My Top 10 Eurogames
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
84 
 Thumb up
0.25
 tip
 Hide
As an avid eurogamer who has been in the hobby for about a decade, I thought that it was about time I officially compiled my top 10 list.

A couple of quick precursors:

1. My personal sweet spot is medium to medium-heavy eurogames that typically play in the 60-120 minute range. Basically, I like something that I can sink my teeth into, but I don’t want to sit with one game for 3+ hours.

2. To curb ‘the cult of the new’, this list is only compiled of games I’ve had in my collection for at least a year (i.e. eurogames that have stood the test of time, receiving repeated plays in my group despite the constant flow of shiny new releases).
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: Recommendations_+_Comparisons [+] [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:3]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Honourable mention

Undoubtedly one of the greatest eurogames ever designed, but one that never hits the table in my group because of the large time investment required (see point one above about my personal sweet spot). That has changed following the release of the digital app which, in a word, is phenomenal. The interface is both intuitive and attractive, and most notably, it wonderfully streamlines the experience by automating the bookkeeping elements of the game. It truly is a gem, and this is now the go-to game for my group when we’re in between sessions. Hence, a worthy honourable mention!
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:216]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #10

I have more games by Stefan Feld than I do of any other game designer. The man is a true force in the industry, and so it seems criminal that I’ve only included one of his games in my Top 10. I think if I ranked #11-#20, he would make a few more appearances, probably with titles like Bora Bora, Trajan, and In The Year of the Dragon which are amongst my favourite Feld titles.

For this list though, Notre Dame makes the cut for its streamlined elegance, which sees it hitting the table more frequently than his other titles. It’s certainly one of his lighter games, and perhaps the lightest game in my Top 10, but I just love the elegant mix of mechanics here. As a eurogamer, you simply can’t look past Feld, and Notre Dame is as fine a centerpiece as any.
23 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:525]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #9

Hawaii is an underrated eurogame with a colourful and pleasant island theme. There’s a lot I love about this game, from the multiple currencies you need to manage (feet, shells and fruit), to the clever ‘pricing’ system which creates a dynamic and fluctuating market on the main island. It culminates in a thoughtful, strategic experience which (probably due to its Hawaiian theme), feels fun, vibrant and fresh. I always enjoy a game of Hawaii, perhaps best accompanied by a Pina Colada and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole on the stereo. It’s certainly unfortunate that this one flew under the radar for many eurogamers (although an infamously negative review from The Dice Tower probably didn’t help in that regard).
16 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: 51st State [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:927] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #8

Another underrated gem which successfully takes a wide range of my favourite eurogame mechanics (e.g. resource management, worker placement, multi-use cards, hand management and engine building) and distils them into a clever, thoughtful card game. It’s full of interesting decisions, and the post-apocalyptic theme (clearly inspired by Mad Max) really shines through. I can’t speak for the recent ‘master set’ reprint, only because I have stuck with my original version (including the Winter expansion) and simply have not felt the need to replace it. While it goes to four players, this is also one of my favourite 2-player games, and the game I’ll frequently pack when travelling with my wife.
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
5. Board Game: Yokohama [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:104]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #7

The youngest entry on my list, Yokohama has only been in my collection for a little over a year, but it has already found a comfortable spot in my Top 10. In some ways, it feels like a heavier version of Istanbul, but that doesn’t quite do it justice. It’s a thoughtful ‘puzzle’ as you navigate the various locations on the board, circumventing your opponents and attempting to optimise your efficiency as you pursue the many paths to victory. It’s thoroughly engaging and, despite looking ‘busy’ at first, ultimately comes together in a very smart and sophisticated manner.
13 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
6. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #6

From youngest to oldest! Goa was released way back in 2004, but has truly stood the test of time. The way in which tiles are selected and auctioned off is fantastically tense and exciting. In fact, if auctions are amongst your favourite game mechanics, then Goa is simply a must-have. Of course, beyond that, Goa is also a terrific engine-building game where you’re essentially managing a tech tree to improve your efficiency as the game progresses. There are just so many agonising decision points in Goa, and that’s what makes it so much fun.
20 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
7. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:344]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #5

