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The year in gaming

P.D. Magnus
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I wrote the following answers in response to some questions on Facebook. I'm crossposting here.

1. Best new-to-me surprise of 2015: China. I was taught Web of Power in June. That prompted me to get a copy of China, which replaced WoP. I've now played 16 times. It is highly strategic, but simple and quick to play. I can almost never tell who's won until we tally it up. Before learning Web of Power, I don't think I'd even heard of it.

2. Biggest new-to-me disappointment of 2015: Suburbia 5★. It makes the set-up more complicated and has a few overly complicated rules. I'm honestly unsure how Alien Mountain would work, but luckily nobody's ever bought it. To be clear, it's not the worst thing I played this year. It's just the biggest disappointment. I fear this has killed Suburbia at Zombie Planet (the venue where I play), which is a shame because Suburbia's still among my favorite games.

3. Most-played game of 2015: Far and away, Sentinels of the Multiverse. My wife and I play several games every laundry day to fill time while waiting for machines.
Second-most was Roll for the Galaxy, again mostly 2-player with Cristyn.
Nearly tied for third-most are Bandu and Kingdom Builder, predominantly at Zombie Planet. I'm glad we have been getting Kingdom Builder to the table more.
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