Azul was designed by the world famous, award-winning game author Michael Riesling. Azul captures the beautiful aesthetics of Moorish art in a contemporary board game.
Players compete as artisans decorating the walls of the royal Palace of Dvora. By carefully drafting the correct Quantity and style of tiles, the most clever of artisans plan ahead to maximize the beauty of their work (not to mention their scores!) while ensuring they wasted no supplies in the process.
Introduced by the moors, "azulejos" (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese, when their King Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra Palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The King, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own Palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles.
As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the royal Palace of Dvora.
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Lists...I like lists and I think many of you do too.
I thought I'd take a few minutes to follow a tradition I see on other sites where top 100 lists are compared.
I did a straight copy paste from the sites and did some excel work to get them in a reasonable format. I'm NOT an expert on data analysis so I won't be doing some fancy analysis to tell you interesting data points. I'm sure there is someone else more capable (and motivated) than me to do that.
If this is something you enjoy, let me know and I'll do it again. (I can't commit to a regular timeline right now however.)
I did do one piece of analysis which is shown below the list. What interesting things do you spot in the data?
First off, here is the list:
|Rank||Board Game Atlas||Board Game Geek||Reddit r/boardgames|
|1||Scythe||Gloomhaven (2017)||Gloomhaven (2017)|
|2||Gloomhaven||Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015)||Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015)|
|3||Root||Brass: Birmingham (2018)||Brass: Birmingham (2018)|
|4||Wingspan||Terraforming Mars (2016)||Spirit Island (2017)|
|5||Azul||Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) (2017)||Concordia (2013)|
|6||Terraforming Mars||Through the Ages:
A New Story of Civilization (2015)
|Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) (2017)|
|7||Viticulture: Essential Edition||Gaia Project (2017)||Food Chain Magnate (2015)|
|8||Spirit Island||Star Wars: Rebellion (2016)||War of the Ring: Second Edition (2012)|
|9||Pandemic||Twilight Struggle (2005)||Gaia Project (2017)|
|10||Codenames||Great Western Trail (2017)||Twilight Struggle (2005)|
|11||7 Wonders||War of the Ring: Second Edition (2012)||Great Western Trail (2016)|
|12||Carcassonne||Scythe (2016)||Through the Ages:
A New Story of Civilization (2015)
|13||7 Wonders Duel||Spirit Island (2017)||A Feast for Odin (2016)|
|14||Pandemic Legacy: Season 1||The Castles of Burgundy (2011)||The Castles of Burgundy (2011)|
|15||The Castles of Burgundy||Terra Mystica (2012)||Terra Mystica (2012)|
|16||Concordia||7 Wonders Duel (2015)||Terraforming Mars (2016)|
|17||Splendor||Concordia (2017)||Pax Pamir (Second Edition) (2019)|
|18||Ticket To Ride||Brass: Lancashire (2018)||Star Wars: Rebellion (2016)|
|19||Race for the Galaxy||Arkham Horror: The Card Game (2016)||Keyflower (2012)|
|20||Santorini||Wingspan (2019)||Brass: Lancashire (2007)|
|21||Patchwork||Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (2020)||Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (2017)|
|22||Catan||A Feast for Odin (2016)||Arkham Horror: The Card Game (2016)|
|23||Brass: Birmingham||Viticulture Essential Edition (2015)||7 Wonders Duel (2015)|
|24||Jaipur||Orléans (2014)||Scythe (2016)|
|25||Great Western Trail||Mage Knight Board Game (2011)||Kingdom Death: Monster (2015)|
