When our friend Arvid suggested we collaboratively discuss this year's Top 10 from People's Choice Top 200, JW and I gladly accepted. Then I realized that out of these ten I have only played two. Don't think they noticed.
10. Too Many Bones
Arvid: I don't understand the fascination with pirates in geekdom let alone in pop culture in general. To me pirates are even less evocative than superheroes. Until right after I finished writing the last sentence I thought that this game was about pirates, and that's why I hadn't even glanced at it before. While writing, I realized that I'd better check out the BGG entry to avoid potential embarrassment, and... It turns out it's some kind of plastic, colorful fantasy game that looks like somebody made a counting frame out of discarded toys.
Athena: Too many hideous dice. If I had money to spend on plastic chips, I might go with Cloudspire instead. The Too Many Bones world and the goblin-like people leave me cold somehow.
JW (looks up from the luxurious edge-stitched playmat, perfectly happy): Have we started? This one's good, isn't it?
09. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
JW: I hate hobbits.
Athena: They're not that bad. Didn't you like them in the Lord of the Rings movies?
JW: Little whiners. I really can't stand them.
Arvid: They are like children trapped in children's bodies.
JW: But I'm glad it was popular, so we can pick up Arkham Horror: The Card Game and Marvel Champions: The Card Game now.
08. Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
Athena: This didn't make my top list because I haven't played it solo, only co-op. It's a great game, and deservedly ranks so high. The latest expansion was so-so, but at least it made me take it off the shelf again.
Arvid: Couldn't agree more. It's my #6. A brilliant game and more accessible than I had anticipated. Playing well doesn't guarantee victory. The thrill of chance enhances the tension of the story. The only thing I don't like about Robinson Crusoe is the book that it's named after.