My Top 10 Favorite Games (as of August 2018)

Every 6 months I update my top 10 favorite tabletop games list. Those 6 months have flown by–I play a lot of games, and I’m always curious to look back at my tastes over that period to see if they’ve changed.

There are many, many games that won’t make this list, including all games that I’ve designed (Viticulture, Euphoria, Scythe, and Charterstone), published (Between Two Cities and My Little Scythe), or experienced as a one-time campaign (Risk Legacy, Near and Far, Pandemic Legacy, etc).

Rather, the deciding factor on this list is how much I would like to play these games right now. And not just in a “new hotness” kind of way. These are games that I’ve continued to play over and over, and I’m always excited when someone wants to play these games.

Moving off the previous list are several games I still adore, but they’re just not quite in the top 10 right now.

I actually revealed this list in a detailed video today, which I’ll display below, so I’ll keep the list itself succinct to the core details about each game:

10. Tzolk’in: 1-4 players (5 with expansion), heavy Euro, 2-3 hours

9. Yedo (first appearance): 2-5 players, mid/heavy-weight Euro, 2-3 hours

8. Dice Forge (first appearance): 2-4 players, dice-rolling Euro game, 45-60 minutes

7. Downforce: 2-6 players, racing game, 45-60 minutes

6. Scotland Yard: 2-6 players, hidden movement, 1-versus-many, 45 minutes

5. Hanamikoji: 2 players, light but great tension, 20 minutes

4. Fantasy Realms (first appearance): 2-6 players, light filler, 15 minutes

3. Castles of Mad King Ludwig: 1-4 players, mid-weight Euro, 75-90 minutes

2. A Feast for Odin (first appearance): 1-4 players, heavy Euro, 2-3 hours

1. TIME Stories: 1-4 players (though we’ve played it with more), cooperative, move-like experience

That’s it! For more details, please see the video below. Are any of these games on your current top 10 list? What are some games on your list that you think I should try?