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Top 10: Most anticipated games for 2016

Top 10: Most anticipated games for 2016

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Lists! We gamers really seem to love them. We list our favourite games, our gaming goals for the next year, our collections and plays…… If we could, we could make a list for nearly anything. One thing that I always try to do is keep up with upcoming releases. I read forums, news snippets on BGG, you name it. With the compiled info I can normally easily make a decision if I’ll be interested in a game or not.

Mostly this comes down to some very simple criteria:

  • Do I know and like the designer?
  • Who is publishing the game?
  • Is the theme something that interests me?
  • What type of game is it, what are the core mechanics? (if possible I check if there are already some rules online
  • Is it something that would fit my group, kids or boardgameclub?
  • How is it presented?
  • What is the expected price going to be? (who am I kidding, really ūüėõ )

Based mostly on these criteria, I’ve compiled a list with the 10 releases, I’m looking forward to the most in 2016. We’ll start with number 10 and work our way down the list to my most anticipated game.

 

10: Tiny epic Western

tewTiny epic western is the newest game by Gamelyn games. They are mostly known for their “Tiny epic” series of games, of which I have played a few. Even though I haven’t liked everything that they’ve brought out. (I really didn’t care for Tiny epic Defenders for instance) This game combines worker placement with a simplified poker resolution mechanic, which really sounds interesting to me. Apart from that every player has a character with a unique power and¬† the presentation of it all is really neat.They are currently running a kickstarter for this game, so if you like what you’re reading head over to the page now using this link.

9: Histrio

pic2697488_mdTo be quite honest, there is not that much information out yet about this release, but it’s still high on my radar based on some of the criteria I mentioned above. Firstly, one of the designers is Bruno Cathala, who has designed many games I really enjoy (five tribes, Abyss, 7 wonders duel). The game is being published by Bombyx, so it will look amazing for sure! Apart frompic2745000_md that, there is a one-liner of information about the game on BGG:Histrio involves animal actors in renaissance times, with players performing dirty tricks and carrying out shenanigans in order to present the best troop possible to fit the mood of the King. ¬† Somehow, that line has really peaked my interest.

8: small box Iello games

Ok, I know that this entry is basically cheating, as I’m talking about more then one game here, but as this is my own little space of interweb I think I should be able to get away with it. Iello has grown from a large french publisher, to become one of the world’s leading companies over the years. Games like King of Tokyo and King of new york are taking the world by storm and apart from their own releases, they do french releases of many well known and well loved titles.

I, However, like them best for their smaller box games. Biblios, Nyet and Welcome to the dungeon have all become some of my favorite fillers and see many plays at our game club events. Then there is the tales and games series, a special line of terrific kids games that they do. Both of these lines will be getting some new releases this year, of which I’m most looking forward to Kenjin, Candy Chaser and Tales and games: The pied piper.

7: A feast for odin

pic116113_tAgain, there is not too much known about this title yet. All I really know is that it’s the newest Uwe Rosenburg game and it will be published by Feuerland spiele. It promises to be a heavy euro as we’re accustomed to from Uwe’s previous designs (Ora et Labora, Fields of arle, Le havre, Agricola etc..) and as long as it doesn’t have a penalty system like Agricola, I’ll be on board. The title suggests that the theme will have something to do with norse mythology, which is allways a plus for me.

6: Splotter spellen reprints

 

Here I go again with the cheating, I promise it will be the last time for this list. I’ve always had an admiration for the dutch design duo of Jeroen Doumen and Joris Wiersinga. Partially, because they are my countrymen and I feel a bit of national pride doesn’t hurt. Also, I’ve allways wanted to play some of their games but have never had the chance. As most of their games are out of print, they are hard to come by and extremely expensive on the secondary markets. When I heard about the upcoming reprints, I was super excited as maybe I’ll finally get a chance to play classics like Indonesia and The great Zimbabwe

5: Pandemic Legacy, Season 2

k2-_47a7d64e-be41-4ba2-ba97-59eb9d6ab6ed.v1One of the best boardgaming experiences I have ever had was playing the first Season of Pandemic Legacy, so naturally I want to play the second season. There’s nothing really known yet about that game, apart from that it will come out this year. I do sincerely hope that we go in an entirely different direction this season, but somehow I don’t have to worry.

 

4: Arcadia quest: Inferno

I’ve had so much fun with the base ga650x650_2d72d65844c6b08ebbb09e0f12c63659c9b667e77931f3aea6997200me so far and have many things left to explore there. That doesn’t mean I’m not terribly excited to get my grubby little paws on the ‘expansion’ that was recently kickstarted. There is an awefull lot of stuff that will come with this game:aq An entirely new campaign, a pets expansion (also with a new campaign), Dragons! Demons! Angels! I hope to have my current AQ stuff painted before this will show up….

