Top 100 Games (End of 2019)

A new year means it’s time to stop and take a look at board gaming hobby and share my favourite games of all time!

This year 354 games were evaluated (400+ and something before I removed duplicates and games I haven’t played enough to evaluate in the list), vs 218 games that were evaluated last year. Quite the increase!

Item2019 Rank2018 RankChange
Gentes: Deluxified Edition100New
Catan: Starfarers98New
Flamme Rouge9694-2
Harvest Dice9471-23
Unlock! Series9332-61
On Tour90New
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries8882-6
High Society8757-30
Underwater Cities86New
Hero Realms8540-45
The Voyages of Marco Polo8415066
Whitehall Mystery83New
Sushi Go Party!8039-41
Raiders of the North Sea799-70
Edge of Darkness77New
Power Grid7650-26
Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set75New
Caverna: The Cave Farmers7433-41
Roll for the Galaxy7227-45
Second Chance70New
Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale69New
Carpe Diem68New
Le Havre6710538
Nova Luna66New
Blackout: Hong Kong65New
Rising Sun6454-10
Teotihuacan: City of Gods63New
Oh My Goods!62New
Dice Masters6122-39
Istanbul: Big Box60New
Lost Cities587214
Viticulture Essential Edition5649-7
Power Grid: The Card Game55616
No Thanks!548632
Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant5128-23
Century: Spice Road495910
Ticket to Ride487022
Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North47New
The Mind468842
Heroes of Land, Air & Sea4541-4
Detective: City of Angels44New
Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road43New
For Sale417635
Paladins of the West Kingdom39New
Clans of Caledonia3718-19
Bunny Kingdom33385
Russian Railroads31New
The Castles of Burgundy30377
The Taverns of Tiefenthal29New
Istanbul: The Dice Game2819-9
Container: 10th Anniversary Jumbo Edition!2717-10
Point Salad26New
Fantastic Factories24New
Architects of the West Kingdom23New
The Quest for El Dorado2110685
Blood Rage18202
Rajas of the Ganges178-9
Thunderstone Quest164-12
Baseball Highlights: 204515150
7 Wonders14140
Sushi Go!137764
A Feast for Odin12131
Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated11New
KeyForge: Call of the Archons10100
Marvel Champions: The Card Game9New
The Quacks of Quedlinburg8New
Magic: The Gathering72-5
Great Western Trail6115
Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure550
Camel Up41612
Brass: Birmingham32926
7 Wonders Duel231
Champions of Midgard110

Some random thoughts on various games:

  • Older games had the most interesting moves this year. Camel Up, Brass, Sushi Go shot up the list and I would say solidified their positions. This year I learned a bit to see through the shine and I’ve now been in the hobby that I’ve got a bunch of top favourites that I know are my favourites even if I can’t get them to the table.
  • A lot of old collectible game favourites fell down this year because I wasn’t able to get them to the table. Dice Masters fell out of the top 25 just because I literally can never get it to the table. It’s a fantastic game that is just hard to get to table firstly because it’s two player but also because its collectible – I don’t know how to break out my decks and play – it’s a big pain in the ass. This impacted Star Wars Destiny as well – these both are games I love but who knows if I’ll ever play again because of their business model (I need to buy one of the non collectible Dice Masters sets and try and get it to table in 2020)
  • I was surprised how close a lot of games were to their rank from last year! Doing this list meant doing 1200+ 1 vs 1 comparisons, I’m glad my tastes are getting more consistent.

This list was made with the Pub Meeple Ranking Engine, what are your favourite games?