2019: Top 10 Board Games
I am a tabletop gamer through and through. While roleplaying games and miniature games have accounted for a lot of my play time, board games are certainly my favorite. They promote social interaction, help people break out of their shell, are versatile for many different types of crowds, and great for many kinds of occasions. The board gaming world has seen an explosion in the past decade, and now some 18 thousand board games are ranked on "The Geek". Games have become better produces, with stunning artwork, and streamlined gameplay. However many older games still stand the test of time in a way that other forms of entertainment often struggle to do. With the decade behind us, I wanted to share my own top 10 board games of all time.
Number 10: Splendor
Number 9: Race for the Galaxy
Number 8: Carcassonne
Beautiful and elegant, Carcassonne makes for a nice introduction to tile placement. The theme and gameplay draws out feelings of exploration and cooperation as you build a puzzle with the other players. At the same time the competition for the best meeple and tile placement offer a competitive experience.
Number 7: Ascension X: War of Shadows
I am not a fan of deck builders. However this one does it right by offering diverse card affects and strategies, keeping the competition high but the "take that" element low.
Number 6: Photosynthesis
Stunningly beautiful, the competition in this game is only outmatched by the amazing forest that comes to life as you play. The ebb and flow of available resources as the sun rotates and the forest grows and thins can be used in a multiplying fashion, propelling you to victory. However just as you seem to be doing well, balancing mechanics prevent exponential success allowing other players to take over.