Stuck at home? Here is a list of free tabletop games that you can either play digitally or Print and Play to keep you busy during Coronavirus lockdown.
To help encourage folks to stay at home and play at home, and to help combat the continent-wide case of cabin fever that we’ve got brewing up, many publishers and game designers have started offering free games online.
From board games and card games to miniature games, from indie to mainstream, from expansions to stand alone games, this list has a bit of everything — aka any tabletop gamer should be able to find SOMETHING to help keep them occupied while social distancing.
I think print and play board games and free apps are a pretty cool way to help support fans, and our favourite hobby, during these exceptional times.
I have been spotting these tabletop gaming freebies all over the web, on Facebook pages, on Twitter, on Board Game Geek, you name it, and I thought it might be helpful to round them all up in one place.
This list is a work in progress. I will be updating it as I continue to find more games available for free (Last updated October 2nd).
If you’ve spotted a free to play board game, card game or other tabletop goodies that I’ve missed please let me know.
I’ve also made a list of over 50 free roleplaying games that are available for free right now.
If you’re looking for sites online that allow you to play digital versions of boardgames for free, check out this article where I compare and review three of the most popular online tabletop gaming sites.
Free Board Games and Card Games Available Online, sorted by publisher
Academe Games, and designer Uwe Eickert, are offering a Solo Mission Book for Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 with ten converted solo missions (base game required).
APA Board Games
Arcane Wonders, and designer Jon Perry, are offering a temporary print and play version of Air, Land & Sea.
Asmodee is offering free print and play version of some of their most popular family games:
- 7 Wonders Duel, solo variant
- Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger
- Choose Your Own Adventure: War with the Evil Power Master
- Combo Color demo
- Concept demo
- Concept Kids, Animals demo
- Cortex Challenge Demo
- Dobble / Spot It! demo kit
- Match Up
- One Key demo
- Rory Story Cubes demo
- Timeline Classic Demo
- Time’s Up! Kids
- Unlock! Escape Room Adventures
They have also released a solo challenge version of Nusfjord which uses some of the cards from the upcoming Salmon Deck expansion (haven’t tried it yet, I think this requires the base game and rules).
They continue to add more games, keep an eye on their print and play page.
Asmodee is also offering several of their games for free in digital format:
- Ascension ( Apple App Store | Google Play )
- Onitama ( Apple App Store | Google Play )
- Onirim ( Apple App Store | Google Play | Steam )
Bicycle has released print and play editions of It’s Blunderful, Tattoo Stories, and Pokeno. They’ve also put out Gin Rummy score sheets, a printable cribbage board, printable poker chips and more. You can find all of this on the Print and Play page of their website.
Big Potato is offering print and play versions of several games, including:
- Don’t Get Got: Working From Home Edition
- Mr Lister’s Quiz Shootout
- Obama Llama (UK Version) or Goat on a Boat (USA Version)
They are also offering a couple of free apps:
Blue Orange Games
Blue Orange Games, and designer Bruno Cathala, are offering a free print and play expansion for Kingdomino, Kingdomino: The Court.
Blue Orange Games, and designer Bruno Cathala, are offering a free print, colour, and play edition of Okiya.
Button Shy Games
Button Shy has released several free Print and Play games:
- Hierarchy (B&W Kickstarter preview edition)
- Twin Stars: Adventure Series I (solo game)
- Twin Stars: SYZYGY Mode, expansion (single player campaign mode, base game required)
- Chain Mail: Base Game
- Chain Mail: The Sacred Mask Adventure Kit(base game required)
- Circle the Wagons: Wildest West and More Lone Cowboy expansion (base game required)
- Jasper and Zot (solo game)
- Nytelyfe Solitaire
- Seasons of Rice Demo/Preview
- Food Chain Island (Kickstarter preview edition)
- NEW – Cityline
- NEW – Agropolis (Kickstarter preview edition)
C3i Magazine is offering an ebook edition of issue Nr 25, which includes a standalone game: Battle for Moscow.
They are also offering a special ebook edition scenario for Pandemic. COVID-19: A Pandemic Scenario, quote: “introduces a new Action – Social Distancing – which allows players to explore the costs and benefits of this activity in a cooperative game environment”.
Carcassonne & Co / Hans im Glück Verlag
Carcassonne is offering Carcassonne: The Land Surveyors mini-expansion, available as a free print and play.
They are also offering solo variant rules for Carcassonne (it says “Not available for purchase” scroll down and look to the left to find the free download link).
They are also offering Hadara: The Plague Doctors mini-expansion as a free print and play.
Casual Game Revolution
Casual Game Revolution is offering a free copy of Casual Game Insider which includes a full print and play of the game Banned Books from Button Shy.
