Category Archives: Best Of

Best New (To Me!) Games of 2019

For the last decade or so, I’ve intermittently published my Best New (to me!) Games list each year… and, when I missed a year or two, added the missing lists to the most recent post. Best New (to me!) Games … Continue reading

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Unheralded Games of the Past Decade: 2016 & 2017

It’s that time of year again, when we take a look back and do lots of Top game lists, but this year’s end is a bit special, it’s the end of a decade. A decade that started with 7 Wonders, … Continue reading

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Unheralded Games of the Past Decade: 2014 & 2015

It’s that time of year again, when we take a look back and do lots of Top game lists, but this year’s end is a bit special, it’s the end of a decade. A decade that started with 7 Wonders, … Continue reading

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10 Great Worker Placement Games (Article by Chris Wray)

Worker placement games have a prominent place in the gaming hobby, but the mechanic is only about 15 years old.  Caylus, designed by William Attia of France and released at Spiel 2005, is commonly referred to as the first “worker … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Games of 2019

Another year has passed, so it is time for our annual list of “best of” games from the previous year.  Each writer was given space to put in their personal list. If you missed it, a few days ago we … Continue reading

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10 Great Games of the 2010s (Article by Chris Wray)

The 2010s were a monumental time period in tabletop gaming.  The industry and hobby grew exponentially, with tens of thousands of new games hitting the market and hundreds of thousands of new players entering the fold.  It was a decade … Continue reading

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Brandon Kempf – Three Games: 2019 Game of the Year

I have a lot of games. A lot of games that are on my shelves, or on my table being played, that I have told myself that I want to review at some point. For one reason or another, this … Continue reading

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10 Great Ticket to Ride Maps (Article by Chris Wray)

Alan R. Moon’s Ticket to Ride is one of the favorite games among writers of this site.  It was #1 on our list of 50 Modern Classics, and it was #1 on our list of games to play first when … Continue reading

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10 Great Games by Reiner Knizia (Article by Chris Wray)

Reiner Knizia is one of the most prolific and accomplished game designers of the modern era.  Many of his designs have achieved commercial success and critical acclaim, and he has several titles that are doubtlessly modern classics. He’s also a … Continue reading

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10 Great Roll ‘n Writes (Article by Chris Wray)

The “roll ‘n write” genre is having a moment.  Though the mechanic has existed for quite some time — I’d (perhaps controversially) describe Yahtzee as a roll ‘n write — the number of new title available has exploded in the … Continue reading

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