With the decade coming to a close, I wanted to look at my top games of the past ten years. As someone who got into the hobby in 2011, this seemed like a perfect reflection of not just the hobby, but of my decade of playing as well.
Without further ado, lets wrap up the decade and look at 2019.
My top five games are Dune, Point Salad, Undaunted: Normandy, Watergate, and Wingspan.
Honorable mention include: Tapestry and Tiny Towns.
2019 was a harder year than any other game as I haven’t really had the opportunity to play many games this year, let alone brand new games. Basically, take this list with a grain of salt.
Dune, originally published in 1979, saw a reprint in 2019 with some streamlining of the rules. This allowed a game that was incredibly unattainable to now reach the masses of the hobby and in my opinion, it more than held up to the hype that I had for it.
Point Salad is pushing Sushi Go! as the premier gateway card drafting game for the hobby. The game plays incredibly fast (almost too quickly) and there isn’t much depth, but that doesn’t mean much when the game is fluid and fun.
Undaunted: Normandy is the short war game I’ve been wanting for quite some time. The asymmetrical nature of the two powers creates a tactical skirmish that can appeal to players that don’t want to play a long drawn out Axis and Allies game or are turned off by the GMT war counters.
Watergate makes my list as I’m a huge fan of history and politics. Having a game delve into one of America’s most notorious presidential era’s (until recently…) was something that I knew I would be interested in even before I played the game. After playing though, the thematic tug-of-war made initial games fun and made repeated plays even better as you were now able to formulate a strategy around the game.
Wingspan is the one 2019 game on this list that I haven’t played but there’s no denying the popularity of the title or the glowing remarks it has received from those that have played it. At PAX Unplugged, it was one of the more crowded booths and by the final day of the convention, all copies were purchased. I cannot wait to get my hands on this to give it a whirl but from what I’ve heard, Wingspan is the game of 2019.
As for 2019 honorable mentions, Tapestry deserves a mention. While the game wasn’t for me (review here), there’s no denying the hype that the game was responsible for and again, while it wasn’t for me, it has proven to be a hit for players looking for a lighter civilization game.
In addition to Tapestry, Tiny Towns gets a vote. I have only played this once (and it was a demo at that) but I enjoyed the mechanics for a light abstract game. I could see myself getting really into this game or could see myself wanting something with a little more meat on the bones.