So, this is the week of Christmas. I find it difficult to believe that the end of the year is nigh. At this time of year I like to reflect back on the previous year and think about various things in connection that happened in the previous year. One thing I like to think about are my biggest surprises, good and bad, of the previous year. So, I would like to ask y'all, what was your biggest surprise, good and bad, of 2020? I am thinking especially in terms of individual games, but you can also mention other things if you so wish.
I think for me, the biggest disappointment has probably been the fact that there were a few small hiccups, such as a global pandemic, rendering impossible several trips I had planned to the states. These trips being times that I get to play multiplayer games the most, that was a disappointment. However, if I think of specific games that were a disappointment, I think I would say #Root has been my "biggest disappointment." Now, before @sdirrane and @philryuh and some of the rest of you burn me as a heretic, let me explain myself. It is honestly a stretch for me to call Root a disappointing game. I just had it built up to such a pitch, that I honestly expected it to be my number 1 game of all time. It still came in at my number 9, it is in my top 10. I still think it is a good game. And, it is still pretty new to me. I can easily see this rising as I play it more and become increasingly familiar with it. This I would charactirize, not as a failing of the game, but my expectations being higher than they should have been.
The game that has been my biggest good surprises for me this year is an easy pick. This is #1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties. So, I won this back in a BGA GAW back when they let you pick any game up to $60 for their GAW winners. I picked this as a huge gamble. When I picked it it was because I wanted to explore the space a little bit. I honestly remember thinking to myself that if it would be a 6/10 for me, I would be happy. Well, it came, I played it, and I was blown away. I have only gotten to play it 3 times so far. But, each time I have become more fascinated. The quality of the puzzly play for solo is just amazing. Instead of it scoring a 6/10 it scores a easy 10/10. In fact, when I tabulated my top 10 list, it came in at number 2. Now, I will say, that by the time it came, I had watched a few videos, and had decided I would probably like it better than a 6/10, but I never expected it to get better than a 7-8.
Anyways, drop your surprises, good and bad, in the comments.