Top 10 Board Games of the Year -

Top 10 Board Games of the Year

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I share my Top 10 Board Games of the Year
🛒 Amazon:
🔟Trekking Through History –
9️⃣Sea Salt and Paper –
8️⃣Cat in the Box –
7️⃣Long Shot: The Dice Game –
6️⃣Mists over Carcassonne –
5️⃣Caesar –
4️⃣Foundations of Rome –
3️⃣HEAT: Pedal to the Metal –
2️⃣Sniper Elite –
1️⃣Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest –
🛒 Zatu (UK):
🔟Trekking Through History –
9️⃣Sea Salt and Paper –
8️⃣Cat in the Box –
7️⃣Long Shot: The Dice Game –
6️⃣Mists over Carcassonne –
5️⃣Caesar –
4️⃣Foundations of Rome –
3️⃣HEAT: Pedal to the Metal –
2️⃣Sniper Elite –
1️⃣Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest –
Sniper Elite Review –
Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest –
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  1. Your Family Guy joke earned you a like, congrats.

  2. Foundations of Rome reminds me of Suburbia and Heat reminds me of Formula D

  3. John I love your work. The only thing I would ask is you say if you are sponsored by the game or if they sent you a free copy.

  4. Most resturants use white pepper in their mash potato🙃

  5. Salt and Sea and Paper is quite literally Bruno Cathala's Kanagawa copypasted lol, how is it a unique mechanism?

  6. Mists Over Carcassonne rule: you don't just take off 3 ghosts instead of scoring, you can take off up to 3 ghosts from a single tile. Huge difference and adds a lot dilemma!

  7. Have you played Her Story yet? Its by the people who made trekking in time. I havent seen any reviews on it so i dont know if it hold up or not

  8. Foundation of rome looks like it might be the lords of vegas killer. I need to find a copy and try it out.

  9. Man I love your videos. I am in total agreement with you about Foundations of Rome—it could 100% be done (and done well) with punch board. I wished that the miniature version was a deluxe version, because between the size and cost, it'll likely never be in my library. But I do understand the appeal of over-produced games, especially with Kickstarters, because they so many of them aren't able to benefit from economies of scale (I playtest for what I call a "luxury brand" boardgame creator/producer, and I'm very involved in the great community they've created through Discord). I also understand the frustration with the cost of overproduced (albeit beautiful) games though. Do you have a video discussing your thoughts on over-produced games? If you don't, I'd love to see it made!

  10. I'll still say it, not the biggest fan of Dune Imperium yet. It feels real samey and it doesn't feel complex to me. Yet

  11. Thanks alot for this video. I had a good idea about every game that you talked about in a very short time.
    Helped me alot to choose which game to add to my collection and which not.

  12. Man there's so much for me to pick apart, in a good way!

    Foundations of Rome: I was sold by so many YT reviewers that this game was going to be the absolute game of the year. Boy was I damn marketed and bamboozled. That isn't to say the game is bad. Neither am I going to say the game is a trailblazer for a new era of board gaming. It is a solid game. The review in this list is spot on. It is magnificent even but nothing you couldn't experience for way less. X4 the price of Ticket to Ride? Try x6 these days for the Emperor Pledge. My biggest gripe isn't even the price, because it is a luxury game. What bothers me is balancing. The population/residential scoring is over powered when it comes to bonuses. Points compound over eras and nothing compounds more than Population. For a game that is +$400 Canadian, you can't have such an imbalance. I've played multiple times now and one that stood out to me was the game where my opponent went full Population and I tried a very commercial/civic approach. I killed it money wise and had a strong control of the center map. There was even a point in time my opponent basically idled for multiple turns in a row. Taking scraps of income but no good plays. Meanwhile I had no chance of keeping with his established population so just dominate with Civic buildings and rely on that last era Commercial bonus right? Nope. Opponent won, by how much? By exactly the bonus points won per era for having the most damn Population. That ruins a near half a grand game for me ..

    Ho ho, Libertalia… What a way to ruin friendships! 😂

  13. Great video. You need to watch everything everwhere all at once tho

  14. that foundations of rome reminds me of an older game called lords of vegas…hard to get thou…got it on my shelf.

  15. Hey, I would like to be the first to celebrate you for hitting the 100K milestone on YouTube! Well, not yet, but it's just a matter of time at this point, so… 🙂

  16. SO much intersting games! grat top-10? I`ll definitly pick up some, just wish I have more time to play them!

  17. I pre ordered Salt and Paper from Zatu but still have no idea when it's releasing in the UK

  18. Where can i download an android version of STAY ALIVE MARBLE BOARD GAME? Thanks.

  19. Bro made a Family Guy reference lmaooooo

  20. I agree that there aren't enough city building games that have you building the same city. The criminally underrated Urban Sprawl does this very well and I can't recommend it enough.

  21. Too many to buy. Luckily, at the moment, Long Shot doesnt seem to be available

  22. Caesar (by Paolo Mori) is similar to Samurai (by Dr. Knizia). Samurai stand high than Caesar as it can be played with 4 players whereas Caesar is a 2 player game. Also the art work for Caesar looks awful – However Samurai is out of print. So Caesar is an automatic choice. Though Caesar gameplay is smooth and highly confrontational. Would request if you can please do a comparison video between Caesar and Samurai ❤

  23. I love playing Lords of Vegas and after seeing Foundations of Rome it seems very much up my alley. Too bad it’s so expensive 😢

  24. Played sea salt and paper on bga and it seemed….almost broken. We just didn't get it maybe lol.

  25. Heat looks great – but try Waddington’s Formula 1, take corners too fast and spin off, take brake wear to slow down, or go a little too fast and get tyre wear. It was fab, at least for an 8-16 year old. I’d play today if I had a chance and I’m 62.

  26. Wow! Your explanation of these games is right on point – some of the best – you make it very clear how the game plays! Convince that with some humor – and that is the reason why I look out for your videos! 😀

  27. 2022 game of the year was released in 2013. Amazing work.

  28. I haven't tried a few of these games. Will check them out. Thanks Jon!

  29. You got me with, "Take me seriously. I've got grey hair."

  30. Your number one was my number 2 game for 2022! Also had Long Shot The Dice Game on my list! Good list! 😺

  31. ”I’ve played 83 new games released this year”. I always appreciate when people disclose this so you get a feel for the basis of the top 10. 👍🏻👍🏻

  32. You shoulder barge the tourists? I shoulder barge to locals! Jk but the French were nicer than the Londoners, or maybe its because I didn’t speak French.

  33. Watching Sea Salt Paper: That's not an original mechanism! Knocking goes back to gin rummy and other card games.

    Watching Cat in a Box: Oh I see! Jon never learned to play gin with his gran. 😭

  34. Easily the best opinion based board game channel. Keep it up pal.

  35. I don't know if it was for the camera, but in long shot you used the board in the opposite direction.

  36. Quest for El Dorado is a great racing game. Not a new one, for sure, but if you want more racing games it is a deckbuilder race with several different paths inbuilt into the game, very tactical.

  37. I want to try Heat so badly but they are sold out everywhere and were almost immediately. The only copies for sale are from scalpers on ebay and such. Hurry up and print more already!

  38. Thank you for the great recommendations list. I look forward to trying and getting few of those games.
    As always, you did great job with this video! You should feel proud of yourself, you are great at this.
    And thank you for this kind of entertainment!

  39. 0:30 ohhhh… i remember those days. Still go the broken broken nose from picking up my copy of Guess Who. Shop-keep Gary a Gameorama was lovely chap.

  40. All of the high praise of Heat has made it out of stock everywhere! Can't wait for the V2 restock.

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