Yes, it is going to be an annual tradition doing the top five lists of my favorites in the categories of board games, video games, movies, TV shows, books, and anime. Possibly other things as well, but I can’t remember right now if there were other things that we did lists on.
We have a change up from what I remember as being my #1 last year, but Gloomhaven has gotten to the table so much, and I’m really loving it. The story is a lot of fun in the game, and I really like the combat in the game. Playing two cards and then using the top half of one card and the bottom half of the other card makes for some interesting strategy and changing characters keeps the game feeling nice and fresh. It is a beast of a game to get set-up, move around, and use, but we have it down now so we can get scenarios set-up fast and it doesn’t seem to suffer because of that.
2. Pandemic Legacy
Was a pretty easy choice for the top two. Pandemic Legacy Seasons 1 and 2 just hold up so well. These are big experience games that are a ton of fun. Because they are legacy games they can’t be replayed, but it is fine, after playing through the stress and ups and downs of the games you feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth from the game. How the story unfolds and the game mechanics progress just makes the games and systems tie together and work really well.
3. Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game
This game just tells stories of the Dresden Files well, and there is so much tension in the game play and when you win it feels good. The limited resources and card management works really well. The game also works really well as a solo game and they keep the tension with every number of players. They also keep on releasing expansions for further books in the series that keeps the game even more playable.
4. Betrayal At House on the Hill
I still love this game for how unbalanced it can be. The stories and moments that you have in the game are great as you try and escape this house. I’m a big horror film buff, though I haven’t seen as many as I’d like. The exploration part of the game is a lot of fun, and I cannot wait to play Betrayal Legacy as I think a more directed story in that system will be amazing. There’s also some good campiness to the game that allows it to channel the movie Cabin in the Woods.
There are so many game options I want to put down here. For right now Smallworld holds the spot as it’s a game that is always one I’ll play. The expansions for it are a lot of fun and keep the game feeling fresh, but even without an expansion, it still feels unique with the different combinations of races and powers. The high conflict and area control of the game could be mean, but because of the artwork and style of game that it is, you can’t be annoyed and someone when they try and take you off the map, because you can do that again in a turn or two.
Xenoshyft: Onslaught – A great deck building game that actually has a point for the deck building.
Sushi Go! Party – Fast card drafting game with really cute artwork.
Sagrada – A fun dice drafting game that looks great on the table.
T.I.M.E. Stories – Only played on scenario in it, but it’s a lot of fun and gives you a fun feeling of role playing and puzzle solving as you go along.
Arkham Horror LCG – A good story based Lovecraft game with very puzzle like mechanics.
It’s been a good year for gaming and trying new games. What are your current top 5 favorite games? Have you gotten a chance to try any new games this past year that would have broken into your top 5?