|26||Love Letter||Puerto Rico (2002)||Root (2018)|
|27||King of Tokyo||The 7th Continent (2017)||Agricola (2007)|
|28||Kingdomino||Caverna: The Cave Farmers (2013)||Orl\u00e9ans (2014)|
|29||Star Realms||Nemesis (2018)||Viticulture Essential Edition (2015)|
|30||Everdell||Food Chain Magnate (2015)||Agricola (Revised Edition) (2016)|
|31||Lords of Waterdeep||Root (2018)||Crokinole (1876)|
|32||Welcome to...||Agricola (2007)||Mage Knight Board Game (2011)|
|33||Architects of the West Kingdom||Mansions of Madness: Second Edition (2016)||Caverna: The Cave Farmers (2013)|
|34||Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure||Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (2017)||Race for the Galaxy (2007)|
|35||Blood Rage||Blood Rage (2015)||Android: Netrunner (2012)|
|36||Clans of Caledonia||Kingdom Death: Monster (2015)||Mechs vs. Minions (2016)|
|37||The Quacks of Quedlinburg||Everdell (2018)||Clans of Caledonia (2017)|
|38||Small World||Power Grid (2012)||Eclipse (2011)|
|39||Puerto Rico||Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (2012)||Azul (2017)|
|40||Forbidden Island||Mechs vs. Minions (2017)||Fields of Arle (2014)|
|41||Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game||Star Wars: Imperial Assault (2014)||Le Havre (2008)|
|42||Arkham Horror: The Card Game||Clans of Caledonia (2017)||Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (2012)|
|43||Five Tribes||Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization (2006)||Power Grid (2004)|
|44||Dominion: Second Edition||Le Havre (2008)||Lisboa (2017)|
|45||Sagrada||Eclipse (2011)||Roll for the Galaxy (2014)|
|46||Roll For The Galaxy||Azul (2017)||Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated (2019)|
|47||Orléans||Maracaibo (2019)||Dominant Species (2010)|
|48||Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar||Anachrony (2017)||The Gallerist (2015)|
|49||Coup||The Voyages of Marco Polo (2015)||Codenames (2015)|
|50||Ticket to Ride: Europe||Underwater Cities (2018)||Indonesia (2005)|
|51||Sushi Go!||Robinson Crusoe:
Adventures on the Cursed Island (2016)
|Blood Rage (2015)|
|52||Lost Cities||Android: Netrunner (2012)||Inis (2016)|
|53||Raiders of the North Sea||Too Many Bones (2017)||Patchwork (2014)|
|54||Power Grid||Marvel Champions: The Card Game (2019)||1830: Railways & Robber Barons (1986)|
|55||Sushi Go Party!||Race for the Galaxy (2007)||The Voyages of Marco Polo (2015)|
|56||Agricola (Revised Edition)||The Gallerist (2015)||Star Wars: Imperial Assault (2014)|
|57||Dixit||7 Wonders (2010)||Age of Steam (2002)|
|58||Star Wars: Rebellion||The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (2019)||Wingspan (2019)|
Adventures on the Cursed Island
|Fields of Arle (2014)||The Great Zimbabwe (2012)|
|60||Cosmic Encounter||Teotihuacan: City of Gods (2018)||Vinhos Deluxe Edition (2016)|
|61||A Feast For Odin||Dominant Species (2010)||Troyes (2010)|
|62||Hanabi||Five Tribes (2014)||Pandemic: Iberia (2016)|
|63||Terra Mystica||Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure (2016)||Kemet (2012)|
|64||Takenoko||Keyflower (2012)||Puerto Rico (with two expansions) (2011)|
|65||The Resistance||Lords of Waterdeep (2012)||Tigris & Euphrates (1997)|
|66||Star Wars Imperial Assault||Caylus (2005)||Glory to Rome (2005)|
|67||Twilight Struggle||Crokinole (1876)||El Grande (1995)|
|68||Stone Age||Lisboa (2017)||Aeon's End: War Eternal (2017)|
|69||Mysterium||Agricola (Revised Edition) (2016)||Yokohama (2016)|
|70||Sheriff of Nottingham||Aeon's End (2016)||The 7th Continent (2017)|
|71||Forbidden Desert||El Grande (1995)||Decrypto (2018)|
|72||Keyflower||Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) (2005)||Five Tribes (2014)|
