Esed's Top 50 Games of All Times (2018 Edition)
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This is the list of the 50 best games I have ever played. I made a similar list in 2016 (https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/213980/eseds-top-50-games...) and 2017, but that one, I have never finished putting my notes together so it never went public

I have been a boardgamer for about 13 years but it really ramped up during the last 5 years or so. I briefly became "addicted" to Kickstarter and bought most of my games there. Since then, I have realized that it is often too risky and slowed down my purchases considerably. Not in the FLGS, though

I have played over 350 different games over the years, own quite a lot of them and play very often, multiple times every week, with multiple groups of various boardgame "familiarity". I'm always trying to bring new people into the hobby.

As my boardgaming mood changes a lot, this list is representative of my likes as of September 8th, 2018. Feel free to comment and disagree with my opinions!
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1. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:140]
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No. 50 - Imperial Settlers

2016/2017: 17 / included with 51st state (-33)

Plays: 9

Plays in 2018: 0


Imperial Settlers were one of those games that I played by a chance. It was the first card-based engine building game that I have ever played. And I immediately fell in love with this type of games and have since bought multiple of them. I don't own Imperial Settlers, though, because I don't like the artwork and there are other games that scratch the same itch for me

I love how fast it goes, as every player does just one action and that's it. I love how you have a common deck plus personal deck for every faction. I love how those personal decks make each faction play uniquely. I love how interactive the game is. And I love how it starts very simple, basically the same for everyone but ramps up very fast and just becomes very tense and distinct.

I don't like how luck-based it is. You can plan a perfect strategy but if you don't get the right cards, and your opponent does, there is nothing you can do about it.
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2. Board Game: Rising Sun [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:55]
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No. 49 - Rising Sun

2016/2017: New to the list

Plays: 3

Plays in 2018: 3

I love area control games. I love various mythologies. I love games that are well produced. You are going to see these sentences a lot on the list So it is no surprise that I found Rising Sun to be interesting enough to back it on KS.

The game looks amazing, plays smoothly and it is filled with lovely tension. I love how you can make alliances and then disrupt them. How important every fight is and how the game pushes you to not be stuck in just one area, defending yourself, but to explore, move and try to very carefully balance how many people you need where. I love how you play during every player's turn. I love how every faction is slightly asymetrical.


What I don't like about the game is that you basically can't play with odd number of players and that it has a runaway leader problem (but then, that is a problem for a looot of games).
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3. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:449]
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No. 48 - Eminent Domain

2016/2017: 21 / 42 (-7)

Plays: 10

Plays in 2018: 0

I never heard about Eminent Domain until I played it in 2016 and I fell in love with it. I love deckbuilding games and sci-fi is my favourite genre in games so I was intrigued once they showed it to me. I later bought it and the only reason it doesn't get played more is that it is not interesting enough with 2 and most of my plays are 2-players.

I love the artwork and the space theme. I love that it is a deckbuilder where the deckbuilding is just means to an end and not the only mechanic (love those!). I love that, again, all players play all the time and you always have an interesting decision to make. I love that you can develop your empire and you see it grow and become better and better. I love the stuff that comes in all the expansions. I love that you get to keep cards in your hand and prepare for future turns (not that common in deckbuilders).

I don't like that I only have 1 action and 1 role. Although I can follow other people, it always costs a lot of cards to make a substantial thing. And, obviously, I don't like that it doesn't play well with 2


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4. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:355] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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No. 47 - Zombicide

2016/2017: 31 / 36 (-12)

Plays: 25 (highly approximate, played a lot before I started logging my plays)

Plays in 2018: 0


Zombicide was the first 100$ game I have ever bought. I saw it in a shop and I just had to have it. After we played, I loved it so much, I even dreamed about it. And it got me into kickstarter. We played it all the time, at one point every day, 2-players with SO. It also got me into miniature painting. The problem is, I haven't played it in 3 years. Not even once. Why? 2 reasons. I bought everything there was for the game (the modern version, I dislike the fantasy/medieval one). And it is just too much stuff to bring anywhere so we can only play at home. And second, more importantly, I started painting it. And I never finished. There is just too many miniatures and a lot of them look the same and I never got around to finish them I still love the game (at least my memories of it) and I am positive, I will be able to finish painting it some time in the future and will return to playing it over and over and over again.

So what do I love so much about Zombicide? I love the cooperative nature of the game. I love the scenario-based gameplay, making every play different. I love the production of the game. I love how you have to be careful not to get stuck with the zombies otherwise noone can save you (I know people dislike this and they changed it in the medieval settings but I liked the original rules better). I love how easily it plays and how you can teach it to anyone.

