Top 100 List (2020 edition) – Games 80 through 77

December 6th. Happy Sunday to everyone today. I hope you enjoy a day of worship, fellowship, and family time. Some of you may also be watching football today — I know you are highly anticipating which Denver Bronco quarterback will show up to face-off against Patrick Mahomes this evening 😉

If that doesn’t suit your fancy, though, let’s talk about several more great games!

Links to prior posts:

Games 100-97Games 96-93Games 92-89Games 88-85Games 84-81

#80 – Hero Realms (White Wizard Games, designed by Robert Dougherty and Darwin Kastle) [#36 in 2019; #11 in 2018]

With Hero Realms, we have the first of twelve games on this Top 100 that has made the list all 3 years. It has dropped some in 2020, but it is still #80 overall. This is a deck-builder that allows you to build-up to some VERY powerful combos, which is super-satisfying. In 2020, I was able to get quite a bit of play in thanks to the Ruin of Thandar campaign –> a great solo/cooperative implementation for this game.

#79 – Splendor (Asmodee, designed by Marc Andre) [#23 in 2019]

Splendor is a classic and I still really enjoy the quick back-and-forth in this game. The balance of building my tableau, beating you to a certain goal, possibly trying to keep you cut off from a certain color. One of my favorite gaming memories is playing Splendor with my wife at the airport during a layover last year.

I love when this game hits the table and I must admit….my Marvel-fandom-self’s interest is piqued at the new Marvel version of this title.

#78 – Call to Adventure: The Stormlight Archive (Brotherwise Games, designed by Johnny O’Neal and Christopher O’Neal) [new to the list]

I am a very big fan of Call to Adventure (a game my oldest son and I really enjoy for the story-telling) and when I heard about a Stormlight Archive expansion, I decided to pick up Brandon Sanderson’s book series and give it a try. And Wow-O-Wow is that an excellent series [I need to get going on the newest novella and big book in the series].

The series implementation into Call to Adventure is an excellent one. So many wonderful characters and plot lines that can be re-imagined, re-lived, re-shaped through a 30-60 minute playing of this game. I’m glad they went big with this one and made it a Standalone title.

#77 – Between Two Cities (Stonemaier Games, designed by Matthew O’Malley, Morten Monrad Pedersen, and Ben Rosset) [#32 in 2019; #28 in 2018]

Between Two Cities was my introduction into the world of Stonemaier Games. At that time, I was shocked by the unique neighbor-sharing gameplay that Between Two Cities provides. I am a fan of tile-laying/city-building games –> so the puzzle of trying to build two equally good cities at the same time — with partners! — seemed crazy. These days, we are seeing more titles utilizing the build-with-your-neighbor mechanism…but for me, Between Two Cities is a classic go-to.


That’s numbers 80 through 77. Let me know what your thoughts and/or feedback are for these titles. Furthermore, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @boardgamecrock1 and Retweet the Top 100 posts to earn entries into the Fantastic Factories giveaway.

See you tomorrow for the next 4.

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