5. Evacuating the Rebel base moments before the Imperials arrive in#Star Wars: Rebellion
Playing as the Rebels is fraught with the knowledge that any turn could be the turn that the Empire discovers your base. It is incredibly satisfying then, to know that you successfully evacuated right before they arrived and now need to start over in their search for your base. And that setting up a new base really isn't too large of an inconvenience for you, you keep going and attempt to bring more star systems into the Rebel fold.
4. Coming up with the most efficient use of your hand of cards in#Mage Knight
This is a more cerebral moment than the others on this list but it is so incredibly satisfying when you puzzle at your hand of cards and then in a moment of clarity you see the best path to move, explore, and then attack. Or you figure the best way to attack that city using every tool at your disposal.
3. Rolling just the right amount of damage, accuracy, and surges in#Star Wars Imperial Assault
In a dice chucking dungeon crawler moments arise when you just need to have a roll. These are the moments where the entire table stands up and everyone holds their breath as the dice fall. People cheer. The Imperial player moans. Truly what board gaming is all about.
2. Pulling the 2x damage card in#Gloomhaven at a critical moment
It should be said that almost every moment in Gloomhaven is a critical moment but some are more critical than others. And that feeling when you get the 2x that gives you enough damage to take out an enemy before they can hit you... truly sublime and one of the best reasons to play board games.
1. Finding the Rebel base in#Star Wars: Rebellion
Nothing beats this feeling. You've been striving to eliminate these pesky, annoying rebels the entire game. And now you've finally discovered their hideout and can crush them once and for all! If you can make it there in time. Or the rebels don't flee. So delicious.