My Top 10 Favorite Games (as of March 2024)

Every six months I update my top 10 favorite tabletop games list. For this list, I looked back at most of my top 10 videos over the last few years for games that were ranked 1 and 2 multiple times (for any type of list, most of which focus on a specific mechanism), and I ranked those games for this list.

There are many great games from other publishers that won’t make the list even though I’m fond of them, and Stonemaier Games products aren’t eligible due to extreme bias on my part. The top 5 Stonemaier games picked by ambassadors were Scythe, then Tapestry, Wingspan, Viticulture, and Apiary.

The previous list is here. I tend to cycle through favorites, hence why I do this every 6 months, but that also means that there are previous favorites that may completely drop off the list for 6-12 months.

Honorable mentions: 7 Wonders Duel, Ark Nova, Spots, Clank, Dice Forge, Downforce, Dune Imperium, Blob Party, Fantasy Realms, Hierarchy, Just One, Lords of Waterdeep, Magic, Forest Shuffle, Orleans, Planet Unknown, Ra, Rumble Nation, Russian Railroads, Terra Mystica, The Guild of Merchant Explorers, The Isle of Cats, Tzolk’in, So Clover, Santa’s Workshop

My Top 10:

10. Century: Golem Edition: A newcomer to the list, Century is representative of many games on my current top 10 in that it provides an interesting puzzle that doesn’t take too long or requires too much brainpower–perhaps my brain is just too busy with Stonemaier Games. Century is a game in which you’re upgrading tokens into better tokens, deciding along the way if you want to get better at upgrading or focus on completing goals.

9. Space Base: In Space Base, you use dice to activate 1 or 2 cards in your tableau, which improves every time you gain a new card. I love the progression and lack of downtime in this game.

8. Cat in the Box: I’ve found that I rather enjoy the low-key mix of luck and skill that trick-taking games provide, and this one has such a clever twist: The cards don’t have suits. Rather, you declare the suit as you play the card (you mark it on a shared board to indicate that, say, the blue 3 has been played). I love this game!

7. Mysterium Park: Mysterium Park is a cooperative game about solving a randomly generated mystery using weirdly illustrated cards as a communication device. The game is incredibly easy to set up and play, and it feels great when you’re able to give or receive a clue exactly as intended.

6. Earth: Like a few other games I love, Earth is a tableau-building game in which you start with a few special cards and eventually build a 4×4 grid of cards. The magic of it is that it’s almost entirely simultaneous, with one player choosing an action and all players taking a version of that action, then activating all cards of the matching color in their tableau. It doesn’t offer much interaction beyond a race towards public goals, but that isn’t what I’m looking for in these games where I’m just focused on building something amazing.

5. The Quacks of Quedlinburg: This push-your-luck, bag-building game has multiple expansions, and I’ve played them all, yet I think I’m the most compelled to just play with the core game, as it offers exactly what I want from the game. It offers the perfect intersection of whimsy and agency.

4. Star Wars: The Deckbuilding Game: This is a 2-player dueling game featuring a shared, random row of cards that both players interact with, gaining and removing cards. The game is a race to destroy 3 of your opponent’s bases; the choice of which base to use after the previous one is destroyed is one of the best choices in the game. I love how the theme is implemented, and I’ve had a blast sharing this game with people.

3. Skull King: This is my favorite trick-taking game. I love how it escalates, with the first hand just being 1 card, then 2, then 3…all the way up to 10. The scoring potential ramps up too, giving players the feeling that they have a chance even if they fall far behind. We always end up laughing quite a bit while playing Skull King.

2. The King’s Dilemma: I decided to top my list with two of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had, two campaign games. The King’s Dilemma puts players in the positions of royal advisors in a fictional kingdom, each with our own agendas. The entire game is just voting on different decisions and discovering the consequences. I played this with 4 other friends and loved it; I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel, The Queen’s Dilemma.

1. Roll Player Adventures: This is everything I want an adventure game to be. Megan and I played the main campaign and the recent expansion, and we delighted in each unique scenario and the dice placement/manipulation puzzles presented throughout. The myriad of choices have short-term and long-term effects–it really felt like we were playing through an epic movie.

Also, someone who watches my YouTube channel (Mat), put together a really neat infographic that shows various games on my top 10 list over the last 4 years:

What are a few of your favorite games right now?

4 thoughts on “My Top 10 Favorite Games (as of March 2024)”

  1. Some new to me games that I’ve discovered over the last few months that have made it onto my favourite games list are:

    Darwin’s Journey
    Barcelona
    The White Castle
    Wyrmspan

    I’ll be interested to see what other games come out this year, or older games that I haven’t played yet, that will make it onto my list by the end of 2024.

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    • Thanks for sharing your list, Stuart! I’m hoping for the chance to try The White Castle with some friends this weekend.

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  2. I love the infographic, it’s fun to see how your top 10 lists have changed over the years. But why are some lines solid and some lines dashed?

    We’ve been enjoying Underwater Cities, Ark Nova, GWT: New Zealand, and Wyrmspan.

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