The Best Board Games of 2015

From role playing to rolling the dice, a slew of new or recently updated board games hit the market in 2015—and the team over at Ars Technica spent time giving them a go. From Czech Games’ brand new Codenames (ideal for parties) to the two-player quilting-oriented Patchwork, each delivers something special. The year saw a masterful update to Dungeons & Dragons, strategy games galore and thoughtful themes from farming to understanding the merchants of Istanbul. All thirteen options sound enticing and are sure to appeal to players of all ages and experiences.