My Top 50 Board Games of All Time

My Top 50 Board Games of All Time
Just under a year ago, I posted my Top 10 (and then 11-20) board games of all time. In that time I've been lucky enough to play quite a bit more, that I feel comfortable enough going higher, all the way up to 50. Of course, I've not played everything - and even many games I currently own I have yet to get to the table. The list may very well have been completely different if I had been able to play some of those games beforehand (particularly games like Near and Far and Photosynthesis, two games I'm very excited for but haven't played or don't own, respectively).

That being said, most of this list is new compared to last year: many games reappear, and some of them in the exact same positions. The rest have shifted around - everything else is brand-spanking-new! I hope you enjoy.
My Top 50 Board Games of All Time
50. Colt Express (New)

Starting off the Top 50 is a programming game about a train heist. Each player secretly plays action cards to a central pile and at the end of the round, one by one, the cards are revealed in the order they were played, as you try to punch, shoot, and loot your way to victory.
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49. Mr. Jack (New)

This two player game has one player assuming the role of Jack the Ripper trying to escpae the streets of Whitechapel. The catch is that both players take turns controlling all of the various characters on the board, and it's up to the other player to try to figure out which one is Jack before they escape.
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48. Paperback (New)

Paperback is a delightfully simple deckbuilding word game that scratches the itch of a gamer and exercises the mind of a Scrabble aficionado. This is the perfect bridge between both worlds while also being light enough for kids to understand. As a learning tool, Paperback shines; parents can play the game together with their kids using the cooperative rule variant to help develop and expand their child’s vocabulary in a fun and engaging way.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/paperback-review/
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47. Onitama (New)

Onitama is a distilled, simpler version of Chess for those who feel overwhelmed by it. Players control only a handful of pawns on a small, tiled neoprene mat and must either eliminate the opponent's Sensei or move one of their pieces onto the other player's starting space. They alternate movement cards each turn, as they maneuver their pawns according to the designs and then temporarily give up that card, allowing their opponent to perform the same action.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/three-for-three-santorini-onitama-and-ice-cool-review/
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46. Wits and Wagers (New)

A party-style trivia game where knowing the answer isn't all that important. Each round a question will be asked that warrants a number-based response. Each player, or team, will write down a number, and then arrange those numbers highest to lowest. All players then bid on what they believe to be the closest or correct answer, without going over - just like The Price is Right.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/betrayal-at-house-on-the-hill-review-2/
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45. Ethnos (New)

Ethnos is a 2 to 6 player area control game where each player will draft cards from either the face-down deck or from a general supply and play those cards to form bands and take control of various zones on the conveniently-identical-to-Slovakia map. In that aspect, there’s an element of set collection as well: players will need to collect a hand of either same-race or same-colored cards to play, as the more cards played in a band, the more points you’ll score at the end of each round. Despite a drab, generic presentation, Ethnos is a deep, yet simple area control game with a ton of variety and replayability.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/ethnos-review/
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44. Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem (New)

The Sons of Anarchy game provides a decent thematic experience underneath a fun, aggressive area control game as each player assumes one of the various gangs from the titular TV show. Fight over territory, expand your arsenal, sell drugs on the black market, and claim total dominance over the town of Charming.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/sons-of-anarchy-men-of-mayhem-review/
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43. Ice Cool (New)

A delightful dexterity game that's perfect for kids but challenging enough for adults. Flick, spin, or jump your penguins through the doors to collect fish, but watch out for the hall monitor. If they make contact with you, they'll take your ID.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/three-for-three-santorini-onitama-and-ice-cool-review/
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42. BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia (New)

BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia doesn’t exactly feel like a direct adaptation of the video game, but it does enough to capture the same essence of it. Booker and Elizabeth swinging across Columbia doing their own thing, occasionally interfering with the players, is a cool little wrinkle in the formula and adds a bit of tension. Plaid Hat’s recreation of the floating city of Columbia results in a breathtakingly beautiful board.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/bioshock-infinite-the-siege-of-columbia-review/
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41. Banned Words (New)