Catan Studios is offering a number of free print and play Catan scenarios and add ons:
- #WeStayHome mini expansion
- Easter Bunny scenario
- 2-Player variant rules for Catan
- Hostel card for Rivals for Catan
You can find these, as well as teleconference backgrounds, virtual play instructions and more at their CATAN #StayAndPlay page.
Cheapass Games has released over 30 of their classic games as free print and plays.
- Kill Doctor Lucky
- Before I Kill You, Mister Spy…
- Ben Hvrt
- Bleeding Sherwood
- Get Out
- The Very Clever Pipe Game
- Give Me The Brain
- Lord of the Fries
- Parts Unknown
- Devil Bunny Bunnanza
- The Big Cheese
- Fight City
- Escape From Elba
- The Great Brain Robbery
- The Doctor Lucky Ambivalence Pack
- Witch Trial
- Unexploded Cow
- U.S. Patent No.1
- Captain Park’s Imaginary Polar Expedition
- One False Step For Mankind
- Jacob Marley, Esq.
- Secret Tijuana Deathmatch
- Enemy Chocolatier
- Chief Herman’s Game Packs
- Game accessory: print your own money.
Be sure to also check out their tips on how to make print and plays.
CMON has released a print and play edition of Foodies, while it is technically free to download they ask that you make a donation to support NAACP.
They have also released a full print and play version of the out of print Xenoshift: Onslaught.
CMON has released a print and play “taster” version of Dream On, Dream On: Afternoon Nap Version.
They have also released a number of other print and plays expansions and scenarios:
- Arcadia Quest Solo Mode, Version 1.1 beta test
- scenario for Massive Darkness, The Cure.
- scenario for Massive Darkness, Lynith’s Arrival
- an additional print and play set for XenoShyft, The Brood.
- scenario for Zombicide: Black Plague, The Final Defense.
- scenario for Zombicide: Invader, Abandoned Ship
- First in Battle: A Mini-Campaign for A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniature Game (Beta mode)
- CMON has also made Airship City, available for free on Tabletop Simulator.
Cubicle 7 Entertainment
Czech Games Edition
They have also put out a video that details instructions for playing Codenames over the internet (yes, you need to own a copy of the game), as well as a video that shows how to play Trapwords remotely (again, you need to own the game).
Czech Games have released single-player variant rules for Adrenaline.
NEW – They have also released solo variant rules for Sanctum.
Days of Wonder
Days of Wonder, and game designer Sebastian Pauchon, are offering a Free Print & Play version of Corinth.
They are also offering a 1-3 player pdf scenario for Deep Blue, The Captain Returns (base game required).
As well as solo variant rules for Five Tribes (base game required).
Days of Wonder, and game designer Alan R. Moon, are offering a special print and play Stay At Home expansion for Ticket to Ride (base game required).
Need a friend to play with? Alexa can play against you on your copy of Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe (If you don’t have an Alexa device, you can download Alexa on your phone.) Say: “Alexa launch Ticket to Ride”. (Haven’t tried this personally, not sure on the details of how it works?).
Direwolf Wolf Digital
Direwolf Wold Digital is offering new solo rules for Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne (base game required).
Dr. Finn’s Games
Dr. Finn’s Games is offering a new mini-expansion for Cosmic Run: Regeneration, the Ternion Expansion Pack, as a free print and play.
They are also offering a two-player print and play adaptation of Let Them Eat Shrimp! called Let Them Eat Shapes!
Elf Creek Games
Elf Creek games is offering a Print and Play expansion for Atlantis Rising Second Edition (requires base game, free / pay what you want with proceeds going to WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund).
Eurydice Games is offering their Zombology Card Game as a free print and play.
Facade Games is offering a print and play version of Tortuga 1667.
Fantasy Flight is offering four unique Archon decks for Keyforge from the newest set: Mass Mutation. On the same page, you can also find printable tokens for using during your Keyforge games.
Fantasy Flight has released an Open Alpha of solo rules for Star Wars: X-Wing (and yes that refers to single player mode and not a certain popular smuggler).
Fantasy Flight is also offering a printable challenge scenario and parallel investigator for Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Read or Die with Daisy Walker (Arkham Horror The Care Game Core Set and The Dunwich Legacy Deluxe Expansion are both required to play)
They have also published tips for playing Arkham Horror The Card Game remotely (you need to own the game), as well as tips for building your deck for a solo campaign of Arkham Horror The Card Game (again, you need to own the game).
NEW – Fantasy Flight has released a new solo variant for Civilization: A New Dawn.
NEW – They have also released another new parallel investigator for print-and-play: “Skids” O’Toole with the All or Nothing challenge scenario.
