Episode 112 – Board Game Bracket 2017 Round 1

Every year for the last three years we’ve taken 64 games and pitted them against each other to determine the to dog in a given category. This year is no different as we bring back our annual board Game Bracket – highlighting 64 of the top rated board games of 2016 in a tournament to determine the game that best represents its theme based on four groupings.

To kick things off, Anthony and Chris sit down to discuss their recent acquisition disorders, including brand new maps coming to Terraforming Mars and Rising Sun, the hottest game currently on Kickstarter. They then run through two of their recent plays.

Anthony digs into Gloomhaven, the hottest game of 2017 thus far and his earliest thoughts on the game. Chris shares his recent play of Oracle of Delphi. We dig into both games and discuss what we like about them, whether you should try to track copies down, and what our plans are for playing both in the near future.

Finally, there’s the big event.

This year’s Board Game Bracket features 64 of the best games of 2016, all of them categorized into our four regions: Fantasy, Sci Fi, Economic, and Historical/Societal. We dig into the first round of the tournament, whittling the list down from 64 to 32, with you, the listeners, helping us to thin things out when we need a tie breaker. Enjoy round 1, and make sure to check back in 2 weeks for the rest of the bracket as we announce the winner on March 26.

  • Anthony

    Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

  • Show Comments

You May Also Like

Episode 113: Board Game Bracket 2017 Part 2 – The Winner!

Part two of our annual board game bracket is here! Listen to learn which ...

Episode 99 – Tabletop Madness: February Frenzy

About a year ago, we did something a little different. We pitted 64 games ...

Episode 1: Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport

Welcome everyone to the first episode of Board Gamers Anonymous! Anthony joins with fellow ...

Episode 350 – Listeners’ Top 20 Games of All Time

350! Another big round number on the board, and that means it’s time for ...

Episode 349 – From Book to Board: Dune

This week we’re looking at one of the most famous books of the 20th ...

Episode 300! Top 100 Games of All Time

It’s Episode 300! In our biggest, longest episode ever(!!), we run through both Anthony’s ...