Top board games and accessories of the week: Skyrise, Arcana Core dice, and more

Keep game night lively and fun with this week's list of top board games for family game night. From fancy dice to herbaceous folklore, they'll impress the whole family.

Top board games and accessories of the week: Skyrise, Arcana Core dice, and more
Skyrise is an RPG for visionaries

Is Sunday night game night at your house? Well, kudos, because game nights are great for family bonding and inspire a healthy dose of competition. But, if you’ve played Monopoly for the umpteenth time, it might be time to update your game closet with some of these top board games for family game nights.

We’ve got some great suggestions in this week’s roundup. From gorgeous dice vaults to an RPG about herblore, they’re sure to inject your play with extra fun and intrigue. Let’s check them out.

Skyrise

Skyrise trailer

If you love Sébastien Pauchon’s 2008 Metropolys, then Skyrise is a natural continuation. Created by Roxley Games, this engaging board game places you as a visionary enlisted to help create Skyrise, a magical city in the sky.

Skyrise will be dedicated to art, beauty, and science. You direct the building efforts with your own designs as well as with those inspired by artwork from your homeland. Based on auctions, faction discs, and bluffing, it’s an intriguing way to spend an evening.

Preorder it for about $49 on Kickstarter.

The Enchanted Vault & Other Dice

Top board games and accessories of the week: Skyrise, Arcana Core dice, and more
The Enchanted Vault & Other Dice glisten in sunshine

Are dice games a regular part of your family game nights? Then you’ll want to check out The Enchanted Vault & Other Dice by Everything Dice. Known around the internet for handmade dice, the company’s latest product is a hardwood dice vault decorated with bright splashes of resin.

The premium black walnut wood case holds dice up to 25 mm in size, so it’s great for both regular and oversized dice. Lined in soft gray velvet on both the top and bottom, it’ll keep your prized dice in pristine condition.

Speaking of dice, you’ll want to pair a box this beautiful with equally gorgeous dice. The company has 12 new handmade designs that match the vaults, including Dreamwalker, Sorcerer Ascendant, Great Wave, and more.

These game accessories start at $89 on Kickstarter.

Arcana Core Musical Dice

Top board games and accessories of the week: Skyrise, Arcana Core dice, and more
Arcana Core Musical Dice in brass

Add a magical, musical effect to your dice games with the Arcana Core Musical Dice. Thanks to their free-floating internal cores, these tuned dice ring like bells when a player tosses them.

Created by a Denver-based dice maker with a background in audio engineering, these dice are the result of hours of experimentation. Meanwhile, the detailed production process ensures they are highly balanced and uniformly fair, which is why the made our list of top board games for family game nights.

Preorder a single brass die for $37 on Kickstarter

Herbarium

Top board games and accessories of the week: Skyrise, Arcana Core dice, and more
Herbarium promotional image

Love botanical mythology and folklore? Then you’ll have hours of fun playing Herbarium, a 5th-edition supplement. It introduces foraging mechanics, over 60 real plants, and a guide to creating fictional plants with their own 5th-edition properties.

DMs and players alike will appreciate the full content. The book boasts over 100 pages of text that explain a foraging system, real plants and their legends, new subclasses, character backgrounds, and much more.

Want to help bring Herbarium to life? Pledge about $22 toward its Kickstarter campaign.

Kalymba RPG

Top board games and accessories of the week: Skyrise, Arcana Core dice, and more
Kalymba game components

Anyone who appreciates cultural folklore will want to check out Kalymba, a tabletop RPG. Inspired by African cultures and mythologies, the book introduces you to legends, gods, and mysterious creatures.

The rule system is easy to learn but quite customizable. As you play, you’ll experience adventures in a beautiful yet mysterious world. You’ll fight for your people, combat monsters, and honor your ancestors as you fight to become a legend.

Contribute $45 to Kalymba’s Kickstarter campaign to secure the hardcover book and other game components.

Take game night to the next level

If your family loves mythology-based RPGs, Kalymba and Herbarium certainly have you covered thanks to their immersive background stories. Meanwhile, if your family loves dice games, the Enchanted Vault and the Arcana Dice are true must-haves.

Keep your Sunday night game tradition going strong with any of the board games for family game nights on this list.

Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she's not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters.
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