As we approach the half way point of the year, this is a summary of the board games that have seen my most interest, play, hobby time and enjoyment in 2019 so far.
Thunderstone Quest – has been played competitively earlier in the year which was great fun, and I have always loved this deck building series. The new barricades solo and co-op content arrived in May and has been so exciting, and lives up to expectations, lifting this game into one i can play far more often than i previously did. The content is great quality and receipt of this new expansion has been a highlight of the year so far. A new kickstarter is also due in June with even more quests.
Lord of the Rings LCG – regularly playing solo still, and i bought a lot of expansions this year with the final two packs from the Angmar cycle, Stone of Erech, Old Forest and Murder at the Prancing Pony, which were long awaited items, and now the sage 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.
Too Many Bones – most of my gaming in quarter one was two player and this game saw the majority of play trying out core set characters against Nom and Drellen. What a delight this game is, tactile and strategic, and tough to beat. We still have barely scratched the surface of this game and returned in March to start a campaign. Yet another kickstarter in June adds a splice and dice tyrant development game, and a new gearloc called Dart which i really like the look of.
Vindication– proving to be one of the more regular and popular 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 than many we play regularly so can be slotted in more often. Expansion content including a solo mode was added this year via kickstarter.
Descent 2nd Edition – back on the painting table in June with the Manor of Ravens set, it was a choice between this and Blackstone Fortress and i was more eager to continue this collection to be honest.
Darkest Night 2nd Edition– february saw us playing two player games, controlling two characters each, and it went really well as we took down the Necromancer, albeit on the easiest blight level. A great game with hero characters feeling really different, and players needing to work closely together to win. I have decided my enjoyment of this game allows me to release Eldritch Horror which similarly works co-operatively with a countdown doom tracker.
Shadows over Hammerhal – is hanging around the painting table to try and finally finish off the acolytes and complete the set, a long outstanding project which i am determined to finish off. I painted the Ambull expansion from Blackstone Fortress as the model was so good, and am going to add rules for it to appear in Hammerhal. I will eventually start work on Blackstone Fortress itself.
Nemesis– back for a group play session in April in a more friendly co-operative event where 3 players actually managed to survive and complete their objectives. Everyone was much kinder this time around.
Black Rose Wars – a friends copy arrived and we embarked on one of the longest first games ever. This is an enjoyable competitive ‘take that’ game and the components are amazing. Generally it was thought of quite highly, but there was some mixed responses over how long it took and how much you felt you needed to know about all the spell cards to play effectively.
City of Kings – the arrival of the City of Kings expansions in January exceeded expectations with the player packs looking fantastic and having thicker card board for the characters too. This raised a desire for the older character boards to be redone this way. The miniatures were also better than i was expecting. New story downloads are also available, as this game consolidates its place as a must own on my list.
The revolving game shelf continues, recent game sales included Eldritch Horror & Elder Sign, the co-op Spirit Island, and the family game King of Tokyo, which helped fund the twin boxes of Legends Untold. I have also kickstarter pledged on Cloudspire and Altar Quest.