Sweater season is fast-approaching, and that means Black Friday board game deals aren’t far behind. In fact, some early offers have already started to show up ahead of the event itself. And you know what? They’re actually pretty good (in the UK, anyway – the USA is taking a little time to warm up, it seems).
Yes, the sale is better known for its tech discounts. But that doesn’t mean you should sleep on tabletop offers. It’s your chance to score top products at record low prices, and that’s because the best board games get drastically reduced in price during the event. In fact, we’ve seen plenty slashed by 50% or more during annual Black Friday board game deals, so it’s well worth keeping an eye out over the course of November.
To help you prepare, our bargain hunters have listed their most essential tips for this price cut bonanza below. You’ll also find advice on what to prioritize during this year’s Black Friday board game deals, not to mention the savings we’re expecting from the sale at large with 2022’s Black Friday gaming deals.
Early Black Friday board game deals – USA
Early Black Friday board game deals – UK
Black Friday board game deals – FAQ
When will Black Friday board game deals start?
If there’s one thing you can rely on about the annual Black Friday board game deals, it’s when they take place. These sales always occur after Thanksgiving and on the very last Friday of November, so we can expect the best discounts to happen this November 25.
However, that’s not the end of it. Black Friday gets started earlier than ever these days, and they usually kick off from mid-November onwards (indeed, some retailers have already got the ball rolling). They then continue into the annual Cyber Monday board game deals. In short, keep your eyes peeled for savings on either side of November 25.
Should I wait until the Black Friday board game deals?
While we appreciate that it’s an annoyingly vague answer, whether you should wait or not for the Black Friday board game deals depends on what you’re looking for. Family-friendly games normally enjoy discounts all year round, and despite getting even better reductions at the end of November, you can still find a bargain if you jump the gun early. Hobby games are a different story, though. These consistently hit all-time low prices during Black Friday, so we’d highly recommend waiting if you want anything like Twilight Imperium or Scythe. If its price normally hits $80 / £80 or more, you can be confident it’ll get a decent – if brief – saving during the sales event.
Where will the best Black Friday board game deals be?
Every retailer wants a slice of that Black Friday pie, so it’s not surprising that they all put on a mega-sale throughout November. And while most are pretty decent, some are better than others. We’ve rounded up the best ones here, including why you should check out their deals.
– Amazon: The best for variety and quality across a range of games (opens in new tab)
– Walmart: Surprisingly good for discounts on niche hobby games (opens in new tab)
– Best Buy: Decent for reductions on popular family games (opens in new tab)
– Target: Often enjoys exclusive products (opens in new tab)
– Amazon: Best for overall quality and variety of deals (opens in new tab)
– Argos: Good for reductions on classic family and kids’ games (opens in new tab)
– Very: Respectable offers on family games (opens in new tab)
– John Lewis: Solid deals on hobby and family games (opens in new tab)
Black Friday board game deals – what to expect
There’s a lot of ground to cover when it comes to the Black Friday board game deals, so what should you be looking out for? Considering the sale’s proximity to Christmas, board games for families such as Catan and Carcassonne are always a good shout. They’re usually cheaper than normal and will go down very well if you’re visiting loved ones over the Holiday season. Last year we enjoyed Catan’s lowest ever price, for example. Equally, there was a huge 60% drop on Azul and Ticket to Ride.
However, it’s worth pointing out that those games always seem to be on sale. Indeed, the discount you’ll get during Black Friday isn’t dissimilar to other year-round reductions. As such, the ‘best’ deals tend to be on more expensive board games for adults such as Wingspan, Mansions of Madness, or Twilight Imperium. Because these usually weigh in at $100 / £100+, being able to pick them up for less isn’t an opportunity to miss (especially considering the fact that Gloomhavenoften considered to be one of the top board games for adultstumbled to its lowest ever price during last year’s Black Friday board game deals).
You should watch out for games that have been superseded by a newer version as well. The arrival of Betrayal at House on the Hill 3rd edition means that the cost of Betrayal at House on the Hill 2nd edition should drop off sharply as retailers try to clear stock, so it can be a good time to fill out your collection with titles you always fancied but at just outside of your price range. Gloomhaven is much the same thanks to its highly anticipated sequel (which is one of our top upcoming board games and tabletop RPGsby the way).
Just make sure you don’t wait too long on the off-chance a better offer comes up. As demonstrated by Gloomhaven in the 2020 Black Friday board game deals, it’s unlikely to happen; this will probably be your best chance of scoring a bargain.
Plus, there’s always the danger that the game in question sells out or leaps back up to full price before long. We’ve been burned by that ol’ chestnut before, and it’s more of a danger than ever these days thanks to manufacturing difficulties that have been impacting board game stock across the world.
Last year’s best Black Friday board game deals
The November sales extravaganza isn’t limited to board gaming, of course. We can expect some decent Dungeons and Dragons Black Friday deals along with Black Friday Pokemon card deals. A few good Black Friday Lego deals should be up for grabs, and of course we’re also getting you prepped for all this year’s Black Friday video game deals.