Play these three Dune table games while you wait for Dune 2
Denis Villenueve’s adaptation of Dune arrived last weekend and it’s a success on all fronts. The critics loved it. Old fans passionately discussed how well the film worked. New fans have created memes that have flooded the internet.
With the announcement of the second half of the original story’s theatrical adaptation, it’s time to go on standby again. Fortunately, there are several excellent table games in the Dune universe that will help fans pass the time until Dune 2 releases (hopefully) on October 20, 2023.
Dune: a game of conquest and diplomacy
I covered the classic Dune board game in a previous article. It still stands the test of time as one of the great slow-burning strategy games, full of deals, betrayals, and moments when the Fates laugh as big plans go up in smoke. Gale Force Nine took the opportunity to look at the game through a modern design lens and released a new version, Dune: a game of conquest and diplomacy as a more direct link to the film
If the 2019 version looked something like Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, it was mostly a cosmetic upgrade with some gameplay tweaks, this version of Dune looks more like Star Wars: Squadrons trying to capture the feel of a classic game while injecting modern elements to improve it. Classic elements like the Sandstorm and the Battle Wheel are there, but the gameplay is tightened up so players are pitting themselves against each other much sooner. The 2-4 player experience aims for 1-2 hours instead of the all-day affair of the original. After the first or two games, he does reach this length.
Secret traitor games have been going well with sci-fi over the past few decades. What started as werewolf and Mafia evolved into classics like Resistance and Battlestar Galactica. The intrigues played and the secrets kept Dune make this kind of game a natural for a licensed game and Dune: Betrayal fits the genre well.
The players are split into two teams and two roles between Fighter and Noble and House Atreides and House Harkonnen. Players must deduce the role and house of each player to plan their strategies. Instead of focusing on a single traitor, the challenge is to determine who wants your actions to succeed and who wants you to fail. It’s a short game with a lot of seats that is great for watching parties or as an opening for a board game night.
Dune: Adventures in the Imperium
People who want to play characters in the Dune the universe will find Dune: Adventures in the Imperium a wonderful narrative experience. Rather than creating characters defined by their strength or wisdom, characters are defined by their values and truths. Being a fierce fighter isn’t as important as fighting like something your character believes in, and characters will have their beliefs challenged as the game unfolds. The characters serve the same house they create at the start of the game, allowing players and the game master to define how they want to explore the setting together.
The game is available in a standard edition as well as collector versions featuring House Atreides, Harkonnen, and Corrino. It also includes information from the entire series of books, but is not tied to a specific game era. The company recently announced Sand and dust, a reference book detailing the planet Arrakis.
All of the games in this item are available direct from vendors or wherever good table games are sold.