I don't like the set up and tear down time (especially with all the expansions thrown in). And I don't like how I can't finish painting it. But that's my fault not fault of the game...

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5. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:290]
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No. 46 - Archipelago

2016/2017: 16 / 26 (-21)

Plays: 7

Plays in 2018: 1


I played Archipelago by a chance without ever hearing about it before (as I often do with games ). I bought it a few months later and thankfully, SO loves it as well. The problem is, our main gaming friends don't really care for it (too long and too much downtime for them), otherwise, we would have played it more.

I love how you really feel like exploring the archipelago, discovering new lands and gaining resources so that you can make the newly acquired land "civilized". I love worker placement mechanic (it is one of my favorites) but I hate how in many games, other people can block you. Not here. Here you can always do whatever you want. I also love how you bid for the turn order and how, even though the game is highly competitive, you need to cooperate in some ways. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the game is gorgeous!

I dislike the downtime as well, although not as much as my friends do.




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6. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:109]
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No. 45 - Cosmic Encounter

2016/2017: 18 / 19 (-27)

Plays: 22

Plays in 2018: 0


Cosmic Encounter was one of those games bought blindly just based on the cover. And I'm really glad FFG did such an amazing cover because it is an amazing game. It is also my SO's favourite. The only reason it doesn't get played more is because it need 4 players at least AND it is too mean for most of our friends.

I love the variability of this game. There are more than 200 different alien races, meaning no 2 plays will be the same. And it looks amazing. I love how it can completely destroy people's relationships (just for the game), when they promise to each other they will always be on each other's side and then don't last throughout the first turn. I love that you are (once again) involved in every player's turn. I love how exciting the ending is when you are trying to make sure that they won't win before you will. I love how people can't get mad at you because you didn't choose to attack them, the game chose for you

Which is also the main drawback of Cosmic Encounter - you have to attack, even though you know it's pointless because you can't win and it will only weaken you further. And also, sometimes the negotiations can go for too long, or, on the other hand, be rather bland.
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7. Board Game: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.57 Overall Rank:3]
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No. 44 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

2016/2017: 30 / 24 (-20)

Plays: 8

Plays in 2018: 0


I love civ building games. I also come from the same city as Vlaada Chvatil and although I don't like many of his games, I am always interested in them. So when my friends, who works for CGE, wanted to show me Through the Ages, I was intrigued. And SO decided to join and he loved it. I did enjoy the play but we played 4-players and it was a bit too long for me for what it offered. But SO decided to get it and since we started to play only the 2 of us, it turned out to be amazing.

I love how you really feel like building your civilization. I love the production value of this game. I love how you can choose to follow many different strategies and focus on a lot of different stuff. And you still have a fair shot at winning, no matter which one you choose. I also love how interactive it is, although there is almost no direct attacking.

I know that it sounds superficial but I don't like that I can't sleeve the cards. They just have a very weird size and I can't find fitting sleeves And as I always, always sleeve every game that I have, it is very unnatural to touch unsleeved cards. Other than that, the game can drag a lot, like, a lot, especially with 4 players.
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8. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:80]
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No. 43 - Santorini

2016/2017: - / 60 (+17)

Plays: 9

Plays in 2018: 0

As I love games that look amazing, and am a huge fan of abstract games, I immediately backed Santorini when I saw it on Kickstarter. And I have started painting the miniatures so I'm really looking forward to finishing them and being able to play again

I love the production quality of the game. I love how fast it plays. I love how it can really hurt your brain, trying to figure out how to win. I love how much each and every god changes the game. And how many different gods there are. I love how easy the rules are and how fast the set up and tear down is.

I don't like that it can only be played with 2 (well, officially, there is a 3- and 4-player variant but it really is only playable 2-player).
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9. Board Game: Vast: The Crystal Caverns [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:496] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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No. 42 - Vast: Crystal Caverns

2016/2017: New to the list

Plays: 2

Plays in 2018: 0


I love asymmetric games. So when I saw Vast on KS, I was highly interested. But at the same time, I was afraid it wouldn't deliver and I didn't like the generic fantasy theme. But one of my friends bought it and after trying it out, I was really kicking myself for not buying it. And I raved about it so much to SO, he bought it for me He hasn't played yet, though, as I moved to a different country shortly afterwards. Will be coming back home permanently soon, though, so we'll catch up Because it definitely delivered!

