Top 10 2018 Games

OK, these aren’t games published in 2018, or even necessarily specific games but gaming events that happened this year, but I chose a game from those events to highlight. These are in chronological order.

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1. Talo

I needed to visit Portland, Maine for work. I left a few days early and visited my friend Kimberly’s in NH a short drive west. She was nice enough to arrange a game day for us. We played a ton of games - I still laugh thinking about Jason’s charades for Bill Clinton in Monikers. The next day we visited the new gaming cafe and I was finally able to play an original copy of Glory to Rome and we discovered a random new abstract that looked 20 years old but wasn’t called Talo.

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2. Glory to Rome

Several games on this list will be from Origins. This one in particular was the first time I was able to meet twitter pal Chris Mitchell and play a game. GtR is one of my favorites and always makes the list even if they called Brick - Rick because of my recently replaced sleeves.

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3. Power Grid

This was a favorite of both Eric and I. I think this was one of the few scheduled games I had at Origins. We added in the Detmers who were new. They mistakenly let me have the west coast unchallenged and I took the win but that doesn’t really matter, does it?

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4. El Grande

Grayson, Jamie, Jose and I have started a tradition of playing this at Origins. It is always a tight game and the banter and overall good time we have is what makes this the best time ever.

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5. Super Rhino Hero

I brought several lighter party games to the Punchboard Media meet up. I worked hard to get game started and get people playing and make sure people were having fun. I did have some fun though - particularly playing Super Rhino Hero, seen here with Steve Caires.

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6. Flash point Fire Rescue

I’ve played this several times this year. This particular game was during a break from a visit to check on my mom. My sister came to our hotel and I had brought up part of my set as a “travel version” - except I forgot the smoke tokens. The people walking tokens are our make shift smoke tokens. This was a nice break from our stressful time at the hospital.

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7. Scrabble

As the hours approached my mothers inevitable passing all of my family was in her room. We found the family Scrabble game in the closet and played a game.

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8. Drop it

Both Scott and I had recent losses and needed a break. Craig held a day long birthday game event. I invited Scott since he had moved to the area. Drop it was fun but frustrating and resulted in some fun pics.

9. Cribbage

I visited my dad in October to go hunting. See this post about that trip. We got in a game of cribbage which is always important.. Edit. My father passed away the day after I wrote this. This would be our last game of Cribbage.

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10.The Magnificent Race

I went to Kitchcon - see the write up - I got to meet Scott “ScooterB” from twitter and some other new friends and played a bunch of new and old kitchy games. The highlight was “The Magnificent Race” which I bough on eBay at dinner on the way home and have played at at least three events since. It is always a hit.

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