My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2021

8 years ago, I started running Stonemaier Games full time. As was the case before then–but especially after then–I play a lot of published games, both because I love tabletop games and because I have so much to learn from my peers.

As I do every year, yesterday I posted a video showcasing my favorite games that I played for the first time in 2021 and that were released approximately in 2021. In a tough year for supply chain, I was delighted with the games I played.

Various Categories

  • Favorite Expansions: Expedition Leaders (Lost Ruins of Arnak), Manufactions (Fantastic Factories), Forgotten Realms (Magic), Strixhaven (Magic), Cursed Hoard (Fantasy Realms), Into the Horizon (Shards of Infinity), as well as Between Two Castles: Secrets & Soirees, Tapestry: Arts & Architecture
  • Sequels: Herbaceous Pocket, Cartographers Heroes, The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
  • New Stonemaier-Related Products Released This Year: Red Rising, Rolling Realms, Between Two Castles: Secrets & Soirees, Tapestry: Arts & Architecture
  • Favorite New-to-Me Games Released Before 2021: A War of Whispers, Blitzkrieg, Quetzal, Conspiracy, Abandon All Artichokes, The King’s Dilemma, My City, Dwellings of Eldervale, Tranquility, Small Islands
  • 2021 Releases I Haven’t Had the Chance to Try Yet (that I’m most eager to try): Caper: Europe, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Hunger, Anno 1800
  • 2022 Releases I’m the Most Excited About: Flamecraft, Earthborne Rangers, Namiji, Now or Never, Momiji, The 7th Citadel, Merchants of the Dark Road, Marvel Dice Throne, Dog Park, The Age of Atlantis, Lands of Galzyr, First Ascent, Mythwind, Planet Unknown
  • Stonemaier Coworkers: (Joe) Formosa Tea, Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin, and The LOOP; (Alan) Planet Unknown and Genotype; (Morten) Flourish and A Gentle Rain; (Alex) Dune Imperium, Sentinels of the Multiverse Definitive Edition, Roll Player Adventures, Cubitos
  • Honorable Mentions That Didn’t Quite Make the Top 10: 7 Wonders Architects, Khora, Maglev Metro, Furnace, Genotype, Floriferous, Groundhog Day, Destinies, Enchanted Plumes

My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2021

  1. Roll Player Adventures (video)
  2. Ark Nova (video)
  3. Sleeping Gods (video)
  4. Dice Miner (video)
  5. Cubitos (video)
  6. Canvas (video)
  7. Cascadia (video)
  8. Sonora (video)
  9. The Whatnot Cabinet (video)
  10. Red Rising (video) and Rolling Realms (video)

What were your favorite gaming-related products and new games of 2021?

Here is last year’s list, and here is my latest overall top 10 list. My video for this topic is below.

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