Designer – Marc Andre
Publisher – Space Cowboys and Asmodee
Year Published – 2014
Players – 2 – 4
Play Time – 30 mins
Game Break Down
You are gem merchants of the Renaissance trying to become the most prestigious of your trade. You will do this by acquiring gem mines, transportation, jewelers, and shops. If you accumulate enough wealth and renown then you may see a visit from a noble which will help you pave a path to victory. Continue reading
40. Glass Road
Designer – Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher – Z-Man Games
Year Published – 2013
Players – 1 – 4
Play Time – 75 mins
Glass Road is all about making glass in the Bavarian Forest. You must manage your glass and brick production on one of the most inventive devices if seen used in a game. You must use a roundel which will adjust the values of your goods with the production of others. This makes for a very rewarding game experience when you try to master this beast.
You will also be working with your aquired materials to construct buildings that will give you bonuses at the end of the round. Cut the forest to make room for new buildings and spread and remove ponds, pits and groves to supply yourself with the items you need to do so.
There are 15 workers that will be available to use that all other players will have access to as well. On your turn you decide which five workers to place in your hand. If played and no other players have this worker in their hand then the worker performs both the actions on the card. Only one action is performed if the card is in others hands. This makes for another interesting aspect of this game. Lots of great ideas in this game all brought together under one roof. Continue reading
We have our weekly game nights on Sunday here in Traverse City, Michigan at Right Brain Brewery. We enjoy a lot of games and I always wanted to know which ones we play the most. I’ve compiled some statistics that I found to be interesting and plan to better the collection for our group. This information may also be helpful for anyone looking to start their own group as well. Continue reading
Pandemic Legacy : Season 1
Designer – Rob Daviau and Matt Leacock
Publisher – Z-Man Games
Year Published – 2015
Players – 2 – 4
Play Time – 60 min
BEFORE WE BEGIN
This game plays very differently than a typical board game plays so I feel I need to begin with a little explanation of how I am going to review this. This game evolves and changes with every game so the game that you play will not be same as the game you played previously. It will add new game mechanics and components as you play into the year (in game). Your experience will be molded by the decisions that you and your group make that gives each experience a unique feel. I will not be posting any spoilers as mentioned in the title so you don’t have to worry. I made sure the pictures were all things you would be able to see from the game out of box and without any of the added materials. Lets begin!
Designer – Paolo Mori
Publisher – Asmodee
Year Published – 2012
Players – 2 – 6
Play Time – 45 minutes
In Libertalia is a card game that all players place pirates in there employ on a ship to go plundering. All the while players must thwart the plans of the other players over the course of three rounds while using cards that show the same crew members as your opponents. Each pirate under your control will have different abilities that you can take advantage of at the right time.
This is a highly tactical game that rewards you for proper timing. Everyone at the table will essentially have access to the exact same pirates as you do but its the order at which they are played is where the meat and potatoes of this game is. Not only is order essential but what you take as plunder as well. Some of the loot is cursed which can hurt you at the end of each round.
Lots of things are going on here and its one that is always fun to see hit the table.
Game Break Down
In Tokaido, players will be traveling down the legendary east sea road connecting Kyoto to Edo. During your travels you will be stopping at various locations in the attempt to create the most richest experience of all players. Players will be witnessing the countryside, tasting the culinary specialties, purchasing souvenirs, bathing in the hot springs, and meeting the locals to accomplish this goal.
Lots of games hit the table this year. They were a great mixture of some old and some new games. We polled some of our consistent attendees to our game night at Right Brain Brewery. This is their favorite games that they played in 2015.
I like games and I’ve played quite a few of them. I’ve played enough now to have built up my top 100 board games. I feel it is pertinent to state a few caveats before I dive in.
Just because a game is not on this list doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy that game. There were a lot of games that just didn’t make the cut that I do enjoy–but these titles are my favorites. These are the cream of the crop in my humble opinion. Also I would like to point out that my favored style of game usually carries a heavy theme and narrative. I love a good story, and a majority of my top games carry that quality.
These are the bottom 50 listed here. I will not be giving any detail behind the placement here,but in my next 50 I will be giving a little detail behind its placement. Without any further delays, I give you my Top 100 to 51 board games.
This will be a short list of ten of my favorite table top games. I would like to note that the order I have these in is probably my preferred as far as any ranking can go, but I took a different approach to my “top ten” list. I made a point to include a greater diversity of games. I did this because, in all honesty, my preferences as a gamer lean towards more deeply complex games. I would like for this list to incorporate games that I find thoroughly enjoyable, regardless of if they are my preferred type of game. I would also like to point out that I enjoy fluid mechanics in the games I play, and thematic consistency is not very important to me. With this is mind I won’t likely touch on the theme aspect of the games in my list very much. Though without further ado, I suppose we should dive right in:
Today we will be riding birds into aerial combat. Tomorrow we will be building an amusement park for working robots. After that? Perhaps we will take a pilgrimage down an ancient road in feudal Japan. Next week we will defend the planet from deadly diseases. Welcome to the world of modern board games. Continue reading