|73||Mansions of Madness: Second Edition||The Quacks of Quedlinburg (2018)||Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) (2005)|
|74||Inis||Eldritch Horror (2013)||Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition (2012)|
|75||Betrayal at House on the Hill||On Mars (2020)||Hansa Teutonica (2009)|
|76||Mage Knight||Rising Sun (2018)||Sidereal Confluence:
Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant (2017)
|77||Caverna: The Cave Farmers||Architects of the West Kingdom (2018)||Ticket to Ride: 10th Anniversary (2014)|
|78||Gaia Project||Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (2008)||Forbidden Stars (2015)|
|79||Suburbia||Dominion: Intrigue (2009)||Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective:
The Thames Murders & Other Cases (1981)
|80||Champions of Midgard||Mombasa (2015)||Aeon's End (2016)|
|81||Istanbul||Troyes (2010)||Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (2008)|
|82||The Mind||Patchwork (2014)||The Resistance: Avalon (2012)|
|83||Deception: Murder in Hong Kong||Paladins of the West Kingdom (2019)||Cosmic Encounter (2008)|
|84||Onitama||Barrage (2019)||Dominion: Intrigue (2009)|
|85||Century: Spice Road||Russian Railroads (2013)||Robinson Crusoe:
Adventures on the Cursed Island (2012)
|86||Hive||Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon (2019)||Mansions of Madness: Second Edition (2016)|
|87||The Resistance: Avalon||Clank! Legacy:
Acquisitions Incorporated (2019)
|Underwater Cities (2018)|
|88||Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King||Codenames (2015)||7 Wonders (2010)|
|89||Arboretum||Raiders of the North Sea (2015)||Tichu (1991)|
|90||Skull||Tigris & Euphrates (1997)||Teotihuacan: City of Gods (2018)|
|91||Food Chain Magnate||Roll for the Galaxy (2014)||Istanbul (2014)|
|92||Captain Sonar||Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective:
The Thames Murders & Other Cases (1982)
|Grand Austria Hotel (2015)|
|93||Galaxy Trucker||Trajan (2011)||Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan (2011)|
|94||For Sale||Dominion (2008)||Maracaibo (2019)|
|95||Magic: The Gathering||The Lord of the Rings:
Journeys in Middle-earth (2019)
|BattleCON: Devastation of Indines (2013)|
|96||One Night Ultimate Werewolf||Grand Austria Hotel (2015)||Mombasa (2015)|
|97||Castles of Mad King Ludwig||Pandemic (2008)||Millennium Blades (2016)|
|98||Bohnanza||Pandemic: Iberia (2016)||Marvel Champions: The Card Game (2019)|
|99||The 7th Continent||Lorenzo il Magnifico (2016)||Hive Pocket (2010)|
|100||Through the Ages:
A New Story of Civilization
|Kemet (2015)||Ora et Labora (2011)|
I did a quick run through the list and I found 41 games in all three lists. So there's a good chance these are all keepers. :)
|7 Wonders Duel||2015|
|A Feast for Odin||2016|
|Agricola (Revised Edition)||2016|
|Arkham Horror: The Card Game||2016|
|Caverna: The Cave Farmers||2013|
|Food Chain Magnate||2015|
|Great Western Trail||2017|
|Mage Knight Board Game||2011|
|Mansions of Madness: Second Edition||2016|
|Pandemic Legacy: Season 1||2015|
|Race for the Galaxy||2007|
|Robinson Crusoe: dventures on the Cursed Island||2016|
|Roll for the Galaxy||2014|
|Star Wars: Imperial Assault||2014|
|Star Wars: Rebellion||2016|
|The 7th Continent||2017|
|The Castles of Burgundy||2011|
|Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization||2015|
|Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar||2012|
|Viticulture Essential Edition||2015|
Edit: I should have probably recorded the time I gathered this data because the list changed quite a bit all of a sudden since this morning.
Is this because we are talking about certain games which bumps up their trending or are people voting up their favourites? I have no idea.
