Ranking My Board Games to be Played
So, I’ve done my Top 100 Board Games, I’ve done games that are coming, but what about games that are here or almost here that I haven’t played. I have quite a number of those, 134 to be precise. Which ones do I want to play, which ones are lower on my list. Now, I say which ones do I want to play. Let’s be clear, I want to play all of them, and my hope is that I can. But some of them are higher on the list. I won’t be going into too much details, just short comments. But for example, towards the bottom is Coconuts, I want to play it, but if I just mess around with it with my kid and don’t actually play, I’m fine with that. It’ll still be fun.
To Be Played Board Games I Own Ranked
1 ISS Vanguard
This is one that I really want to play. It’s Awaken Realms and they make giant and amazing games, I really like all of theirs I’ve tried. And this one is a massive space adventure sandbox game. You can pick where you go as you try and figure out the mystery of why humanity was signaled about this information and what is going on. It sounds amazing. It sounds highly impressive and ambitious so I want to give it go. It might be one I stream, but I kind of want to do this in a group.
2 Lands of Galzyr (Already Played Since Writing The List)
Lands of Galzyr is one that I will be playing soon, I might even have played it by the time this article comes out. January 4th is going to be the first day on Malts and Meeples. So if you are reading this after that, you can checkout some game play. I’m planning on doing a few sessions of what feels like a nice relaxing board game. And one that has a story that you can play through without being as much of a campaign game. It’s more bits of story that happen over time versus a massive overall story .
3 Middara: Unintentional Malum – Act 1
But speaking of massive overall stories, we have another campaign game in Middara: Unintentional Malum. Just Act 1 is out now, but I have the other two pre-ordered. This like I said is a campaign and it’s set on another planet but is more fantasy. It’s a mix of both fantasy and sci-fi and real world which is interesting and probably best described as an anime setting. The game play looks fun, and it’s so big that I’m not sure it’s a candidate for Malts and Meeples. But I can’t want to get it to the table.
4 Clank!: Catacombs
A new game, just about arriving, or should be in the next week. Clank! Catacombs is just another version of Clank! But this time it has a map you build out as you go. I think that’s a cool twist, so I want to get it into my collection, give it a try and see if I keep all of the versions. But I love Clank and this isn’t the only time you’ll see it on the list.
5 Cthulhu: Death May Die
Another bigger game, this one is a cooperative adventure to defeat a great old one. But it isn’t a campaign game, this is a one off scenario game which is interesting and I want to get it to the table. This one might not be too hard to table because of that. But I need to learn the rules still. Plus I want to do the push for madness so I grow stronger, but not too mad so the character is eliminated.
6 Deep Madness
To add to that, another one that’s been in my collection for a bit, and I think this is kind of a campaign and kind of not. You’re exploring an under water base where everyone has gone missing. A distress signal came through but what is going on. Of course there are monsters coming from a rift and now you’re fighting Lovecraftian monsters hoping to complete your mission and get out of there. There are a number of scenarios which is fun as each gives you slightly different things to do.
Another one off game, kind of like the previous two. burncycle is a Chip Theory game that looks really interesting. You are robots trying to into a corporation, hack the network, complete objectives and do all of that without being seen. The story of the world is great too, robots took over, then humans made a comeback, and now you’re the robots trying to survive which I think is just fun.
8 My Father’s Work
Yet another big game, there are some smaller ones for sure on the list and some coming up, but you know me. My Father’s Work is a worker placement game where you are ty ring to complete your father’s work in some experiment that is suspect at best. Think like making Frankenstein’s monster. It’s played over three generations which is cool because you can take some stuff forward but not everything. And there is a ton of story in the game as well.
9 Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated
The other Clank! Game on the list, this one is the Legacy version. It maybe should be higher, but I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I love Clank! In general so I want to get it to the table. But because it’s a legacy game, I need to find a group and time to play it with. I will get it played eventually.