This alternative to Taboo absolutely blows it out of the water. Two teams are split by a large divider, and one one team's turn, the other will have a card with a list of words on it. They must write down up to 16 words or phrases, within 2 minutes, that are considered banned. The other team will then have two minutes to guess: one player will be trying to give clues to his or her teammates about the words on the card, but they must be careful – if any of them says one of the banned words, the other team will score points for it.
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40. Ticket to Ride (New)

One of the most popular board games of all time, Ticket to Ride is perhaps the epitome of gateway game. It is the absolute finest example of a game that can adequately represent the hobby as a whole to someone who has little or no exposure to it. A fair amount of luck, decent dose of strategy, beautiful production, and quick, breezy gameplay are just the start of it. Ticket to Ride is one of those games that is easy to declare a classic, and will still be played decades from now.
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39. Ghost Stories (New)

Ghost Stories is easily one of the most difficult cooperative games I own. Cooperative is, by its very nature, hard – a team of players working against the game should have some trouble. But Ghost Stories is relentless. Wave after wave of undead swarm the small village as each player control one of four warriors sworn to protect the people. Each character has unique abilities, and each location on the modular board is different. But don't get complacent – if you're having it easy, you're either playing it wrong, or things are about to get a whole lot worse.
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38. Super Motherload (New)

Based on a downloadable launch title for the PlayStation 4 of the same name, Super Motherload is a two to four player deck-building game where each player is digging through the surface of Mars, harvesting precious materials and salvaging valuable artifacts in order to hire more pilots to operate the drilling machines and acquiring victory points through various means along the way. An exceptionally put together rule book, well-made components, and brisk, easy to learn gameplay make Super Motherload an exquisite romp through the red planet.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/super-motherload-review/
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37. Thunder & Lightning (New)

Loki has stolen the All-Father’s crown; for what nefarious needs, Odin does not know. But he has tasked his son, Thor, to retrieve the crown from his brother, entrusting him with the power of his prized ring, Draupnir. Reclaim the crown as Thor and ascend the throne of Asgard, or steal Odin’s ring as well and gain all the power for yourself as Loki. Thunder & Lightning is a re-implementation of the 2000 game Hera and Zeus with larger cards and reworked abilities. Both of these 2-player games hearken back to another little classic game from early 20th century known as Stratego, where each player secretly plays troops to their side of the battlefield all while trying to protect their flag, or in the case of Thunder & Lightning, their Ring or Crown.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/thunder-lightning-review/
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36. Captain Sonar (New)

This game of real-time battleship is pure mayhem. Two teams, best played with four players each, man submarines as they try to seek out and destroy their enemy. Every player has a specific role: one person is the commander, and is in charge of maneuvering the submarine as well as issuing orders to use equipment or weaponry; another attempts to listen to the enemy commander and locate their position; the third role attempts to keep the ship in working order and the last prepares the equipment for the captain to use. This is an incredibly tense game not for the kind of person who folds under pressure. You must act and think fast and be able to respond to things on the fly.
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35. Cash 'n Guns 2.0 (Previously #13)

Cash ‘n Guns pits between 4 to 8 players against each other in a game of quick-draw. Be the last thief standing and reap the rewards, and over the course of 8 rounds, steal the most money and valuable treasure to win the game. Cash ‘n Guns is a wildly entertaining, quick-thinking game that offers tons of laughs and infinite replayability.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/cash-n-guns-second-edition-review/
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34. Santorini (New)

Santorini is a gorgeous puzzle game that uses the real-world Grecian city of the same name as a thematic backdrop. At its core, Santorini is an abstract game about moving your pieces around while building and climbing upon layers of blocks, and it could have been designed to look like such, but the care and attention that went into the look and feel of the game elevates it to a place far above most other abstract games. The game is designed for 2 to 4 players, but ideally works best as a 2 player game. With 3, the board gets crowded far too quickly – and it’s a tight one as it is – and with 4, the game becomes a two-versus-two team game which takes away some of the strategy.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/three-for-three-santorini-onitama-and-ice-cool-review/
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33. The Manhattan Project (New)

