Top 5 Best New Board Games
Top 5 Best New Board Games
This year is looking pretty promising with some of the best new board games. Unlike the classics we are all so familiar with like Monopoly, Sorry, and Clue–which were board game innovators, these new up and comers are defining our era of board gaming. I chose five of my favorite best new board games to kickstart this first quarter of the year 2017. While these games are not necessarily released in 2016 or early 2017, I feel these are titles that deserve a chance to hit the table or maybe help remind players that this needs to hit the table again. Speaking of which, I think it’s time to remind my game night team that we need to play Secret Hitler again (I am calling my game night team now). Enjoy my Top 5 Best New Board Games.
Many have said Scythe is the best game of 2016 and with their Kickstarter raising almost 2 million dollars, I have to say, the components and quality are all there. This is a non-combat resource building board game that is easily reaching everyone’s shelves.
Scythe is a Worker Placement/Economic Engine board game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of five factions of Eastern Europa who are attempting to earn their fortune and claim their faction’s stake in the land around the mysterious Factory. Players conquer territory, enlist new recruits, reap resources, gain villagers, build structures, and activate monstrous mechs.- BGG
This reprint from TMG Game is defining top new board games by giving us a new look into worker placement that I feel draws in new players. In my personal opinion, I have had more players want to check out Ars Alchimia because of its anime theme and minimal worker rule forcing players out of locations. Check out my video review.
In Ars Alchimia, you work at one of these factories. As an overseer belonging to the Academy, you take orders from the people, gather resources, and transmute them — but you need to be more efficient than your competition.
The game lasts four rounds, with each round representing a year. Each round, players take turns placing one or more of their workers on one action they want to do: gather resources, take up an order, employ an assistant, or transmute at the alchemy forges. The trick is that the more workers on one spot, the less effective an action becomes; if you want to place workers on a spot where there are already some, you’ll have to exceed the number of workers already there.- BGG
City planning has always been a personal favorite of mine (mostly in video games), but now we can each build harbors, skyscrapers, city parks, and such looting in victory points and creating huge cities skyscrapers.
The game lasts four rounds, and n each round players first lay out tiles for the appropriate round at random on a 5×5 grid. Each player has four architects numbered 1-4 and on a turn, a player places an architect next to a row or column in the grid, claims the tile that’s as far in as the number of the architect placed (e.g., the fourth tile in for architect #4), places that tile in the appropriately numbered row or column on the player’s 4×4 city board, then claims any resources associated with the tile (inhabitants or energy). –BGG
This deduction party game is a very hot top brand new board game that plays similar to mafia but with a lot of accusations involved. with five or more players, you will be looking for fascists through three government policies. While this game spirals into controversy, your level of fun will only increase.
At the beginning of the game, players close their eyes, and the fascists reveal themselves to one another. Secret Hitler keeps his eyes closed, but puts his thumb up so the fascists can see who he is. The fascists learn who Hitler is, but Hitler doesn’t know who his fellow fascists are, and the liberals don’t know who anyone is.
Each round, players elect a President and a Chancellor who will work together to enact a law from a random deck. If the government passes a fascist law, players must try to figure out if they were betrayed or simply unlucky. Secret Hitler also features government powers that come into play as fascism advances. The fascists will use those powers to create chaos unless liberals can pull the nation back from the brink of war.
The objective of the liberal team is to pass five liberal policies or assassinate Secret Hitler. The objective of the fascist team is to pass six fascist policies or elect Secret Hitler chancellor after three fascist policies have passed.- BGG
A game inspired by the app Spaceteam, has you and your players flipping through a deck of malfunctions and applying tools to fix them. This is not a quiet game as you will be yelling repetitively what you might be needing to fix parts of the ship. Just, be careful, for a top board game, you might only have a limited window of time to play it.
Your goal is to ensure that all ship systems are functioning properly before time runs out. Each player must deal with the various malfunctions in their sector by flipping cards from the malfunction deck in front of them, and fixing the ship’s systems. You’ll have an arsenal of disorganized space tools spread among all players’ hands, but finding the right tools can be harder than you think, especially when your Spaceteam is franticly worrying about malfunctions in their own sector. If that wasn’t hard enough, you’ll also have to deal with complications such as wormholes and asteroid fields, which require the coordination of the entire Spaceteam. There are no turns; everyone plays and shouts at the same time. Victory is achieved if enough malfunctions are corrected to reveal the 6 hidden System-Go Cards before time is up.- BGG