Game Exploration Quests

Discovering new games

Ever open a new game everyone was talking about to find out it wasn’t exactly the “hotness” you expected? How do you know what game is really right for you and your game group? Now you can explore games in depth and earn rewards and achievements for doing it!

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Explorable Game Collections

Cooperative Games

Cooperative Games
Explore a wide range of highly recommended cooperative games.
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Exploration quest progress tracker

How to explore a game

1. Log in or register for the site.

2. Determine if the game is explorable

  • Each week a select group of games will be explorable.
  • When on a game page that is explorable you will see an Explore tab (with the eye icon) located on the bottom-right of your browser window.
  • The bottom of this page lists games that are currently explorable.

3. Complete ten exploration steps

  • The available steps are listed lower on this page
  • To see which steps you’ve completed – while on the game page that you are exploring, click the Explore tab (with they eye icon) located in the bottom-right of your browser. It will expand to show you which steps you’ve completed and what you did to complete them.
  • At the bottom of this page, a check mark will appear below the games that you have finished exploring.

4. “Click to finish”

  • When all the steps are full, the eye icon on the Exploration tab will change to a flag and it will say “click to finish.” Simply click on the flag and you’re done!
  • You may need to refresh the game page after you’ve completed the tenth step in order to have the eye icon change to the flag.

Exploration Steps

Spending time

Spend time reading

If you spend a lot of time on a game page, you may notice a little egg timer pop up in the lower right-hand corner. Clicking on that timer will count as one step

Reading reviews

Read then rate reviews

Up to six reviews that you read and then rate will count as exploration steps

Reading Reviews on Amazon

Read Reviews on Amazon

Clicking on the “Read Reviews on Amazon” button will count as an explore step. We obviously don’t have any way to know if you are really reading the reviews, but there are often 100s of reviews for popular board games, so it makes sense to check them out. Full Disclosure: The Amazon button is an affiliate link.

Reading tips

Read then rate tips

One tip that you read and then rate will count as an exploration step

Visit the game's official web page

Visit the game’s official web page

Clicking on the “Official Game Site” link in the info section of a game page will take you to the game publisher’s site and count as one step

Read the rulebook

Browse the rulebook

Clicking on the “Rulebook” link in the info section of a game page will take you to the publisher’s site where you can view or download the official rulebook and count as one step

Watch videos

Watch videos

Perhaps the best way to learn about a game, viewing videos via will count as one step

Follow a game

Follow a game

Following a game will count as one step. If you unfollow the game before you have completely explored it, that step will be canceled. Following a game will notify you when new reviews and tips have been written for that game.

Play the game

Play the game

The ultimate way to explore! If you play the game as a demo at a convention or local game store, own it yourself or play it at a friend’s house, then logging that you have played it will qualify as a step towards exploration. (you are on the honor system for this step!)

Rewards for game exploration

Game exploration quests are a great way to get rewarded on! Along with the rewards you get for performing certain steps, you’ll also get a nice reward for completing the exploration quest for a game.

Each time you complete a game exploration quest you will receive:

  • +15 Explorer XP
  • +25 Gamer XP
  • +50 BG Gold


Q: There aren’t any or enough reviews and tips for me to complete the exploration quest for a game, what now?
A: Some games, especially new or upcoming games, may not have user reviews or tips. By following the game, you will be notified when a new tip or review has been written for the game!

Q: I’ve already rated tips and reviews for a game before it became explorable, but those ratings aren’t showing up in the Exploration tab progress tracker.
A: Previously rated tips and reviews will only count as steps towards exploration for a game if there aren’t more tips and reviews available for you to read and rate.

Q: I was following an explorable game, but it isn’t counting as a step.

A: If you aren’t currently following a game that is explorable, you won’t receive a following step, even if you used to be following it. Check to make sure you are still following that game.

Explorable Games

Go to the 7 Wonders page
Go to the The Settlers of Catan page
Go to the Pandemic page
Go to the Forbidden Island page
Go to the Hanabi page
Go to the Space Alert page
Go to the Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game page
Go to the Flash Point: Fire Rescue page
Go to the Hooyah: Navy Seals Card Game page
Go to the Sentinels of the Multiverse page
Go to the Mice and Mystics page
Go to the Castle Panic page
Go to the Ghost Stories page
Go to the The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game page
Go to the Zombicide page
Go to the Elder Sign page
Go to the Gears of War: The Board Game page
Go to the Defenders of the Realm page
Go to the Arkham Horror page
Go to the A Touch of Evil page
Go to the Student Bodies page
Go to the Dread Curse page
Go to the Sutakku page
Go to the Hex Hex XL page
Go to the Run for Your Life, Candyman! page
Go to the Shootin' Ladders: Frag Fest page
Go to the Cutthroat Caverns page
Go to the Cross Hares: Testing Ground page
Go to the Tide of Iron: Normandy page
Go to the Agents of SMERSH page
Go to the Run, Fight or Die! page
Go to the Till Dawn page
Go to the Ace Detective page
Go to the Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game page
Go to the Mage Knight Board Game: The Lost Legion page
Go to the Millennium Blades page
Go to the Ground Floor page
Go to the Adventure Time Card Wars page
Go to the Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn vs. Jake page
Go to the Tikal II page
Go to the Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion page
Go to the Nations page
Go to the Arctic Scavengers page
Go to the Agricola page
Go to the One Night Ultimate Werewolf page
Go to the Sheriff of Nottingham page
Go to the Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game page
Go to the Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game page
Go to the Rory's Story Cubes page
Go to the Tales of the Arabian Nights page
Go to the Above and Below page
Go to the Dungeons & Dragons: Lords of Waterdeep page
Go to the Power Grid page
Go to the Ticket to Ride page
Go to the Carcassonne page
Go to the Dominion page
Go to the Mythic Challenge: The Card Game page
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