One of three board game shelves in our house

I Played 365 Board Games in 2015

In 2015, I played 365 board games, and kept fairly detailed logs of what I played, when I played, who I played with, who won (when relevant), and how much I liked the game. I usually get about this far in the explanation before people start bombarding me with questions, so I suppose I should…

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The Top 10 Ascension Cards

I play an obscene amount of the deckbuilding card game Ascension, all of it on the wonderful iPhone port. I’ve played dozens of games against humans online and hundreds of games against AI. It’s a fun game that’s often tense, frequently surprising, and almost always satisfying: Few gaming experiences are as rewarding as executing a late-game combo…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #37 Agricola

If you haven’t figured this out yet, here’s an inside scoop: There are more board games than ever, they are more varied than ever, and they are better designed than ever. You can build a galactic empire, renegotiate The Cold War, engage in epic fantasy battles, outsmart Cthulu, even relive dogfights from Star Wars. All…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #66 Dominion

Dominion is a card game created by Donald X. Vaccarino in 2008, a winner of Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year, the most prestigious award in board gaming), and one of my favorite board games. It’s responsible for popularizing the “deck-building card game” genre. Deck-builders differ from “card-collecting games” like Magic or Pokemon TCG…

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Dan’s Top Ten Games (1st Edition)

In college, I learned how to play Settlers of Catan and loved it. A few years later, I got Dominion and Ticket to Ride. From there, my board game collection (and addiction) quickly expanded. We have a shelf stocked full of games of many sizes and varieties. Hardly a week goes by where my wife…