This was the year of vaccination and gradual normalisation. (Who knows though what the omicron variant will do in 2022?) Boardgame night moved back to my place from Patrik’s after the summer.
In addition to boardgaming, I game-mastered nine role-playing scenarios: six in Ashen Stars (space opera) and the equivalent of three in Swords of the Serpentine (sword & sorcery in fantasy Venice). The SotS campaign though is not really divided into discrete quests. It’s like a TV series with long and short story arcs devised by myself with input from the players and the source book. I self-published a scenario for Ashen Stars in April. Took part in three sessions of the GM-less RPG Fiasco and one session of an Aliens RPG — where we all died after completing almost the entire mission because our driver failed a driving roll, sigh. In November I went to an unseasonal LinCon and my friend organised his annual gaming retreat again, though I skipped the latter.
Below are the ten boardgames that I played more than twice during 2021. None of these were new to me. The year’s total was 51 games, way below the normal pre-2020 number of 75-80. This is because of time spent on RPGs instead, not because of the pandemic.
- Tichu / Zheng fen (1991)
- Architects of the West Kingdom (2018)
- Coloretto (2003)
- Hive (2001)
- Brass: Birmingham (2018; some tweaks on the original 2007 Brass)
- Eclipse (2011)
- For Sale (1997)
- No Thanks! (2004)
- The Resistance: Avalon (2012)
- Roam (2019)
Dear Reader, what was your biggest table-top gaming hit of 2021?