Accessories]
Tidal Blades (y’all)
Tidal Blades is an epic worker placement game put out by Druid City Games and Skybound Games. Take place in various challenges, fight monsters, and compete to become a Tidal Blade. With an amazing world built by Mr. Cuddington and a stunning design by Tim and Ben Eisner, Tidal Blades is a game that’s had a lot of love and care put into its creation.
One of the largest and most ambitious undertakings Breaking Games has ever taken on, Dwellings of Eldervale is a gigantic worker placement game set in a world filled with giant elemental monsters, dragons, wizards, and more. This is one that might break any shelf that tries to store it as it’s packed with tons of cardboard, dice, minis, cards, tokens, and glass bits.
Dark and stunning, Etherfields is an adventure deck-building game of high adventure in a grim dream world. Containing beautiful and horrific miniatures and expandable with different story boxes containing more content than you can shake a stick at. With over 50 hours of campaign content, this is a game that should last you many exciting game nights.
Empyreal is a huge train game set in a fantasy world where players compete to create routes and deliver goods to various cities across a modular board. With tons of plastic train, cardboard resources and spellcars, and unique fantasy conductors, engineers, and other staff, Empyreal is an epic game with a set of easy to grasp and play rules. You’ll need a good amount of space to store this one. The box is a giant cube packed to the top with all that previously mentioned goodness.
TMNT: Change is Constant and City Fall are two miniatures-packed dungeon crawlers featuring everyone’s favorite turtles. Each containing a campaign book, modular board tiles, dice, tokens, and a complete set of AI cards for each villain; these games play amazingly multiplayer or even solo. There’s even an option for one player to play the villain side in a one vs. many scenarios to see which side is victorious.
Update (11/27/2020): KDM launched v1.6 with a new print run. It’s on sale for $350 for a limited time.
The grandpappy of epic games, Kingdom Death Monster, remains a grail game for many gamers out there. With a ridiculous price point ($400) and limited print runs, it’s almost impossible to get your hands on a copy anymore without paying an arm and a leg.
Then again, the Blackest Friday approaches, and it looks like it may be for sale once again.
Media personality Rob “Devar-TTY” Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of Devar-TTY’s Pawns Perspective, Dev now focuses mostly on video games and TTRPGs. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.