I got to enjoy some games of Pandemic: Iberia, Azul, and Railroad Ink: Red Edition. I have to say that I never expected to play solo games, but I've already played Railroad Ink solo a few times and enjoyed it. I know that the solo gamer experience can get a lot better than that too so I'm going to start exploring some games.
For a long time I had no particular interest in 2 player games. I come from a fairly large family so we always had plenty of people to play and games were always something done in a group setting. However, over the last couple of years have introduced my partner to board games and while they aren't her favourite thing in the world she enjoys them. As such I am often on the hunt for games that she will enjoy playing with me. This has opened up a whole world of dedicated or two-player modes for games which has been a bunch of fun to explore.
My partner and I don't play a tonne of games together so I decided to keep the list relatively short so as not just list every game we play 😄 also these are our top games to play together, there are other 2 player games like #War of the Ring (Second Edition) which I think are amazing but I do not own and would be too heavy for my partner to enjoy at the moment.
5) #Odin's Ravens: A Mythical Race Game for Two Players - A very simple racing game designed for two, the artwork is some of the most stunning I have seen. We like to take this one on picnics and chat while we play. The game mechanics aren't anything to write home about but it is fairly relaxed and you can do some fun things.
4) #Azul - playing this at two makes it incredibly intense: anything you don't take your opponent will. There is also a lot of scope for being very mean, although as is often the case with 2P it feels less personal than being mean in a 4P game. It is a fun puzzle and the tiles are just a delight to handle and move.
3) #The Fox in the Forest Duet - a co-operative trick taking game. Again, the artwork is gorgeous (my partner really enjoys artwork and collecting things) and it is not too heavy tactically but a very pleasurable way to cooperate with a friend or loved one.
2) #878: Vikings - Invasions of England - dang do I adore this game. We've only played it twice so far much each time has been hilarious and enjoyable. It is a lightweight wargame, with plenty of dice-rolling. The randomness of turn order/dice/card draw makes it impossible to work out the 'best' move so you have to go with your gut which prevents any AP. However, that doesn't mean you can't have strategy. In the last game I built a Viking minefield to prevent English counter-attacks: the fact that can happen (and work!) is excellent in and of itself. Also, the shear quantity of 'predicatble randomness' (i.e. you know what will be random and what won't be) means one bad role is unlikely to decide a whole game and whoever played best will tend to come out on top. While I have really enjoyed this at two-player I cannot wait to play it with four players in two teams.
1) #13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis - This is such a good two player game in my mind. It is like #Twilight Struggle but in 45 minutes. You each take on the role of a super power during the cold war. You use multi-use cards (which have events and 'command points' on them, if a card has an event for your opponent they get to use it when you play the card) to spread influence in one of nine 'battle grounds' (3 each of political, military and world opinion) to try and claim you secret objective for each round. However, your opponent knows your objective is one of three and can score it if they beat you to it, so there is a fair amount of bluffing. The best mechanic in my mind is that if you raise your influence in a battleground too fast you raise your defcon in the corresponding catergory: get one catergory too high or all three a little high then you trigger nuclear war and immediately lose the game. As such the whole game is a balancing act as you have to reduce you influence in other battlegrounds to reduce your defcon. In summary I think this game is so elegantly put together, all the mechanics are smoothly interlocked so every move has ramifications but in a very intuitive way and plays in a reasonable time. Cannot recommend it enough.
There you go, hope this gives you some ideas of what to look into.
An honourable mention should go to Jigsaw puzzles, we have done 3 so far in lockdown and they are such a surprisingly enjoyable way to spend and afternoon/evening. Get one in your life!
[Runewars The Miniatures Game: Outland Scouts Unit Expansion, Just One, Star Wars X-Wing Second Edition: Slave I, Azul, The Stygian Society]
[Wingspan, Gloomhaven, Root, Azul, Scythe]
[Railroad Ink: Blazing Red, Azul, Pandemic: Iberia]
[878: Vikings - Invasions of England, Odin's Ravens: A Mythical Race Game for Two Players, Azul, 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Fox in the Fore...]