Critical Look at 2013

2013 seemed to start in a way that was very un-exciting.  It looked like the year of the expansions, and in some ways it was, but towards mid year, it became apparent, this year was going to be like none other!


New mechanics, new themes, new ideas were being explored, literally, everywhere!  2013 brought us a lot of creativity from both big name publishers and designers and new blood in the industry as well!  Some of our favoritres got bigger, and some of our wishes came true!


Join me as I look back at 2013, and highlight 3 games in 3 categories, that I feel were top of the mark!  From Kickstarter, to pocket size fun, to big box enjoyment, there is something for everyone in our Critical Look at 2013!

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Jamey Stegmaier (Wednesday, 15 January 2014 21:53)

    I'm honored that Euphoria made your top 3 list for Kickstarted games in 2013! Thanks so much--it's always great to hear your thoughts on games (including ours).

  • #2

    Wade C. (Sunday, 19 January 2014 22:13)

    Man, you and I are normally on the same page on most games, and I know this isn't a popular opinion, but I just don't get why Pathfinder gets so much praise. If I'd only played it once or twice, I'd probably be one of its fans, but with every play, the flaws become more apparent. The story doesn't come through at all, every scenario feels exactly the same, the best strategy (splitting the party to close as many locations as possible if the boss is encountered) leads to little interaction, the whole thing feels sloppy (the rules are a mess, there's an absurd amount of errata, there are lots of production errors, etc.). The list of disappointments goes on.

    There has rarely been a game that seemed so obviously designed for me, but then failed to connect with me. It's a shame, as I thought the variety of ways to play cards was really inventive and refreshing, but the rest of the game brings it way down. I know it's just a matter of personal preference, but I don't see how it's garnering so much year-end praise.

    Despite that difference of opinion, this was a great discussion of games, as always. I'll definitely have to check some of these out that slipped by.

  • #3

    Scott (Monday, 20 January 2014 15:49)

    I 100% agree with Wade C. on this. I've been playing this with my kids. The kids love it, but I've had to buy the GM books on the rune lords adventure in order to give them the story. I also pre-set the location decks so they match the story.

    The Veneer of this game wears off real quick.

  • #4 (Monday, 31 July 2017 06:22)

    Yes, Wade tells right things :)

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