Well, I could just say I love the asymmetry and leave it at that. But it is not just that. I also love how thematic all the roles are. You really do feel like a dragon trying to just wake up and get out. Or like the hero, trying to rid the world off this dragon while brushing away those pesky goblins. Or like angry goblin tribes just trying to get rid of the terrible light that that weird squishy human brought. Or like the cave just trying to find a bit of peace. Haven't played any of the other roles, though, but I suspect they will be thematic as well I also love how everyone feels desperate yet hopeful to win at the same time. I love that it feels epic but doesn't drag.

I must admit I don't like the art. I mean, I appreciate that it is consistent and they obviously put a lot of effort into it but it is just not my cup of tea. I also don't care for the theme that much And also, I should probably mention that learning this game is a beast. But a worthy beast
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10. Board Game: Hive Pocket [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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No. 41 - Hive Pocket

2016/2017: 27 / 39 (-2)

Plays: 23

Plays in 2018: 0


Most of my plays are 2-player with SO. And since neither of us likes to play one game over and over (with some exceptions), we are always trying to find new games that would fit us. And so I came upon Hive by chance and decided to buy it.

I love that although it is an abstract strategy game, it has a very interesting theme that is actually quite nicely connected to the mechanics. I love how deceptively simple it looks. I love how fast it plays. I love how every victory (and I haven't had many) feels so good, like you not only beat your opponent, but also this impossibly hard game. I love how they went with the bakelit pieces although they could very easily just be cardboard chits. I love the clear style with perfectly readable iconography.

I don't like that some of the expansions come as a huge tile for the regular Hive and small tile for Hive Pocket as I never know what to do with the oversized one I also don't like how I just can't win this!
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11. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.65 Overall Rank:2]
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No. 40 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

2016/2017: New to the list

Plays: 19

Plays in 2018: 11


I do like Pandemic so I was interested a lot in this. But on the other hand, destroying the game while you play just felt wrong (yep, I have never played legacy game before this). But thankfully, SO gifted this to me. And we played it over Christmas break and January. Needless to say, it was worth it and I have been even more interested in anything legacy playable with 2 since then

I love the adrenaline rush that came with every opening of a new crate, new dosier or putting a sticker on a card. I love how the game had a story that progressed, from the Pandemic-like start up until...something different. I love how well produced everything was, even though they knew people would throw it out afterwards. And I love how great every victory felt and how terrible every defeat was.

But it is not my number 1 game, not even close. I must admit, after the amazing start, when I really wanted to move on, explore more, get more and more information....after August, the game somehow lost steam. And I didn't like the ending, predictable, boring and
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12. Board Game: Alien Artifacts [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1443]
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No. 39 - Alien Artifacts

2016/2017: New to the list

Plays: 7

Plays in 2018: 3

I love card-base engine building games. And I love 4X games. So when I heard they were doing a 4X-like card-based engine building game from Portal, of course I had to get it. So I asked one guy to pick it up for me at Essen and I was not disappointed.

I love that although it at the first glance looks similar to Imperial Settlers and 51st State (and scratches the same itch), it is it's own game. While playing, it doesn't feel to me at all like those other Portal games but it is nonetheless fun. I absolutely adore the clean, stark, white artwork. That is actually what captured me first, the box illustration. So stark. So white. So beautiful. I love that you can really get into the theme and feel the 4X from this card game. I love the (slight but palpable) asymmetry of the various factions. I love how many different ways to achieve victory there are.

I am a bit sad that I can't enjoy this with many people because it is just too mean to them. And because they don't know the game, they think it is too random and luck-based. As for me, I see that it is actually quite tactical but a lot of my friends won't give it another chance. Well, at least SO likes it
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13. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:56]
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No. 38 - Five Tribes

2016/2017: 5 / 15 (-23)

Plays: 15

Plays in 2018: 1


Five Tribes was one of those games I got introduced to by someone at a gaming meetup. I immediately fell in love with the intricate nature of the game and we played it over. And over. And over. And then, it was too much. Which is why it has fallen so much over the years. But I still enjoy it occasionally, I am just not as enamored with it as I used to be.

I love the "mancala" mechanic. That's what people call it but the thing is, I have never played mancala so to me, it's just an empty phrase. So instead - I love how my brain needs to work hard to try to observe all the options of picking up and dropping meeples one by one until the last one gets joined with another of the same color and they make stuff happen I love how many different ways of scoring there are and how viable they all are. I love how no 2 games feel exactly the same. I love that it has a pretty solid 2-player option. I love how you need to carefully make sure to not only maximize your gain but also avoid helping others even more.

