Our Top 3 Tabletop Games of 2018

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Our team of nerds has had a busy year of gaming. We felt the best way to introduce ourselves was through a top 3 list of sorts. That way you could learn about each of our preferences and what you’re likely to see from each of us! This list is strictly our tabletop picks and does not include video games we may have thoroughly enjoyed this year! That will likely come later… On to the picks!

Brigham, aka Smiting

3. Yahtzee

Another seemingly timeless game is Yahtzee. It is easy for young children to throw the dice and feel involved and close enough to craps that adults will enjoy it as well and not lose money… unless you play with the people I end up playing with.

2. Munchkin

Munchkin has become our family’s favorite game to play. It is simple enough that my seven year old can play it yet fun enough that we can have an all adult game. The rules are hysterically on point and vague enough to start arguments at the same time (the owner of the game always gets his way, by the way). Munchkin also does a great job of bringing out the competitiveness in even the meekest of players. This is a game that every family should own.

1. Dungeons and Dragons

This game is timeless. “Why?” you may ask, because each time you sit at the table a different story unfolds. Good dungeon masters weave their tales with an art work that can set your imagination firing in so many different ways. I have had the opportunity to play in four different campaigns and settings with three different dungeon masters. Each game was totally unique and brought a sense of fulfillment that any other board game has yet to reach.

Ben, aka Arbriar

3. 5 minute dungeon.

A recent addition but one of the few where players left the game talking about buying it to play with others. What started as a last game to try out before calling it a night turned into 5 smiling, out of breath people over two hours later. The mechanics were easy to pick up, and each player had there own unique twist to keep things fun and varied. A surprise hit that I can wait to loss my breath over with again.

2. Epic Spell Wars

Group loves this game. There is enough strategy and synergy to make you think, but enough random elements to ensure your never a hundred percent certain how things will pan out. We enjoy warming up or winding down from bigger strategy games with these, and while it is definitely NSFW, the theme is very well done and makes for some good laughs.

1. Scythe

The theme is outstanding, the mechanics simple, the strategy deep. And with the recent addition of a campaign that can be played solo or cooperative it is a game I know we will be enjoying into the new year.

Chris, aka Faust

3. Unstable Unicorns

An awesome card game where the goal is to gather a stable of unicorns. Plenty of ways to screw over other players and if you get the card you can unleash Panda-monium. Expansions have been put out but I haven’t played them yet.

2. King of Tokyo:

I just love kaiju and the mechanics were easy to pick up. Giant monster fights are awesome.

1. Satanic Panic/Dungeons and Dragons.

Both are RPGs with similar themes. Hard to choose between the two, but with D&D actually having been released and not in play-test stage it edges above Satanic Panic a little bit. Love using my overactive imagination in a game .

Cameron, aka Crush

3. Mountains of Madness

See the theme? I love co-operative games. This game requries both luck and communication, but at the same time has humor as the madness begins to take over you and your party. These, along with a need for strategy, really made this game super fun and serious at the same time.

2. The Grizzled

A beautiful co-operative game based during World War 1. A deep need to work together to face the hardships of war, along with gorgeous artwork and historical concept, really made this game for me.

1. Villianous

This game is all about the Disney villians. Its not often that not only do you get to play a Villian, but bring their plans to fruition. A great family game that is easy to follow and has high replayability. I already can’t wait for more villians to be released for this game, so I can defeat those peskie heros too!

Ryan, aka the Guildmaster

3. Dungeons & Dragons

I’ve been playing D&D for 4 years now. The game never gets old and the experiences are always a pleasure to have, even when a player character dies. Granted, I’m the DM for both of our groups and I get the pleasure of weaving tales of heroism and defeat on a weekly basis. And that’s the best part, we tell the story we want to tell with friends. There’s no better way to spend time at a table!

2. Charterstone

We started Charterstone in August of 2018 and we’ve played it 5 times. The legacy mode is a great way to bring continuity and frustration to a game, but the experience has been amazing the whole way through! We’re not done with it yet, and are excited that you get to share in this journey with us!

1. Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia

I love, love, love worker placement games! Euphoria though hits the nail on the head and finds balance between theme, mechanics, complexity, and replay-ability. I relish every time we get to bring this game to the table, because everyone’s strategy to win is different and equally valid.

Honorable Mentions

  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Champions of Midgard
  • Unearth
  • Kobolds Ate My Baby
  • 7 Wonders
  • Splendor
  • Legendary

We are so glad you’re here! We hope to encourage you to whatever game you like, and introduce you to some new friends! Stick around as we have so many things coming!

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