For many, it’s been a year on confusion and upheaval. Institutions that seemed to be foundations for our culture have been subverted, and have changed their meanings and purposes without warning. People we assumed we could always count on let us down, and then suddenly up and disappear, leaving us hanging. Even the foods we eat, on further reflection, become unpalatable. Things that should make sense, that we’ve been counting on for so long to help comfort and guide us, just don’t make sense the way the used to.
…but enough about The Last Jedi. We’re here to talk about boardgames, and more importantly which games are best. The very best. The best of the year (and in some cases, last year…if you don’t like that, well, blame Erik.)
But question remains in boardgames, as in life: what is “best”? (…don’t say it. Just don’t. Besides, that game came out last year, and the new KS isn’t until next year, so it’s way off topic this year).
Well–unless you’re Plato–“the best” is invariably relative. Let’s face it, you like a lot of things other people don’t (like folding bicycles, or hand-crafted root beer). And they like stuff that you think is horrible (like white chocolate, or fascism). But that’s okay (except if you like fascism. Or white chocolate, let’s face it, both are total abominations, really).
Well, that’s the beauty of the Pearple’s Choice, and why it’s different than most every other top ten boardgame list that it seems everyone and their brother and sister and dog and 23-and-me-recently-discovered-genetic-relatives seem to be putting out and posting them all over YouTube these days. Hell, even Cosmo has a list…and hey, even they got one out of 16 right!
No, the Pearple’s Choice is not any one person’s list of the top games of 2017 which is invariably flawed–this is a list of all of the SUSD community’s top games of 2017, nominated by the SUSD forum denizens, and voted on with all our collective experience and wisdom!
…which is all invariably flawed, too, but hopefully the aggregation of our community’s opinions smooths out some of the rough spots, and gives a better idea about what’s good.
So, without any more ado–take a look at what you, Peartopia, have wrought, with hundreds of voters casting 2800 votes for 142 games across 4 categories.
(oh, and one more piece of ado for anyone who cares about the vagaries of ranking, here’s a brief explanation of why there’s more than 10 items in these lists. If not, just read on…)
Best Kickstarter Delivered in 2017
10. Folklore: The Affliction (3 votes)
9. This War of Mine (6 votes)
9. Sword and Sorcery (6 votes)
9. Rum and Bones: Second Tide (6 votes)
8. Massive Darkness (8 votes)
7. Fugitive (17 votes)
6. Nemo’s War (18 votes)
5. Spirit Island (19 votes)
4. Near and Far (33 votes)
3. Lisboa (41 votes)
2. The 7th Continent (46 votes)
2. Sagrada (46 votes)
1. Gloomhaven (159 votes)
Best Expansion Published and/or Released in 2017
10. Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium (15 votes)
9. Champions of Midgard: Valhalla (18 votes)
8. Tiny Epic Galaxies: Beyond the Black (20 votes)
7. Android Netrunner: Terminal Directive (25 votes)
7. Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies (25 votes)
6. Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men (28 votes)
5. Arkham Horror: The Path to Carcosa Cycle (29 votes)
5. Cities of Splendor (29 votes)
4. Scythe: The Wind Gambit (35 votes)
3. Mysterium: Secrets and Lies (38 votes)
2. Star Wars: Rebellion—Rise of the Empire (41 votes)
1. Arkham Horror: The Dunwich Legacy Cycle (65 votes)
Second Annual Erik Tengblad “Best Game of the Previous Year (2016) I Only Got To Play For The First Time This Year (2017)” Award
10. Clank! (34 votes)
9. Star Wars: Rebellion (44 votes)
8. A Feast for Odin (48 votes)
7. Terraforming Mars (52 votes)
6. Mechs vs. Minions (59 votes)
5. Scythe (65 votes)
5. Burgle Bros (65 votes)
4. Great Western Trail (69 votes)
3. Arkham Horror LCG (75 votes)
2. Captain Sonar (93 votes)
1. Inis (121 votes)
Best Game Published and/or Released in 2017
10. Rhino Hero Super Battle (32 votes)
9. The 7th Continent (35 votes)
8. Ethnos (36 votes)
7. Sagrada (38 votes)
7. Unlock! Series (10 titles!) (38 votes)
6. Magic Maze (41 votes)
5. Fog of Love (42 votes)
4. Azul (49 votes)
3. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (58 votes)
3. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures (58 votes)
2. Twilight Imperium: 4th Edition (78 votes)
1. Gloomhaven (132 votes)
There you have it, people of the piriform pearsuasion. If you don’t like it…well, you can take a long hard look at yourselves in a mirror…and…well, you’ve got a little bit of toothpaste. By your mouth. Yeah, just there…yep, you got it.
…Hey, wanna play Gloomhaven?