Welcome to the Meeple Like Us Top Ten Best Board Games 2018 Edition! This is the second entry in a glorious tradition started all the way back in 2017 – at least, as far as we’re concerned. Was anyone doing top ten lists before that? I doubt it. I’m pretty sure we’ve invented the format and I refuse to do any research that would suggest otherwise.
Still, do you remember 2018? It was a year that followed two of the worst years that ever could be and somehow still managed to maintain par. There is a concept in statistics called ‘reverison to the mean‘ which is a fancy way of saying ‘performance trends towards the long term average’. Imagine if the state of the world was just the new normal? We can’t hope for better years, we can just hope to survive the next.
We’re well into our third year of operation now and we’ve reviewed over one hundred and fifty games. A buck and a half. One point five hundos. That’s a lot of games and we’ve told you grand, sweeping stories about each of them. Once you get to these lofty numbers, you can start to draw some serious, difficult conclusions. The main one of these is ‘hey, did you know games are pretty good?’. The average game reviewed on Meeple Like Us has a rating of 3.53 stars. If you picked a game at random, the chances are you’d have a fun time with it.
Ah, but look at the dwindling sands of your life – look how they slip between your fingers. Those old fingers. You’re getting so old. We’re all getting so old but it looks like you’re getting older faster than the rest of us somehow. You can’t spend the last few days of your life on games that are merely good – you want the best. Well, that’s what this post is about. These games are not just the best, but the best of the best. The bestest. These games are so bestest that if you only had our picks in your game library you’d never want for joy for the rest of your life. I guess that’s not saying much, looking at you. Let’s say you had at least five weeks you’ve got left – they’d be full to the brim of enjoyment and happiness.
Note here that we’re doing this based on the fun of the games, not on their accessibility – we’ll provide a link to each accessibility teardown so you can make your own decision as to whether any of these games are likely to be appropriate for your needs. You might also consider taking a look at our recommender. Anything that scores a four and a half or higher would have been a candidate for inclusion in at least one of these lists.
This is, as tradition demands, a long post. Not so much a series of mini-reviews but rather an extended sermon with Director’s Commentary. Get yourself comfortable. Make yourself a cup of tea. Some biscuits would be nice. Custard creams perhaps – not too fancy, but not too plain. Respectable biscuits that you could bring out in mixed company without anyone getting funny ideas. Perhaps put some Enya on Spotify to relax you. Sail away, sail away, sail away.
If you don’t fancy reading the reasons for each review, and since this took us hours to write I will go to my deathbed cursing your name, you can click on the very last link to take you to the full table. Where we have the same games at the same position from last year, the text will be identical to 2017. The chat between Mrs Meeple and myself though will be as FRESH as a daisy.
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