Card and Dice Poll 2021
Iain McAllister – Critic
Social Media: @thegiantbrain
Lords of Vegas – the highs and lows of the casino in a game with an amazing emotional rollercoaster of mechanics.
Root – just keeps getting better and better with every play. An amazing example of asymmetric gaming.
Gloomhaven – an astonishing vision of what a game can be in one box. A whole world to explore and some of the best combat mechanics out there
Arkham Horror LCG – great stories, loads of variation and lots of ways to approach play. Expensive, but great.
Patchwork – looks fluffy on the outside but is a cutthroat game of efficiency and spatial reasoning. Perfect
Spirit Island – the best value for money of any game I have ever played. Great mechanics, the reverse colonialism theme is brilliant and loads of replayability. That’s before you get to the expansions.
Dobble – loads of games in an unassuming tin that will just keep you playing and playing. Beautiful, simple design
Netrunner – THE two player card game with asymmetric sides and lots of variety. Project Nisei doing amazing work keeping the game going.
Kemet – troops on a map that gets rid of any of the build up of those games and throws you right into the battle. Fast, Aggressive, barrels of fun.
King of Tokyo – filler for sure, but what filler. Massive monsters battling it out with straightforward mechanics and a chunky production that just feels great.