If you’re stuck at home for a while but would like to play some new board games, I have good news for you. Have you heard of print and play?
“Print and play” are board games distributed as PDFs that you can print and assemble at home. Most of them are free and the paid ones are generally not expensive.
Usually all you need are common office supplies such as a printer, something to cut the sheets (scalpel + metal ruler, scissors), card sleeves (the kind used for games like Magic: The Gathering) and occasionally some dice or tokens. Assembly can be as complex as you want but don’t worry, the following games are easy to build:
1 – D100 Dungeon
Starting the list with a game that requires no assembly, D100 Dungeon is a RPG for 1 player where you fight your way through dungeons which you draw on the page. Win or fail, you’ll bring back new equipment or gold to buy better gear when you return to town.
The best part is you don’t have to complete it in one session since your game is saved right there on the page.
What you need: Pencil, graph paper, two 10-sided dice and a 6-sided die. If you don’t have the dice you can even ask Google to roll them for you.
Assembly: None! That’s right, as long as you can browse the rulebook on a screen you don’t even need to print it.
Versions 1 and 2 are available for free on BoardGameGeek. Version 3 can be purchased on DriveThruRPG.
2 – Terminal Dispute
“Roll and write” games are all the rage at the moment because they’re so easy to produce, which makes them a perfect fit for this list. In Terminal Directive 1-6 players are trying to escape by entering coordinates on a Navigation Matrix while trying to charge their phones!
What you need: Printer, paper, cutting materials, pencils, five 6-sided dice.
Assembly: Very easy. You just have to cut the shared board and player sheets.
Available for free on itch.io.
3 – Sprawlopolis
Do you like Sim City? Sprawlopolis is a 18-card city building puzzle for 1-2 players where you assemble a city using cards, according to three goals which change every round. It’s quite challenging and the goal combinations give it a lot of variability.
What you need: Printer, paper, cutting materials, transparent card sleeves, cheap cards for added sturdiness (optional).
Assembly: Medium. Here’s a guide on how to make cards. I use the first method all the time, except that for this game you need transparent card sleeves since they cards are double sided.
Available at PNPArcade.
4 – Tak
A fantastic abstract strategy game for 2 players with a simple rule set that allows players to be very creative. It is inspired by “The Wise Man’s Fear”, by Patrick Rothfuss.
What you need: The number of components depends on what board size you want to play. I recommend 5×5. If you have enough components which can stand or lay flat (like Lego!) in two colors, you already have all you need to start playing.
Assembly: Up to you. The Beta version of the rules has instructions on how to manufacture your own pieces but encourages players to come up with their own. You can print the board, but it’s optional.
The Beta version of the rules is avaliable for free on Cheapassgames.
5 – Agent Decker
A mission-based deckbuilding game for 1 player where you’ll acquire gear and skills by facing obstacles. The alarm raises every turn, so you must pick who you take out. Do you go for the cool weapon, or take out the security camera?
What you need: Printer, paper, cutting materials, opaque card sleeves, two tokens, cheap cards for added sturdiness (optional).
Assembly: Medium. Here’s a guide on how to make cards.
Available for free or an optional donation on itch.io.
Full disclosure, I designed this last one.
This is just a sample of the Print and Plays you can find online. They can be a bit tricky to find because they’re all over the place, but here is a nice library to browse through.
Have fun and stay safe!
If you enjoyed this list the best way to repay me is by sharing it online. The second is by donating when downloading Agent Decker. It will go towards materials for creating more games!