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Best new board games in October 2021: latest tabletop release dates

These hot releases will haunt you.

Halloween times are here once again, so expect to be haunted by the spectre of the best new board games! October isn’t only the month of horrors, it’s also when Essen Spiel takes place - the biggest tabletop gaming event in the world - which heralds the arrival of some exciting new releases. There’s a lot to look forward to this coming month and you won’t want to miss out, so thank goodness that we’re here to keep you updated on all the latest tabletop games coming out in October.

From reprints of beloved family board games to new decks for collectible card games to fresh releases for roleplaying games, there’s plenty to look out for over the next few weeks. We’ll be updating this list of the best new board games every single week, so you can check back here to see what’s been put out onto store shelves.

Easily the most exciting new release coming this month is Dune: House Secrets, a board game based on the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel - which is also coming out in October - that has players becoming rebels on the planet Arrakis. Built on the same gameplay system used in the crime-solving co-op game, Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, Dune: House Secrets is the first in a trilogy of games that enables players to pursue a detailed storyline in three-hour scenarios. Throughout the game, players will be looking for clues that they can find by scanning physical components in the game using a companion app. The further players’ characters progress, the more experience they’ll earn that they can then use to upgrade their characters.

Another highly anticipated release is Pandemic: Hot Zone - Europe, the next entry in a line of quick board game versions of the original co-op title. Following on from last year’s Hot Zone - North America, Europe has players focusing on fighting disease in just the one continent. Rather than the four usual diseases players must battle against in the original Pandemic, Hot Zone - Europe keeps things to just the three - thereby providing a much speedier experience. If players happen to own Hot Zone - North America as well, they’ll be able to combine it with Hot Zone - Europe in order to play an entirely new game called Hemispheres.

For fans of The Witcher series - whether the original books, video games or the television show - a brand new collection of adventures for the official tabletop roleplaying game is coming out this month. Called A Book of Tales, the sourcebook is themed around several ditties that Dandelion the bard might tell in a tavern, including a story that has players go to an ale festival and visit the fairytale inspired land of Toussaint. There’s plenty of inspiration to be found in this book of adventures, should you and your friends wish to experience The Witcher TRPG for yourselves.

Other notable releases coming this month include a remake of the classic board game Galaxy Trucker, a revised version of Citadels, Pokémon TCG: Celebrations Mini Tins and a wonderful looking train game called Iberian Gauge - catch all of these releases, and many more, here on our list of the best new board games being released in October.

Best new board games October

    US release dates

    October 1st

  • Arkham Horror TCG: Revised Core Set
  • October 8th

  • Llamaland: Building Terraces at Machu Picchu
  • Picture Show
  • October 15th

  • Dune: House Secrets
  • My Hero Academia Collectible Card Game - Booster Display Series 1
  • My Hero Academia Collectible Card Game - Booster Pack Series 1
  • My Hero Academia Collectible Card Game - Izuku Midoriya vs. Katsuki Bakugo 2- Play Rival Decks
  • Patchwork: Halloween Edition
  • Century Easter Wonders
  • Century Spice Road
  • Century A New World
  • October 22nd

  • Men At Work
  • EQUINOX -Green Version
  • BEEZ
  • October 29th
  • Ankh: Gods of Egypt
  • Ankh: Gods of Egypt Pantheon Expansion

UK release dates

October 8th

  • Dobble Arsenal
  • Dobble Manchester City
  • Dobble Chelsea
  • Digimon Card Game: Booster- Double Diamond BT06
  • Digimon Card Game: Starter Deck- Gallantmon ST-7
  • Digimon Card Game: Starter Deck- UlforceVeedramon ST-8
  • Bezzerwizzer
  • Starlink
  • CardFight!! Vanguard: OverDress- Lyrical Trial Deck - Ahoy! Lyrical Monasterio!
  • Ride the Rails: Expansion Map Australia & Canada
  • Iberian Gauge
  • Galaxy Trucker (Re-launch)
  • Bug Hunt
  • Feudal Village: Shadows of Brimstone Exp
  • Odo Kuro XXL Deluxe Enemy Pack : Shadows of Brimstone
  • Shadows of Brimstone: Takobake Samurai XL Enemy Pack
  • Lost Kingdoms Pangea in Pieces
  • Monopoly Animal Crossing
  • Monopoly Crooked Cash
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Cyber Strike : Structure Deck
  • Pictionary Air Harry Potter
  • OverDrive
  • OverDrive: Card Pack - Coach Abilities and Sponsorship Cards
  • OverDrive: Rival Pack - Tigrax vs Shadow
  • Hero Hockey
  • 300: Earth & Water
  • Pokémon TCG: Celebrations Mini Tins
  • Starfinder Adventure: Junker's Delight
  • Pathfinder Adventure Path: Kindled Magic (Strength of Thousands 1 of 6)
  • Profiteers
  • The Witcher RPG: A Book of Tales
  • Marvel Legendary: Into the Cosmos Expansion
  • Magic The Gathering: Pioneer Challenger Deck 2021
  • Pandemic Hot Zone Europe
  • Citadels Revised Edition
  • October 15th

  • Dune: House Secrets

These release dates are sourced from distributors Asmodee North America and Asmodee UK. Spotted something we missed? Get in touch: contact@dicebreaker.com


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Alex’s journey to Dicebreaker began with writing insightful video game coverage for outlets such as Kotaku, Waypoint and PC Gamer. Her unique approach to analysing pop culture and knack for witty storytelling finally secured her a forever home producing news, features and reviews with the Dicebreaker team. She’s also obsessed with playing Vampire: The Masquerade, and won’t stop talking about it.

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