I write these articles as slow as a game of Campaign for North Africa. So, let’s not mess around. There’s 20 more to go!
Hello! It has been a big year for me, in regards to board gaming. So many games played and several genre of games explored. I become more aware on what kind of things I end up liking and what doesn’t click to me.
These are the games that are ‘new to me’ for this year; they were all released before 2018. Games that were remade this year with new shinier prettier editions are also included here, not in my Top 10 Games of 2018. Obviously, the list is subjective to my taste; what games worked for me, doesn’t work for someone else. However, I hope I can present what I felt about these games as I rank them to you.
The year 2018 is nearly done. Holidays are booked. Festivities are prepared. It is a long year of gaming for me, and there are lots of interesting games that came out of 2018. Some I hate; some I love. These are the Top 10 games that were released this year. Note that I regard Kickstarter games to be released on the month that they were delivered to backers. Top games that are ‘new to me’ in 2018 will be posted next.
Pandemic: Fall of Rome is the latest game from the Pandemic series. I was extremely excited about playing this game because: 1.) Late Roman period has always been a topic of interest for me. 2.) It’s designed by Matt Leacock and Paolo Mori (designer of Dogs of War and Ethnos). So, this is way at the top of my list of games to play the moment Z-Man have announced it.
Fall of Rome follows the tried-and-tested Pandemic formula. It is a cooperative game where players collect multi-coloured cards. Once you have enough cards of that colour, you are one step closer to victory. The game ends when the players collected a set of cards from every suit. Simples.
Dice Hospital is a Kickstarter game from Alley Cat Games, soon to arrive to the backers and will be available on retail soon. Dice Hospital is a game about managing a hospital by shuffling your staff between rooms to take care of your patients and make them better. From the theme itself, it reminds me of an old video game called Theme Hospital, which I really love, except with dice. Amusingly, for a game with loads of dice, there’s not much dice rolling.
Coimbra is a game that I took an interest for a while now, since Tom Vasel did a preview of it. The combination of dice drafting and card drafting captured me. It became one of the most anticipated games I had this year. The beautiful art style has given me great joy – Yes! Euro games can be beautiful and colourful too!
Reef is a tile-laying game where players try to make patterns, by laying tiles on their player boards, and score patterns using the cards they have in their hand. It is the follow-up game after Azul, made by Next Move Games where they will publish games with 4 letters on the title.