BenjaminK

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?

11 points by BenjaminK - updated 8 hours ago | 184 comments | report | subscribe

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Hey, I like that idea. Here is my list. 

1: Race for the Galaxy

2: Star Trek: Frontiers 

3: Dominion 

4: Forbidden Island 

5: Carcassonne 

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I really want to play more Race for the Galaxy. Unfortunately, I don't have the solo expansion haha 

With Forbidden Island, do you make custom layouts for your board? My wife and I have spend countless hours playing that game, creating some strange and difficult layouts with the tiles. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Yes, I often do custom island layouts. 

If I have to play rftg solo I play on the Keldon AI program for pc. It is very very good and very very free.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Very very FREE you say? Well then, I shall have to investigate! haha I hope it works for Macs... :)

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

IT WORKS ON MAC! haha A lot of things don't, so I am pleasantly surprised. Looks like I'll be getting in some RftG after all! Thanks!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Good deal. It does have expansion support, and can support whatever number of players you want, so..... Have fun. 

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cool! I’m going to check it out also. 

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Only very very free?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Fraid so. 

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

That’s a bummer. ;)

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

If only they'd pay me to play :)

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I also would enjoy playing race but also only have the base game. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

On Keldon you got other expansions to play with.... 

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

One of these days I’d really like to try Race for the Galaxy 

oly 8 days ago | 2 points[-]

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. 

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 2 points[-]

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. 

philryuh Supporter7 days ago | 2 points[-]

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). 

oly 6 days ago | 1 point[-]

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.


 

BenjaminK 6 days ago | 3 points[-]

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

philryuh Supporter6 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

philryuh Supporter6 days ago | 2 points[-]

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?

oly 6 days ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

JVant 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

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!

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

theDL 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

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

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

theDL 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

JamesReid860 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yes sir!

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

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.

theDL 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

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.

theDL 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

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...

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

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

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

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. 

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

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!

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

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.

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

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.

BenjaminK 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

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.

BenjaminK 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

BenjaminK 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

MN, KY, and...?

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Colorado.

BenjaminK 6 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great. I have a brother that lives in Kansas so that'll work just fine. I'm sure he'd put us all up. :) 

sdirrane Supporter6 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ha, nice!

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

The list seems like line up with my tastes. Root is one I have on my list to check out. 

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I know! I had to think all the way back to summer to get to 5 different games played. 

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow! Great list. Imperial Assault too low. 

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha, I had a feeling you'd say that.

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Did you finish the first IA campaign yet?

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

My group finished the base campaign about 6 months ago and are 2 missions into Heart of the Empire.  I've not played past the intro mission for the App Campaign.  Maybe during Christmas break.

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

I should have been more clear. I was referring to the app campaign. I’m excited to hear more about your experience with the app!

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, like I said I'm hoping to get back to it during Christmas Break.  If I really like it I'm going to be disappointed that they don't either a) make more campaigns or b) add a campaign creator to make your own to share among the gaming community.

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

At the very least they need to add an app campaign for Heart of the Empire. I wouldn’t hold my breath for a campaign creator but that would be amazing if they did. 

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Absolutely.  It is a bit lame if they don't at least do a Heart of the Empire campaign, but it sounds like they might end up being lame.

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha I can see from this list and from your owned/wishlist that I have very similar preferences for games. Makes me want to have some sort of follow or copy feature for other users' lists

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Huh, I like this idea :D

  1. Quacks
  2. Skulk Hollow
  3. Just One
  4. Pax Pamir 2nd Ed.
  5. Catan

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Oh man how is Pax Pamir?  This is one Kickstarter I am disappointed I skipped.

