There's about one week left to get ready for Father's Day!
Some of the best presents I've ever gotten for my own father have been things that have bridged the generational divide—projects or games or movies that we could both appreciate and engage with together.
Whether your dad is already an avid board gamer, or you're interested in bringing him into the hobby for the first time, there are plenty of great places to start in our lineup of head-to-head games. If you're in the USA, anything you order from the Level 99 Store from this list before Sunday will arrive well in time for the big day.
Take a minute to imagine playing a game with your father. Where will you play? Who else will be there? How involved will the game be? With a general feeling for these questions, this gift guide should help you to settle on the perfect gamer gift!
If you want to spend some one-on-one time at the table, these games are a great place to start. They're small and portable, so you won't need to reserve a ton of space or time to get a match in.
Exceed Fighting System
Exceed is an easy-to-learn, fast-paced fighting card game. The recent Street Fighter release offers recognizable characters that are easy to latch on to—great for introducing a new player to tabletop card gaming.
Pixel Tactics provides a slower, more thoughtful pace of game for experienced strategists. If you want to bring some old-fashioned strategy to your table, this is a great way to do it.
For dads who already love retro video games, Mega Man Pixel Tactics is a great option at $19.99.
If you're looking for something a bit more simple and casual, NOIR is a murder-mystery deduction game for 2–4 players, and provides easy to follow rules, a quick setup, and lots of replay value.
Family Game Night
If you'd prefer a family game night, take a peek at the editions below. These games play between 2 and 5 players, so you can get the whole family involved. They take up quite a bit of space, so make sure you've got the whole kitchen table clear and ready to play!
Argent: the Consortium
Argent brings tense intrigue and engaging gameplay straight to your table. If you're part of a family that loves fantasy television and literature, you'll feel right at home at Argent University of Magic.
Empyreal: Spells & Steam
If you have a mixed table of gamers and non-gamers, Empyreal is a great synthesis of lightweight gameplay and deep decisions. The game is beautifully presented and full of exciting moments, as you carve railways across a wild frontier.
If your dad ever played collectible card games back in the 90's and 2000's, Millennium Blades is sure to be a hit. With its cross-generational humor and wacky gameplay, this game is a fun way to relive those days and maybe even draw out a few stories.
Whatever gift you choose to celebrate your father, we hope that you have a wonderful time together celebrating the bonds of family.
Happy Father's Day!