Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

pic2587137In a few days I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with friends and strangers.

My brother and his fiance are coming into town for the convention, so I look forward to hanging out with them. I’m also going to spend some time helping people with the play-and-win copy of Scythe I donated.

But most of all, I want to play new-to-me games with new people. It’s good for me as a designer to play a wide variety of games, and it’s good for my company for me to have table time with fellow gamers. So that’s my focus.

I’ve been keeping a list for a long time of games I want to try out for the first time at Geekway. If you’re attending the convention and want to play one of these games with me, just hunt me down in a few days so we can play it.

In no particular order, here are the top 10 games I want to play for the first time at Geekway:

  • Isle of Sky
  • Steam Time
  • Egizia
  • A Castle for All Seasons
  • Fuse
  • Black Fleet
  • Lost Legends
  • Broom Service
  • Above and Below
  • Medieval Academy

Honorable Mentions: HOPE, Legends of Andor, Rex, Clash of Cultures, Shakespeare, Merchants and Marauders, War of the Ring, Nexus Ops, Glen Moore

In your opinion, are there any of these games I should prioritize over others?



13 thoughts on “Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway”

  1. Not a fan of Merchants & Marauders. I would skip it. Plus, IIRC there is a copy in the Game Nite library, so if you want to play it and have some time you can pop over there some time and get in a game (the Meetup nights are good)

  2. Your list is exciting! Medieval Academy was a nice surprise for me when I played it last Month at PlayModena. I’m sure the game will take a spot on your “favourite game mechanic” video series for the turn reset mechanic. I can’t wait to play Isle of Sky too! Have fun Jamey!

  3. Glen More is a beloved classic that is OOP in the US, so if you have a chance to play it, maybe you should. Tableau building with an innovative rondel.

  4. I had fun playing Isle of Skye at Tabletop day, Recommend a practice round with the rules first. It’s random draw, bidding mechanic, and tile laying work together very well in a way I have not seen before.

  5. Jamey, my group wants to play Andor and Above And Below, so if we plan on playing it I’ll tap you. For Merchants & Marauders, I played two years ago and thought it went a bit long. It’s a sandbox game, like the PC game, and while the wide-open mechanics of it (you can do any number of things while in a port, and in fact should do as many as you can) were interesting, it took a while to get going.

    See you at Geekway!

      • I just picked up Above and Below a couple weeks ago and we’ve played it a few times with 2 and 4 players. My girlfriend and I don’t care for it with only 2 players, but with 4 it can be pretty fun. It’s not nearly as story-focused as say, Arabian Nights, but it also plays much more like an actual board game. It’s definitely fun, although we found it also suffers from feeling a lot like it ends just as you’re starting to get going.

        I’d also jump on War of the Ring if you get a chance – that one can be pretty epic, whether you’re a Tolkien fan or not. It is a bit of a long rules explanation though, so plan an extra big chunk of time for that.

  6. Hey Jamey, let me know if you want to set up a game of WotR. It’s at the top of my list and I’d be glad to bring my copy.

    • Thanks Michael! I’d love to play. You don’t necessarily have to bring your copy, though, as Geekway will probably have one in their library. I wouldn’t want you to lug it around all day. 🙂

      Kyle: That’s good to know about Above and Below–thank you. As for long rules explanations, I’m usually fine with just getting a few key rules and jumping into the fray. 🙂

  7. I am looking forward to Geekway. There are just a ton of great games this year. Scyth at the top of course. Also very curious about Blood Rage. I have played/own about half of your list. Above and below would be at the top for me. Followed closely by broom service.


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