The Manhattan Project is bursting with personality and flair; from the cards, to the board, to the little workers you'll place on the various locations. This worker placement game has players racing to constructs deadly bombs, but don't worry – there's very little bombing going on. Aside from blocking players from using certain locations, there's a bit of espionage as you can sabotage other player's buildings and force them to repair it.
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32. Eldritch Horror (New)

A shorter, more streamlined (as much as can be) version of Arkham Horror - Eldritch has players globetrotting in an effort to close gates, fight back cosmic demons, and prevent one of the Great Ones from showing up.
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31. Sheriff of Nottingham (New)

A quick bluffing game where players take turns trying to sneak various goods and potential contraband passed the Sheriff, who has the option to let them pass or inspect their bags, either gaining or losing money depending on if the player was telling the truth.
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30. Telestrations (Previously #19)

A drawing version of the popular game telephone, each player has a secret word or phrase that they write down on their dry erase pads, and as these get passed around the table, players take turn drawing and then writing what they believe the word to be until it comes back to the original player.
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29. Spyfall (Previously #12)

Spyfall is a party game similar to The Resistance, where its differences are few but substantial. Rather than assembling a team, as chosen by an individual leader, a single spy card is shuffled into a deck containing the image of a location. There are 30 different decks, with 8 cards each (7 location and 1 spy). The game then takes place over a number of turns where, starting with the first player, each person will ask another a single question relating to the location on their card. The trick is to be vague enough that the spy cannot guess what the location is (since he or she will only have a card showing the image of a spy, not the location), but also specific enough so that should the other player have the location card, they will be able to answer in an equally vague-yet-specific manner.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/spyfall-review/
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28. Mysterium (Previously #20)

A haunted manor, a tragic murder, a group of psychic investigators, and a séance to contact the dead. Mysterium is an asynchronous cooperative game where a single player will assume the role of the ghost, contacting the other players exclusively through visions and dreams in the form of highly abstract and exceedingly vague clue cards (like those found in Dixit). Over the course of 8 rounds, the investigators must correctly identify the clues being given to them to help narrow down the true culprit and free the ghost from its earthly torment.
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27. Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (Previously #18)

Just slightly edging out Mysterium is Deception, a very similar game in scope, but competitive rather than cooperative. One player - the forensice scientist - knows the murderer, the motive, and the weapon, but no one else does, and must give clues to the others to help them figure it out, all while the murderer inconspicuously tries to throw everyone off the track.
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26. The Resistance: Avalon (Previously #5)

Having dropped a fair bit from last year, Avalon is still a great hidden traitor/bluffing game that over consistent and frequent playthroughs has a tendency to become less of a game and more of a social experiment as players start trying to double-bluff each other and act in a particular way just to throw everyone off.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/the-resistance/
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25. Homeland: The Game (New)

In Homeland: The Game, designed for 3 to 6 players, each player assumes the role of either a loyal agent, a political opportunist, or a terrorist mole. Like most hidden identity/betrayer games, these roles are dealt out in secret, and kept as such for the remainder of the game. Over the course of however many rounds, players must face new threats of terror, and, working together, must try to rout out the dirty little terrorist before he or she can sabotage the mission. The catch is that there can be only one winner, regardless of whether or not the loyal agents win. At the end of the game, victory points are king, and these points are accumulated in a few different ways. Which means, even as a loyal agent, if you manage to foil the terrorist plot, you could still lose – and, in fact, the terrorist has one final chance to steal the victory!