 3: Lisboa

pic2345949_mdI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Vital Lacerda!!! (I’m talking about his games of course). During Spiel in Essen last year, I had a chance to talk to the man behind some of my favorite games and there he told me about his newest design that would be released in 2016, Lisboa. I’ve been following any news I can find about this game and so far it looks to be amazing. The game is about the reconstruction of the rebuilding of the Portugese Capitol after the 1755 earthquake. Not the most exciting theme to be honest, but if he’ll manage to incorporate the theme into the game mechanics it should prove to be very interesting. It will be a city building, economic game and probably on the heavier spectrum of euro games. If you would like to read more on Lisboa, I’d highly recommend checking out the BGG page.

2: Vinhos: Deluxe edition

How would you react when your favorite game, from your favorite designer gets a deluxe edition?  Well, my reaction was kinda like this:meme2

I’ve been trying to find a copy for myself for a long time (and still am by the way) but when Vital told me a kickstarer for a deluxe edition produced by Eagle gryphon games would be launched in January I couldn’t contain myself. Apart from a massive component upgrade, the game will be strepic2649446_mdamlined quite a bit. I personally love the new art style of the game, but this is off course a matter of taste. I’d say check the BGG page out and decide for yourself. As soon as the Kickstarter launches, I’ll be sure to write about it on the blog.

One last thing, if you follow Vital on twitter, you’ll find lots of info an pictures about his new releases. Highly recommended! @vitallacerda.

 

 

 

1: Scythe

pic2323719_md.jpgAnd finally, number one on the list could only go to Scythe. The newest game from king of kickstarter, Jamey stegmaier. The Kickstarter for Scythe was run late 2015 and was by far the best kicksater project I have ever followed. Frequent, meaningful updates, backer interaction and awesome commitment from the designer and artist. Wow, just Wow!

Scythe is a 4 (3.5 really) X game set in an alternate history 1920’s europe. The game is pic2789227_md.jpgbased upon a series of artwork from artist Jakub Rozalski. In the game you play as one of the 5 factions of Eastern Europa, farming for food and staking your claim in the lands around a mysterious factory.¬† Scythe is pretty much a sandbox game, where apart from a hidden objective card you are free to roam the lands and find your own way. Decisions come in the form of encounter cards, which will let you choose your destiny. A special note about the components of the game, these are absolutely stunning. From individual mechs and leader figures, to beautiful metal coins, it all looks top notch. If this game will turn out half as good as I expect it to be, it will be one of the best games in it’s genre ever.

 

 

So, that’s it for this list. Be sure to follow boardgameblues to see all updates. What game are you excited about? Leave a comment with your own choices.

Sjtollie

 

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Board game blues top 10 boardgames of 2015!

Board game blues top 10 boardgames of 2015!

another year has passed and for boardgaming, 2015 has been a great year.¬† There were a good amount of games that could have made the cut into this top 10 list and that’s not even taking into acount the games that I didn’t play yet. I will only list games that were released in 2015, so some games I played for the first time in 2015 (Vinhos for instance) won’t find a place on this list.

Some games that were great, but didn’t make the cut to top 10: 7 wonders duel, Grand austria hotel, porta nigra. There are also some games I’ve yet to play sadly, including: Time stories, Blood rage and the dilluvia project.

10: Arcadia quest

pic2305263To be completely honest, I’m not much of an ‘ameritrash’ gamer. I don’t usually care for the randomness of dice and I generally don’t like backstabbing and the likes outside of wargames. Arcadia quest however, just hits the right spot for me. I got pulled in by the awesome miniatures and backed this on kickstarter a couple of years ago. Apart from the gorgeous components I’m really enamoured with the humor that’s dripping from everywhere. From the blatantly rArcadia-Quest-gameplay-2ipped off characters, to the funny campaign notes and entries in the rulebook I just fin this game hilarious. I hope to play it some more during 2016, while eagerly awaiting the inferno expansion I recently backed.

 

9: Shakespeare

650x650_4024902d920f21eb4c7b191cc91923400e91ea5330201a9449a4e52fThis game was somewhat of an impulse buy during Spiel in Essen last year, mainly because I thought the theme was interesting. After playing it a650x650_48aef49202be425cdf2cfc98baa16c119c69ac9a7337df408675ceac couple of times though, I’m growing really fond of this game. One mechanic I really like in this game is the bidding for turn order with actions. There are some other clever and pretty uncommon aspects of this game and somehow it gels together really well for me. Consindering Ystari’s track record, this game really surprised me.

8: Signorie

What’s your pic2684003_mdgame is a company I can almost buy games from without looking and the 2 games they brought out this year have really cemented that opinon. Signorie uses dice in a novel way and that’s what really makes the game shine for me. It offers plenty interesting choices during play and there are many viable paths to victory. There are a lot of moving parts in this game, but the clear round structure gives it a real sense of ease when playing. This game seems to fly a bit under the rader because of WYG’s 20151027_222203other big 2015 release, but I highly recommend you try it out.

 

 

7: Elysium

A1ZRfxKyE4L._SL1500_.jpgElysium was released earlier in 2015 and I think that that’s the reason why it’s not really on a lot of people’s radar anymore. It’s a shame really, as this is a pretty awesome card game. The artwork is absolutely stunning and the whole game is visually very appealing, including the really smart and well thought out box insert. The game has a ton of replayability, since each game only uses 5 out of the 9 greek gods available. I really hope they will expand on this game in the future, even if it would only mean adding some addipic2349947_lg.pngtional gods. The thing I like most about this game is the card selection process you have every round. it uses 4 pillars of different colors and after every selection you get rid of one of the pillars. really nifty!

