Top 10 Board Games of 2023 So far...
2023/08/21

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2023 has been an exciting year for board game enthusiasts, with the release of several highly anticipated and innovative titles. Here are the top 10 board games of 2023 so far:

1. "Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion" - This highly acclaimed cooperative campaign-style game brings the epic dungeon-crawling experience of the original "Gloomhaven" to a more accessible and streamlined format.

2. "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" - The legacy format, where the game evolves and changes permanently as you play, has been a popular trend. "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" continues this trend with a gripping storyline and challenging gameplay.

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3. "The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine" - With its unique trick-taking mechanism, "The Crew" has captured the hearts of gamers worldwide. The game takes players on a space-themed mission to find a new planet and has become a favorite for its cooperative gameplay.

4. "Wingspan" - This critically acclaimed game became an instant hit with its stunning artwork, educational content, and strategic depth. In "Wingspan," players take on the role of bird enthusiasts trying to attract the most diverse and valuable collection of birds to their wildlife preserves.

5. "Dune: Imperium" - Based on the renowned science-fiction series, "Dune: Imperium" combines deck-building and worker placement mechanics. Players must navigate a treacherous political landscape, manage resources, and build their influence in order to control the planet of Arrakis.

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6. "Lost Ruins of Arnak" - In this exploration and expedition game, players venture into a mysterious jungle to uncover ancient artifacts and discover the secrets of a lost civilization. "Lost Ruins of Arnak" seamlessly combines deck-building, worker placement, and resource management mechanics.

7. "Under Falling Skies" - This solo game has gained popularity for its intense and immersive gameplay. Set in a dystopian future, players take on the role of commanders fighting against an alien invasion. The game offers challenging decisions and strategic planning as players try to save humanity from extinction.

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8. "Calico" - This charming puzzle game combines elements of tile-laying and pattern-building. Players compete to create the coziest quilt by strategically placing different types of fabric patches to attract cuddly cats of various colors.

9. "On Mars" - Designed by acclaimed game designer Vital Lacerda, "On Mars" is a complex and thematic game set on the red planet. Players must manage resources, build structures, and overcome various challenges to colonize Mars successfully.

10. "Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition" - This card-based strategy game is set in the same universe as the popular "Terraforming Mars" but offers a more streamlined experience. Players compete to terraform Mars by strategically playing cards and managing resources.

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These top 10 board games of 2023 showcase the diverse range of themes, mechanics, and player counts in the board gaming hobby. Whether you're a fan of cooperative games, strategy-heavy titles, or solo experiences, there is something for everyone in this list. As the year progresses, we can only anticipate more exciting and innovative board game releases to come.

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