2022 Year In Table-Top Gaming

On the role-playing side of gaming, we finished up our ten-session season in Swords of the Serpentine in February. Now we’re waiting for an advertised collection of one-off sword & sorcery scenarios in that Fantasy Venice game world.

In May I started a Delta Green campaign with a new group. This game is basically present-day X-Files in a world where Lovecraft’s horror fiction and the Majestic 12 UFO mythology are actual truth and kept top secret by the government. We’ve played 14 sessions covering six scenarios.* Exciting stuff! At the current count the agents have murdered eight people and burned down one large building, and they all get panic attacks if they hear the song “Macarena”.

LinCon in Linköping was back to its usual Ascension weekend date in May. I played a bunch of boardgames and gave a talk about my Nils Mattsson Kiöping translation. Half a year later I proudly heard my son speak at MattariKon in Upplands Väsby about his manga translations!

Below are the ten boardgames that I played more than twice this year. Several of these were presents for my 50th birthday. The year’s total was 65 games, a bit below the normal pre-2020 number of 75-80. This is because of time spent on RPGs instead.

  • Ohanami (2019, new to me)
  • Scopa (c. 1700, new)
  • Thief’s Market (2016, new)
  • Fort (2020, new)
  • No Thanks! (2004)
  • Coloretto (2003)
  • Dune: Imperium (2020, new)
  • Hansa Teutonica (2009)
  • Kingdom Builder (2011)
  • Tokaido (2012)

Half of the games on the list are short ones that you can play repeatedly in one evening. But Fort, Dune, Hansa T, Kingdom Builder and Tokaido are longer. All ten are highly recommended!

Dear Reader, what were your biggest table-top gaming hits of 2022?

Stats courtesy of Boardgame Geek. And here’s my gaming year of 2021.

* Viscid, Star Chamber and Observer Effect from the 2018 collection A Night at the Opera. Sentinels of Twilight from the Handler’s Guide. Hourglass from the 2020 collection Black Sites. Last Things Last from the Need To Know rules summary.


Author: Martin R

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

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