The State of Games, Ep. 121: The One About the Best Games of 2016

stateofgameslogonewIt’s the second most wonderful time of the year – that time when we look back on the best and brightest games of the previous year! This year it’s really pretty cool, as there is very little overlap in the games that Darrell, TC, Jessica, and myself have picked for our Games and Discoveries of the years, which means much more quality goodness and variety for all of you, dear listeners! As much as 2016 was a mixed bag of quality in the industry, it still turned out to be a tough task for all of us to narrow down what we like the best. Listen up, and please let us know what were your favorites of 2016!


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Unpub Network


Thunder Road

Thunder Alley


Detroit • Cleveland Grand Prix

New Bedford

Mythos Tales

Lords of Vegas



Our Discoveries of the Year


  1. Thurn & Taxis
  2. Suburbia
  3. DragonWood


  1. Mansions of Madness*
  2. Celestia
  3. Founding Fathers


  1. Patchwork
  2. Welcome to the Dungeon
  3. Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space


  1. Pony Express
  2. Booty
  3. Libertalia


Our Games of the Year


  1. Automobiles
  2. Terraforming Mars
  3. Insider


  1. Flamme Rouge
  2. Arkham Horror: LCG
  3. Mechs vs. Minions


  1. Santorini*
  2. Great Western Trail
  3. Manhattan Project: Energy Empire


  1. Tavarua
  2. Terraforming Mars
  3. Star Trek: Ascendancy


Darrell’s Family Games of the Year

  1. Ice Cool
  2. My First Stone Age
  3. Ticket to Ride: First Journey



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