Another big Awaken Realms game. I didn’t go all in on it, but I still have a lot to play. You are in a dream world, diving into different dreams to complete objectives. And from what I’ve heard the dreams are nice and different so the game gives you a good variety of what you are doing. Which I mean, they should be, because some dreams are nightmares and others are fluffy bunnies, so you want a good mix.
The Rest of the List
And I’m stopping writing up on them, but you can see the rest down below. There is a wide variety of games. And some of them are more kids games which I’m going to be most apt to play as my kid gets older. So stuff like Rhino Hero Super Battle, though that might get played with adults. Or Coconuts and Hey That’s My Fish are all examples of ones I’ll get to eventually.
11 Hadrian’s Wall
12 Solomon Kane
13 Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition
14 Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor
15 Welcome to the Moon
17 Sea of Legends
18 Terraforming Mars
22 Get on Board: New York & London
23 Betrayal Legacy
24 Tiny Turbo Cars
25 Forgotten Waters
26 Descent: Legends of the Dark
29 Maximum Apocalypse: Legendary Edition
30 The Ratcatcher: The Solo Adventure Game
31 Hanamikoji: Geisha’s Road
32 Bargain Basement Bathysphere (Played)
33 Ghosts of Christmas
34 Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin
35 Spirit Island
36 Folklore: The Affliction
37 Call To Adventure: Epic Origins
38 Imperium: Legends
39 Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape
40 New York Zoo
41 Chronicles of Crime
42 HEXplore It: The Forests of Adrimon
43 Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef
44 GROVE: A 9 card solitaire game (Played)
46 Western Legends
47 Mechs vs. Minions
48 Heroes of Land Air & Sea
50 Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game
51 18 Holes: Course Architect (Played)
53 Bloodborne: The Board Game
54 Fantastic Factories
55 Escape the Dark Sector
56 Valor & Villainy: Minions of Mordak
57 Dungeon Party: Starter Pack
58 Escape the Dark Castle
59 Zombicide: Undead or Alive
62 Space Base
63 Doodle Dungeon
64 Vengeance: Roll & Fight – Episode 2
65 Three Sisters
66 Formula D
68 Splitter (Played)
69 Welcome to Dino World
70 Marvel: Remix
71 The Bloody Inn
73 Via Magica (Played)
74 Arcadia Quest
75 Flick of Faith
76 Adventure Land
77 Alien Frontiers
78 Time of Legends: Joan of Arc
79 Mythic Battles: Pantheon
80 Black Rose Wars
81 Catacombs & Castles
82 Kabuto Sumo
84 The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged
85 Champions of Hara
86 Loup Garou
89 Chronicles of Avel
90 Camel Up (Second Edition)
92 Pioneer Days
93 Cowboy Bebop: Boardgame Boogie
95 Crash Octopus
98 Paper Tales
100 The Faceless
102 Reichbusters: Projekt Vril
103 6 nimmt!
104 Heaven & Ale
105 Periodic: A Game of The Elements
106 Silver & Gold
107 Star Realms
108 Dinosaur Island: Rawr ‘n Write
111 Can’t Stop
112 Rhino Hero: Super Battle
114 Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time
115 Vault Wars
116 Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
117 Cockroach Poker
118 Danger Park
119 Summer Camp
120 WWE Legends Royal Rumble Card Game
122 Palm Island
123 Starship Samurai
124 KeyForge: Call of the Archons
125 Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor
126 Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar
127 Journey: Wrath of Demons
129 Hey That’s My Fish!
130 My Hero Academia: Plus Ultra! Board Game
131 Boy Band Builder: The Card Game
132 Dinosaur Tea Party
133 In a Flash Firefighters
134 What Do you Meme?: Family Edition
How Many Will I Get To This Year?
That’s a great question. My hope is to get my unplayed games below 100, that was my goal last year. And this is where I was at the end of 2022. So clearly I didn’t do that. Some of it is that I buy games as well. Some might leave never having been played. But I really do want to play most if not all of them. And some of them lower on the list will get played before ones higher on the list.
Do you have a favorite from this list that you think I should get to? Or which one of your to be played games do you want to get to first?