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/homeland-the-game-review/
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24. Takenoko (New)

Takenoko is a 2-4 player set collection game with a modular board consisting of hexagonal tiles, a hungry panda, and a persistent gardener. The word “takenoko” literally translates to bamboo shoots, so it’s only appropriate, then, that in this game you will be cultivating plots of land, irrigating them, and growing different types of bamboo in an attempt to score points.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/takenoko-review/
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23. Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space (New)

Running from terrifying aliens, sneaking around a derelict space craft, and trying to escape as quickly and as quietly as possible – such is the flow of Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space, a hidden movement game for 2 to 8 players. In it, players are split as evenly as possible into teams of humans and aliens – with the aliens outnumbering the humans by one when playing with an odd number. A deck of alien and human role cards are randomly selected based on the number of players and shuffled together, then dealt out. On their turn, each player will move, and depending on the location they end up, may need to draw a card. The game is played on one of several hex-based maps available to choose from, and over the course of 40 rounds, all of the humans must escape to win the game. If either the aliens kill all humans, or the 40 rounds expire, the humans lose.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/escape-from-the-aliens-in-outer-space-review/
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22. The Networks (New)

The Networks is a 1 to 5 player economic game that, thanks to its theme, shines bright enough to provide enough levity to the situation to distract players from the fact that they are essentially budgeting funds. Each player will control a different TV network and begin the game with three public access shows, a basic ad, and a forgettable star. Your starting shows provide no viewership, while your star barely improves the ratings and your ad generates negligible revenue. On your turn, you will perform a single action: you may either purchase a new show, hire a star, land an ad, acquire a network card, attach a star or an ad, or drop & budget. Each round will continue until all players have dropped, and at the end of 5 rounds, the player with the most viewers wins.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/the-networks-review/
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21. Five Tribes (New)

Five Tribes is a game about movement manipulation and area control. Despite the name, it’s designed for 2 to 4 players and features a modular board with dozens of wooden meeples to play with. These meeples, each representing one of the five tribes of Naqala, serve as your means of gaining influence over the fabled city-state and assuming control of the Sultanate. Contradictory to most worker placement games, Five Tribes begins with all of the meeples already in place, randomly selected from an opaque bag and placed, three per location, on a randomly shuffled grid of 5×6 tiles.
Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/five-tribes-review/
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20. Time's Up: Title Recall (Previously #10)

Time's Up: Title Recall is my favorite party game (so spoilers, there aren't any more higher up). It's a simple game of trivia at first: give clues to your teammate without saying the word on the card. But the second and third round are what really elevate this game from the rest. In round two, you can now only give one-word clues; but in round three, you can't say anything and can only act it out. The running jokes that are made and then carried through the rounds have resulted in some of the funniest moments I've ever had while playing a game.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/times-up-title-recall-review/
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19. Quadropolis (Previously #17)

This city-building puzzle game by Days of Wonder is, of course, beautiful – par for the course with them. But it's also incredibly simple to play and extremely thematic in its implementation. Players will be drafting build tiles from the center board using one of their four numbered workers, taking only the tile equal value in distance away from the worker used. In other words, a worker 4 tile, when placed, will take whichever building 4 spaces in from where it's pointing. You'll then place this on your city board, and over the course of the game score points or bonuses depending on the layout and whether certain buildings are or aren't next to another.
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18. Pandemic Legacy Season 1 (Previously #7)

Fundamentally, Pandemic Legacy remains the same all throughout its 12 to 24 gameplay sessions. If you’re already familiar with how Pandemic works, or you’re just reading about it for the first time, that alone should be enough to inform you about whether you’ll enjoy playing Pandemic Legacy or not. With some exceptions, the actions you can take on your turn are nearly identical to those found in the base version of Pandemic or several of its expansions. And ultimately, Pandemic Legacy is an amalgam of all of it. But it’s also so much more. It brings purpose and consequence to the decisions you make, something so foreign to the hobby. Because your actions have repercussions that resonate for the rest of the campaign, every single choice you make should be scrutinized. Failing to treat a single disease cube early in the game could result in a chain outbreak, and while this is normally something you don’t want happening already, because these outbreaks cause cities to descend further into chaos, you are effectively altering the status of the board forever and affecting how you play future games.
Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/pandemic-legacy-season-1-review/
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17. Libertalia (New)

This pirate-themed game about plundering and looting has up to 6 players playing a card from their at-first identical hand, and then arranging them in numerical order and resolving. All cards have either a day, night, nor dusk resolution, and will carry out their effects at those points in the round. At the end of each round, all players will have 3 cards remaining. They will all now draw back up from their deck of unused cards, thereby going into the next round with a slightly modified hand from everyone else. Libertalia features some of the best art design in a game I've ever seen.
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16. Xenoshyft: Onslaught (Previously #16)

