This year I have been playing most of the games in my collection which is unusual, and makes judging those that have seen my most interest, investment, hobby time and enjoyment in 2019 much more difficult.
Everdell – is a new favourite, with the core game and pearlbrook arriving in September, i have been playing a lot of solo games, plus it has seen group play as well via a friends copy. I have backed the 2019 expansion kickstarter as this has become a new collectable game for me and is one of the highlights of the year.
Blackstone Fortress – after 2 years owning Hammerhal, i finally finished painting acolytes to complete that set, a celebratory moment. I bought Blackstone Fortress this year and in June started a summer project to paint the set, adding the Ambull expansion, a foam insert, and White Dwarf articles. This game has hogged the hobby side of my time.
Lord of the Rings LCG – regularly playing solo in the first half of the year, i bought more expansions with the final two packs from the Angmar cycle, plus Stone of Erech, Old Forest and Murder at the Prancing Pony which were long awaited items, and now the saga boxes of The Road Darkens and Land of Shadow. This is my main solo game, and I am slowly hunting down missing packs to complete my collection.
Sine Tempore – since its arrival in July this has become the co-operative game of the year for our group. Its campaign is really well thought out, and missions provide enough strategic challenge and player interaction to keep everyone engaged and interested, and players like their characters. The dice rolling with all its various symbols has proven to be quite an engaging engine, and all the components are excellent.
Thunderstone Quest – has seen more play this year with the arrival of the new barricades solo and co-op content in May and has been another highlight of the year, rising up my favourite list. The new content is great quality and yet another expansion kickstarter with more new quests was backed in June.
Vindication – proving to be one of the more popular new games with the sunday group this year, and every game you play your objectives feels a little different. It is also a slightly shorter game so can be slotted in more often. The leaders expansion including a solo mode was both backed and arrived this year via kickstarter.
Hexplore It – a newcomer to my collection and it has spent my summer holiday time on the table being played numerous times. A great questing game that tells an adventure story while leaving you to decide where you want to explore and what you want to fight. A great game for solo and two players which will always benefit from more event cards, and i backed the sands of shurax kickstarter this year too.
Nemesis – back for more group play sessions with more friendly co-operative events, we worked through the short branching path campaign book which was great fun, and for us the best way to play the game. Wave 2 new content coming this autumn, although i do not really feel any need for it to be honest.