Click here for Part 1 in our series on our favorite games. Now for Part 2.
For me, Agricola is clearly at the top of the list.
- It's fun*
- It's enjoyable with any number from one to five
- It has sophistication, but isn't so complicated that it turns off non-gamers.
- It plays relatively quickly (two can play in 30+ minutes).
- The multitude of card combinations and choices makes it a game with great replayability.
My favorites aren't always what I want to play at GCOM sessions...
- Blue Moon City
- San Juan
- Race for the Galaxy
- Ticket to Ride is of course what I usually bring out as the starter with new players (with the USA 1910 expansion).
- *Power Grid
- *Puerto Rico
- *Princes of Florence
- *World in Flames
- *Russian Campaign (and variants)
- *San Juan
- Saint Petersburg
- *Ticket to Ride
- Taj Mahal
- *Cleopatra & the Society of Architects
- *Magna Carta
- Settlers of Catan
- Lost Cities Boardgame
- Railway Rivals
- Blue Moon City
- *Wealth of Nations
- Galactic Emperor
- Roads and Boats
- Merchant of Venus
- *RailRoad Tycoon
- *Pillars of the Earth
- *Race for the Galaxy
Games with the randomness level of, say, Power Grid, Princes, and Puerto Rico are my favorites, because once in a while I can get lucky, even against good players, but games with even more randomness, such as Attika, Taj Mahal, and the Ticket games, are really more in my wheelhouse, because I’m more lucky than skillful.
Games that I'll play pretty much any time that I have time to play (and opponents) are marked with an asterisk. Games not so marked I’ll happily play unless I can get people to play one of the asterisked games.
I hate games that require a lot of negotiating, because no one ever trusts me -- they must have a reason for thinking that way, but i don't know what it is. I have a weakness for non-negotiational train games; and for games that are convenient to play by email or over the Internet that it's easy to find opponents for. If anyone has suggestions about games not on my list that they think I’d really like, I’d be eager to hear them.
Thanks everyone. Part 3 coming soon!