I don't like how with some people, the game just draaaaags. It feels like it's not moving anywhere at times. And I know it is more the people's fault but since you can't plan anything until it's your turn and how many options and things to calculate there are, this game is more AP-inducing than most other games. I also don't like the theme but that's just personal preference. I also don't like the extreme political correctness when they removed (historically accurate!) slaves and replaced them with inaccurate fakirs. As someone not growing up in USA, I guess I am insensitive to slavery.
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14. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:220]
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No. 37 - Love Letter

2016/2017: 12 / 28 (-9)

Plays: 38

Plays in 2018: 0


Love Letter was the first microgame that I've ever got and I bought it because it was so cheap. There are times when we play it almost at every meetup and other long months when we don't play at all but it has definitely paid itself off.

I love how the game looks like a nice little game with a cutesy theme but actually is so, so very mean and vicious. The contrast is amazing. I love how simple the rules are. I love how quickly it plays. I love that for the money it costs, you actually get quite a lot of game that most people do enjoy. I love how well it scales (especially the Premium edition, but that one is not that cheap ). I love how a player who knows how to read people, can really dominate the game. I love how it can fit anywhere so that you can bring it everywhere.

I don't like that sometimes, you can really just get bad and worse cards and it just won't work no matter what you do. But that is why we always play multiple games so that someone needs to win a series
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15. Board Game: Rex: Final Days of an Empire [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:625]
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No. 36 - Rex: Final Days of an Empire

2016/2017: 19 / 32 (-4)

Plays: 1

Plays in 2018: 0


I bought Rex because I love TI (spoiler? ) and the theme of Rex seemed amazing. Plus, everyone kept saying how great Dune was and this is exactly the same game, just with slightly different theme (and although I read like 8 Dune books, I was never enamored with it). I have only played Rex once, 2 years ago and haven't since but I am positive it will happen again...

I love how the game forces you to diplomacy and into alliances, but at the same time, goads you into betrayal. I love the theme and how well the game is produced (well, it's FFG, how could it not be gloriously produced?). I love how thematic it feels when you play and how it captures the early war. I love the asymmetry of the factions.

I don't like that what factions are in play is always scripted. I understand why it had to be done but I still don't like it. And at the same time, I don't like that the game is only playable at 6. We tried with 5 and it clearly wasn't the complete experience. I don't like how long it takes (you COULD play a very fast TI game in the same time ). And I don't like that because of the play time and the need for 6 players, I haven't got it to the table beside that one initial play...
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16. Board Game: Heir to the Pharaoh [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:4595]
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No. 35 - Heir to the Pharaoh

2016/2017: - / 23 (-12)

Plays: 4

Plays in 2018: 0


I love spatial puzzly games. I know that there are not that many on this list but there are more in the top 100...really But when I bought Heir to the Pharaoh, I knew nothing about how it played and that it had this aspect. Honestly, I bought it because Egyptian mythology is my favorite (I even have a couple of Egyptian-themed tattoos) and because it was about cats vs. dogs (I looooove cats while SO is more of a dog person ). Honestly, I didn't expect much from it. And how surprised was I!

I (obviously) love the theme. I also love how well produced the game is, even though I don't have those deluxe components. But even with cardboard, they made sure that it is very nicely done. I love how the game is not much in terms of amount of stuff but is a lot in terms of game. I love how quick the turns are. I love how you need to constantly out-think your opponent. I love how every card that you use WILL be used against you in the next turn.

I don't like that it doesn't get to the table more often. And how crappy I am at it
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17. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:7]
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No. 34 - Scythe

2016/2017: 30 / 21 (-13)

Plays: 9

Plays in 2018: 1

I have previously played only 1 Jamey Stegmaier, Viticulture, and I have not liked it at all. I was just bored by it and I felt like there was no theme at all, you are just pushing cubes of some color and turning them into different cubes on your player mat. I was also not highly interested in mechs and alternate history of 1920' so the KS for Scythe was an instant pass for me. But then the game got delivered and had so many positive reviews, I had to try it. And yep. It's good.

I love the illustrations. I love how there are small easter eggs on the map. I love the production. I think every game should have those recessed player boards But it's not only that. The game is just beautiful and every piece is just correctly sized and made to be super-convenient and useful. I love the engine building and resource management in the game. And I love the little asymmetry and area control thrown in.

