Top 100 List (2020 edition) – Games 36 through 33

December 17th. Thursday is here everyone…the weekend is not too far away now. Rams at the Raiders tonight. Jayhawk basketball on ESPN. And a Spurs vs Rockets battle down in Texas. If you’re into sports, plenty of options tonight. But…if you’d prefer to just sit down and play a board game 🙂 then here are four more great options from my top 100.

Links to prior posts:

Top 100 games lists

#36 – Star Wars: Outer Rim (Fantasy Flight Games, designed by Corey Konieczka and Tony Fanchi) [new to the list]

While I don’t always enjoy games with pick-up-and-deliver, Outer Rim incorporates stories in one of my favorite worlds (Star Wars) that make this game such a joy to play. Buying/building-up ships, finding cool crew members, avoiding Empire issues, and really cool story progression events. Star Wars: Outer Rim is one of those rare games where the win/loss is secondary to just playing a Really Fun game.

#35 – Camel Up (Eggertspiele, designed by Steffen Bogen) [#22 in 2019]

Camel Up, still with a high position on my top 100, is my favorite family/party-style game. I’ve never played this game without having a big smile on my face. I love getting into it and cheering out loud for a particular camel, “Come on, Blue!!” And if you feel like you are behind, take a gamble and bet on a weird, low-odds scenario. Either way, you’ll be excited each time a die gets dropped from the pyramid, hoping to see (or not see) a certain color pop out.

And those backwards camels, ha!! They add a perfect amount of chaos to this already zany, fun game.

#34 – Outlive (La Boite de Jeu, designed by Gregory Oliver) [#21 in 2019]

I don’t necessarily enjoy post-apocalyptic/zombie/Fallout-style games, but Outlive hits that theme just right in its mixture of survival (what you are trying to manage within your shelter) and an interesting take on worker placement. Unfortunately, it has been awhile since I have had a chance to play Outlive, but the good memories are strong enough to keep it high on the list. Hoping to get it played more in 2021.

#33 – Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar (Czech Games Edition, designed by Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini) [#38 in 2019]

Thanks to BoardGameArena, I had a chance to keep Tzolk’in on the “play list” this year. Though the game is tough (the ol’ brutal feed-your-people mechanism), the gear-turned action slots makes this game shine. Along with that, great worker placement timing decisions to push your efficiency brain-burn.

All that said, there’s one more of these tough-to-pronounce-T-games that is still left to talk about on this list.


That’s numbers 36 through 33. 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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