As 2017 comes to a close we take a moment to reflect on the games we played this year and the games we are looking forward to in 2018. These are the favourite games from some of the staff and the games they are most anticipating! What were your favourite games and what are you itching to get your hands on next year?
2017 Favourite: Unearth (Brotherwise Games)
Unearth is a game of dice placement and set collection. It plays 2 – 4 players and takes less than an hour to play. Each player leads a tribe of Delvers, which are represented by five dice (3 six-sided, 1 four-sided, and 1 eight-sided). Players take turns rolling and placing the dice in an attempt to claim ruins. Higher numbers help claim ruins while lower collect stones. This is a great game for all skill levels.
2018: Gaia Project (Z-Man Games)
Gaia Project is a new game in the Terra Mystica line and another game that game out in December 2017, but we are counting it for 2018. In this game for 1 – 4 players, fourteen factions live on 7 different planets which they are bound to. Now to develop and grow they must terraform neighbouring planets into their home planets environment, while competing with other factions. All factions can improve their skills in six different areas – Terraforming, Navigation, Artificial Intelligence, Gaiaforming, Economy, and Research. The play area is made of 10 sectors allowing variable set-up and larger replay ability! Gaia Project takes 1 – 3 hours to play depending on the number of players.
2017 Favourite : Star Wars Destiny (Fantasy Flight Games)
Star Wars: Destiny technically was released in November of 2016, but had distribution issues early on leaving it hard to find in many areas. Destiny is a collectible dice and card game for 2 players that allow you to team up your favourite characters from all eras of Star Wars in epic battles. Games typically take around 30 minutes. Players take turn activating characters, abilities, and equipment and rolling their dice then resolving the rolls. Each player takes only a single action at a time making the game easy to play and fast pace. The vast number of options and customization for deck building make every game unique. Pre-built decks can be bought as well as booster packs that contain 5 cards and 1 die. To date there are 3 sets released with the Legacies expansion set to release in January!
2018: Charterstone (Stonemaier Games)
While Chaterstone actually came out in December of 2017, most people won’t have a chance to play it til the New Year. Chaterstone is a legacy, village building game for 1 – 6 players with a play time of approximately an hour. Players take the role of citizens selected by the Forever King to colonize the land beyond his borders. Players will construct buildings and populate a shared village. Building stickers are permanently added to the board and become new spaces any player can use. The game starts with few workers or options but as you play through the 12 games secrets are revealed, mechanics are added, and possibilities expand! Once the 12 plays are done you are left with a worker placement game unique to your group. Alternately, you can purchase the Recharge Pack and play it all over again.
2017 Favourite: Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate (Avalon Hill Games)
Based on the award-winning Betrayal at House on the Hill, this game for 3 – 6 players takes you to the iconic city from Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms. Players will take turns moving and building the city laying tiles as they explore gaining items and unraveling mystery until some horrific evil turns one (or more) of the players against the rest in one of the games 50 scenarios! At this point the traitor will have a goal of their own and the other players will have a separate goal to stop or at least survive the traitor.
2018: Magic the Gathering: Dominaria (Wizards of the Coast)
April 2018 will see a return to the Dominaria plane in Magic the Gathering. This new set will see the return of legendary characters Teferi, Jhoria, and Karn in this 269 card set. Perhaps most interesting part will be the return of Richard Garfield to the design team for the first time since 2011. This set will be available in booster packs, Planeswalker decks, and Dominaria bundles.
2017 Favourite: Lovecraft Letter (AEG)
Lovecraft Letter is a card game for 2 – 6 players that mashes the Love Letter system with the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft. In addition to the standard 16 cards there are new cards that add an insanity mechanic that can knock you out of the game for a turn if you go insane. The game is won by either being the last player standing or by having the card with the highest value when the deck runs out. This fast pace game lasts 10 – 15 minutes.
2018: Stuffed Fables (Plaid Hat Games)
Stuffed Fables is an unusual adventure game for 2 – 4 players where players take on the role of stuffies trying to save the child they love from an evil mastermind. The game delivers a thrilling narrative driven by player choices as they explore a world of wonder and danger as they unlock curious mysteries. This will be the first in a line of “Adventure Book Games” where all the action takes place in a unique story book – a book that acts as rules reference, story guide, and game board all at once. On their turn players draw coloured dice from a bag, with the colour determining what action and options the player can take that turn. Black dice can also be drawn which trigger minions to appear and attack! Players work together fighting minions, advancing the story to turn pages, and discovering a full deck of surprises.