Last 5, Top 5

This is something Kirk Dennison (of PieceKeeper Games) started on the Facebooks, and has continued low-key on the Everything Board Games Facebook group as well.

What we do is list the last 5 games you played, ranked in order of most favorite to least favorite. So these may not be your favorite games, but you still gotta rank them in regards to the other games on your list. Here are the last five games I played, ranked by how much I like them:

1. Outer Rim

2. Twice as Clever

3. Treasure Hunter

4. Medieval Academy

5. Incan Gold


What are the last five games you played, and how would you rank them against each other?

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12 months ago

1. Bus (Great first impression, love the old board and the extremely tight worker placement.)


2. Pax Pamir 2e. My favorite game, but I've played it out for now (~40 plays). Incredible design.


3. World Championship Russian Roulette. Edgy theme, but good <1 hr game with lots of laughs. 


4. Decrypto. Fun moments but overall I prefer codenames pictures. 


5. Falling Sky. I've played it 4 times and it never flowed. I'm always looking at player aids and the combat flowchart is too much for me. I want to be able to parse the game state and think through moves without having to go through a chart. Plus I could never get around just having to move in to an area and hope that the next card that gets revealed has me going first. 

Supporter11 months ago

Good to know about decrypto. Ever since Codenames came out, I pay more attention to the “gamery” party games that come out. This one had been on my list to check out. 

Owner12 months ago

Is Bus the one that's been out for a while? (1999) 

And 40 plays?? I'd love to get your thoughts on the game. I only played once and shared my impressions with others on here but don't want to sway everyone's impression of it just off my first play. I felt that the rulebook was a bit hard to follow and that I had trouble having a clear idea of the objective and the consequences behind my decisions. Felt like I was in a fog the whole time. I can definitely see the elegance of the design in how so much is packed into a game with so little footprint, but I felt like it wasn't for me. I respect the game but feels like it has a more limited audience than other games out there. Maybe a second play is due but not sure it will change my thoughts since it probably has more to do with my preferences (not big on political games). 

12 months ago

Bus: Yes I just got the 20th anniversary edition. It has a lot of redundant stuff (2 maps, 3 sets of tokens that do the same thing), but I really loved the old map and that isn't available in the new retail. The new 3D tokens combined with the old board makes it look great and be very clear. Anyway, I highly recommend it as a really tight, and very pure worker placement. 

Pax Pam: Yes I got obsessed for a while playing online via TTS before it came out and the online community faded a bit. It was the only game I wanted to play for a year! So I'm very biased here, as it really is the kind of game I want to play. I can see why lots of people bounce of it though. The first few plays you are indeed in a fog, and it feels both random and very mean. The players have a lot of power to disrupt each other, but to play well you have to figure out when it's good to do something, not just if you can. I did enjoy my first plays, I just liked pulling the levers and seeing how it affected the system. Plus there was always someone who knew the rules better and could keep us on rails, so my experience isn't learning it directly from the rulebook, though I had read through it beforehand.

You mention it being political (do you mean like a negotiation game?). I noticed a lot of new people online came in with that assumption based on the theme, and so were playing it like you would a negotiation game with offering alliances and some table talk, but the game does not incentivise that at all. The clear game state and multiple victory conditions are what make this game so good. Once you can read the game state properly, there isn't really any room for negotiation. Everyone can see everyone else's relative position and can figure out what is in their best interest to do. 

I love how there is always a path forward, even when you are in last place. I love fighting my way to the top and jumping to other factions at the right moment. I love holding my strength for easy points in the next check, while everyone exhausts themselves fights over the current one. I love how what I do can incentivise player's all the way around the board (am I pushing a faction into a dominant position, pushing cylinders, holding strong cards and patriots so I can easily switch faction and change the board?). I also love how situational each card is. Most cards are just good or okay, but it the right circumstances they can be the key army or road or whatever that you need to to turn the tide. 

However, if you only see yourself playing it once or twice, I don't recommend it unless you like pulling levers in complex systems and feeling like you're along for a ride. I don't recommend it for 2-player as it almost always becomes a spy game, and once you're behind you're almost certain to lose. I like 5-player as I enjoy trying to wrestle the game state in my favor with very little control, but the best player won't always win there and a newb causes a lot of chaos.

Ok that's a lot :) I was having trouble posting and editing yesterday, so here's hoping.


