This is a summary of the board games that saw the most interest, play, hobby time and enjoyment in 2015. This is not necessarily a direct reflection of my all time favourite games, but shows where i have putting most resource, hobby interest and funding this year, and may include games i do not own. This was a year for family games, and the start of some group campaigning.
1. Descent 2nd Edition – saw the most home play and hobby time by far, i painted up the core set and two expansions and invested more time and money into this than any other game. I also wrote some new scenarios using the Quest Vault. It has been a very popular family game and is wonderful to own and collect.
2. Imperial Assault – the gaming group played the core box campaign over many months this year. Whilst i personally own Descent 2nd edition instead of this, both games are fantastic fun with a very similar feel. This game does have some great missions and works great in its competitive format.
3. Smallworld – the most played family game at home and also with other relatives when we meet up. I added some small monster expansion packs to boost the variety of the army options available. It is such a popular game which cleverly overcomes the domination failures of other territory games.
4. Thunderstone Advance – one of my teenagers favourite games, which has seen a few expansions added this year to build it into quite a large card collection, filling two large core boxes. I have huge variety now and it has been great fun collecting it, and am quite proud of this collection.
5. Lord of the Rings LCG – this game still gets a lot of solo play, but after completing the Dwarrowdelf cycle in 2014 the game slightly lost some interest as i have found Voice of Isengard seemingly much harder to beat. I have taken a break in play for the last few months of this year, but it still remains one of my favourite solo games and is likely to make a return soon.
6. Battlelore 2nd Edition – a home favourite which has seen a few battles fought this year, most of which my son has won. A lovely two player battle game which remains relatively easy to learn, play and complete. This is a a wargame slimmed down into a boardgame and it is great fun. I added an undead expansion to this set this year.
7. Kingsburg – another family favourite which was expanded by ‘To Forge A Realm’ and is again popular at home. This recommended expansion adds in a few extras without changing the game too much. Overall it is a great worker placement game, with dice rolling forming a key part, which is unusual for a worker placement.
8. Abyss – a beautiful looking undersea game that has been enjoyed occasionally at home, with family and with the gaming group. It contains some of the best game art around and has a choice of box covers, and i received the war version in my lucky dip order with amazon.