15: Charterstone

In brief: Jamey Stegmaier and his team appear twice in this list, with both games from Stonemaier Games in our top twenty. That should say enough about the quality of games like Viticulture and Charterstone, but with regard to Charterstone specifically, this lighter worker placement and euro game is packed full of charm and surprise. It’s the first legacy game on our list, meaning that there are several hidden compartments within the box that will be revealed over time. It also means that the game introduces new players gently, before later introducing new mechanics over the course of about fifteen games. We felt that Charterstone was close to masterpiece quality when we reviewed it, so why not check it out.

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14: Quadropolis

In brief: As far as building games are concerned, Quadropolis is one of the best out there. We do have a review for Suburbia coming in 2019 that might mean Quadropolis suffers a minor knock to its confidence, but it is nonetheless an attractive, exciting and very enjoyable game. Simple and complex modes make it ideal for family buyers as well as experienced gamers. You can read more about it here.

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13: Black Orchestra

In brief: As I discussed in my review earlier in 2018, no one should feel aggrieved about the idea of plotting to kill Hitler. Black Orchestra is a game focused on doing exactly that — using some interesting pick up and deliver mechanics, as well as automated AI that ranges from hard to very, very hard to defeat. Gather up your mates, get a few beers in, it’s time to plot a murder!

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12: Feudum

In brief: Possibly the heaviest game we’ve ever reviewed at BigBossBattle, Feudum is the singular vision of designer Mark Swanson, who has poured his heart and soul into every intricate rule and beautifully crafted component. This isn’t a game for newcomers to the hobby, but it is a game filled with deep, powerful mechanisms that deserve to be explored in detail. It looks like a work of art when setup and trust me, it’s worth persevering with.

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11: Sailing Towards Osiris

In brief: The Pharaoh is dead, long live the Pharaoh! But wait…. Who will it be? The dignitary who builds the greatest structures in honour of the old Pharaoh, of course. Sailing Towards Osiris is a beautiful, thematic worker placement game about good timing, bartering with your opponents and doing whatever it takes to win. It’s a fast, clever game that allows the players to make powerful choices. I highly recommended it in my review and it remains one of my go-to games to this day.

Buy Sailing Towards Osiris on Amazon.

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  1. TechyList says

    Amazing list! Can’t wait to try out some of these games with my family and friends. The reviews are detailed and informative, it’s great to see a blog that truly understands the importance of quality content. 😍

  2. Jeep Diva says

    Wow, what a comprehensive list of board games! I’m always looking for new games to try with my family, and this list has some real gems. The reviews are well-written and informative, and I appreciate the detail put into each critique. My favorite game is probably Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, I’m a sucker for anything Harry Potter. Thanks for sharing this list, I can’t wait to check out some of these games!

    1. Matthew Smail says

      Thank you!

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