2021 Year In Table-Top Gaming


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?

Stats courtesy of Boardgame Geek. And here’s my gaming year of 2020.


Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

One thought on “2021 Year In Table-Top Gaming”

  1. I discovered a few weeks ago Mariposas (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/297978/mariposas), by the same people than Wingspan.
    You fly around big butterflies during their year-long migratory journey from Mexico and back, following weather patterns. And since these butterflies only live for about one season, you have to remember feeding them and reproducing them.
    I found it both deeply rooted in its biological theme and easy to understand.

    There were certainly other, bigger, better games in 2022, but this one caught me.

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