I am a serial Youtube playthrough watcher. I mostly do this so I can learn how to play games and discern if they will be a good fit for me! I also do this because I love systems, I love learning about how different things function and are intertwined so it is very satisfying for me. Often times, watching games leads to me learning a couple things: I WANT THIS GAME, I would like to play that but now own it, I would never find anyone who would want to play this with me, or there is no chance I will ever get into this.
I have a lot of games I have learned about through Youtube, but here are my favorite of those games that I have not had an opportunity to play yet (or have them arrive yet...I am looking at you #Too Many Bones and #Pax Pamir (Second Edition)). These are in order of my desire to eventually play or own! I also included where I have watched play throughs for each game.
10. #Pipeline - When I first watched this, I liked it, but did not love it. It is pulling a Pax Pamir on me though where I keep hearing that people just love it and gush over the simplicity and complexity of the game (I love those simply complex games). I have been reinvigorated to try this out. (video watched: Heavy Cardboard, podcast episode: Heavy Cardboard)
9. #Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun - This is the newest game to this list, I just finished up watching a teach and playthrough for this game and it is interesting! It is teetering on the "I am not sure who will play this with me" realm, but I liked the mechanics. Really neat take on dice drafting and an interesting point salad. (video watched: Heavy Cardboard, podcast episode: Game Brain Podcast)
8. #Hansa Teutonica - This game is in my future, but not because I will buy it. My friend has been looking to buy this for over a year and the big box is almost out. It reminds me of a shorter and quicker Gaia Project and that is really appealing! (video watched: Heavy Cardboard)
7. #Irish Gauge - Love the bidding mechanic here. It is a fairly simple set of rules and it is a nice little hour-ish game. This falls into that simple yet complex game category. The only thing holding me back on this is I am not wild about the randomness of how dividends are payed out and I think I would probably rather play #The Estates right now if I were to play a bidding heavy game that is on the lighter side. (video watched: Heavy Cardboard)
6. #El Grande - The are control genre was soured for me when #Blood Rage did not land with me super well. It felt like a really bloated game that could have been made into a cheaper and faster rendition of itself. El Grande though is a way more interesting game to me. The different abilities being laid out each round and you have to decide if you want to go early now or later to get the cards you want. I like the tug of war aspect of it and I can see it working with my group. (video watched: Heavy Cardboard)
5. #Lisboa, #Vinhos Deluxe (essentially all Vital Lacerda Games) - This is king of my "I am not sure I would have any one to play with" category. All of his games are so interesting to me, but are so far on the heavy and complex side that it would be a chore to teach and play. Is the juice worth the squeeze? I would like to hope and think it would be but it is hard to justify the price on these. (video watched: Heavy Cardboard, Slickerdrips)
4. #Nemo's War (Second Edition) - The only thing hold me back on this is I am not sure how I fully feel about solely solo game. I love the theme, I love nautical themed anything (I am near the beach, I swim a lot and I am a scuba diver). This game is just so interesting for a lot of reasons, I will get it eventually, it is just a matter of when it is at the top of my wishlist. (video watched: Heavy Cardboard, Gaming Rules)
3. #Le Havre - This is the king of being on my wishlist for so long without being purchased. I have nothing bad to say about this game, I love everything about it. The solo play is interesting, the multiplayer is a challenge and I love the different puzzles you have to work through. The biggest plus for me is the build up in complexity. Just such an excellent entry point (spoiler for another list I am working on) (video watched: Heavy Cardboard (all three of their streams), Tom Vasel)
2. #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion - This game is here following the trend of finding games that my wife will totally dig. She is a total nerd at heart. Grew up playing FFVII and Kingdom Hearts, still loves all of the RPG games and Zelda. Character development, loot, leveling up and story telling are her jam, along with cooperative play (she does not love being mean to me). This will be purchased soon after we finish #Aeon's End: Legacy. (video watched: Heavy Cardboard, Board Game Atlas!!!)
1. #Age of Steam - This game man...I would love to own this game and dive into this world. There are so many maps that play soooo differently and I love that. I love the combination of bidding, tile laying, pick up and deliver, and just cutthroat goodness. One day I will own this, I have seen almost all of the playthroughs on Heavy Cardboards channel...which is kind of embarassing but it my comfort zone!(video watched: Heavy Cardboard, podcast episode: Game Brain Podcast)
Thanks for taking the time to read through this! What are some games that you have spent so much time researching and watching some playthroughs, but have just not gotten around to purchasing or are waiting on a friend to purchase so you can play it??