I don't like how it can often drag and how it is one of those game where if you don't have a person observing and nagging people, you can easily spend 30 min not doing anything because nobody will know it's their turn as they got lost calculating. I don't like that even though the miniatures have nice poses, the quality is not as high as all the other components (or miniatures from other companies). Plus, the airships are all the same (that was a big letdown). I also don't like that although you have that great theme in the illustrations, you don't really feel it while playing. Like, I never feel like enlisting recruits, I feel like putting a cylinder from some place to another to get some immediate and future bonuses. Maybe this will be solved in Rise of Fenris, don't know.
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18. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:75]
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No. 33 - Pandemic

2016/2017: 10 / 18 (-15)

Plays: 10

Plays in 2018: 0

Pandemic was one of the first games I have ever played. And we played it more than those 10 plays, but before I started logging them so no idea how many I have actually played Being a scientist, the theme is what drew me in. The coop nature was something new. And how hard it initially felt, we just couldn't win. Ever. So, to not feel stupid, I never bought it. But then SO got the new, nice edition for Christmas once. And I still think it is the best puzzly coop I have ever played.

I love the theme. And I love how every new expansion has enhanced the game (and made it even harder). I love how thematic the In the Lab one feels. I love how damn hard the game is and how you can suit the difficulty to your group. I love how quickly it plays. I love how it scales. I love all the different abilities of each character and how they change the game and your strategy.

I don't like the alpha-playing but, thankfully, it doesn't happen that much in my group. I don't like the pawns. I know it's superficial but I don't think they belong to a game today
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19. Board Game: Topoum [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:2029]
Simona Dostalova
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No. 32 - Topoum

2016/2017: New to the list

Plays: 5

Plays in 2018: 0


Topoum was one of those games that I got to play by a chance because someone brought them to a meetup. It didn't look like much at first but when I learned about the card play, it captured my interest. I then talked about it so much, SO got it for me last Christmas and we both enjoy it a lot

I love that they could very easily have made Topoum into a serious, WWI game of combat but instead, they made it into a fun game of mole combat. Yes, those almost blind animals that live underground. I also love how many suprisingly thematic things they put into it (like the line of sight ). I love how the board looks like a WWI map form above, complete with coffee cup stains and medals of honor. I love how many cards there are and how 2 games will never be the same. I love how highly tactical the game is. I love the play time. I love how well it scales. I love the little mole meeples

I don't like that you can sometimes be very, very unlucky with the cards and nothing just goes your way. And I don't like how hard it is to sometimes remove that one small hex from the middle of the map without destroying everything else.
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20. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:218]
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No. 31 - Takenoko

2016/2017: 15 / 34 (+3)

Plays: 29

Plays in 2018: 1


Takenoko was one of those games that I knew about when I was a poor student, gaming wasn't my main hobby and I therefore couldn't justify buying it without trying it first. But I always knew about it and wanted to try so when my friends, who loves pandas, got it, I had to try it immediately. And it delivered in every aspect. Needless to say, I bought it soon afterwards

I love how beautiful the game is. I mean, they really went over their heads making sure that everything is amazing. I love how easily it plays and how you can play with anyone (as long as they can hold cards). I love how even though it's simple, it's really highly strategic. I love how well it scales. I love how it is a race and you can sometimes win with low-VP objectives just because you played a lot of them.

I don't like how highly luck-dependent the game can be. But since we started using the "you can't keep a drawn objective card if it's already completed" rule, it has been a bit better.
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21. Board Game: Anachrony [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:63]
Simona Dostalova
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No. 30 - Anachrony

2016/2017: New to the list

Plays: 4

Plays in 2018: 4


I love worker placement games. And I am a huge sci-fi/fantasy nerd. I sadly missed Anachrony on KS but when I finally noticed it, I was highly intrigued. I sadly couldn't find anyone who had it so that I could try it out. And I wasn't sure if it was good, plus, even though it's quite cheap, the box is huge and I did not want to own a huge game that we'll never play (already have enough of those and I always want to give games another chance so I never sell them ). But, for some reason, it looked really good to SO so he got it for me. Well, I should have gotten it a long time before then.

I love when worker placements don't have just one spot for each action, but everyone can use it. And that is something that Anachrony does. I also love the production quality. And the theme. And how it is connected with the mechanics. I love how you need to carefully plan multiple rounds in advance. I love that some spots are a race while others (like you board) are not. I love the asymmetry of the factions and how they each like to focus on different stuff. I love that for a game this size and this heavy on the strategy, the play time is still manageable. And I loooooove the mech suits (the miniature ones) and how the workers fit into them.

