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Revisit Games to play before you die

Original Article

This list of games everyone should play was published back in 2017. Games in our library are marked with our logo. We have you pretty well covered.

Now is a good time to revisit the list and and add games that may have either come out in the last 5 years or were overlooked at the time.

LibraryGameYear
Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game2014
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)2011
Forbidden Island2010
Terra Mystica2012
Puerto Rico2002
The Castles of Burgundy2011
Ticket to Ride2004
7 Wonders2010
Hive2000
Race for the Galaxy2007
Twilight Struggle2005
Pandemic2008
Agricola2007
Balderdash1984
Betrayal at House on the Hill2004
Carcassonne2000
Dominion2008
Power Grid2004
Quelf2005
Android: Netrunner2012
Tokaido2012
Catan1995
1313 Dead End Drive2002
Shadows over Camelot2005
Anomia2010
Paperback2014

Mark’s Pick:

Game Details
NameThe Quacks of Quedlinburg (2018)
Accessibility ReportMeeple Like Us
ComplexityMedium Light [1.95]
BGG Rank64 [7.84]
Player Count2-4
Designer(s)Wolfgang Warsch
Artist(s)Dennis Lohausen and Wolfgang Warsch
Publisher(s)Schmidt Spiele, 999 Games, Arclight, CMYK, Compaya.hu - Gamer Café Kft., Devir, G3, Korea Boardgames Co., Ltd., Lautapelit.fi, Lavka Games, MINDOK, North Star Games, Swan Panasia Co., Ltd. and YellowBOX
Mechanism(s)Catch the Leader, Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Dice Rolling, Push Your Luck and Variable Set-up

This is a great press your luck game. You draw chips out of a bag that are numbered 1 to 4. If the sum of the white chips you have drawn exceeds 7, your potion explodes. Other colored chips have special rules about how they score, what advantage they give, or how far along the potion progress track you move. Even if it explodes, the penalty is not so harsh that you can not overcome it. I have still only played with the first set of ingredients, but always have a fun time playing.

Most games have that moment where you have a total of 5 on your white chips, you have 10 chips in your bag and you know only one of them is a white 3. With those odds, how can you bust? Go ahead and press your luck … you draw a chip … and you get ….. unbelievable.

Honorable Mention: Wingspan

Katey’s Pick:

Game Details
NameSagrada (2017)
Accessibility ReportMeeple Like Us
ComplexityMedium Light [1.93]
BGG Rank155 [7.52]
Player Count1-4
Designer(s)Adrian Adamescu and Daryl Andrews
Artist(s)Peter Wocken
Publisher(s)Floodgate Games, Cranio Creations, CrowD Games, Devir, Engames, FoxGames, Galápagos Jogos, Geekach Games, Lanlalen, Mandoo Games, Matagot, MEBO Games, MINDOK, One Moment Games, Pegasus Spiele and Reflexshop
Mechanism(s)Contracts, Dice Rolling, Drafting, Pattern Building, Set Collection and Solo / Solitaire Game

Sean’s Pick:

Game Details
NamePARKS (2019)
Accessibility ReportMeeple Like Us
ComplexityMedium Light [2.16]
BGG Rank115 [7.84]
Player Count (Recommended)1-5 (1-4)
Designer(s)Henry Audubon
Artist(s)Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series
Publisher(s)Keymaster Games, Albi Polska, Feuerland Spiele, Matagot and Surfin' Meeple China
Mechanism(s)Card Drafting, Contracts, Modular Board, Set Collection, Solo / Solitaire Game, Track Movement, Turn Order: Claim Action and Worker Placement