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I don't recall a year like this one or maybe I'm forgetful. It appears we have been spoilt and everyone is having a good time...


 
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Given the number and diversity of games, and the varying experiences of players within the hobby, any year is the best or worst, most or least unique.

Looking at the top 100, 2012 still has a stranglehold on "best year." If forced to choose, I'd go with that. My own experiences are too limited to be anything but an exercise in small sample size, and that's the closest to an objective criteria I can think of. But really, it's too subjective a term to actually quantify with any authority.
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Yeah, I'm just getting a stronger buzz or positive vibe for this year (obviously going by subjective impressions rather than statistics) or maybe it's something else devil
 
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Well, it might help to be able to hear more of other games outside of the megaphone sound that right now is Pandemic Legacy. It is going to take some time before the Essen releases really start to take hold of the rankings.

EDIT: I don't think this year beats 2012 for games that make the Top 100 as by default it is harder to get into, but I do think this is the best year since then although 2013 in particular was underwhelming for me.
 
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matthean wrote:
Well, it might help to be able to hear more of other games outside of the megaphone sound that right now is Pandemic Legacy.


That is one title I had in mind when typing, now the number 1 thematic game, likewise Codenames is the number 1 party game (though there really should be a word game ranking, where Codenames truly belongs)
 
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pusboyau wrote:
matthean wrote:
Well, it might help to be able to hear more of other games outside of the megaphone sound that right now is Pandemic Legacy.


That is one title I had in mind when typing, now the number 1 thematic game, likewise Codenames is the number 1 party game (though there really should be a word game ranking, where Codenames truly belongs)


I nominate 7 Wonders Duel for best 2 player game in 2015 releases.
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Yes. Very original stuff coming out that is changing the way we look at games. Whether these games will change gaming, or be a passing fad, is still unknown. But I think there will be changes.

Here are two examples:

1. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and T.I.M.E Stories will affect the way we see games. These are one shot games. You play through the game (or the campaign in the case of pandemic legacy) then you are done. I think the set up for this was the cult of the new. There are so many good games coming out, that we only play them a few times before switching to a new game. So why not accept that and design games like that. Next year we will be seeing The 7th Continent come out. Will this be a trend?

2. Churchill this game is a new take on world war 2. It is a game about competition between three factions that must cooperate. In the past, games like this simply said that if you don't beat the enemy then everyone loses. But here the game cleverly switches between 3 types of victory condition in a way that forces cooperation. I think that this game may inspire other designers to explore this type of competitive-cooperative hybrid (It is competitive but forces some cooperation).

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Michael Debije
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2004 remains my high point right now.
 
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There have been no must buy games in 2015 for me. Churchill was closest, but I so rarely play with 3 only.
 
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