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Crazy for Cool Cards

If you ran into me during 2022, I probably suggested we play a board game. There's nothing I love more than gathering a group of friends around a table to battle it out — or work together to save the world — as we ease out of the pandemic. I played 72 different games for a total of 105 plays. Here's what I tabled:

  • Wingspan

  • Forbidden Island

  • Summer Camp

  • Wavelength

  • Codenames

  • Coup

  • T.I.M.E. Stories

  • Moving Pictures

  • Hierarchy

  • Longhorn

  • Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice

  • T.I.M.E. Stories: The Marcy Case

  • Kahuna

  • Smash Up

  • Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion

  • Concept

  • Paperback

  • Targi

  • Cat Lady: Premium Edition

  • Pan Am

  • Terminator: Dark Fate - The Card Game

  • Machi Koro

  • Splendor

  • Space Base

  • In Front of Elevators

  • Take 5

  • Draftosaurus

  • Oceans

  • T.I.M.E. Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons

  • Village Green

  • Azul

  • Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game

  • Dice Miner

  • Machi Koro 2

  • Pandemic: Hot Zone - North America

  • Aldabas: Door of Cartagena

  • T.I.M.E. Stories: Under the Mask

  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

  • Bären Park

  • Calico

  • Hidden Leaders

  • Santa Monica

  • Cat Café

  • Marvel United: X-Men

  • Scooby-Doo! The Board Game

  • Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy

  • Patchwork

  • Zombie Dice

  • Exploding Kittens

  • Harrow County: The Game of Gothic Conflict

  • Nemesis: Lockdown

  • Yak

  • Marvel Champions: The Card Game

  • Marvel Dice Throne

  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: West End Adventures

  • Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition

  • Mr. Jack in New York

  • Cat Rescue

  • Cartaventura: Lhasa

  • T.I.M.E. Stories: Expedition - Endurance

  • Namma Bengaluru

  • Long Shot: The Dice Game

  • Unmatched: Cobble & Fog

  • Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume Two

  • T.I.M.E. Stories: Lumen Fidei

  • Dandelions

  • The Game

  • Mint Works

  • The Mind

  • Sushi Go!

  • T.I.M.E. Stories: Estrella Drive

  • Boop

If I had to pick a few favorites from this past year, they'd be...

… this trio of games:


Marvel United: X-Men


I grew up an X-Men fan (I can practically hear the animated theme as I type this) so this was a no-brainer purchase. Thankfully, it's a fast, fun, easy-to-learn cooperative romp that I'm more to happy to bring over to your table. :)


Unmatched


This head-to-head battler features AH-MAZING art —seriously, any card from this set could be hung in a hipster museum — but it also features tremendously tense gameplay. The icing is that you can pit any 2 fighters from the series against each other, so you could have King Arthur fight Big Foot, Achilles, Dracula, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bruce Lee, Deadpool, or even the T-Rex from Jurassic Park.


T.I.M.E. Stories


I've been playing through the various expansions and so far we've had to solve mysteries in Victorian England, Ancient Egypt, the Spanish Inquisition, the Antarctic, '80s Hollywood, a possible near future suffering from a viral outbreak (YIKES) and an alternate timeline where dragons are real. This game is an absolute delight.


What about you? Did you get to play any board games this past year?

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