My First Top Ten
If you've ever spent more than a week or so on any Facebook board gaming page, you've most likely seen a stranger's top nine games using the Pub Meeple ranking engine. It is interesting to gaze upon the three-by-three grid to see if some anonymous person on social media has similar tastes in games that you have, and I've been thinking about trying my hand at it- or finger, as it turns out. This simple to use system pits two games in your collection (or games you've played, among other criteria) head-to-head and asks you to simply select which game you prefer. After several hundred (or more or less) choices, the games are put into a numerical list that, in theory, represents the order in which you enjoy your games.
I have now gone through my collection using this ingenious little algorithm for the first time. Below, I submit to you, dear reader, my top ten (or more) games of all time (as of this moment).
#10 Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion- Cephalofair Games
#9 Barenpark- Lookout Games
#8 Clank!- Renegade/Dire Wolf Digital
#7 Wingspan- Stonemaier Games
#6 Quacks of Quedlinburg- Northstar Games/CMYK
#5 Forgotten Waters- Plaid Hat Games
#4 Viticulture- Stonemaier Games
#3 In the Hall of the Mountain King- Burnt Island Games
#2 Century: Golem Edition- Plan B Games
#1 Scythe- Stonemaier Games
Thoughts and Notes on the List (and 11-15)
- There are three games on my top ten that I have only played once. Do they really deserve a spot on my top ten? I say yes. My family is my main play group, and while they are usually willing to try new games, there is definitely a lower threshold for complexity. That means that some of these games aren't experiences that would be appreciated by my family, and would actually drag down my overall feelings on them.
- In a related note, my game days/nights with my gamer friends are few and far between. There are so many great games to play, that these times are often filled with new games that aren't necessarily suitable for family game nights. Too many games? That depends on who you ask, but I think the real problem here is that there are too few opportunities to play with my friends.
- I enjoy deck building and worker placement, but while those games might appear more simplistic they are deceptively tricky. Yes, the text on a card might be easily deciphered, and yes, the worker placement spot tells you exactly what you can do, but finding combos and synergies between those cards/worker placement spots can be overwhelming for new players. So can the sheer number of choices.
- Scythe has me absolutely mesmerized! I've never been so enraptured by a board game before. It is very reminiscent to how I felt when I first played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- I'm really surprised that there are three Stonemaier games in my top ten and zero Grey Fox Games.
- Which brings me to 11-15:
- 11- Bang! The Dice Game (dV Giochi)
- 12- Champions of Midgard (Grey Fox Games)
- 13- Run, Fight or Die: Reloaded (Grey Fox Games)
- 14- Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (Grey Fox Games)
- 15- Downforce (Restoration Games)
- Deception: Murder in Hong Kong has been the game that I'd always say was my favorite, even as I knew it was slipping. Fourteen is probably accurate.
- Speaking of Deception, that and Bang! The Dice Game are the two games that are most responsible for getting me into the hobby.