Programmer Gavin McGruddy has created a fully playable online solo version of Calico (with Flatout Games permission) which includes the Beginner setup, as well as the first scenario.
Flying Pig Games
Flying Pig Games is offering Yaah! Magazine #8, which includes Race to the Sea 1914 from designer Hermann Luttmann.
Good Little Games
Good Little Games is a collection of free games published by Brett J. Gilbert & Matthew Dunstan, co-designers of ‘Elysium’, ‘Costa Rica, ‘Pyramids and ‘Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time’.
You can take a look at their website to check out the full list of free print and plays that they’ve produced.
Here are a few that caught my eye:
Helvetiq has released a virus-themed print and play of Bandido called Bandido COVID-19 Unwanted.
Hemisphere Games is offering a print and play of Karmaka, a unique card game that plays out over multiple lives.
Jelly Bean Games
Jellybean Games has a variety of games available for Print and Play:
- Night of the Mummy (Rules | Cards)
- Goblin Teeth
- Meow! Kitten Kabal (for families and younger players)
- Meow! The Cult of Cat (gamer version of Meow!)
- Jabberwocky, a collection of games
- Dracula’s Feast: New Blood (Rules | Cards)
- Hidden Panda
- Village Pillage (Rules | Cards)
- Show & Tile (Rules | Cards)
- Dracula’s Feast (Cards | Card Backs | Rules)
Kids Table Board Gaming
Kids Table Board Gaming is offering a free print and play version of Food Fighters.
French publisher KYF Edition has released an English Language print and play version of Fou, Fou, Fou!
Level 99 Games
Level 99 has released a free print and play edition of the first Pixel Tactics deck.
Lone Shark Games
Lone Shark Games is offering a free print and play expansion for Lords of Vegas, Underworld.
Lucky Duck Games
Ludonaute is offering a free scenario for Yggdrasil Chronicles, The Utgardloki’s Challenges.
MAD Games Ltd.
MAD Games is offering a print and play version of their latest Kickstarter game, Division: Throne Room.
Mattel is offering a print and play version of Fun-Employed (adult game, suggested 18+).
Motor City Gameworks
Odam Publishing is offering a print and play demo of Card Weaver.
One Free Elephant
One Free Elephant is offering a print and play of their “mint tin” game, Microbrew.
paradigmQ (a Portland based escape room) is offering Search of Sasquatch, a free digital escape room that you can play through at home.
Pers is offering a free print and play edition of their trading card game, Blobbiemundo (includes 7 special decks, a playmat and rulebook).
They are also offering a free print and play edition of Inkas The Legend.
Plaid Hat Games
Plaid Hat Games has released a solo mode variant for Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein.
Player Lair is offering Satchel: A Journey Unknown as a Free / Pay What You Want print and play.
Portal Games is offering free print and play scenarios for several of their games:
- Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, Suburbia standalone scenario (can be played without the base game)
- Empires of the North, 3 solo scenarios
- Neuroshima Hex 3.0, thematic plot board for Sand Runners with additional non-tournament rules
- Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write, a promo sheet for 2 players
- Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write, special Halloween sheet
- Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write, special game convention promo sheets
- Pret-a-Porter, 3 additional scenarios (2 of which were originally Kickstarter exclusives)
- First Martians, new alternative building upgrades
- 51st States, 4 additional faction boards
They have been continuing to add more content, check here for updates.
Renegade Game Studios
Renegade, and designer Shem Phillips, are offering a free print-and-play crew expansion for Explorers of the North Seas (this supports solo play and also works with the Rocks of Ruin expansion).
They are also offering free monthly scenarios for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid. There are 11 different scenarios available so far.
Renegade is also offering a free print and play edition of Wonderland (previously only available as an International Tabletop Day exclusive), designed by Danial Solis and illustrated by Beth Sobel.
Roll & Write Games
Roll & Write Games is offering several free print and play roll and write games, all available in both Spanish and English:
- Marvel Ultimate Spiderman Sinister Roll & Write
- Temple Antics
- Lightning and Thunder
- Gotham War Dice
- Gotham War Dice 2: League of Assassins vs Birds of Prey
- Pandemain: I stay in Nördlingen
- StarCraft Roll & Write
- War Dice Inhumanoids Expansion
Smart Play Games
Smart Play Games is offering Pencil Park, 2020 Edition: Pipsburg & Inkstanbul as a free print and play.
Space Cowboys is offering some printable add-ons for Splendor including new noble tiles (required base game) and a promo tiles for the Cities of Splendor expansion (requires base game and Cities of Splendor expansion).
Space Cowboys is also offering a free print and play of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective (one full case from The Thames Murders box).