XenoShyft is a classic deck-builder in the same family of Dominion or Legendary. On your turn, you’ll draw up a number of cards from your deck and play your hand. Each player will perform many of their actions simultaneously, but when it comes time to actually combating the Hive, this will occur in player order. XenoShyft is played over a series of 9 rounds, broken up into 3 waves. Each wave gets progressively more difficult, introducing stronger, more fearsome aliens to fend off.
Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/xenoshyft-onslaught/
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15. Mission: Red Planet (New)

The second game on my list about Mars, Mission: Red Planet is an area control game with simultaneous action selection. All players have an identical hand of cards and play one of those cards, face down, simultaneously. One by one they are revealed, starting from the highest number down to the lowest, and the actions are carried out. Control the various zones of Mars or Phobos, the moon, to harvest precious minerals and earn more points than your opponents. The second edition version is a beautiful production, with fantastic artwork and components.
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14. 7 Wonders (Previously #6)

7 Wonders has all of the elements of a civilization-building game, without the actual civilization. You and up to six other players will grow your ancient city over the course of three ages, acquiring victory points in a variety of different ways: from military might, to economic trade, to scientific research, and everything in between. With multiple paths to victory, and the construction of one of the greatest ancient wonders at the core of your civilization, who will come out as the greatest leader the world has ever seen?

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/7-wonders-review/
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13. Dark Souls (New)

Dark Souls: The Board Game doesn’t completely reinvent an exhausted formula; much of the tension still comes down to the roll of the dice, and for a board game based on a franchise known for beautiful, complex worlds, the tiles don’t do that the least bit of justice. But the way characters can move and push other models around, how the monsters behave and react – it all feels very much like what a video game’s mechanisms would be if translated into a board game. Conveniently, that was the point. And without question, Dark Souls: The Board Game captures the essence of what it feels like to fight a video game boss better than any board game before it.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/dark-souls-the-board-game-review/
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12. Dead of Winter (Previously #15)

The quintessential zombie experience, Dead of Winter is a post-apocalyptic survival game that essentially captures the world of The Walking Dead better than the actual Walking Dead board game. Control survivors as you scavenge for food and supplies, all while fending off the horde. The Crossroad cards add dynamic events that may happen throughout your game depending on the actions you take or the characters you control. On top of it all, the potential for a traitor will have you questioning the actions of everyone else – unless the traitor is you!
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11. Specter Ops (Previously #14)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Solid Snake? Infiltrating a top secret facility, weaving in and out of hiding, attempting to steal or sabotage three mission objectives before escaping with your life. Specter Ops accomplishes that and more as one player will take on the role of an A.R.K. agent, sneaking their way through one of Raxxon Corporation’s many facilities all while the genetically modified Hunters under Raxxon’s employ attempt to track you down and kill you, or prevent you from completing your objective before time runs out.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/specter-ops-review/
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10. Adrenaline (New)

Adrenaline is a 3 to 5 player area control game under the pretense of a first-person shooter. Like its electronic forebears, in Adrenaline’s cardboard version of deathmatch, each player will be running around an arena, scavenging for weapons and ammunition, and trying to score the most shots against other players. Land the killing blow to earn a higher score, but watch out, because the more often a player is killed, the less points they will be worth – and when they respawn, they’ll be thirsty for blood.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/adrenaline-review/
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9. Cosmic Encounter (No change)

Tom Vasel's favorite game, and for good reason. Cosmic Encounter is pure negotiation bliss. Control an alien race and attempt to colonize foreign planets through force, or strike up a deal with the enemy to form temporary alliances. All aliens have vastly different powers, including enhanced versions that may or may not be available in any given game. Near infinite replay value and easy, free-flowing gameplay make this an eternal staple.
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8. Bloodborne (No change)