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's my second game designed by Cole (first was Root, my favorite game to date). Here are some of my impressions after my first play (still want to give it another try some day since we got one of the rules wrong and it made the game end earlier by a few turns):

  • I can see why everyone raves about the components. Great attention to detail down to the visuals and even the texture of the materials
  • It was the highest complexity level our group has ever tackled, so I'm sure that adds to it, but I felt that the rulebook was hard to follow. Most of the rules went wooosh
  • I can usually get the "point" of a game after a few turns, or at least learn the consequences behind the actions that I make in a game, but with this, I felt like I was in a fog most of the time where I was taking moves while having no idea where I am headed--and I'm guessing it has more to do with my lack of experience with games in this genre. I'm sure a second play will help a lot with this.
  • Since this is my second game by Cole, one commonality I could see with Root was that Cole seems to be very good at producing complex games with elegance--in comparison to the deep nature of the two games, they both have surprisingly few components to work with. In the case of Pax Pamir 2nd Ed., it's impressive to see how a designer can pack so much depth into a game that has so little footprint and components
  • My humble guess is that a second playthrough will not change my mind about this game. I have high respect for what it is but I don't think political games are for me. It's definitely a game with a more limited audience that can fully appreciate what it is and I can see it being their game of the year. For me though, I'd prefer playing Root every time (not that it's of a similar nature, but it's what I'd want to play given the choice between the two)

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Thanks for the impressions Phil. I don’t think Pax is for me. 

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Thanks for the insight!  I feel less like I missed out.  We definitely have a lot of games we like in common.  Sounds like I'd just get Root to table if I had the option between the two.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Just One is so good. And I still haven't played Quacks yet!

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

How is Skulk Hollow? Is the gameplay interesting?

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Skulk Hollow seems like a fun time. 

walterbd 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

That would be...

  1. Scythe
  2. Eleusis 
  3. Time Stories
  4. Metagame
  5. Pandemic

Interesting concept! Seems like a good discussion-starter!

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I love Scythe (it's in my list too).  Do you play with any of the expansions?  Do you like them all?  I have Invaders so far.  I really want Fenris, I have low interest in Wind Gambit.

NAGfactor Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have the same feeling about the expansions for Scythe as well. I definitely want to get Fenris, but I will probably not get the Wind Gambit. I think it's a great concept (wind gambit) but I didn't feel like it added anything to the game that I needed/wanted.

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Totally!  It's like will I get more game with the Wind Gambit or is my money better spent on a different game altogether.

walterbd 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think Wind gambit is a completionist thing. If you feel the urge to have everything from the game, you'll enjoy it. if you want a lot of content from it, you're better off saving up!

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Indeed. I need to pick up invaders from afar next. 

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I actually picked it up so that we could play a 7 player game!  I thought it would be brutally long but actually ended up being less than 2 hours.

BenjaminK 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

My first game over of Scythe was with seven players. It didn't take too long (with 5 newbies playing) and I even won! I'm impressed that the length of time was still manageable. 

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Awesome!  Yeah now that we are seasoned we can do 6 - 7 players in 90 minutes.  Beginning your turn while the person that just went is deciding where to place stuff for their bottom row action helps a lot.

walterbd 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

We play with all the expansioms! they are all super worth it! wind gambit doesnt add a whole lot comparatively but it rounds out the board nicely and can be used super effectively if you know how!

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cool!  I think I'll keep Fenris high up on my wish list.

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Fenris just came in the mail for me today! The box is way bigger than I anticipated. 

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nice!  Enjoy, can't wait to hear what you think of it.  I am very interested in it, if my group could get Scythe out more.

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m planning on playing it solo. My group doesn’t get together as often as I would like. 

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Always a challenge with the campaign style games.  Do we continue to play a game we've been playing through or do we try something knew and change it up.

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yes, that’s a super tough question. And then you run into situations where it’s been too long since you last met and people forget what’s going on in the campaign. 

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah!  You almost need a summary log to run back through when you get back together.  Especially if you aren't playing in successive game nights.  I would love to sit down and have a day to just run through an entire IA campaign.

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

That would be awesome. 

walterbd 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Its great! enjoy!

