When most people think of board games they think of things like Monopoly, Risk, and Scrabble. In the right context these are all decent games, but there’s a general stigma that compared to video games, board games are fairly dull.
In actuality, there’s a huge world of board games beyond the mainstream “classics”, games that cater to all different manners of play styles and tastes, putting you in control of everything from city-wrecking monsters to cosmic aliens and more.
An even stranger notion is the fact that some of the most popular video game franchises in the world have also jumped in on the board game action. Just how exactly do video game mechanics translate to pieces of cardboard and player tokens? In many instances, a lot better than you’d think…
Here are nine video games you didn’t know were turned into board games (and how they work).