Obligatory End of 2015 Part II: The “Late-ies” Awards(Best of 2015)
Obligatory End of 2015 Post Part III: Top Interests of2015: Honorable Mentions
Obligatory End of 2015 Post Part IV: Top Interests of2015: Top 10 List (Games 6-10)
Obligatory End of 2015 Post Part V: Top Interests of2015: Top 10 List (Games 1-5)
Victorian Masterminds will use worker placement as each of the players is vying to be the greatest villain in post-Holmes London! Each of the players will have five agents that they are going to be able to take out into the world to destroy buildings, kidnap scientists, complete missions and collect resources that will allow them to build their ultimate death-dealing machine. I like how each player takes their agent tokens and places them face down in the different action areas in order to complete the tasks. This game is high on my list because of the amazing theme and incredible designer duo of Bauza and Lang. Unless it majorly flops (which I highly doubt), this will be a must buy on pedigree alone!
This game uses the “new hotness” known as the Legacy system. This means that the game will end and leave lasting impressions that you change the upcoming games in the system. This game also uses Knemeyer’s idea known at the Echo System. This is the Legacy idea where it will leave “echoes” that will make every game play different as what you do in one game will change what happens in the next. This is an incredibly ambitious idea and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
This game rocketed up to the top 5 of my list as soon as I heard about it. I am an admitted Portal fanboy and love most of what they put out there. My wife and I completely enjoy the stuff that they put out as they are all highly thematic and fun to play. This game will take a lot of the fiddly parts of Robinson Crusoe (which I personally didn’t mind) and put them into the app to streamline a lot of the more difficult to control mechanics. Besides the mechanics I think the theme is great. I can’t wait to take on all the Red Planet has to offer!
I love how this game takes on the Viking theme (which is super popular right now!) and takes a slightly different look at said theme that other boardgame currently are. It also appears that Rosenberg is using some of the ideas of this incredible two-player only game, Patchwork, in Ein Fest für Odin. Players will use a board in which they will build the patterns out of different shaped tiles which will get them different incomes in order to gain victory points. I love this idea as my wife and I absolutely adore Patchwork! Anytime Uwe puts out a new game I take notice and this one looks to be an amazing one!
You will take the empire and discover new islands, explore, develop trades with different empires, take place in combat and send out parties for raiding and other such activities. This game has been number 1 on my list ever since I heard of it. I love the Legacy idea (Pandemic Legacy is amazing!) and the fact that Daviau is the originator of it just makes it all that much more exciting. The game will evolve throughout the entire campaign and I just can’t wait to see what type of adventures we will have playing through what I feel will be an amazing experience!