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She’s Got Game! The Women Characters We Love in Our Favourite Board Games!

Representation matters, and seeing women excel, even in fictional situations like games, is beneficial to women young and old. While there’s still work to do, many of today’s board games have made great strides in their inclusion of strong women characters, and we’d like to share a few of them with you. Whether because they’re smart, savvy, fast, cunning, tough, or all of the above, the badass women in these games have what it takes to rock the board!

Pandemic

Ages: 8+ / Players: 2–4 / Duration: 45–60 minutes

There’s no shortage of brilliant, resilient, and strong women featured in this cooperative game and its many versions and expansions! In Pandemic, players come together to save humanity from the deadly viruses spreading across the globe! From the Quarantine Specialist to the Epidemiologist, Engineer, Director, First Responder and more, these champions are here to save the day!

Arkham Horror

Ages: 14+ / Players: 1–6 / Duration: 120–180 minutes

These cooperative titles from Fantasy Flight Games, and based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft, immerse players in worlds of terror and mystery! But that won’t stop the savviest female investigators around! From Shaman, Akachi Onyele; to Performer, Lola Hayes; Explorer, Ursula Downs; Psychologist, Carolyn Fern; Scientist, Kate Winthrop; Martial Artist, Lily Chen, evil is no match for these powerful women!

Love Letter

Ages: 10+ / Players: 2–6 / Duration: 15–30 minutes

This game of strategy and action features a cast of characters, many of them women, like the Guard, the Spy, The Handmaid and the Countess, that carry your love letter to the Princess in the castle. But make sure to keep other players’ letters away! Obtain her affection and win her heart in this game of risk, deduction, and luck!

These are just a few games that feature women characters we admire. Want more? You’ll find them in games like, Eldritch Horror, Dead of Winter, Marvel Champions, Sub Terra, and 7 Wonders: Leaders. Click here to find these and other great games at a retail store near you!