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10 out of 2020 Part 2

Here is part 2 of my messy messy list of the Top 10 games I played for the first time in the very messy messy year of 2020. This part of the list might be a bigger mess than the first part. Ah well. Onward to 2021.

10 out of 2020 ain’t bad

I’m pretty sure that my top 10 games of 2020 were ones I have yet to play. I am not sure if you noticed at all but the past year was a bit, well, awkward at best. For me, it included losing my day job as a graphic designer which meant my game budget evaporated as I...

Steve’s Top 10 Games of 2020

2020 has been a lot. Saying it’s been a tough year would be an understatement for some folks. For those of us who got by ok, there were still stressors that you couldn’t avoid. Despite the chaos, it was nice to be able to escape into a board game every now and then. So here my favourite “game getaways” that I enjoyed throughout this tumultuous year.

Red Raven

This week we celebrate the triple-threat designer, artist and publisher, Ryan Lauket of Red Raven games. Ryan is responsible for hit games like Near and Far and Above and Below. He has a fascinating story of how he started in the board game industry as an artist, then a designer. We dig into all of that goodness and go on to gush over our favourite Red Raven games. While we’ve only played a small sampling of his games, the art, mechanics, narrative and world-building at play has left us craving more.

Losers of Midgard

We are here for the vikings. In particular we are here for the Champions of Midgard. A game by Ole Steiness game from 2015 that combined worker placement and combat dice into a beautiful rich thematic gem of a table top adventure. The games central mechanic has players using workers rushing about their viking village running errands to get their warrior pals ready to battle Trolls and Draugr, and packing supplies to head over the sea on heroic journeys to fight mythical monsters.

The Deck-Building Episode

In this episode we try and tackle deck-building but it is such a vast topic that we really just scratch a small itch on the surface. A brief time-line from the explosive force that was Magic: The Gathering to the emergence of a new mechanic through Donald X Vaccarino’s Dominion. There is so much to love with deck-building and so little time in our show to give it the attention it deserves.

The Isolation Episodes

As the world settles itself into this strange time Steve and I use the magic of the interwebs to reach out to each other in from our respective game bunkers to keep the conversation going. This page will expand as we go and we will try and keep things up to date for links.

Ep 11 – The Co-Op Episode

We joked we would call it the co-op episode but that's really a bit of a misnomer. While we do focus on the Ravensburger game Horrified, which is a beautiful family weight, gateway co-op. And we do spend a lot of time talking about the benefits of playing co-op games...

Ep 10 – What’s Your worst?

In Episode 10 we spend a lot of time chatting about some of our favourites games. I’m looking at you Raiders of the North Sea. I introduce Steve to geekgroup.app a web app that links to your BGG (Board Game Geek) account and visualizes your collection data in so many fun ways. This leads us to discover what is considered the worst games in our collections based on the BGG ranking system. Of course, being the lowest-ranked may not actually make them the worst.

Episode 9: The road to catan?

For episode 9 I get a bit excited about the book Eurogames by Stewart Woods and try and explain to Steve what I find fascinating about the world before Catan.