Board Game Geek has released the winners of the Golden Geek Award. Which games would get your vote?
Game of the Year: Light-Cascadia
Do I need to tell you about Cascadia? Just in case, here’s a snippet. Cascadia is a puzzly tile-laying and token-drafting game featuring the habitats and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.
Game of the Year: Medium-The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
In the trick-taking card game The Crew: Mission Deep Sea, you and the other players work together to search for the lost continent of Mu. This new adventure takes your crew deep down into the abyss on a search for the fabled sunken land. How far you get depends entirely on how well you work together as a team. Card by card, trick by trick, your search party will discover the challenges that lie ahead and forge a path to Mu.
Game of the Year: Heavy-Ark Nova
In Ark Nova, you will plan and design a modern, scientifically managed zoo. With the ultimate goal of owning the most successful zoological establishment, you will build enclosures, accommodate animals, and support conservation projects all over the world. Specialists and unique buildings will help you in achieving this goal.
Party Game- So Clover!
So Clover! is a cooperative word-association game. Play as a team to get the highest score. Get Keywords and secretly write their common features on your Clover board; these are your Clues. Then work together to try to figure out each player’s Keywords. At the end of the game, add up your score according to how many Keywords you found and write it in the Record of Legends. Try to beat your high score each game!
Everyone knows that the best games, are the games that the staff won’t stop talking about! Here’s a list of the games that we can’t stop playing.
The Quacks of Quedlinburg
7.8 rating on BGG
In The Quacks of Quedlinburg, players are quack doctors, each making their own secret brew by adding ingredients one at a time. Take care with what you add, though, for a pinch too much of this or that will spoil the whole mixture! This bag building, push your luck game has become a store favorite.
7.4 rating on BGG
In Lizard Wizard, players compete to recruit wizards from seven unique schools of magic, build mystical towers, research powerful spells, summon helpful familiars, and search dark dungeons for gold and items of power. Only one Arch-Mage will rise above the rest and control the land. Will it be you? This game has been making it’s rounds through the Meeples gang. It has an aspect of push your luck, set collecting, and resource management that we all really like.
7.3 rating on BGG
Ride a rocket to extraordinary destinations across our galaxy. During your travels you will gather exotic crystals that further our understanding of what’s out there. Use these crystals to complete exploration badges and turn them in at the mysterious Outpost 13 to prove yourself as the galaxy’s next great space explorer! Space Park is a beautiful game that features resource management, set collecting and an awesome solo mode.
7.9 rating on BGG
Unmatched is a highly asymmetrical miniature fighting game for two or four players. Each hero is represented by a unique deck designed to evoke their style and legend. Tactical movement and no-luck combat resolution create a unique play experience that rewards expertise, but just when you’ve mastered one set, new heroes arrive to provide all new match-ups. You will often catch the Meeples gang talking about their match-ups when it comes to Unmatched. We may even break out a quick 2 player game with you if it’s slow.
7 Wonders: Architects
7.2 rating on BGG
In 7 Wonders: Architects, players race to become a leader of the ancient world by completing an architectural wonder that will last through the ages. Players receive an unconstructed wonder at the beginning of the game and must collect resources to build their society, develop military might to navigate conflicts, oversee resource management, research science improvements, and collect civil victory points as they race to leave their mark on world history. What we love about Architects is the simple game play and the awesome organizations! This game is so easy to break out and play for even the newest of board gamers.
The following games are the conclusion of our Gen Con recap! These games were played at both Pop-Up Gen Con as well as Gen Con Indy. All of these games are in our game library and most can be rented for 2 days!
Emergency Broadcast- Bicycle
In Emergency Broadcast, players act as first responders on a mission to secure resources for the residents of their community. Over three rounds, floodwaters rise becoming more treacherous and leaving less available land and resources. The winner is the player who best meets their rescue objectives and earns the most points after three stormy rounds
Dungeon Decorators-SlugFest Games
Dungeon Decorators is a competitive “light euro” tile-drafting strategy game for 2 to 4 players. Select tiles that give you the right combination of chilling chambers, harrowing hallways and dire decorations, then play goal cards to score points. The player who scores the most points achieves victory by impressing the client and setting them on their path to becoming the next legendary evil!
Flourish- Starling Games
Flourish is a beautiful, card-drafting, garden-building game in which players plan and build the garden of their dreams over the course of the growing season. With delightful imagery, players plan their gardens throughout the game to collect the most points. This easy-to-learn game offers both competitive strategy and co-operative game modes, and a 1-7 player count provides a high level of accessibility and replayability. Flourish isn’t currently available to purchase, but you can try it from our Library!
Galaxy Trucker- Czech Games
In the fast and goofy family game Galaxy Trucker, players begin by simultaneously rummaging through the common warehouse, frantically trying to grab the most useful component tiles to build their spaceship, all in real-time. Once the ships are launched, players encounter dangerous situations while vying for financial opportunities, each hoping to gain the most valuable cargo and finish with as much of their ship still intact as possible. Of course, that’s easier said than done since many hazards will send pieces of your ship, your cargo, and your crew hurling into the depths of space. The goal is to survive the trek, hopefully with at least some of your crew and ship intact, and have at least one credit by the end of the game. (Profit, yay!) Players earn credits by delivering goods, defeating pirates, having the best-looking ship, and reaching their destination before the others.
