The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat—that binary is a big part of what makes games so exciting. That drive to win fuels us throughout our lives, but when it comes to quarterly deadlines, and billing, and all the stresses of modern work, “victory” can feel a bit less victorious than simply exhausted relief—and that’s assuming you don’t fall into the latter, dreaded “defeat” category.

Games, on the other hand, offer both that sense of fulfilment through effort and skill that we all need, as well as a chance to escape. There are few genres of games in which this is more the case than with war games. These games allow you to flex your intelligence on your way to victory, all while immersing yourself in a time and place far away from the modern world of board meetings and office politics.

Here, then, are just some of the most popular subgenres among war game enthusiasts.

Science Fiction Games

Looking to get “far, far away” from the world of business and “boldly go where no one has gone before?” With science fiction-based war games, you can do just that! With franchises such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and many more, you and your friends can spend hours in an intergalactic struggle for the future of your favourite sci-fi universe. There are many different games within each franchise from which to choose, all offering their own rules and collectible figurines which are sure to delight fans, and the best war and strategy games shop in your neck of the woods is sure to have them all.

Fantasy Games

Then again, maybe you prefer enchanted swords to lightsabers and Medieval-style warfare to fleets of starships. If that’s the case, you’ll want to look into your local shop’s selection of fantasy-based games. As with their science fiction cousins, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of different fantasy-based war and strategy games, each with their own rules and figurines. Lead armies to battle with cunning, magic, and so much more, in the worlds of Warhammer, Lord of the Rings, and more.

Historical Games

Perhaps what you really want from your war-themed strategy games is to escape, not into the far-flung future or mystical realms of fantasy, but the past. If you’re a history buff and can’t get enough of the countless intriguing “what ifs” posed by wars and warfare in general, chances are you’ll want to check out some of the hottest historical games on the market today. Appropriately enough, some of these games are new, while others are decades old and already enjoy a massive, devoted fanbase across the globe. There are many different periods, from WWI and WWII to the Napoleonic Wars and more, and the best hobby shops and games distributors are sure to have the best choices.

Take up arms in your favourite science fiction franchise, fantasy realm, or historical period of choice, with an exciting new war game featuring strategy, skill, and so much more.