**This post originally appeared on February 28 on BGG.
While my wife and I can hardly be considered as new to the hobby, I am new to the BGG community and it has expanded my board game radar exponentially. Gone are the days when I could look at our collection of board games and see a dominance of Fantasy Flight Games. And while there is nothing wrong with playing and owning a ton of games from a major publisher, there are so many others out there that I want to play their games, too. So, as a set of criteria, here is what I am sharing:
Five game publishers who I have played at least one game by, but no more than two from.
Five game publishers whom I have played no games from.
Without any further ado, here are the publishers that I hope to explore further in the coming year or two:
1. Level 99 Games
Games played: Pixel Tactics, Pixel Tactics 2
Games on my radar: Argent: The Consortium, BattleCon: War of the Indines, Exceed: Red Horizon, All Pixel Tactics Games/Promos INCLUDING the Mega Man Pixel Tactics!
Why it is on my list: I fell in love with Pixel Tactics before my first play, and it swelled upon playing the game. I feel the urge to collect them all now! Level 99 Games has another potential hit in Argent: The Consortium, which I searched high and low to finally snag a copy that we’ll be playing in the near-ish future. BattleCon and Exceed both sound like interesting 2-player battle games, which is an area my wife and I would both enjoy. I’m not sold on my wife’s potential to enjoy Millennium Blades, although I am completely fascinated by that game’s concept.
2. Plaid Hat Games
Game Played: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, Dead of Winter
Games on my radar: Mice and Mystics, Tail Feathers, Summoner Wars, SeaFall
Why it is on my list: It would merit a spot simply for the expansions for Ashes that are already out and those coming this year. I’ve wanted to play Mice and Mystics ever since I heard about it but, sadly, haven’t had a chance yet. Tail Feathers might be the game we get next, since it isn’t a co-op game. I always hear great things about Summoner Wars, and SeaFall would be a blast to play (but probably not own since it is 3+) as our first legacy game.
3. Red Raven Games
Game Played: Eight Minute Empire: Legends
Games on my radar: Above and Below, Near and Far, Empires of the Void II
Why it is on my list: I have always sought a fantastic board game with storytelling aspects woven in. Dead of Winter started to scratch that itch, and my wife doesn’t get into that aspect of Gloom enough to satisfy me. Which is why I want Above and Below as well as Near and Far. Empires of the Void II sounds like a great Sci-Fi game that would be a hit for the two of us.
4. Czech Games Edition
Game Played: Galaxy Trucker
Games on my radar: Dungeon Lords, Dungeon Petz, Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar
Why it is on my list: The two dungeon games, primarily, carry this one onto the list. They sound fun and exciting for worker placement games. I got to watch someone play Tzolk’in for about 10 minutes over the weekend and it seemed like a challenging game where I would constantly taste defeat but still have fun. And of course, Through the Ages seems like it might be a nice competitor for my top Civ games.
Why it is on my list: My wife was impressed with TEK and we’ve both enjoyed TEG so far. Words cannot express how much I want TEQ, as I have a feeling it will quickly become my favorite from the Tiny Epic series. I’m also excited to get my hands on their first expansion into a larger 4X game, and I expect that the delayed Kickstarter will come back even better and blow us all away. I have nothing for respect for Gamelyn, and have enjoyed both of their games and suspect I’d enjoy them all (even the themes that I’m not as thrilled to get, such as Western, or the co-op game of Defenders).
1a. Academy Games
Games on my radar: Mare Nostrum – Empires, 878: Vikings – Invasions of England, Fief – France 1429
Why it is on my list: One word: Vikings. A wargame set during the Viking invasion has me watching Kickstarter like a hawk. If Gamelyn has a competitor for the first game to push me to backing, this one is it. I would love to find a group to play Mare Nostrum with, and I might just break down and snag Fief in order to see how the system in the 878 – Vikings game will work so that we can jump right in when that arrives.
2a. Tasty Minstrel Games
Games on my radar: Eminent Domain, Orleans, Belfort, Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done, Eminent Domain: Microcosm, Harbour
Why it is on my list: Orleans is probably the one I am most certain about, although Eminent Domain would be a close second for the game I’d love to get my hands on. I just recently learned of the Microcosm version, and that one sounds like a great 2-player filler. I’ve heard great things about Belfort and Harbour, and Crusaders sounds like a theme I’d enjoy a lot.
3a. Garphill Games
Games on my radar: Shipwrights of the North Sea, Raiders of the North Sea, Explorers of the North Sea
Why it is on my list: A trilogy of Viking games? That can be played in order to make a complete experience? With expansions that add to the trilogy experience? Why, oh why, have I not purchased any of these yet!?
4a. Stronghold Games
Games on my radar: Among the Stars, Jórvík, Stronghold 2nd Edition, Terraforming Mars, Village
Why it is on my list: I’ve been desiring the asymmetrical Stronghold for about two years now and so it is past time I get that. Village fascinates me with its system dealing with family members over the course of the game. Terraforming Mars is, of course, one of the hot new games and it sure looks interesting to me. Among the Stars is supposed to be a Sci-Fi themed 7 Wonders system and is designed for 2-4 which is a better player count. And Jórvík just popped on my list because I played The Speicherstadt this weekend and enjoyed it and found that they just reimplemented the game with a Viking theme…so of course, I need it now!
5a. Stonemaier Games
Games on my radar: Scythe, Viticulture, Charterstone
Why it is on my list: Scythe should be an obvious presence on this list, as it is one of the latest hot games and sounds quite amazing for every player count. Viticulture should be an excellent addition to our worker placement collection, and the theme might just draw the in-laws into the game enough to get them excited. Charterstone sounds wonderful, the draw being a legacy game that could play 1-2 players rather than needing 3 or more like all the other legacy games not named Pandemic.
So there you have it, ten publishers who have at least a few games I cannot wait to get a chance to play at some point (and that doesn’t even factor in expansions, such as for my two Tiny Epic games).
So tell me, what game publishers do you want to try and play more from and what games make those publishers hit your list?