In simplest terms, a river is a large body of freshwater that flows downhill through gravity. However, from an agricultural and societal view, rivers have been the lifeblood of civilizations since people began settling and farming. Whether used to irrigate fields or transport goods to other villages, towns, and cities, rivers have helped to shape who we are as a race.
It’s no wonder there are so many good games that feature rivers. Here is a sampling of some of those games.
Compete against your fellow pioneer settlements to develop the best town along a winding river.
Carcassonne: The River
Start your Carcassonne adventure by creating a river from which to build farms, castles and roads. (And, for those of you who, like me, can never have enough Carcassonne tiles, there’s also The River II.)
A roll and write game about transporting tourists through the rivers of the frozen north.
Trade with other players amongst the floating markets of the Chao Phraya River in Thailand.
Rhein River Trade
Compete to fulfill orders for goods along one of the longest rivers in Europe.
The Great River of Catan
How does Catan have all of those lush fields without any irrigation? This Catan expansion adds a river! Place your settlements along the waterway to earn gold.
Root: The Riverfolk Expansion
The Riverfolk Company both uses and allows for the use of the river that cuts through the center of the board.
Sail steamboats down the Ulanga river, delivering goods and avoiding problems.
Small World: River World
An expansion for Small World that adds new maps with riverways teeming with pirates. Guard your harbors!