Best New Boardgames of 2018


Best New Boardgames of 2018

2018 brought to us a nice assortment of games that I think really made this year a great one. It introduced me to new mechanics and concepts as well as opened me up to trying some tougher heavy games. Below, I will go over 5 games I think to take the cake in my opinion and will make sure that each game is from a very different angle. Every game will be a different genre of gameplay and will have a little explanation of the game itself and why I liked it.

 

Alone

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This is by far the heaviest game I own to date and am super impressed with the gameplay and style of this experience. It’s a very heavy dungeon crawler about a sci-fi hero surviving the evil players’ map scenario. This is a sci-fi horror with branching storylines and multiple stories to play. It’s great because of the memory aspect of the dungeon appearing and disappearing only as he travels through it as well as the FPS vibes I get from it. The one player versus all gameplay is also really unique and both sides played really well and very different from each other.


The Bears and the Bees

This is for sure one of my family gotos by this point. It follows a domino-style matching mechanic while implementing enough strategy to satisfy seasoned players looking for a competitive gameplay while being simple enough for anyone to pick it up. The gameplay is all about relieving your hand of cards by playing them down and avoiding retrieving cards by your opponents. I think what is great about this game is that it can hold up to 5 players and doesn’t stray too far from good gaming with more players–even with 2 players, it is a good time.


Danger the Game

Danger the game is more than one of the best new boardgames of 2018, this is one of the best party games I have played in a very long time. This game has players set in a judge style party game with a lot of nice additions to create a new style to this classic gaming experience. Each player will take turns being put into a dangerous situation that the rest of the group has to get that specific player out of using a tool and a skill from their hand. What is great is the story building concept. While not everyone likes storytelling, this game does a great job gearing up players with the right crutches to build a decent story out of.


The Mind

The mind is one of the most unique games I’ve played in a while and does a good job filling in the gap of Hanabi style Meta games. In the mind there is zero talking between players. Each player is expected to play their cards in increasing sequence by “combining minds”. While it sounds simple, there is enough to the game with lives and special abilities to give this game a good bit of replay value. Especially since the games can run relatively quick–it’s nothing that is too hard to carry around and pull out.


Catch the Moon

Catch the Moon is a fun dexterity game that has players roll a dice and stack ladder. I haven’t payed anything like this before because of the strategy created with the dice. Every move needs to be articulated to not only keep you from falling, but to force other players to fall. The last person to stay alive during gameplay is the winner of the game. The game is simple to learn and hard to master. Great for families and toddlers.

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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