I have never played it with more than 2 people. So I am not sure how well it scales but I feel like I am missing something with just 2. I also don't like when expansions have modules that you can't play together and you have to pick from them. I would rather play with everything. I would also like to see more factions or more leaders with more abilities, as I think that is where the game shines...
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22. Board Game: Valley of the Kings: Afterlife [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:922] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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No. 29 - Valley of the Kings: Afterlife

2016/2017: 11 / 14 (-15)

Plays: 24

Plays in 2018: 0


As I already mentioned, I love Ancient Egypt. And I love deckbuilders. So when my friends showed me Valley of the Kings, I knew I would like it even before we started playing. I have since bought the 2 sequels and Afterlife is my favorite. Actually, it is my favorite pure deckbuilder ever.

The main thing I love about Valley of the Kings is the entombment mechanic. I don't like when the deck only gets bigger and bigger in other deckbuilders. So I really appreciate that here, the deck actually needs to get smaller. I have won multiple games where I ended with only 4 cards in the deck And that is amazing as it forces you to a very hard decision - when is the correct time to entomb that card? Should I hold onto it for one more shuffle so that I can use it again? I also like that you always see all the cards in every game. I love how well they balanced how many cards should be in age II and III, as the III cards always start coming at exactly the right time. I love the set collection aspect of the game. I love the illustrations and how the sets make thematic sense. I love how fast it plays. I love how you can do as many actions and buy as many cards as you want (I have when the deckbuilders restrict you in this - like Dominion).

I am not sure how well it plays with more people but I assume it would bother me how long it takes before my turn comes. But at 2, it is perfect.
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23. Board Game: Bunny Kingdom [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:494]
Simona Dostalova
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No. 28 - Bunny Kingdom

2016/2017: New to the list

Plays: 14

Plays in 2018: 13


I love cute themes in games and games that take a mechanic that usually forms a game by its own and they use it as a basis for something bigger. So when a guy I used to play with came from Essen with Bunny Kingdoms, I was really kicking myself for not noticing it and not wanting one for myself... But thankfully, when it finally came out to my FLGS, it was with the bigger map, so I am okay with having to wait

I love how deceptively vicious the game is. It looks like a cutesy little game with amazing production and then it turns out to be quite evil and nasty. Plus, I love the high level of tactics. I love how the decisions are so hard, sometimes, you would want to keep the whole hand and not just 2 cards. I love that not every card is in every game because the deck is so huge (and full of more or less unique cards!). I love how seamlessly it combines drafting with area control and resource management. I love how I can play it 6x in 2 days and not grow tired of it, although it is a 60min game, not a filler.

I don't really like the 2-player variant. But that's okay, we have a ton of other 2-player games. I also don't like that sometimes you can set yourself up for some great parchment card and it never comes into play.
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24. Board Game: 51st State: Master Set [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:265]
Simona Dostalova
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No. 27 - 51st State: Master Set

2016/2017: - / 11 (-16)

Plays: 18

Plays in 2018: 1


I have already said I love card-based engine building tableau building games. I enjoyed Imperial Settlers but I didn't like the artwork and, also, the randomness of the individual faction's decks bothered me for some reason. So when 51st State Master Set came out, I got that one instead.

I love the slight asymmetry of the factions, achieved without the need of individual decks. I love how well it plays at all player counts. I love how at 2, it is a very intense head-to-head experience. I love the theme and how dark the game is. I love the theme-mechanics connection. I love the little jokes and easter eggs on the cards. I love what the expansions bring, both small and large. I love how quickly it plays. I love the different wood resources and overall, the production.

I don't like that although IS have so, so many expansions, this doesn't get as much love. I also don't like that you officially can't combine the expansion decks that are out. I don't like when games do this.
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25. Board Game: The Gallerist [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:65]
Simona Dostalova
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No. 26 - The Gallerist

2016/2017: - / 31 (+5)

Plays: 2

Plays in 2018: 1


I was interested in Gallerist since I read about it here on BGG and found out how beautiful it is. I thankfully got to play it at a meetup and knew I wanted it. And yet again, SO got it for me.

I love the production of this game. I love how the works of art are real works of art. I love how it is a worker placement game with only 1 spot for each action but people can still go there and that only helps you as you get an extra turn. I love how many different ways there are to victory and how you need to be involved in all of them at least a little bit. I love how tight it is and how it often ends very closely. I love that every decision matters.

I don't like how it's one of those boxes that you can't really take anywhere because it is just too damn big (and of weird shape), although there is not really that much in it. I don't like how hard it is to teach to other people.
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