Every 6 months I update my top 10 favorite tabletop games list. Creating today’s list was the toughest task yet, both because of the sheer number of different games I’ve played at this point (574 and counting) and because I find my eagerness to play certain games dependent on how easily I can actually get them to the table. Teachability, learnability, and setup all now play a roll in my gaming preferences.
So there are many great games from other publishers that won’t make the list. Stonemaier Games products aren’t eligible, and because the list focuses on games that I’m always excited to play, I don’t consider one-time campaign games either.
The previous list is here. As for the new list, I revealed my selections and honorable mentions in a video earlier today (see embed at the bottom of this post), so I’ll keep the written descriptions succinct.
10. Clank: 2-4 players, run-in-run-out deckbuilder, 90 minutes
9. Isle of Skye: 2-5 players, I-price-you-choose tile-laying game, 45 minutes
8. On Tour: 2-4 players (but it scales infinitely), roll-and-write route-building game, 30 minutes
7. The Quacks of Quedlinburg: 1-4 players, push-your-luck bag builder, 60 minutes
6. Downforce: 2-6 players, racing game with positive player interaction, 45 minutes
5. Fantasy Realms: 2-6 players, hand-management combo-building game, 20 minutes
4. Tzolk’in: 2-4 players (5 with expansion), heavy Euro engine-builder worker-placement game, 120 minutes
3. Hanamikoji: 2 players, I-cut-you-choose bluffing game, 20 minutes
2. TIME Stories: 1-4 players, cooperative adventure game, 180+ minutes
1. Magic: The Gathering: 2 players (6-8 in draft), drafting, deck construction, combo-building game, 180 minutes for a round-robin draft
The video with my detailed thoughts is below. Are any of these games on your current top 10 list? What are a few of your favorites? And based on my list, do you have any recommendations?