This one has really grown on me over time. It’s perfectly weighted to create meaningful decisions without generating analysis paralysis. That’s not to say that I don’t like a good old-fashioned brain burning (I am a eurogamer after all), but this one gets a lot of table time because it’s just so easy to get into, and it’s thoroughly pleasing as you watch yourselves progress up the mountain (who would have thought that excavation and track-laying could be so satisfying?). Apart from the pleasant game experience, Snowdonia is also mechanically watertight, with the scores often close and excellent variability between games (due to unpredictable events and randomised weather). The additional scenarios you can buy (essentially mini-expansions) are also fantastic, adding some very clever twists to the experience.
22 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
8. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:238]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #4

Shock horror! Only one Uwe Rosenberg game in my Top 10, and it’s not Agricola! Shame on me! Well I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Rosenberg’s typically sprawling, sandbox-style eurogames. To me, Rosenberg shines with his more streamlined offerings – games like Glass Road, Patchwork, and my personal favourite, At The Gates of Loyang. I absolutely adore this game. There is something incredibly zen about planting, harvesting and managing your own vegetable garden. Perhaps that’s why it’s such a popular retirement hobby? In any case, At the Gates of Loyang offers one of Rosenberg’s most elegant and streamlined designs, complete with gorgeous production value. It’s low on player interaction, but sometimes that’s exactly what I need (when, for example, I want something peaceful and non-conflicty to play with my wife). That’s not to say that it isn’t full of thoughtful and meaningful decisions, because it certainly is, but it just always leaves me feeling happy, win or lose.
17 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
9. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:137]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #3

Who said a eurogame can’t be dripping with theme? As far as I’m concerned, Vlaada Chvatil is a genius, and Dungeon Petz is his crowning achievement. This is a game that is not only mechanically robust and strategically deep, but is wrapped up in its theme to perfection. You actually feel the stress of raising monsters from puppy-eyed cuties into uncontrollable terrors (and you better hope to sell them before they destroy everything – Arghh!) It’s utterly brilliant and oh so much fun. That mechanic of managing the growing needs of your pets is just so, so well done. As a eurogamer, I don’t often feel the need to be enveloped in theme, but Dungeon Petz is a shining beacon of originality, and it’s an absolute blast to play.
20 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
10. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:68]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #2

Dice, done strategically. That is the crux of Troyes, and while it’s not the only eurogame that manages to use dice effectively, it is the best in my opinion. I love the satisfyingly crunchy decisions in this game, and the fact that every game is completely different depending on the cards that come into play (that is in fact the sole reason I bought the expansion, i.e. to add more cards and more variability to one of my most frequently played games). The game is essentially a fun problem-solving exercise as you look to manipulate and allocate dice to your advantage. It’s also high on interaction given that all your dice are publicly available to the other players. Overall, Troyes takes my #2 slot because it’s so deliciously addictive, and (like the other games in my top 10) boasts an impressive set of thoughtful, streamlined mechanics. I always look forward to playing Troyes, and for what it’s worth, I’m also very fond of the unique art direction.
29 
 Thumb up
1.00
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
11. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:42]
Bayden Hammond
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
badge
I love the smell of cardboard in the morning!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Rank #1

Well here it is, my number one eurogame, and the only game for which I’ve taken the time to write a review (https://goo.gl/HRsGko). It’s as though Richard Breese took all of my favourite game mechanics and turned them into the perfect game. It’s all here: worker placement, bidding/auctions, hidden information/bluffing, memory, push your luck, tile laying , resource management, engine building, route building, pick up and deliver, set collection, and probably others I’ve overlooked. The point is, it all gels together like a well-oiled machine, and I absolutely love it. I love that it’s a dynamic and tactical experience that forces you to think on your feet. I love that there is so much variability built into each game. And I love how brilliantly scalable the game is – how many other eurogames can play so effectively from two-six players?

I’m also a huge fan of the two core expansions (The Farmers and The Merchants) which, when taken holistically, has firmly planted Keyflower in my number one spot (and I can’t foresee it being dethroned anytime soon).

Thanks for reading my list, and happy gaming!
34 
 Thumb up
1.00
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.