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A AndrewMcAlpine Updated January 18, 2019 1731   0
Y'all, what a year it's been.
My Woefully Incomplete and Wholly Inaccurate Best of 2018 Guide
W WadeMonnig Updated January 10, 2019 2798   1
If you are searching for the definitive best of 2018 boardgame guide, look further. This isn’t it. This is a woefully incomplete and wholly inaccurate guide of the best and most notable games that I personally played in 2018. You won’t find your traditional categories here and, I would venture to say, you won’t find the traditional winners. This isn’t your father’s “best of” list…unless you happen to be one of my kids’ reading this, then, actually, this is your father’s “best of" list.
Barnes’ Best 2018
MB Michael Barnes Updated January 10, 2019 2183   0
Spoiler, it’s Root. 
Games of Christmas Past
M MattDP Updated December 11, 2018 1037   0
It is the best bit of the holidays. The saggy, comfortable drift between Christmas and New Year when the house is still full of good things but the stress of entertaining has waned. When the TV and the conversation and the drinks run dry, there's only one thing left to fill the time. Games.
Survive Escape from Atlantis
U ubarose Updated January 16, 2019 1009   0
In 2011, Stronghold Games announced that they were re-printing the old family favorite Suvive!. And there was much rejoicing! There is always much enthusiasm when a new edition of a long out of print game from our childhood is released, but once the nostalgia wears off, do those games actually have any staying power? Did the nostalgia wear off for you? Or did the re-print of Survive! survive? What do you think of the expansions? Survive: Space Attack!? The 30th Anniversary Edition? Do you love it or hate it?...
Play Matt: The 2018 Not-Awards Show
M MattDP Updated December 10, 2018 2019   0
When I sat down to write this, it was going to be an awards piece. Something to celebrate the very best games I've played this year. It was all planned out: I had a series of categories, a winner in each and an overall game of the year. A pleasant exercise in rewarding excellence to cap off an excellent year of releases.
Battlestar Galactica Board Game
U ubarose Updated December 07, 2018 659   0
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, released in 2008 by Fantasy Flight Games, took our site by storm. Described by the publisher as "an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival," it did not disappoint. Although it may not have been the first hidden traitor game, it's initial popularity certainly conrtibuted to the many subsequent hidden traitor games designed and released over the next decade.    
Cosmic Encounter 42nd Anniversary Edition
U ubarose November 30, 2018 592   0
Cosmic Encounter has been around since 1977, making it older than many of you reading this. A 42nd Anniversary Edition was just recenly released by Fantasy Flight Games. Cosmic Encounter may be the game that appears most frequently in our Top Five thread in Trash Talk. But what do you think of it? Do you have a favorite edition? Which expansions do you add? What do you leave out? Do you love it or hate it? Do you still play it? ...
Scattergories
U ubarose Updated November 23, 2018 522   0
Its the day after Thanksgiving, and yesterday, after clearing the plates from our feast, our family played Scattergories, Cockroach Poker and Heck Meck.  When I was a kid, it would have been Monolpoly, Dominos or Blackjack. In later years these games were replaced by Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary. The games we play after holiday feasts may have changed, but the fun we have hasn't.     Do you play games with family on Thanksgiving? If so what do you play?   
Power Grid
U ubarose November 09, 2018 816   0
Power Grid, designed by Friedemann Friese was published way back in 2004. It is still going strong with it's most recent expansion, Power Grid: Fabled Expansion, released in 2017. It's been called a crayon rail game without the crayons, an auction game, a train game without the trains.   Whatever you call it, do you love it or hate it? Do you still play it?
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