So I'm starting to look back at this year and thinking about what some of my favourites are of 2010. Movies are easy (Inception, Black Swan) and music as well (The xx, Janelle Monae, Sufjan Stevens). Games, on the other hand, are a bit tougher. I bought a lot of games this year (now THAT's an understatement!) but a lot of them weren't released this year. Agricola, a release of 2007, has quickly become one of my top five absolute favourite games but I only started playing it a couple months ago. And with so many games being released now each year, it's near-impossible to play them all. So I can only hope to mention the ones that I've enjoyed personally and maybe pick some stellar choices from there. So without further ado (of the games I actually got play this year):
7 Wonders - You can read more in my review of the game but this was an easy choice. Accessible rules, games in 30 minutes, endless strategies to try out, and scales amazingly well from 2 to 7 people. If you enjoyed Dominion at all, I imagine the speedy play of this fun, fantastic card game will also appeal.
Lords of Vegas - Not many strategy games can have such crazy swings of luck and still be enjoyable for me. This one is. Maybe because it feels a bit like Acquire played in a high-stakes casino. This one definitely doesn't have the staying power of 7W but the last couple games have been a hoot.
Inca Empire - I have to admit that I've only played this once due to the lengthy play time since our group doesn't usually last more than two hours anymore. But that one play of this reprint of Tuhuantinsuyu was a brilliant experience. The route-building that I love so much from train games combined with a clever, nasty action card mechanism to affect the other player's games make this a worthwhile purchase. This modern classic really is THAT good and deserves more recognition.
Mosaix - Like FITS and Take It Easy meets X's and O's, this little game in a lovely tin case is seconds to learn but surprisingly challenging due to its extremely clever scoring mechanism. Grab a copy cheap and take it everywhere you go.
Looking forward to playing some more of these games in the new year as the many companies move on from Essen and the Christmas season. I'm currently looking forward to reprints of Alien Frontiers and Scripts and Scribes (now Biblios) which should be arriving the first-quarter of this year.
Have a happy new year and enjoy what's left of the holidays....