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.

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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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New to Me – October 2019

October was SHUX month.

SHUX is a 3-day boardgame convention in Vancouver that was simply phenomenal. I had so much fun, and would have had even more fun if I hadn’t felt so terrible.

Maybe next year!

You know what conventions mean, right?

No, not being told by multiple people that I need to take a shower.

That means a bunch of new to me games!

The Cult of the New to Me was very excited to hear I would be attending this convention. They wanted to see all of the new stuff that I would be talking about when I came back.

They also appear to be a bunch of lazy gits, because while they get mad at me for playing too many *new* games (not just new to me, but games that just came out), they never appear to actually play any “new to them” games themselves. I’m sensing some kind of scam here.

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Are they just here for the free cookies?

Anyway, prepare for a *really* long post. There are ten games on this list. Usually, I go into a bit more of an explanation of how to play, but that’s a bit abbreviated this time.

Leo Tolstoy ain’t writing this blog.

So without further adieu (my adieu got covered in vegetables and thus I had to throw it away anyway), let’s get started!

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Paladins of the West Kingdom on Kickstarter

With yesterday’s publication of my Architects of the West Kingdom review, I’ve probably been remiss in not reminding you about its companion game that’s currently on Kickstarter.

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Image taken from the Kickstarter page

Paladins of the West Kingdom is still on Kickstarter for 7 more days, and it funded so quickly that I’m not sure any time device known to man actually measured it.

It’s also designed by Shem Philips and S J Macdonald with art by the Mico and is from Garphill Games and will be available later at retail by Renegade Games Studios.

In this game, you’re defending the kingdom that you built in Architects.

Let’s blurb this thing!

Paladins of the West Kingdom is set at a turbulent time of West Francia’s story, circa 900 AD. Despite recent efforts to develop the city, outlying townships are still under threat from outsiders. Saracens scout the borders, while Vikings plunder wealth and livestock. Even the Byzantines from the east have shown their darker side. As noble men and women, players must gather workers from the city to defend against enemies, build fortifications and spread faith throughout the land. Fortunately you are not alone. In his great wisdom, the King has sent his finest knights to help aid in our efforts. So ready the horses and sharpen the swords. The Paladins are approaching.

The mechanisms look great, the game play looks amazing from what I’ve seen (check out this overview of the game from 3 Minute Boardgames that will give you a lot of information in a short amount of time.

It sounds like it will be a bit more complex than the other games, which isn’t a bad thing as far as I’m concerned.

If all goes well (and given Garphill Games’ past Kickstarters, they probably will), it’s going to be reaching backers in December 2019.

You have 7 days left! The Kickstarter campaign ends on Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

I backed it on the first day, so I hope you join me.

(Note: This is not a paid ad at all. I’m just that enthused about this game coming, and since this is also an opinion blog, that’s my opinion!)