March is here, and that means that we are going to be sharing our top tens of all time! We’re a little later than usual, life has been hectic with this whole pandemic thing. And, as you may have expected, our top 10’s have changed a little bit between last year and this year. So, let’s get started with my 10 through 6!
10. Pandemic: The Cure. Well, this is fitting, isn’t it? Anyway, Pandemic: The Cure is definitely my favorite way to play this game. As we get more and more into gaming, I’ve found that what I enjoy is the luck factor that games have – I get a strategy in my head that I want to work with, but I know luck has to come my way. And, while Pandemic definitely has a luck factor, I do really enjoy the extra layer you get with The Cure, hence why it ended up as my number 10.
9. Champions of Midgard. Worker placement games have been, and probably always will be, one of my favorite types of games. There is just something so satisfying about placing a worker somewhere and then getting some sort of benefit from that worker. And, then you get more, and can do more things the longer you go. For me, it’s super satisfying – and Midgard offers it in spades. The art is lovely, it’s got dice I can throw around, and the two expansions make the game awesome.
8. Wingspan. I was one of the thousands of people who had their heart stolen by this lovely engine building game. I’ve always been fascinated by birds (but also terrified because birds swooping in my face is not fun). We got the opportunity to preview Wingspan back in June of last year, and we all fell in love with it. The art is amazing, the abilities on the birds are thematic, and the little bits look great. The engine building goes smoothly, you find everything that you need to know on the cards and the board, and it’s easy to teach. But, there are layers of strategy that we love. I still haven’t broken the elusive 100 points yet – I hope to soon!
7. Adrenaline. Formerly my number 3, Adrenaline is a great area majority game that makes you feel like you’re in a first person shooter. You’re maneuvering around the board, trying to stay out of sight while also aiming at targets, trying to get overkills, and racking up the damage the entire time. There’s no elimination (because respawning is a thing), and it doesn’t really “feel mean” like stereotypical area control games do. You’d think that I’d be tired of this by now, but it’s always going to be an old favorite to me.
6. Lords of Waterdeep. As you likely know, I’ve flip-flopped back and forth as to whether or not Waterdeep or Midgard is the better game. And it is always changing. But, on this list, there seems to be a clear answer. I’ll be honest – I think the only reason that Waterdeep has a leg up on Midgard now is because it got an app version. And let me tell you, the app version of Lords of Waterdeep is sharp. Sarah and I play it pass and play – and come on, who doesn’t love the ability to play a thinky game, in bed, and without the need to set it up and tear it down?
In my next post, I’ll be sharing my top 5 games. Is Carcassonne still my favorite game of all time? If Adrenaline isn’t number 3 anymore, what replaced it? And will there be any more 2019 games on the list? Check out my 5 to 1 and see!