This is a summary of the board games that saw my most interest, play, hobby time and enjoyment in 2017. It 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 also include games that i do not own. This year the kickstarters arrived and changed everything.
1. Gloomhaven – this took over group gaming for most of the year with regular sunday afternoons following the huge campaign, with so much time and enjoyment invested. My Vermling Mindthief will be fondly remembered forever.
2. Too Many Bones – overall my most played solo game this year, plus i bought expansion items with the upgrade pack, premium chips and an adventure map. I also backed the new kickstarter expansion. This is such a beautiful game with great strategy and story telling.
3. Shadows over Hammerhal – i invested a lot of painting time earlier this year and have played the campaign when we needed a Gloomhaven break. New content has finally started to arrive during December too with enemy cards and white dwarf articles, which will help its profile continue for next year.
4. Sword & Sorcery – i painted up most of the act 1 models and dabbled with the campaign while the painting was completed. Once i realised how much i liked the game, I found myself buying the three extra heroes i missed off the kickstarter funding.
5. Descent 2nd Edition – the app Road to Legend is still bringing new life to the game, whilst it continues to see lighter play than its peak in 2015, i am still purchasing expansion content via hero and monster packs, painting and playing it even now. It is better than Massive Darkness.
6. Kingdom Death– a late 2017 arrival that has already hit the painting table and seen the start of a campaign with the group. This game has recently taken over from Gloomhaven as the sunday game of choice and will likely see more play next year.
7. 7th Continent – another solo game this year and a wonderful exploration tale with many surprises. It hits my table intermittently, but when it does i tend to play for a few hours as time passes quick playing this one. There was an expansion kickstarter this year too i backed.
8. Lord of the Rings LCG – last years most played game, it started the year well with the Sands of Harad expansion and Beneath the Sands getting a lot of play. However during the 2nd half of the year, newer games took over the limelight.
9. Thunderstone Advance – has seen a lot of solo gaming in December, even edging out the newer Dragonfire. It is really easy to set up and get playing which helps it beat other games when i have small gaming time windows. The new Quest version coming in 2018 is also really exciting.
10. Imperial Assault – a game i do not own that has seen a return to the group recently with the Hoth expansion and now a new app similar to Descent 2nd edition. Another game that may feature more next year, a great alternative to Descent.