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I've never heard of Metagame. What's it like?

walterbd 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Metagame is a card game with a bunch of variant ways to play. The version we like to play (called Quilt) consists of laying out cards on the table that match to each other. The cards are Apples to Apples style: Adjective/Noun cards is the best way to describe it i guess. A fun game for the right crowd!

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Sounds interesting! 

walterbd 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Yes! best with more than 3 people. If you like apples to apples style party games, you'd like it!

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Can never go wrong with Scythe IMO

walterbd 2 days ago | 1 point[-]

You know i think ive only won once, and its still a go-to. that says something.

JamesReid860 2 days ago | 1 point[-]

Man my win percentage is like maybe 15% lol. It’s always great fun!

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

1. Ethnos

2. Azul 

3. Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time

4.  Celestia 

5. Munchkin. 

BenjaminK 2 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ethnos is great! I was a little surprised CMON published it because, well, no minis :)

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Thoughts on Black Angel? I've played it once and really enjoyed it despite being utterly confused for the first half of the game.

Skippan 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

My first impression is that you need to read the rulebook fully once at least before play. And have your appendix at hand like an explorer with their compass. It wasnt as complicated as The Gallerist, as in Black Angel you decide how much time invested will reward your effort, but I believe as I read in another comment that there isn't enough time for most of your plans.

I watched the review from No Pun Included and knew somewhat what to expect

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, I went into it not knowing much (if anything) about the game. None of us had played it before, but the owner of the game did a good job explaining and his actions were more exploratory than strategic, so that helped us understand a bit better as well. A brave sacrifice, since he lost be a heap of points haha

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Terraforming Mars is great! And you have Diamant? I had to settle for Incan Gold even though I went looking for Diamant 

rockstar 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

I played these and like them all, but if I have to rank them, I'd say

1. Dominion

2. Scythe

3. Wingspan

4. Root

5. Pandemic

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Solid list!

BenjaminK 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Dang, that's a solid list! I'm only a little intrigued that Dominion is above 2-4. 

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

You've chosen wisely.

I love Scythe and Root.  I do enjoy Pandemic: Iberia as a solo game and as a game to play with my oldest daughter.  I've been seeing Dominion all over the place in the past couple of days.

trentellingsen Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

  1. Texas Hold'em Poker
  2. Welcome To
  3. Gloomhaven
  4. Quacks of Quedlinburg
  5. Growl

They're all pretty different but great in their own ways.

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

My brother in law just got Gloomhaven so I see some plays in my future... finally!

BenjaminK 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, that's a wide range of genres! Always nice for variety, right? haha

philryuh Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ok I might be wrong but, I think this is the first post ever to reach 100 comments? At least, I haven't seen it in the last 9 months for sure. Here's a virtual pat on the back for a great post :D (I should make some achievement icons for the future. Will need feedback on this in a later post)

BenjaminK 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

I thought it might get some conversation going, but I didn't realize to what extent! haha It's been fun reading all the responses, comments, and replies...even if I don't respond to every single one :) 

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, it's been fun and lead to some good conversation.  We should do a post like this every few weeks.  Or like a Top 5 New Games you've played or something too?

tallon.simmons 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

  1. Pax Pamir 2e
  2. Vinhos Deluxe
  3. Brass: Birmingham
  4. The Aquicorn Cove
  5. The Fairy Game

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Seems like your last 2 are quite a bit different than the top 3!

tallon.simmons 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol, yep. Those are games I play with my five year old. Though, Aquicorn Cove is actually a quite solid little co-op; it’s good fun!

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m surprise the fairy game is so low lol

rancidmike Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

1. Great Western Trail

2. Pax Pamir (Second Edition)

3. Irish Gauge

4. Star Realms: Frontiers

5. Stone Age Anniversary

This is an interesting thought exercise. I usually think of Star Realms as one of my favorite games, but at the moment, Pax Pamir and Irish Gauge, both of which I played for the first time recently, have me more excited to play again. Personal cult of the new, I guess, but they're both fantastic games.

