2019 Year in Review (with Martin Griffiths)
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BGG's prolific qwertymartin joins Mark Johnson on his Boardgames To Go podcast to reflect on 2019. After discussing some raw numbers and statistics, the two of them share their picks for "Favorite of the Year" in a bunch of fun categories. Follow along with the podcast, and/or reply with your own picks for the best you played last year.

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1. Board Game: Northern Pacific [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2787]
Board Game: Northern Pacific
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Favorite Boardgame you played in 2019

Martin Griffiths (MG): Northern Pacific
Mark Johnson (MJ): Wingspan

Board Game: Wingspan
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2. Board Game: Senators [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:3508]
Board Game: Senators
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Favorite ‘complex’ card game (special powers)

MG: Senators, Res Arcana
MJ: Pocket Mars, Piepmatz, (Keyforge)

Board Game: Res Arcana
Board Game: Pocket Mars
Board Game: Piepmatz
Board Game: KeyForge: Call of the Archons

 
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3. Board Game: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:51]
Board Game: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
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Favorite ‘traditional’ card game (colours and numbers)

MG: The Crew, Maskmen, LAMA, Heul Doch Mau Mau, Hats
MJ: Belratti, Voodoo Prince, Eternity

Board Game: Maskmen
Board Game: L.L.A.M.A.
Board Game: Heul doch! Mau Mau
Board Game: Belratti
Board Game: Voodoo Prince
Board Game: Eternity
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4. Board Game: Stinker [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:6452]
Board Game: Stinker
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Favorite party game

MG: Stinker, Bring Your Own Book
MJ: Just One, Belratti

Board Game: Bring Your Own Book
Board Game: Just One
Board Game: Belratti
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5. Board Game: Sprawlopolis [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:512] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Board Game: Sprawlopolis
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Favorite solo game

MG: Sprawlopolis
MJ: PARKS, Barbarossa Campaign

Board Game: PARKS
Board Game: The Barbarossa Campaign
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6. Board Game: Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:884]
Board Game: Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD
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MG: Time of Crisis
MJ: Doolittle Raid, Barbarossa Campaign, Gettysburg, 1941

Board Game: Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid
Board Game: The Barbarossa Campaign
Board Game: Gettysburg
Board Game: 1941: Operation Barbarossa
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7. Board Game: Through the Ages: New Leaders and Wonders [Average Rating:9.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:9.10 Unranked]
Board Game: Through the Ages: New Leaders and Wonders
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Favorite digital game

MG: Pamir 2 on Vassal
MJ: TTA w/ expansion, Agricola, (Terraforming Mars), Ulm

Board Game: Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
Video Game: Agricola
Video Game: Terraforming Mars
Board Game: Ulm
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8. Board Game: Clash of the Gladiators [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:5672]
Board Game: Clash of the Gladiators
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Favorite “oldie”

MG: Clash of the Gladiators, Too Many Cooks
MJ: Paris Connection, Between Two Cities, Brass, Schrille Stille

Board Game: Too Many Cooks
Board Game: Paris Connection
Board Game: Between Two Cities
Board Game: Brass: Lancashire
Board Game: Schrille Stille
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9. Board Game: Air, Land & Sea [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:920]
Board Game: Air, Land & Sea
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Favorite 2-player

MG: Air Land & Sea, Mandala
MJ: Lincoln, Evolution The Beginning, War Chest

Board Game: Mandala
Board Game: Lincoln
Board Game: Evolution: The Beginning
Board Game: War Chest
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10. Board Game: Belratti [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1704]
Board Game: Belratti
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Favorite 6+ player

MG: Belratti, Letter Jam
MJ: Northern Pacific, Just One

Board Game: Letter Jam
Board Game: Northern Pacific
Board Game: Just One


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11. Board Game: Maskmen [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3355]
Board Game: Maskmen
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MG: Maskmen
MJ: PARKS

Board Game: PARKS
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12. Board Game: Hurlyburly [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:10926]
Board Game: Hurlyburly
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MG: Hurlyburly catapult
MJ: Planet magnetic dodecahedron

Board Game: Hurlyburly
Board Game: Planet
Board Game: Planet
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13. Board Game: Yellow & Yangtze [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:964]
Board Game: Yellow & Yangtze
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MG: Pax Pamir 2nd edition
MJ: Yellow & Yangtze

Board Game: Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
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14. Board Game: Sol: Last Days of a Star [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:1473]
Board Game: Sol: Last Days of a Star
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MG: Sol: Last Days of a Star
MJ: Sintra

Board Game: Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
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15. Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1220]
Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket
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Favorite game that you absolutely loved but no one else you know did so you will keep it for years knowing you loved it so so much but will probably never ever play it again because no one else likes it that much and will probably not want to play it with you? (Aka The David)

MG: Stephensons Rocket
MJ: Piepmatz, Terra

Board Game: Piepmatz
Board Game: Terra
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16. Board Game: Trader [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:5636]
Board Game: Trader
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Favorite experience

MG: playing with my 3-year-old, LoBsterCon
MJ: Ka-Ching & Terra on the cruise, Detective w/Greg’s “evidence board”, Quacks deluxe bits, Exit at Origins


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17. Board Game: Decrypto: Expansion #01 – Laserdrive [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Board Game: Decrypto: Expansion #01 – Laserdrive
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MG: Decrypto - Laser Drive
MJ: none! (maybe Detective: LA Crimes)

Board Game: Detective:  L.A. Crimes
 
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