Keram's Book Report

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My Top Ten Board Games in 2019

Not necessarily games that were released in 2019 – but that I played and enjoyed the most (and most of which can be played solo – denoted with a *):

*Everdell – this gloriously animated anthropomorphic worker placement, tableau/engine building game is quickly becoming one of BGG’s highest rated games of all time.
*Renegade – Richard Wilkinson’s absolutely brilliant cyberpunk hacker game.*
*Villagers – A wonderful worker engine building/tableau game. Solo mode is exceptional and differs substantially from the core game.
*Tiny Epic Zombies – a truly epic adventure in a box!
*Aerion – the Oniverse is one of the most artistically creative series out there, and this may be my favorite among them. Sky pirates for the win!
*Dungeon Degenerates – a review I like at mraaktagon.com. OMG if Haight Ashbury and Glitterbest had an orgy with Robert Crumb and a blacklight you’d get this devil may care successor to Games Workshop anything. Pure, vile, joy.
Gloom – Dark and bleak and like and Edward Gorey picture book, created by the dude from the Decemberists and with a fairly unique – plastic see-through card mechanism, Gloom is a storymaker.
*Roll Player – the awesome conceit of making a board game out of the basic character generation phase of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, Roll Player is surprisingly engaging and not quite Yahtzee. The expansion is a must.
*Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth – a sort of re-skin of Lost Expedition, this is a Dark-Souls-like for card games that works best solo.
*Palm Island – an absolutely amazingly compact and addictive filler game that gets dozens and dozens of plays.

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