This is a summary of the board games that saw my most interest, gameplay, hobby time, funding and general enjoyment in 2018. This year my time painting models reduced a little compared to previous years, and kickstarter arrivals became more focused on expanding existing favourite games.
1. Lord of the Rings LCG – after a few months break late last year, i was back playing solo consistently again during this year, and bought expansion content in Grey Havens, Heirs of Numenor, and Wilds of Rhovanion. I also attended my first fellowship event. Easily my most played game of the year.
2. City of Kings – became a favourite new game since its arrival early this year. It is fairly quick to set up and get playing, and rules are really easy to follow or look up despite running two heroes. A wonderfully fun game featuring different characters, exploration and strategy, and I backed the new kickstarter character expansions this year.
3. Nemesis – a late entry arriving just one month before the year end, but it immediately has become one of my favourite games that I want to keep playing. I also painted up the heroes a little more to enhance the already very good sundrop highlights. If it had arrived earlier this year it may well have challenged for the top spot.
4. Sword & Sorcery – a welcome return to the painting table during the summer holidays, and I also picked up the Arcane Portal quest books. Then there was a great new kickstarter at the end of the year providing a new storyline and content. Interest and excitement for this game increased as the year unfolded.
5. Descent 2nd Edition– a regular place on the year end list, i painted the Stewards of the Secret heroes and monsters expansion, and still play the occasional game using the Road to Legend app. It has become a Christmas tradition to add something new, and this year brings me the long overdue Manor of Ravens expansion, plus the Belthir lieutenant due to the long awaited new campaign released in December.
6. Thunderstone Quest – a great new addition to the Thunderstone series where i have enjoyed the competitive style play. I decided to keep my Advance boxes alongside this as it is still a lovely set I could not let go of. New solo and co-operative kickstarter content has been backed on kickstarter this year, so next year will also be exciting for this game.
7. Too Many Bones – the arrival of Undertow and other expansions continued my interest and increased its gaming time against strong rivals. It is now a treasured collection for me with some of the best components of any game not featuring models. New story cards and monsters were great to add in.
8. Shadows over Hammerhal – new white dwarf quests early this year saw this back on my painting table to try and complete the set. I also purchased a foam insert and painted a skaven warband for a new dungeon style using the new chaos adversary cards. Undead nighthaunt rules were available in white dwarf July 2018, but with the release of Blackstone Fortress its days on this annual list may be over as future new content is unlikely.