Top 10 Games Played in 2019 (10-6)

It’s that time of year again!

Time to look back at 2019 and see what games I played this year and which ones I definitely want to play again. Also, which ones can be left by the side of the road looking all forlorn because they just aren’t that good.

I had a pretty good year in 2019. I played 107 games 192 times (not each!). Of those 107 games, 63 were new to me, which was a lot of fun. I always love learning new games (and I like to keep my cult members happy).

Surprisingly, I played the exact same number of games (107) in 2018 but 67 of them were new (and I had 201 plays).

Smash Up was my number one game played with 16 plays, followed by 11 plays of Space Base (both of them are work lunchtime game staples, so it’s not surprising).

My most amazing feat, however, was getting Eldritch Horror to the table a whopping 5 times! That includes 4 times in the last two months of the year.

Of course, there are side effects to that.

On Fire

But we endure!

So let’s see what the top 10 games that I played this year are. There may be a few surprises based on last year’s rankings.

I’m nothing if not Walt Whitman.

Please note that this is not the Top 10 games of 2019. I actually did a count, and I only played 20 games published in 2019. Thus, half of them would be on that list if I did that.

No, these are the Top 10 games that I played in 2019.

This post will be broken into two parts, so here are numbers 6-10! (The Top 5 will post on Wednesday)

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Terraforming Mars – the Dice Game?

Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a huge Terraforming Mars fan. I’ve played that game almost 20 times now and it’s still just as fun as when I started playing it…ok, actually since the second time (my first time almost drove me away from the game, actually).

It can be a very long, very table-hogging game, and surprisingly I don’t mind that.

But would you play a shorter, condensed version of it using dice?

Over the weekend, I saw this video, a quick interview with designer Jonathan Fryxelius about a new version maybe (hopefully?) coming out next year: Terraforming Mars: the Dice Game. (Edit: It’s now on BGG so I’ve added the link)

Some would ask: were you really a Debbie Gibson fan when you were a kid? And I would answer: please stay on topic. Ask another question.

Then you might ask: Does Terraforming Mars really need a dice game?

There’s not a lot of information in the video (an interview from the Swedish Championship in Terraforming Mars), but it does show you a little bit of what the cards and dice might look like (it’s all in prototype form, so who knows what will change?).

Apparently the dice are going to be resources can be produced (heat, titanium/steel on one die, biological resources, etc) but there is little information on exactly what you are going to be doing with those dice or how the game will work.

Consider this post just a passing along of the announcement that this is planned (though not definite, so more of a hope) for next year by Fryx Games.

Distributed by Stronghold Games? Who knows yet? I would guess so, but I’m sure that can’t be confirmed yet.

In lieu of information, why don’t you provide me some? Do you think a dice game version of Terraforming Mars can be good? Or are you a dice-hating maniac? (there are only two choices, you know).

Let me know in the comments.

Top 25 Games Played of All Time (10-6)

We’ve now entered the Top 10 Zone (it’s nowhere near as scary as the Friend Zone)

That’s right, the Top 10 Games I’ve Played of All Time (capitalization is very important here).

These are some amazing games, and if you follow me on Twitter (and if you’re not, why aren’t you?), you’ll probably see many references to them.

Please keep in mind the usual caveat that I haven’t played every game out there (I think Tom Vasel has probably played more games in a month than I’ve ever played).

So don’t be giving me any guff that your favourite game didn’t even rate a mention. I probably haven’t played it yet (or maybe you just don’t have taste…I mean maybe we don’t have the same taste) (Editor – nice save there)

Still have a beef?

Come at me

And on that note (really, I’m not a violent person), here we go!

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Terraforming Mars: Colonies – Card Previews

What better way to get back into the “hey, this blog isn’t just about reviews” mode than to talk about a new expansion for one of my favourite games?

Terraforming Mars (published by Stronghold Games) easily made my Top 5 games played in 2017 list as it’s just so amazing. I can see why some people don’t like it (the production values aren’t the greatest, it can get long sometimes, etc), but I love it to death.

Each expansion has added interesting elements to the game, and Terraforming Mars: Colonies looks to be doing even more of that when it comes out later this year.

And FryxGames has been doing their job to increase the hype:

In the Colonies expansion, players will be moving beyond Mars and trading with (or establishing) colonies on and around some of the outer planets in the solar system.

This expansion has me so excited.

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