2017, what a year, huh?
do you think of when you read the name "Meeple Circus"? This game lives
up to that expectation and more. This meeple stacking game is easily
the most charming board game I've played in a long time and every game
will have you simultaneously thrilled and laughing out loud.
games are very popular in my household and Sagrada manages to turn a
dice builder into a challenging Sudoku-style game. Sagrada is quick
playing, easy to learn and beautiful on the table.
used to call "Formula D" the best use of polyhedral dice, but Unearth
is challenging that title. The clever dice system matched with some
lovely graphics makes for an engaging game.
was a great year for worker placement games and Legacy-style games but
Charterstone gives players the best of both worlds. It starts a little
slow, but after a game or two, you be looking forward to leveling up
your guild and find yourself hungry for more.
Massive Darkness is the spiritual successor to HeroQuest we've all been
waiting for. Simple to learn, but it's campaign system will give you
hours of play. It sports a clever leveling system, wildly flexible
character creation and some of the coolest miniatures around. And what's
a good dungeon crawler without lots of combat!?
Heaven and Ale
you like your strategy games heavy? In this game about beer-brewing
monks, Heaven and Ale's unique combination of "do I go fast or slow"
choice-making paired with "where do I put it" game play makes for a
heady (pun intended) combination.
Mesmerizingly beautiful and mind-bendingly challenging, this shape-stacking game is easy to play and tricky to master.
Dark is the Night
intriguing two-player game of cat-and-mouse where one player is the
hunter and the other is the monster in the dark. For such a small and
simple game, it packs a pretty big punch!
social game that doesn't rely on profanity to be fun! The evil Sparkle
Kitty has imprisoned Princesses in their towers but these Princesses
aren't going to wait for anyone to rescue them! By saying magic phrases,
the players can rescue themselves! Sparkle*Kitty is fast, fun and
friendly for the entire family.
Einstein: His Amazing Life and Incomparable Science
charming pattern building game is the first in an intriguing new
concept: the biography-based board game. It's a great way to learn more
about the man who we have all heard of, but could always learn more
about. The possibilities of games based on the famous figures of history
Rayguns and Rocketships
Special mention: 2017
is especially important to me because it is the year my own board game
Rayguns and Rocketships was successfully Kickstarted and released! If
you love the golden-age of science fiction, skirmish action and lots of
great miniatures in your board games, then please check it out!
Have your own recommendations for the best game of 2017? Add them to the comments below!