Five Dune Titles To Explore On The Tabletop!

September 8, 2021 by fcostin

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Dune, Dune, Dune - the word on everybody's lips right now. Since the recent premiere of Dune the film at Venice Film Festival, we nerds are waiting in anticipation to see the Hollywood rendition of the famous sci-fi novel.

If you have caught the Dune bug, and are looking to explore what's beyond our reach and witness the outpour of Dune on the tabletop, whether it be a board game or RPG - there are certainly a good few choices to dip in to.

Dune // Gale Force Nine

First, up on the board games list is simply titled 'Dune' - no confusion there, from Gale Force Nine. For 2-6 players, taking up to 120 minutes to play, players take on the role of a leader within the large factions which exist within the sci-fi universe of Dune. After winning several awards after the release of the game in 2019, players will need to use betting and area movement mechanics to control 'melange', a rare substance found on the planet of Dune.

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Dune 2021 Re-release // Gale Force Nine

Although players can get their hands on the original version of Dune from GF9, but there is a new re-release coming out this fall. Same game, however, updated rules and artwork for a more streamlined playthrough.

Dune: Imperium // Dire Wolf

Dune: Imperium maybe another board game, however, Dire Wolf certainly take a different angle to the 1970s novel - utilising card drafting and deck building as the main mechanic. Although players are still taking roles as leaders of one of the six factions that exist within the universe, in Dune: Imperium, players will accumulate cards to build the chosen character and adapt strategy. This will require players to take on their opponents - whether it is through politics, battle, or another tactic - it is down to the player to decide their tactics of survival.

The game can take up to 120 minutes depending on how many people are involved in the game. And even better, there is a solo mode available too, being pitched for 1-4 players.

Dune: The Dice Game // Print & Play Productions

If you are looking for something a little less time-consuming, Dune: The Dice Game. Players set out to control their land, meaning to recruit for an army, and create allies across the world. Using the roll of the dice, players' fate will be in the hands of the roll, throwing problems into the mix - and turning your plans into disarray.

The game can be played with 3-8 players and the winner is determined by which player holds the most influence.

If you did like the idea of a dice game that takes the ideals of the board game into the mix, there is a free to play printable version named 'Dune: Express', adding simplicity and your own control.

Dune: Adventures In The Imperium - The Role-Playing Game // Modiphius

If you are not interested in a board, dice or card experience, Modiphius Entertainment has the solution for you. In Dune: Adventures In The Imperium, players create their own character to immerse themselves into the wild universe - embedded in a chooses faction. Using the 2D20 system, alike other Modiphius RPG titles - players will find their place in the universe or carve their way into history to find themselves on the Imperial Throne.

There are a plethora of choices available for tabletop gamers to explore the wonderful world of Dune.

What is your favourite Dune game to play on the tabletop?

"Dune, Dune, Dune - the word on everybody's lips right now..."

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