Bloodborne: The Card Game: is a cooperatively-competitive hand management game for 3 to 5 players based on the popular PlayStation 4 video game. I use the term “cooperative” loosely, in the same way that it also applies to games like King of Tokyo and Cutthroat Caverns, the latter of which is what Bloodborne can most closely be compared to. Each player is, first and foremost, attempting to earn the most victory points (in the form of blood echoes and trophies), but to do so they must survive the various fiends they face each round – and they cannot do it alone. Players will simultaneously choose and play action cards, and resolve them in player order, attempting to kill the monsters before they have a chance to run away – or worse yet, kill the players.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/bloodborne-the-card-game-review/
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7. Kemet (New)

This ancient-Egyptian theme area control game is unique for a number of reasons: firstly, as mentioned, it's Egyptian themed, an era that's represented not nearly enough. Secondly, as opposed to most games with a focus on combat, Kemet encourages quick and persistent action, allowing players to use specific areas of the map to instantly move around the board and engage in combat. Gone are the days of holding up in Australia when playing Risk: Kemet wants you to get into battle, get bloody, and keep doing it. Especially since you'll gain victory points if you win, but only as the aggressor.
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6. 7 Wonders Duel (Previously #11)

Dethroning its older brother 7 Wonders, this two-player exclusive version of the game isn't just 7 Wonders for two players – it stands on its own as a unique and ultimately improved experience. Many elements are, of course, borrowed, but the way that it incorporates a visual element to the card drafting and the improvements made to military and science victories make this a wholly more fulfilling game.
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5. Above and Below (New)

2 to 4 players take on the daunting challenge of trying to rebuild their civilization after a devastating barbarian attack. To do so, they must seek out and recruit masters of the trade to come back and work for them, construct homes and businesses to create an economy, and scavenge for anything that may help defend against the next inevitable Barbarian attack. As luck would have it, the land upon which you have decided to establish your new home sits atop a seemingly endless system of caverns, a veritable underground civilization right below your feet.
Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/above-and-below-review/
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4. Small World

In a world too small to accommodate everyone, dozens of warring races vie for control of the land, each one possessing bizarre and unique traits and special abilities to dominate their enemies with. This is a battle of persistence, as players will control various races over several rounds in a back-and-forth game of area tug-o-war. Earn victory points for the land that you retain and claim dominion over everything. As the tagline says, “It’s a world of slaughter, after all.” In Small World, two to five players will take turns spreading their troops out over the board, claiming various choke points and other landmarks as they bolster their defenses and prepare for attack. For each area of land you retain control of at the end of your turn, you’ll receive one victory point, in addition to any other bonuses you might earn depending on racial abilities or special powers. And that is where Small World really shines.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/small-world-review/
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3. T.I.M.E. Stories (No change)

T.I.M.E. Stories is the amalgamation of Quantum Leap and old school choose-your-own-adventures. Travel back in time to solve mysteries and relive the loop endlessly until you've acquired enough intel to prevent the timeline from becoming distorted. T.I.M.E. Stories is a system more than anything, and feauters several plug-in expansions that simply add a new story that adopt the existing mechanics.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/t-i-m-e-stories-core-mechanics-non-spoiler-review/
A Prophecy of Dragons Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/t-i-m-e-stories-a-prophecy-of-dragons-review/
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2. Blood Rage (No change)

Blood Rage is a true strategy game, one that seamlessly blends simple yet exciting combat with more traditional area control mechanics and an excellent card drafting system. Much of the game’s strategy comes long before you even put figures on the board; deciding whether to take that one card that will fit your plans, or the card you don’t want to let pass around to another player because you know how much it’ll help them out. It’s incredibly stressful and yet endlessly enjoyable.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/blood-rage-review/
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1. Battlestar Galactica (No change)

When all’s said and done, Battlestar Galactica is a game designed by people who cared deeply for the source material. It shows in the game’s flow, its use of tension, and its high level of stress. The result is a game that so beautifully adheres to the show’s themes of betrayal, hope, and desperation, it is arguably the best board game adaptation of an existing property that the hobby has ever seen.

Full Review: https://popfiltergaming.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/battlestar-galactica-the-board-game-review/