My 2016 Boardgaming Experience in Review

My board game experience in 2016 in review

My board game experience in 2016 in review

Overview of board games

As I have noted elsewhere, 2016 turned out to be a year of transition, as a whole host of changes from 2015 emerged and thrown my life into some turmoil. I wasn’t the only one affected either; with friends becoming busier and entering new stages of life, it has become difficult to coordinate free time with any regularity. All of this meant that while I was playing it was less than I expected and there were long stretches of time where I couldn’t play at all.

Looking at my handy BG Stats app, March, April, June, and November were months with particularly no board games. Nonetheless, I hope 2017 marks a change in this trend. And based on the number of games I had in January, I have already seen a huge increase in games.

So how did the game go last year? Well, I made 86 games of 26 unique games. Based on these games I managed to win 43% win% while my girlfriend-turned-fiancée-turned-wife managed to win 42% of the time (note that some of these games were co-op , which is a bit of a reason why these numbers look like this). My top 10 games (or actually 11 due to ties) played were: Sushi Go, Codenames, Schotten Totten, Food Chain Magnate, 6 nimmt !, Star Wars Imperial Assault, Race for the Galaxy, Patchwork, Splendor, Galaxy Trucker, and the Tigris and Euphrates.

Review of the 10 most played board games

My board game experience in 2016 in review

Go Sushi!

Looking at the stats, I managed to complete 9 games of Sushi Go. In general, my list would have a lot of small games on the list because the appetizer games are a lot easier to put on the table and they are also a lot. easier to teach. Sushi Go is mostly successful in the latter case, although the fast-paced gameplay and cute illustrations certainly make it an easier sell for players new to the drafting mechanic.

Code names

And when I say easy to teach, Codenames definitely makes this list. Tell people it’s like Taboo or Catchphrase with a few minor tweaks and most people figure it out pretty quickly. The collaborative nature of the game makes it a great board game where teams are involved and watching a team get a 4 card hint is quite rewarding.

Schotten Totten

Schotten Totten is a fairly recent acquisition, but she’s played a lot because my wife loves this game. I really can’t explain why this game harmonizes so well with her. As far as we have found out, she has a knack for beating me in games involving numbers and colors. It’s like she’s able to calculate probabilities on the fly, placing the cards in the right places that would give the best effect while leaving me in a whirlwind of analysis paralysis. It’s still a fun game!

Food chain tycoon

This is the first heavy game to fall on the list and I’m actually surprised that it is this high with 5 games. I know over the year I’ve pushed this game pretty heavily on my business school friends and a lot of them have taken a liking to it. They joke about flowcharts, talk about fickleness of consumers, try to make anti-competitive claims based on cost versus value, and have fun making sure their supply chain can meet the demands of the market. Requirement. The only downside is that teaching it can be overwhelming talking about what each employee does and the important benefits. But more people in my gamer circles have been exposed to the game where we can play the full game now. Of the games I started playing last year, this was the biggest eye-opener and it managed to reach my list of top 5 favorite games. There is still a lot more game to explore too!

6 nimmt!

6 nimmt! Also falls into the realm of easy to teach games that people can really enjoy. This game usually hits the table when I’m playing with a group of international friends who don’t want to sit around and read a lot of English (like code names) just to be able to play. Almost exclusively used at parties.

My board game experience in 2016 in review

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Oh man, do you remember when I wrote about my band’s adventures in Star Wars Imperial Assault? Yeah, it didn’t last long. The people in this group became very busy and it became difficult to find a regular schedule to meet. I mean, yeah, I wish I could finish the campaign, but if I do, it will have to be with another group. Another thing that compromises his chances is that my wife is pretty good at playing it, so I would have to find other people to play with.

Race for the Galaxy

It is a game that is exclusively played by me, my brother and my brother’s roommate. I find that unless people are really in the game this one is a hard sell because the mechanics of choosing a card to represent and an action to take, of sharing other people’s actions and understanding what it means all of these symbols gives this game a really tough learning curve. This made it very difficult to get to the table and God forbid to teach. I would only play with people who know the game or ask me to teach them. Otherwise, no bueno.


Our first exposure to Patchwork came when we were in a game store and were mesmerized by its Tetris-like nature and designer Uwe Rosenberg’s incredible ability to give rhythm to a game really well. A delicious game which is good for couples.


A mutual friend of ours / classmate from a business school introduced us to Splendor, my wife and me. It’s a game I’m in no rush to add to my collection, although I might want to someday because it does the whole collection of sets / mechanics collection really well. engine construction. Plus, like many games on this list, it’s pretty easy to teach, and there’s enough planning to make your actions as effective as possible to keep my attention. It helps that I’m a long way from mastering the game, although trying out some weird strategies like the ones I recently had made it a fun experience.

Galaxy Trucker

The game that I present to people to show them how different board games can be. Usually it’s a comically demoralizing experience for them, but the grim specter of fate usually makes them want to give it a try to see if they can somehow survive… this time around. I think in 2017 I’ll try to take the layout of Starship Enterprise a step further to maximize the angst and hilarity.

My board game experience in 2016 in review

Tiger and Euphrates

Very surprised, this even made the list as it can be boring to explain (invasions vs. wars and what these fountains do and how to claim these medallions). However, I really enjoy this game for its tension and cutthroat nature. Sometimes it can be a bit too much if a few wars go wrong and you find yourself staring outside, but it’s fun trying to find some easily defensible layouts and try drinking from those one-off fountains.

What I have been looking for since 2017

  • More games ! (Because, of course)
  • Asking my wife to become my Creative Director and make my YouTube channel even bigger! (Still a work in progress, especially trying not to sound like a boring math teacher)
  • A new board game table (I supported it!)
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