 

6: The voyages of marco polo

pic2461346_mdI love this game! The main idea is that each player represents a traveler on the silk road, each with a very unique power. All of these powers are very strong and it has happened to me quite often that when I use a new one I feel it’s the best power ever! That is, until the next play with a different character. The game uses a dice placement mechanic which I always enjoy very much. Couple this with the variable setup and ma4b41b8eca6bf2aade5f6b2d30fce192cny paths to victory and you have a game that will allways keep¬† fresh to me. Another plus is the relatively short playtime of 1,5 hours.

 

 

5: Viticulture (Tuscany)

pic2286246Viticulture is a game from stonemayer games, a company that I like to call the kings of kickstarter. They always run very well and very succesfull kickstarters and I’ve enjoyed nearly all of their games so far. Before I learned about Tuscany, I never played Viticulture. My first experience was with the collector’s edition where you ‘uncork’ new features to the game after every session. We played the game extensively and were increasingly happy with the evolution of our games. Nowadays, I always play with the same setup, mixing and matching some of 61maxqKc0HL._SX300_the added features, while staying clear of others. (for instance, I never use the arboriculture or the other expansion using an additional player board. ) One more thing I have to say is that this game features some of the most stunning components I have ever seen. The metal coins are so gorgeous I can’t stop playing with them during the game.

4: Mombasa

MOM_3D_LRMombasa came as a total surprise to me. Every year I prepare extensively for the Spiel fair in Essen, but somehow this game slipped under my radar. When I was introduced to it by a friend who picked it up, I immediately fell in love. Mombasa is basically a stock game, where you can invest in 4 different companies in Africa. The value of the stocks can be changed by the actions you take on the board. This makes it a very interactive game. The way you select actions is also very nice and I have not seen it in another game yet. Basically you play cards on 3 different slots (can be increased up to 5) and after a round ends, you place the cards in seperate discard piles. You’re only allowed to take 1 stack back to your hand, so this means you really need to plan out your turns. I love the way this game makes my brain hurt.¬† My only turn off for this game is the presentation, the board and components feel very bland to me.

3: Nippon

box3d.pngLike Signorie, Nippon is also publishedby what’s your game. It’s from the duo that also made madeira and panamax, both very succesfull games as well. I picked this game over signorie, mainly because of the sandbox feel that the game has. The length of the game is pic2687207_mddictated by a worker (dis)placement system, something I had not seen done before. I’ve played on all player counts and I really like it as much with two as I do with four. This is difficult to pull off in my eyes, but it was done very succesfully here. I will talk more about the gameplay in a future review, but I can sum it up as pure awesome.

2: pandemic Legacy

k2-_47a7d64e-be41-4ba2-ba97-59eb9d6ab6ed.v1.jpgLet me start off by saying that there aren’t too many co√∂perative games which I find enjoyable. I will even say that I don’t care too much for regular pandemic, even with some of the expansions.¬† Somehow, 2 of my friends suckered me into chipping in on buying this game and playing it through. And I’m really gratefull for that. The game is played over 12 months,¬† where you have 2 tries to succeed every month. There are bonuses for doing so, but being succesfull also comes at a cost of losing ‘funding’ (or action cards). Where the game shines though is the legacy deck, which dictates what happens every month. I have to say that this was the most immersive game I’ve ever played and might be my best gaming experience ever. This game made me feel happy, angry, sad, betrayed scared and basically very enthousiastic. (mostly in the same play even).¬† You unlock additional content after every game and it was really fun seeing the game change over the course of the year. We ended up playing the game to completion in 17 sessions and ended with a pretty respectable score. If you’re into co√∂perative games, don’t pass this one up!

 

1: The gallerist

pic2503200.pngAnd then we come to my favorite game of the year. Vital Lacerda has become my favorite designer by far over the last 2 years. With Kanban and Vinhos as two of my favorite games of all time, I was really excited for this game. At Spiel this year I got to talking to one of the guys from Stronghold games during dinnner, Paul Incao, and when I told him my most anticipated game was the gallerist his eyes lit up. He told me he developed it with Vital and he would help me get a signature on my copy. Both Paul and vital’s autographs grace the cover of what is easily the most beautiful game in my collection. I don’t want to delve into the mechanics too much (as I’ll cover that in a review) but thea63b4011a263fde0378276f8449f646b_original.png way all the seperate parts come together to form a sleek and elegant game is just brilliant. A lot of work has gone into the design and it’s all very thematically sound. (for the most part). Component quality is out of this world, from the box, to the tiles, to even the insert. Everything about this game is awesome. If you haven’t played it yet I would suggest you stop reading this article and start tracking down your own copy.

 

That’s it for now guys. Leave a comment on what you think about this list and tell me what you enjoyed playing last year. Is there a game you look forward to in the new year, please let me know.

 

Danny

 

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