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Paste Magazine's Top 25 Board Games of the 2010s
Barely even heard a ripple on some of these, though I know of them: Charterstone, Patchwork, Broom Service, Gizmos (literally never heard of it), Whistle Stop, New Bedford, Imhotep, Takenoko.
AND WINGSPAN AT #2 HELL YEAH. You know my feelings on that.
These are always fun, though, as a reflection of the reviewer. I'd love to see some of our reviewers do something similar for themselves.
So, a very uneventful (and useless ?) list.
Welcome To...: Never heard of it.
Tzolk'in: Decent. (Although if you're making a listicle, the least you can do is make sure your names are right.)
Whistle Stop: Heard of it. Never played (And if this guy is "an unabashed fan of TTR games", I know I won't like this list.)
Gizmos: Heard of it. Never played or seen. (And here we get the announcement of the designer bias.)
Terraforming Mars: Played it. IMO, it's overrated and I'm trying to trade it.
The Mind: Played it. It's OK.
Patchwork: Never heard of it.
Istanbul: Played it. Mildly dislike it because it tends to attract a certain kind of gamer that I find irritating.
Kodama: Heard of it because I remember the raves about the art style, but never played.
King of Tokyo: Played it. I like it, to a certain degree, but certainly not a game I'd put on a "Best of" list.
Charterstone: Heard of it only because I know of Stegmaier and his designs. Never played (and am not a fan of his stuff, by and large.)
Sagrada: Never heard of it.
Imhotep: I own it and enjoy it, but would never have thought to put it on a list like this but, again, there's your designer bias.
New Bedford: Never heard of it.
Everdell: Know it. Root as worker placement. Meh.
Takenoko: Have played it. Decent.
Great Western Trail: Played it. Good engine builder (Better than Wingspan...)
7 Wonders Duel: Know it, but never played.
Pandemic Legacy: I avoid all things Pandemic like the (ahem) plague and have for years.
Azul: Own it because it was an Xmas gift for the girlfriend. We're both OK with it, but not thrilled.
Splendor: Have played many times and genuinely enjoy this one.
Castles of Burgundy: Played it. Decent.
Wingspan: This is laughable at #2. It smacks of recency bias in the loudest possible fashion.
7 Wonders: Solid game, but repetitive. Have played many times and not really interested in going again.
Gary is right. These are almost all very light Euros and the guy's bias toward that style washes over everything. I wonder: When his editor handed him this assignment, was it "the" list or "your" list? Because this is clearly a "your" list, but presented as "the" list. What's hilarious is that among his honorable mentions is Root; a game which has virtually nothing in common with anything else here. Is that lip service to something that other people actually liked, even though he probably didn't?
Kind of bizarre -- who knows what my list would look like. Very little to none of this stuff though. Off the top of my head, probably would at include (criterion: either innovative for their genre or just plays very smooth)
Star Wars Rebellion
Dead of Winter
Great Western Trail
Food Chain Magnate
1. Got into boardgaming about 5 years ago
2. Plays at a local game shop where everybody was inducted into the hobby via BGG
3. Has played a total of maybe 60 games.
At least the writer is honest; IANA writer, but if that had ended up on my desk I'd have probably just ripped off BGG and taken the top 25 that met the criteria straight off of their list.