#10: Francis Drake
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:15 am
Designer: Peter Hawes In Francis Drake, you are a privateer raiding the Spanish Main.  You will need to provision your ship, filling it with cannons, crewmen, and trade goods.  Then you’ll go on a lackadaisical cruise through the Caribbean, trading, invading and pillaging as you see fit. Interesting Mechanic: Provisioning.  Provisioning is interesting in Francis […]


#9: Mission Red Planet
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:19 am
Designers: Bruno Cathala, Bruno Faidutti You’re moving to colonize Mars, launching rockets from a steampunk-esque earth in Jules Vernian inspired spacecraft and assumedly while twirling your ridiculous Victorian moustache. Mars is divided into several quadrants. Each quadrant will be scored based on who has the most colonists in them during each scoring phase. In addition, […]


#8: Kingsburg
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:23 am
Designers: Andrea Chiarvesio, Luca Iennaco Kingsburg is a realm besieged. You have been tasked to defend it! However, Kingsburg is apparently a corrupt swamp, and the only way to actually defend it is to kiss the ass of various nobles, who after a little cajoling are willing to shell out the resources you need to […]


#7: Power Grid
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:29 am
Designer: Friedemann Friese Ever want to live the exotic life of an Enron executive with an interest in investing in literal garbage? Then Power Grid might be the game for you! In Power Grid, you will buy power plants in an auction, and then buy the resources you need to power those power plants. You’ll […]


#6: Chaos in the Old World
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:32 am
Designer: Eric M. Lang There are many territorial control games, but this is the best one where you will regularly scream “Blood for the Blood God!” Chaos in the Old World is a wargame that involves the four gods laying waste to an Old Earth where, to be clear, it very obviously sucks to be […]


#5: Terraforming Mars
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:37 am
Designer: Jacob Fryxelius You lead a corporation that stands on the precipice of colonizing Mars, probably for the express purpose of strip mining it aggressively. However, to do so, you’ll need to earn resources and money to engage in various tactics that make the planet more livable, which includes tactics such as developing predators that […]


#4: Trajan
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:44 am
Designer: Stefan Feld A brilliant worker placement game, and arguably Stefan Feld’s best work. The Dice Tower guys rag on Trajan for being just a standard worker placement point salad experience with a Mancala tacked on – and they aren’t entirely wrong. However, the Mancala is central to the game experience, and brilliantly executed. The […]


#3: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:53 am
Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock The players are all a crack response team, responding to a worldwide epidemic. Based on the original Pandemic ruleset, Pandemic Legacy is a legacy game, meaning that your failures leave a lasting mark in the world. There is one scenario per month of the year, and by the time December […]


#2: Clank!
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 12:58 am
Designer: Paul Dennen My easy winner for best new-to-me game of the year, this game first hit the table in late 2017 and instantly became a mainstay of the group. Clank! is a basic deckbuilder but with a board game attached. You are a thief trying to creep into a dungeon, grab more treasure than […]


#1: Magic: the Gathering
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2017, 1:05 am
Designers: Richard Garfield, Mark Rosewater, Many Others In Magic, you are a mighty mage (called a ‘planeswalker’) who is locked in battle with another mage. You place land, activate (‘tap’) that land to gain mana, and use that mana to summon an army of creatures, or cast powerful spells in an attempt to defeat your […]


#13: 1960: The Making of the President
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 8:25 pm
Designers: Christian Leonhard, Jason Matthews Play as Nixon vs. Kennedy in a knife fight of a presidential campaign, which Nixon almost won by appealling to the most racist elements of America, but Kennedy managed to eke out a win based on pure charisma, a televised debate, and possibly by convincing some dead voters to get […]


#12: Sagrada
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 8:29 pm
Designers: Adrian Adamescu, Daryl Andrews Probably the only game about building stained glass windows you’re likely to play. At the start of the game, players will choose a window pattern for their stained window, and then attempt to complete that pattern via dice drafting. Along the way, they’ll try to earn victory points by completing […]


#22: Porta Nigra
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 6:36 pm
Designers: Michael Kiesling, Wolfgang Kramer You are an architect in a medieval italian port city. In Porta Nigra, you’ll be building towers, which means you’ll also be spending a lot of time down at the brick market buying all sorts of exotic bricks. Interesting Mechanic: 3D building. The game is fun because of the visual […]


