I watch a lot of board game reviews every month. However, I actually add only a few of them to my “buy list”, as board gaming can be a very addictive and expensive hobby :). So I have decided to start a new blog series called “Best of the Last”. I will give a brief overview of why I like a specific game based on the reviews or a playthrough I have watched every month. Hopefully, this will save you some time and money if you happen to stumble upon this series.
Now that I have over 100 games in my collection, I am trying to be more selective when it comes to buying a game. Having said that every year, so many good games come out, the hobby gets bigger and better, it is going to be a challenge to stay disciplined, both mentally and financially!
So I am trying to limit myself to 10 games, this time of the year everybody starts rolling out their top 10 lists, so I decided I should have one too. Hope it helps!
When you discover tabletop games, specifically designer board games, usually you face a challenge: Finding others to play these awesome games with. Most of the time the conversation goes something like this for when we discover this awesome hobby.
-“I have just bought this board game, it is awesome we should get together sometime and play, it will be fun.”
-“Board game? You mean like Monopoly?”
Many boardgamers might agree that Carcassonne is the game that has made tile laying games very popular. It was published in 2000 and has a ton of expansions. For some reason, I have never been a fan of it so my first reaction to Kingdomino was pretty much “it is just another Carcassonne clone”. Then one of my favorite board game reviewers, Zee Garcia said this is one of the best games of 2016. That made me watch a gameplay and right after I was done watching the video, I immediately ordered it online.
Kids love to play games. And any chance they get, they try to get the adults play a game with them as well. We adults, on the other hand, usually end up either making up an excuse not to play or pretend that we are actually enjoying the game. This happens a lot especially with mass market board games for kids. After a game or two, they are too simple, too repetitive. After a while, even the kids stop playing them because of the same problem.
Thankfully there are great board game publishers and designers out there that create great games for kids that are fun and engaging for both kids and the adults who are playing them. Here are 14 of them, pick one, you and your kids will love it.
Image by Geoffrey Fairchild
We love to get together with friends and family on the weekends or the holidays. Usually, we sit down and eat together but eventually, we end up watching TV or staring at put phones nowadays. Board games are a great way to enjoy each other’s company in a very engaging way.
Here are 15 great party games to bring to your next gathering.
Board games are a perfect way for families to connect, interact and have fun together. Here are 21 board games you may not have heard of. My goal is to change that. There is more to board gaming than Monopoly, Sorry, Jenga, Candy Land etc. I am not saying you shouldn’t like these games, if those games are a way for you to have fun with your family and friends, that is absolutely wonderful. However, in my opinion, there is a bigger and better world of games you are missing out on. Once you learn about them, you may never go back.
I did not put these games in order, the first game is not my number one family board game of all time. I love them all. There are also some games on this list that I do not own yet, but they are definitely on my purchase list. Her we go!
Image by Asmodee
Some games are so beautiful, they get your attention right away. Quality component, vibrant colors, attractive board. It all comes together so well you can’t help but want to know more about it. Yes I know that sounds shallow and no I don’t ever buy a game just because of how pretty it looks but if a game is already well designed and fun and it also looks gorgeous, that definitely makes a game move up on my must buy list.
Jamaica is one of those game. The first time I heard about this game was on the Dice Tower network, it was one of their top ten lists and Zee Garcia could not stop talking about how gorgeous this game is. He also put this game on his top 10 games of all-time list, those two factors made me want to watch a gameplay video of Jamaica and I was sold.
When you initially discover the world of designer board games, you quickly realize it can be quite overwhelming to decide what game to buy, or even play to see if you like it. The number of games that are available out there is enormous not to mention the hundreds of new games that are published every year. Even a game like Pandemic, which plays very smoothly, can be a bit intimidating for someone that has never played a modern designer game before.
My solution to this problem was to find a game that had game mechanisms I was already familiar with. For me, that was a dice rolling game. From Monopoly to Sorry, from Yahtzee to Risk, pretty much every mass market game you can find at a big box store has some kind of dice rolling in it.
I have never been into puzzles. There are too many pieces to organize and it takes too long to complete one. After becoming a board game geek, I discovered that I like the idea of a game that creates the illusion of solving a puzzle. For example, you can argue that Pandemic is kind of a big puzzle, that is constantly changing and you are trying to figure out how to solve it.
When I heard about games like Carcassonne or in this case, Karuba, a tile laying game, at first I wasn’t that interested. They sounded too much like straight up puzzle building. I haven’t played Carcassonne yet, but I was definitely wrong about Karuba. It is much more than just putting puzzle pieces together.