For the 4th year in a row I’m proud to present my own personal Top 6 Games. You’ll find quite a few repeats from previous years, but also a few new faces. But enough introductions, let’s get on with the show.
Mac Gerdts is a designer from Hamburg (Germany) known for using the rondel action selection system in a lot of his games. Most known games are probably Concordia and Imperial. Concordia also received a nomination for Kennerspiel des Jahres in 2014 and is still considered to be one of the best Euro games by many.
In case you didn’t know, in the Netherlands in 1637 investment in Tulips were a thing. Not just any thing, but apparently a major thing that led to economic turmoil when investors couldn’t even afford the cheapest varieties of Tulips. In Tulip Bubble, you play said investors trying to avoid the crash and stay afloat by buying and selling to make the most profit. Personally I think tulips are beautiful, but I can’t say I have ever thought about investing in tulips for my retirement. But should I?
Stefan Malz has been designing games mostly with his son Louis. Most known games are probably Rococo (with Matthias Cramer) and Edo. Rococo also received a nomination for Kennerspiel des Jahres in 2014. With their upcoming game Valparaíso releasing at Essen SPIEL 2018 they have agreed to let us learn more about their design process as father and son.
“Beware the Ides of March,” or at least that is what we were taught Julius Caesar was warned less than a month before his death. In reality, he was warned of an impending political shake-up over the next month. Whether he was told that or not, what we do know is a conspiracy within the government led to his death. In Liberatores you play out that conspiracy, but what side will you be on?
You’ve probably heard the story before; elves and humans working together to fight off the invading orcs. You may know the story, but have you ever taken part in the story? In Fantasy Defense that is exactly what you get to do. And just like most of those stories, you are woefully unprepared. I mean, seriously, most of your troops are mediocre at best and that best rarely shows up.
Yamataï… A strange name for a game that’s both beautiful to look at and to play. But nevertheless that is exactly what it is, a true beauty. In Yamataï you’ll spend your turn acquiring ships and placing them on the main board to build buildings and score points. But watch out, each move you make might help your opponents out too.
There are certain publishers that have earned my attention whenever they publish a new game and Daily Magic Games has done just that. All of their games are visibly spectacular, but what I love most about the games I have played of theirs so far, is their elegant simplicity without taking away strategy. Thieves Den is no different in these regards
Welcome to… Postwar America! Confident that a bright and prosperous future now lies ahead, America’s population experiences an exponential growth – the so called “Baby Boom”. To provide affordable housing for the numerous young families, investors take on large building projects in the cities’ suburbs. In Welcome to you play as rival architects; each allotted 3 suburban streets to develop into a congenial residential area. Will you become the architect of the future?
I’ve been to Grand Con, Washingcon, Portal Con, Origins, UK Games Expo and even SPIEL, but I had never been to Gen Con, so when the opportunity presented itself to go, I was all in! Similar to a bunch of other people, I used the Tabletop Together Tool to plan out all of the games I was interested in even a slightest bit.