#21: Fields of Arle
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 6:39 pm
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg Do you like Agricola or Caverna? Are you lacking in friends? Well, Fields of Arle is a Uwe Rosenberg game built for two. Players play as farmers in northern Germany. During each turn, they will farm, grow animals, harvest peat, move dikes, as well as produce craft goods, craft tools and wagons […]


#20: Yedo
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 6:45 pm
Designers: Thomas Vande Ginste, Wolf Planke In Yedo, you are the patriarch of a powerful Japanese house, attempting to curry favor with the new Emperor. Yedo is often referred to as ‘Lords of Waterdeep with Ninjas’, as mechanically they share a lot in common. You send our your agents (i.e. ninjas) to gather resources and […]


#19: Forbidden Desert
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 6:51 pm
Designer: Matt Leacock The goal of Forbidden Desert is pretty straightforward: Build an Airplane. Wait, what? Forbidden Desert is a coop game where the party is trapped in the desert, and seeking the remnants of an airplane in order to escape. Each hero will have abilities that helps the party manage their water, search for […]


#18: Eclipse
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 6:56 pm
Designer: Touko Tahkokallio Want to play an epic 4X Space game, but don’t have 8-12 hours to play Twilight Imperium?  Eclipse provides most of the ambition of Twilight Imperium, in a game session that usually only runs 2-3 hours. In Eclipse, you play as the leader of a great space civilization.  You initially start on […]


#17: Merlin
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 7:01 pm
Designer: Stefan Feld King Arthur is dead! And you are one of the ambitious sycophants vying to replace him as king! This game is one of Stefan Feld’s latest games, and also happens to be one of his more accessible! Players will roll dice, and use the die rolls to move to action spaces, which […]


#16: Yokohama
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 7:09 pm
Designer: Hisasha Hayashi Possibly my favorite new-to-me game of 2017, this game casts you as a businessman in Yokohama as it transitions from being a tiny fishing village to a major modern city. Yokohama is an intimidating board, to be sure, and more casual gamers may be spooked, but it’s a real treat for more […]


#15: Alien Frontiers
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 7:12 pm
Designer: Tory Neimann You lead a corporation colonizing a new planet. To do so, you’ll need to mine the nearby asteroid belt, gather some solar rays from the nearby satellite array and occasionally crash a spaceship into the planet and tell its inhabitants to suck it up, plant your flag and start farming potatoes. Interesting […]


#14: Tzolk’in
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 7:17 pm
Designers: Simone Luciani, Daniele Tascani Tzolk’in is a worker placement game where you play as Mayan chieftain running a tribe. You will place workers in order to fish, farm, mine, build buildings and wonders, and erect temples to the gods. It would be a fairly straightforward worker placement game except for one thing. Interesting Game […]


#32: Caverna: the Cave Farmers
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 5:46 pm
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg Do you fantasize about being a dwarf, perhaps for their lovely beards and charming drinking songs? Farming pumpkins? Mining ore? Going on quests? Making babies? Keeping donkeys as household pets? Caverna is a game by the same designer who designed Agricola. Uwe will show up again, but not Agricola – it’s a sprawling […]


#31: Mombasa
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 5:51 pm
Designer: Alexander Pfister In Mombasa, you play an 18th century chartered company involved in trade in Africa. But not slaves. Seriously, there was enough people wondering about this once the theme of the game was announced that the developers felt compelled to assure players that this game is totally not about slaves. It is, however, […]


#30: Blokus
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 5:56 pm
Designer: Bernard Tahitian Each player is given a collection of pieces resembling Tetris shapes. They place their first piece in the corner closest to them. After that, each piece they place must connect diagonally to one of their other pieces, but must lay flat on the board and may not share an edge with any […]


#29: 7 Wonders
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2017, 5:59 pm
Designer: Antoine Bauza You are one of ancient earth’s great civilizations, competing with each other to build the mightiest wonder, or if nothing else, a good bathhouse. 7 Wonders is a card drafting game. Each player will be given a hand of cards. From that, they’ll choose the card that they want, and pass the […]


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