Godtear is a hex based tabletop skirmish board game for two players. With its dynamic scenarios and pre-assembled, colored miniatures, it’s quick to start but hard to master! Godtear is a scenario driven game. Each scenario has its own rules, but there are common rules that form the basis of all scenarios. Each scenario uses the scoring system below in addition to its unique scenario rules.
In Mountain Goats you work to move your goats to the top of 6 different mountains where they can score points as long as they stay there. You can share spaces with other goats on the way up, but there is only room for one goat at the top of each mountain. If someone else’s goat moves to the mountain top, they will kick you off and you’ll have to start your trek over. Mountain Goats isn’t currently available to purchase, but test play it from our Library!
Tiny Towns is a really fun strategy game where you have you own 4×4 grid with which to build your tiny town on. The way it works, you put resource blocks down in a specific pattern to build buildings and whatnot, you get points for various layouts that change up each game depending on what cards are drawn in the beginning. Each turn you get to pick a resource you need, the trick being that everyone has to pick up that same resource and find a place on their own boards for it. There are also special unique buildings that each person gets, so no one’s town will ever be exactly the same. It’s really cool to see how everyone goes about making their towns differently when everyone is given the same resources in the same order. The bits are really nice as well, wooden and colorfully painted, with adorable tiny buildings. This is honestly one of my favorite games. You can also rent Tiny Towns before you buy!
Dungeon Mayhem is a light 2 to 4 player card game where the goal is to be the last one standing. Players choose a character from a D&D adventuring party and play that character’s deck to do their best to defeat their former allies and friends. A quick game with minimal set-up and space requirements perfect for a small desk or table. The expansions for Dungeon Mayhem also add a good amount to the base game!
Everdell has become a hit amongst gamers of all levels. This game is a great introduction to the worker placement type game. Everdell is played in 4 seasons (rounds), earn points based on which cards you play into your tableau. Adding buildings to the busy woodland streets of Everdell gains you different points. The player with the most points at the end of Winter is the winner. Everdell is easy to learn, play and is so adorable! The only slight downfalls of the game is the resource tree that is in the middle of the table can be easily broken if not assembled carefully. And the footprint of the game is large, it can’t really be played on a small table. But the pros of the game defiantly outweigh the cons. We have a copy available to Rent before you buy!
In Calico, players compete to sew the coziest quilt as they collect and place patches of different colors and patterns. Each quilt has a particular pattern that must be followed, and players are also trying to create color and pattern combinations that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also able to attract the cuddliest cats!
Dragon Parks – Ankama
Number of Players: 2-4
BGG Rating: 7.0
Game Time: 15 mins
Dragons are back into our world, and they are in vogue! As the proud owner of group of islands where dragons nest, you’ll have to manage both the tourists’ expectations and the dragons’ appetite. Dragon Parks is a drafting game which makes use of transparent cards. Select a new card each turn to put on one of your three islands, adding or covering dragons in this park as you do. Some dragons hate to be covered by others and will snap back at you, and if you manage to hatch an egg by covering it, it will attract new visitors!
Rolling Ranch-Thundergryph Games
Number of Players: 2-20
BGG Rating: 6.9
Game Time: 20 mins
A hurricane destroyed all the fences in the area and the animals fled! However, they should not be that far and after fixing the fences it’s your mission to recover them in the woods. In Rolling Ranch, all players use the same result from the dice to rescue animals and improve their ranch, with each player working on their own ranch sheet. Each player attempts to place the animals in their ranch the best way possible, and to construct buildings and receive bonuses that will help them achieve the highest score. Everyone plays at the same time! Who will be the most successful ranch to rescue their animals?
Equinox- Plan B Games
Number of Players: 2-5
BGG Rating: Unrated
Game Time: 40 mins
In Equinox, mysterious creatures gather in the forest in an effort to write themselves into the legendary storybook and for tales to be shared for countless generations. However, there is room for only four more stories not every story will be recorded, so the creatures have to be cunning and clever to outwit their opponents and make the cut. Equinox is a deeply satisfying betting game that gives players agency to influence the outcome of this competition. Each round, players place numbered power cards in front of the creatures, with the lowest-valued creature being eliminated from play.
Number of Players: 2-4
BGG Rating: 7.1
Game Time: 30 mins
Just beyond the towering vines lies an ancient pathway into the unknown. Push back the thorn-riddled stocks to discover a clandestine garden, blooming with mysterious vigor. Vivid colors mark the way to intricate tiles zigging and zagging through the green. Within the flowers lies the key to greater meaning. An explanation for all things unknown. In Umbra Via, players compete to control and complete the most cunning paths. Reach into your bag to select wooden flowers, then place them on your secret board in the order of the paths you want most. But when players reveal their choices, things get delightfully tricky.