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 2 points[-]

Great Western Trail has always been in my rear view mirror a bit.  How is it?

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

That’s an interesting turn of phrase, Scott. “In your rearview mirror”? I’ve not seen that used in this context. 

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's like it's tailing me but I'm doing my best to ignore the fact that it's tailing me, haha.

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol. Great way of putting it. 

rancidmike Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

It’s phenomenal, currently one of my favorite games. I will say, it took about 3 plays before it sang. The first play will undoubtedly feel confusing and overwhelming, but that feeling should clear up about 3 turns in. Everything is just so interconnected, and I love that the table really sets the pace and strategy. SU&SD’s review is what convinced me to get it, so if you’re on the fence I’d give it a look. They don’t usually gush over euros, but everything they say about GWT is spot-on, in my opinion.

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cool, I'll keep it in mind.  Needing to play a few times to get it right never turns me off of a game as I always find that to be the case.

Pulcho420 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

1. Martian Rails

2. Agricola

3. RoboRally (1994)

4. Nuns on the Run

5. Codenames

It was tough putting Agricola over RoboRally, but that last game of Agricola had me itching for more!

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 2 points[-]

I think I'd like RoboRally, from what I hear. Action programming is something I really enjoy. I love Tiny Epic Mechs, Flag Dash, and Colt Express, all of which use action programming.

Pulcho420 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Been playing RoboRally for like 20 years now and I highly recommend! I haven't even heard of those other games, but now I'm super interested. Thanks for the heads up!

When playing RoboRally, beware of turn 2!

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 2 points[-]

You bet! And thanks for the heads up for turn two! :D

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 2 points[-]

Nuns on the Run has always intrigued me. Did is rank 4 just because of the list or did it fall flat?

Pulcho420 2 days ago | 1 point[-]

Love Nuns on the Run! Only at 4 due to the list, for sure. It can hold a lot of players, has some variability in roles between the nuns and novices, the hidden movement works well (with honest folks), and cannot recommend it more!

JamesReid860 2 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oh man! It’s definitely on my wish list now!

mxtiffanyleigh 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

1) Awkward Guests

2) Taverns of Tiefenthal

3) Let's Make a Bus Route

4) Cartographers

5) Seasons of Rice

Essentially Cartographers and Let's Make a Bus Route are tied. Both are wonderful draw & writes. Awkward Guests already has a dozen plays this year and is easily my all-time favorite deduction game and my #1 for 2019. Taverns of Tiefenthal plays remarkably well for 2 players and is a kindred spirit to Newton. Seasons of Rice was solid, but definitely fiddly on its first couple of plays and I think the 18 card limitation will ultimately lead to sameness over repeated plays.

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great list! It’s really interesting seeing what people play. 

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I love Cartographers! So very good. I just learned about Let's Make a Bus Route recently, but it seems pretty good.

mxtiffanyleigh 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

We like it even better playing with colored pencils to match the terrain. It's very pleasing to see the end result!

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

It’s intriguing that Taverns plays well with two. I do a lot of two player gaming. 

mxtiffanyleigh 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Taverns might be a spiritual successor to Quacks of Quedlinberg, but it also reduces luck of the draw significantly with no bag building and the added dice drafting is just enough interaction to make it feel inclusive. 

JamesReid860 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Sounds so good! In spite of SUSD lukewarm review it looks like it would be great fun

mxtiffanyleigh 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don't follow SUSD on the granular level but had heard one of them didn't entirely love that the game didn't feel thematic enough to running a successful tavern with regards to the mechanics etc. That for me is never a huge issue but the game shines. And many/most of my games are 2p so when I find one worth replaying it's a keeper. 

JamesReid860 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yep I’m with you on that. They just put out a video about it. Yes good games that scale well to two players is a keeper!

lexjudex 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cool list! I want to get Concordia eventually. 