They are also offering print and play resource for remote play of all three of the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective game (one play must own a copy of the game to play, others can join in remotely by printing their own copies of the clues etc): The Thames Murders | Carlton House & Queen’s Park | Jack the Ripper
As well as a free print and play of T.I.M.E. Stories Revolution (full demo game that they normally run at conventions: Damien, 1958).
Stonemaier Games is offering a free print and play of a new game designed by Jamey Stegmaier, Rolling Realms: An infinitely scaling roll-and-write game inspired by all other Stonemaier games.
Storm Chaser Games
Storm Chaser Games is offering a print and play “sampler” edition of Medium.
Story Machine Games
Story Machine Games is offering several free print and play games including:
- UPDATED – 100 Things (Print and Play)
- UPDATED – Rosetta: The Lost Language demo edition (Print and Play)
- UPDATED: Starline Industries (Print and Play |Online Card App)
- UPDATED: Wordslap (Print and Play)
- Hex Code (Print and Play)
- Roll to Escape (Player Sheet | Rules and Cards | App)
- NEW – 12 Parsecs (Print and Play)
They are continuing to add new games, keep an eye on their webpage.
Sunrise Tornado Game Studio
Tabletop Gaming Magazine
Tabletop Gaming Magazine is offering 14 free microgames that you can print and play.
- Ghost Writer by Jay Iles
- Ninja vs Robot by Experimental Playground
- Space Planes by Glenn Ford
- Passenger by Zachariah Zark
- Sports Mutants by Noah Eadie
- The Witch Is Dead by Rowan, Rook and Decard
- What Have You Done? RUN, NUN, RUN! by Matt Bear Jones
- Wreckdivers by Tim Barribeau
- Islanders by Anna Blackwell
- The Holy Moutain by Elizabeth and Jay Iles
- Death in Venice by Côme Martin
- Secret Squirrels by Anna Blackwell
- The New Gods of Babel by Brian Molina
- Word Wars by Anna Blackwell
Thunderworks Games is offering a free print and play edition of Bullfrogs.
USAopoly is offering printable solo rules for Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle.
War Games LLC
War Games is offering Rolling Plunder as a print and play game.
Z-Man Games is offering Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America as a free print and play.
Z-Man Games is offering a print and play version of Love Letter: Sender. (This is a modern spoof on Love Letter which was released on April 1st. However, it is not just a joke and is truly available as PnP.)
You can also find a printable version of the original Love Letter on the Asmodee website.
Designer Matt Leacock has released rules and tips for running a Pandemic Survival tournament over Zoom (each party taking part needs a copy of the game).
Z-Man Games is also offering printable solo rule variants for several of their games (for each of these you will need the base game):
Designer Alex Bardy is offering a black and white print and play version of his deck-building game, Aliens Ate My Planet.
Designers Ben Crenshaw and Chris Pallace have released a print and play version of Numbers League.
Designer Blaž Gracar is offering CoronaLine, a 2-player paper-and-pencil game.
Designer Dan Ackerman is offering the Deluxe Print and Play version of Techlandia (previously only available to Kickstater backers, scroll down and look along the lefthand side).
Designer Frederic Moyersoen is offering The Black Rat as a free print and play (unpublished prototype).
Designer Geg Turner is offering GRO: Battle For The Petri Dish as a free print and play.
Designer Isaac Shalev is offering a free print and play of his dice-drafting roll-and-write, Mosaic.
Designer Jon Merchant is offering Squire For Hire as a free print and play.
Designer Jon Perry is offering a print and play of the 1st edition of Time Barons (2 players only edition).
Designer Mads Fløe is offering a print and play, Vaccine: An Anti-Viral Board Game.
Designer Mark Tuck is offering a free print and play of Orchard: 9 Card Solitare Game.
Designer Nick Hayes is offering a free print and play dice game, Utopia Engine.
Designer Rachel Brumer is offering a free print and play, Royal Espionage.
Designer Stephen B Davies is offering a free print and play, The Lucky Penny Diner.
Designer Zsolt Batki is offering The Pooper Heroes Card Game as a free print and play.
The creators of Oh, Sheep! are offering their card game as a free print and play.
Miniature Battle Games and Resources, sorted by publisher
Osprey Games is offering Frostgrave: Perilous Dark Sample Section which includes 3 solo scenarios and advice on creating your own solo scenarios (base game required).
They are also offering a free PDFs of solo rules for Zona Alfa (base game required) and solo / co-op rules for Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse (base game required).
Modiphius is offering The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms core rulebook, tutorial, and even print and fold dice, all available for free on DriveThruRPG.
Pulp Alley is offering free pdfs of their rulebook, starter deck, solo deck, horror deck, counters and character cards (you will need some miniatures and dice).