The State of Games, Ep. 144: The One About The Best Games of 2017

stateofgameslogonewWhether 2017 was great or terrible for you, there’s no denying that there were a ton of new game releases last year – more than any year on record, in fact. Add those to the already hugemongous collection of quality game titles from the past few years and gamers had a cornucopia of gaming goodness from which to choose. Now, there’s no way for everyone to play every single title that comes out, but we do pride ourselves on playing as many as we possibly can here on the podcast and we love sharing those experiences with all of you, dear listeners. So sit back and enjoy our takes on our absolute favorites of the past year, straight from our tables to your earholes.


Unpub Network

Fireball Island re-do from Restoration Games

Asmodee execs talk about board game counterfeiting

Reddit side-by-side of 7 Wonders legit game and counterfeit game

Bob Ross: Art of Chill

Roll for the Galaxy

Deep Undercover

Pulsar 2849

The Thing




Dinosaur Island




Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game

Battle for Rokugan




Santa’s Workshop

Whistle Stop


Lorenzo il Magnifico

Railroad Revolution

Gum Gum Machine

Medici the Card Game





Our Discoveries of the Year


  1. First Class
  2. Great Western Trail
  3. Stop Thief


  1. First Class
  2. Tipp-Kick
  3. Trick of the Rails


  1. First Class
  2. Fury of Dracula
  3. Winner’s Circle


Our Games of the Year


  1. Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game
  2. Sentient
  3. Azul


  1. Bärenpark
  2. Century: Spice Road
  3. Import/Export


  1. Sol: Last Days of a Star
  2. Wasteland Express Delivery Service
  3. Gloomhaven


Ethan Louder’s Family Game of the Year

  1. Santa’s Workshop


Spirits of the Forest (KS)

The Dice Tower (KS)

Western Legends (KS)

Triplanetary (KS)



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2 Responses to “The State of Games, Ep. 144: The One About The Best Games of 2017”
  1. Paul Owen says:

    Well, you didn’t ask, but my top three discoveries last year were
    1. Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
    2. Star Realms
    3. XCOM: The Board Game
    All three because they are games I can play with at least one of my sons – so it’s great to be able to get them to the table.

    My top three games of 2017 are
    1. Santa’s Workshop
    2. Empires
    3. Codenames Duet
    The first one is obvious; I have to throw the designer a bone, you know. The second one is one of my favorite games that I ever played at UnPub and among my top five favorite games ever. And the third is just a great two-player implementation of a terrific party game that my wife loves.

  2. dicehateme says:

    We didn’t ask, but we’re glad you shared, Paul!

    I’m not sure I know what Empires is, but now I want to find out. I have yet to play XCOM but it’s been on my list for a long time. I got a chance to play Codenames Duet at Origins before it was released and it was a blast. Nice choices!

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