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have Concordia on my shelf and haven’t played it yet! I need to soon

NAGfactor Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Been playing a lot of games with the kids so my list is more on the lighter side than I tend to have it (but rules are rules):

1. Dixit

2. Dragonwood

3. Codenames: Pictures

4. Cardline: Animals

5: Quiddler Junior

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Fun list!

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

OK, so I keep seeing Dragonwood pop up. What's it like? And how old would you suggest for it?

NAGfactor Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

It says it's about 20 minutes long but each time we play it probably last about 30 minutes or so. We have always played with 3 people though. I think the components are very nice especially for the price (I paid $10 for it) and the mechanics work well and are very simple. Being light game (1.49/5.00) it is a good to play with the kids. There are special ability cards that you can defeat/capture just like the creatures but they give you abilities to help make defeating creatures easier in the game. This helps add some variability and the length of play seems appropriate.


I would suggest 7 years old, sometimes 6 maybe. I have a 6 year old that enjoys playing it and can pretty much do the game by herself, I usually only chime in when she is about to try to defeat a creature with low to impossible odds of succeeding. Her only questions during the game are usually about making sure she is turning in the right adventurer cards to defeat the creature she wants to. She gets very excited to take on the dragons that come out toward the end of the game.

Beware though, my kids seem to be better at rolling dice than me and usually end up beating me. My 6 year old has actually won most of our plays.

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha I'll keep the dice rolling in mind. But I'm OK losing to my kids...on occasion haha I'm going to seriously consider this one, but possibly in a year or two. My kids are still too young. Thanks for the explanation!

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m interested in this also!

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

This is fun!

1. Imperial Assault

2. Outer Rim

3. Scythe

4. Empires of the Void 2

5. My Little Scythe

sdirrane Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I didn't even think to put My Little Scythe on there but should have because my oldest plays it with me.  Since I started making her play on her own we are 2-2 against each other.

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

I honestly had to put that on here because I couldn’t remember 5 games I had played. Sad! But yes it was a blast to play with my oldest. 

sdirrane Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nice.  Yeah this is the game I've been able to convince my wife to play with us a few times.  So I'm hoping as my kids get older my wife will play with us more and then eventually see how great gaming is.

Skurvy5 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

That’s my plan too. Get the kids going and then the wife will come along. Just need all my kids to get old enough to play. 

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Star Wars in the top two! Very nice :) 

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

If only there were more Star Wars games. 

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Empires of the Void II is on my want list. Looks like a lot of fun! 

Skurvy5 Supporter3 days ago | 1 point[-]

It’s a ton of fun! Highly recommend. 

JamesReid860 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

It is a long one? Over 2 hours?

Skurvy5 Supporter3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, it took a while for us to play it. But it was also our first game. 

JamesReid860 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cool! Good to know 

paulspo 14 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Nocturion
Gravwell
Thieves Den
Ethnos
Scorpius Freighter


sdirrane Supporter14 hours ago | 1 point[-]

I've not heard of any of these games.  I want to look them up but my wishlist is already too big, haha.

BenjaminK 9 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Gravwell is so good. So good. It uses a sort of gravity simulation you must utilize to get your ship out of a singularity. Very fun, thoughtful, and unique.

sdirrane Supporter8 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Dangit, don't tell me that.  Like right now my wife can't have dairy so whenever I eat something dairy I tell her it was terrible.  I can't add anymore games to my wishlist, ha.

paulspo 11 hours ago | 1 point[-]

I think many of us are suffering from this.  According to BGG, my game list is coming in around 555 and I still have games on order!  

sdirrane Supporter9 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Haha, the same thing happens with books for me.  I read 1 book of my wish list and then add like 10 more.

BenjaminK 9 hours ago | 1 point[-]

I hear ya. By "to-read" list is big, and still growing. I just need to prioritize reading more. That way, instead of growing exponentially, my to-read list will grow...less-exponentially haha

sdirrane Supporter8 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Totally!  I'm in a bad spot because I have like 5 different categories of books that all have like 20+ books on them.

