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Board Games Featuring Time

Some people might think that board games are a waste of time, but we know differently – board games are an incredible way to spend time!

The passing of time is present in many board games, just think how you can send your family out for the day collecting wood in Caverna and Stone Age, or the use of seasons in Cartographers and, well, Seasons.

Some games, however, have time woven through their theme or mechanics, using the ticking seconds (literally or figuratively) as a way of keeping the players on their toes. These are games that play with time in interesting ways.

Thebes

2007
Become an archaeologist to study humanity’s past, but who can be the best excavator over the years?
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Fresco

2010
Buy and mix paints to restore a Renaissance fresco and earn the Bishop's favor, but make sure you balance getting up early to grab the best paints against keeping your apprentices happy and rested.
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Timeline

2012
Think you can place history events, inventions and discoveries in the correct date order? Great, you’ll do well at Timeline!
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Back to the Future: Back in Time

2020
Make sure everything happens as it should in this lovingly recreated homage to the best time travel movie ever made.
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Feierabend

2020
Fight for better rights for your factory workers, organising strikes to reduce their working hours (down from 70 hours per week!), gain holiday time, and close the gender gap.
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Andrew Holmes

Andrew Holmes is a husband, father, scientist, poet and, of course, gamer who lives in Wales, works in England and owns a Scottish rugby shirt. He has never passed up a challenge to play Carcassonne.

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