What are your favorite board games of 2012?

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 11-Jan-13 | 52 comments

With so many stellar games released last year we wanted to see what everyone’s favorites are!

In the comments below please share your top five favorite board games released in 2012.

(note: I say “board games” in the general sense… card games, miniatures games, RPGs, etc. are all welcome!)

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Robots on the Line fan
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I play blue

It’s tough, but here is my list of favorites:

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Tinkerer

I’ve not played very many games released in 2012, but of those I have, I would probably rate Lords of Waterdeep at the top by some way. I’d also like to give an honourable mention to Catan Junior, which is a great addition to the Catan franchise which works extremely well with youngish kids and is still pretty good fun for adults.

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Star Wars: X-Wing the Miniatures game Was easily my favorite game of 2012. It delivered everything I was expecting and then some. As a close second, I have to nominate Android: Netrunner for making cyberpunk cool again. For the rest of my top five (in no particular order), I’ve loved – Rex: Final Days of an Empire, Lords of Waterdeep and Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2nd Edition)

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The Gold Heart
I play black
Knight-errant

Love Letter!

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Summoner Wars Fan

1) Lords of Waterdeep (The building mechanic reminded my of Caylus…but this game is actually fun)

2) Pergamon – Love the bidding/worker placement!

3) Love Letter – Every time I play this game I see subtle strategy.

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Crab Clan - Legend of the Five Rings

I included several board game titles on the Ogre Cave Christmas List 2012. My favourites were:

Lords of Waterdeep
Glory to Rome
Snowdonia

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10. Village
9. X-Wing Miniatures Game
8. Ora et Labora
7. Merchant of Venus (FFG reprint)
6. Zombicide
5. Mice & Mystics
4. Mage Knight
3. War of the Ring (Second Edition)
2. Eclipse
1. Lords of Waterdeep
Honorable Mentions: Fleet, Seasons, Agents of Smersh, Viva Java

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Scotland
I play black

1. Giza (runaway #1 pick)
2. Four Taverns
3. Catan Junior
4. Catan Star Trek

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I have been hearing a lot of good things about Love Letter. I will start looking for that now.

My vote has to go to Lords of Waterdeep. It always makes it to the table in our group. I would give a second to Castles of Burgundy. Thats this year, right?

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Canada

For me the list is pretty clear:
#1 Terra Mystica
#2 The Great Zimbabwe
#3 Pax Porfiriana
#4 1989

The first is a asymmetric and intricate euro; the second a rather brutal economic game; the third a delightfully historically informed card tableau game; the last either an incredibly light wargame, or a particularly thematic area majority game. I’ve really enjoyed all of them (and all significantly more than other 2012 titles I’ve tried.)

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Stone of the Sun

In 2012 I discovered:

Tension!
Ankh-Morpork
Catan: Traders & Barbarians
Grass

But my favourites have to be:

Axis & Allies 1942 (2nd Edition)
Axis & Allies 1941
Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 (2nd Edition)
Axis & Allies Europe 1940 (2nd Edition)

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Gamer - Level 1

1 Android-Netrunner
2 Star Wars Card Game
3 Puerto Rico 10th Anniversary Edition

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Spider Clan - Legend of the Five Rings

1.lord of the rings card game
2. star wars card game
3. netrunner card game
4.pathfinder rpg
5.star wars: edge of the empire beta rpg

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Time Well Spent - Games

1. Thunderstone Advance
2. Ticket to Ride: India
3. Star Trek Catan (my favorite catan variant other than Cities and Knights)
4. Ticket to Ride: Asia
5. … I think that was all the new games I played this year…

My favorite game of 2012 was definitely Thunderstone Advance! A great deack-builder and a wonderful new edition of Thunderstone.

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Canada

Of the games I’ve played, the ones I’ve enjoyed the most are:

Escape: The Curse of the Temple

Seasons

Lords of Waterdeep

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

The Manhattan Project

Starship Merchants

Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

City of Horror

Infiltration

Africana

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

Games from 2012 that I haven’t had a chance to play but really want to:

1989: Dawn of Freedom

Archipelago

CO2

Copycat

DC Comics Deck Building Game

Descent 2nd Edition

Dungeon Command

Fleet

Keyflower

Love Letter

Mage Wars

Mice and Mystics

Milestones

Myrmes

Rolling Freight

Space Cadets

Suburbia

Targi

Terra Mystica

Tzolk’in

X-Wing

Quite a year. There were a number of really good expansions as well. Of them Dixit Journey and the Romulan Expansion for Star Trek: Fleet Captains come immediately to mind.

For those that think this was a bad year, exactly what kind of games do you play?

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