BenjaminK 14 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Gravwell is so good! And how did you like Scorpius Freighter? I haven't found a lot of people who have played it, so curious to hear your thoughts. I really like it, personally.

paulspo 11 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Scorpius Freighter is really a great game that got lost in the shuffle.  There is a lot to think about as you make your moves and try to maximize your ship.  I like the components, I like the gameplay.  I really can't imagine someone NOT liking the game.


BenjaminK 9 hours ago | 1 point[-]

It really did seem to get lost. I liked it more and more with each play, too. It's nice that there's a basic  and advanced way to play; makes it easier to teach and keep the life in. Glad to hear you like it!

cmchristensen 15 hours ago | 1 point[-]

1. Arkham Horror LCG
2. Root
3. Vindication
4. The Mind
5. Liar's Dice

BenjaminK 14 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Quite the variety in games! From Arkham Horror and Root to The Mind and Liar's Dice haha Do you play Arkham Horror solo? I've heard it's good as solo, but I'm hesitant to get into it because I'm not big on the theme. I'm not against the theme (I really like Cthulhu Wars), but it just doesn't grip me like some others might.

cmchristensen 13 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah it is definitely varied. I mostly play AHLCG in a group of 3, but I also do play it solo occasionally. The theme was one of the strongest parts that drew me into the game, and it's my top game currently. I haven't played any other Lovecraftian game yet, sadly.

1nf1n1ty Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Medieval Academy and Incan Gold are cool little games. Incan Gold is great with a group and I think pretty underrated.

I don't remember what the last five were, but here are 5 of the group.

1. Orleans (awesome bag builder euro

2. Silver and gold (great little filler)

3. Thunder Road (perfect when your brain is fried at the end of a long gaming day

4. OffShore. I wanted to hate the theme, but the game is actually pretty strong

5. Tapestry. I don't even know how to rate this yet, but I want to play it again.


Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Silver and gold is a great little filler. 

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I'll be interested to hear how continued plays of Tapestry goes for you.  It was a big hype game for me at first until I watched reviews and play throughs and it moved off my wishlist because there are so many games I want and that look like they'd be more fun to me.

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Personally I think those pre-painted miniatures are distracting at best and down right ugly for most. This game had me so hyped until I learned more about it. 

1nf1n1ty Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

It is intriguing. Though I fear that it will have an ideal formula coupled with an inbalance of starting abilities and card draws. All of the starting civs are exceedingly different, which is good. But they don't seem like they are balanced, which is bad. There are also great cards and not great cards. So my initial impression is that you will always try to run your best script and hope that you get what you need to make it work better than your opponents. 

I feel similarly about Wingspan. The importance of a starting hand, coupled with the massive imbalance in card value pulls the game down quite a bit. It looks like Tapestry (while a much more intense engine) may fall to a similar complaint.

I was also dissapointed that the beautiful buildings have very little impact on the game.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I played Medieval Academy for the first time on Thanksgiving. Pretty fun game! I like the mechanics behind it.

Have you played Altiplano? It's the same designer who made Orleans. 

1nf1n1ty Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I haven't. I want to, and have toyed with a blind purchase. However, I read that it was more complex that Orleans and longer, which meant less times I would get it to the table. 60-90 seems to be the sweet spot for my gaming group, though there are a couple of us who don't mind the longer games as well.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

That makes sense. I've only played Orleans once, and while I really enjoyed it, I really do love Altiplano. It's definitely longer, but I like how it all plays out. And while the expansion isn't truly necessary, it's still really good.

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I’m more into the theme behind orleans. It’s decently high on my wish list. 

1nf1n1ty Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

It sounds good. It is still on my to play wish list. :)

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Tapestry is an interesting one to be sure. I can see taking a few plays to decide what you think of it.