 

12 months ago

Never apologize for a long post. I mean, have you seen some of the stuff I've posted? haha 

Owner12 months ago

Hahaha yes. I like your long posts. I tend to get quite detailed in my posts too

Owner12 months ago

Thanks for the thorough response! I'm gonna ask more questions now since you definitely seem to have the most experience with Pax out of everyone else haha.

Have all of those 40 plays been with a similar group or were there lots of new people who got introduced to it along the way? From your point of view, what type of people tend to enjoy it the most? the least?

12 months ago

Lots of different groups, and rarely the same set of people. Online it's always people who are drawn to it anyway, or people that love root and were curious about Cole's new game. Difficult to say about types as I didn't know any of them personally. People that had read the rulebook before seemed to enjoy it much more, I've had people bounce during the teach as it's intense. Going in cold is hard. In my group the ppl that liked it are already into heavy games and enjoy direct player interaction. 

12 months ago

Here is my list with a shout out to the site that taught me about most of them - 

1. Terraforming Mars

2. Splendor

3. Carcassonne

4. Dominion

5. Sushi Go Party!

Supporter11 months ago

This is a fun list. Terraforming Mars is so good!

12 months ago

  1. Everdell
  2. Lost Cities
  3. Sushi Go Party
  4. Catan
  5. Harry Potter Munchkin

Supporter11 months ago

I’d like to get Everdell sometime. Glad to see that you liked it!

11 months ago

Yep I'm a big fan. Get yourself a copy!

Supporter11 months ago

Yes sir!

12 months ago

Oh cool, I didn't know there was a Harry Potter iteration of Munchkin. Lost Cities is one I'd love to have. Very good two-player game.

12 months ago

I don't think I've played another game that had decisions as agonizing as the ones you have to make in Lost Cities!

12 months ago

Then you haven't played Hanamikoji. haha Brilliant game in which you're giving cards to the other player ever turn as well. The choices are extremely painful. Such a great little game.

12 months ago

I have not but I want to! A friend of mine one a copy but hasn't played it yet either haha. I will have to schedule something with him...

Supporter12 months ago

Gosh, my game nights are few and far between right now.  In my mind this also highlights how great gaming is.  It's hard for me to rank the games because I like them all so much and for different reasons.  I switched a lot of these around with the exception of Root staying at #1 no matter what.  I could almost list this as 1. then 2a, 2b, etc.

1. Root

2. Viticulture

3. Clans of Caledonia

4. Imperial Assault

5. Scythe

12 months ago

That's one reason I like this "last 5 ranked" method; it can get you thinking! haha You've got quite the solid list of games there! I can see how that'd be difficult to rank. 

Supporter12 months ago

So hard, it's also why I'm so discriminating in my buying.  I think we were talking about TEDinos.  I've actually decided to not up my pledge from $1 because there are other TE games I want to play and buy that are already released.  Plus I have two Kickstarters that I backed for $1 that I really think I may up my pledge for.  I'm picking up Rurik this Friday!

12 months ago

I totally get that. Which Tiny Epic games are you looking into?

And I'm so excited you're getting Rurik! I really love it.

Supporter12 months ago

I think I'm going to really enjoy Rurik.  I'd really like to play Galaxies and Quest.  Quest seems like a board game version of Zelda.

12 months ago

As I've said before, Galaxies is my favorite. I also really love Quest. And, yes, I made the Zelda comparison to the Gamelyn guys at a convention and they did not deny the influence haha

Supporter12 months ago

That's awesome.  Do you play with the Beyond the Black Expansion?  If so how is that?

I think Quest I'd really enjoy even just as a solo game.

12 months ago

Galaxies is a fantastic game without the expansion. With the expansion? It's ALSO fantastic! Even more so, I'd say, although I'm very happy playing the base game alone (usually when teaching it to new players). It's a great addition in that it adds more ways to score points, adds a push-your-luck element, set collection, and pilot abilities. It's super good and really ratchets things up. 

Supporter12 months ago

Galaxies and Quest are the two I want to play also. 

Supporter12 months ago

Why is it not surprising to me that we have similar games on our wishlist? Ha.

Supporter12 months ago

You, me, and Ben have pretty much the same tastes. We need to start a weekly game group. 

12 months ago

Let's all meet up halfway...wherever halfway is for all of us haha