7 Games to Buy in 2016

As one does at the beginning of a new year, we here at PWP are taking this time to look back on our year, setting our goals, and of course, weighing our experiences in the table top world in 2015.  While we work on our recap of 2015 (check out our 2014 year in review here), we thought we’d take a quick poll of the games that really stood out from our sessions around a table.

This is the first in that series: our top 7 games to buy in 2016. These are the games that we liked so much, we are itching to add to our collections. There are some newbies and some classics, even one from 1971 on the list. Check it out, in no particular order.


Five Tribes: An instant classic from Days of Wonder, easy to learn rules but hard to learn strategy.

Quantum: A new game to us but was immediately a hit. Fun to play at 2, and lots of room for flexibility to keep it fresh.

Splendor: So simple, so tough. Not a lot of talking going on when we break this out.

7 Wonders Duel: A simpler, streamlined version of the original, which is a favourite with Hogarth. We like the wide variety of pathways to victory, making sure there is always a move to make.

Sleuth: A recommendation from a favourite game guru Peter at Randolph, finally played near the end of 2015. Still holds up after all these years, another argument against the cult of the new.

Takenoko: Bauza is almost always a winner, and this is no exception. Strategic with two players, and a blast with more.

Abyss: Immediately impressive because of the incredible art, Abyss was fun to play and left us wanting more.

Ellie Frederickson is an experienced player of many board games and has cred as a purveyor of games from a time working in a game store. She has an inclination towards Euro-style games, but isn’t especially picky. Reading rules is a particular skill of hers (and a source of enjoyment, oddly enough) and she usually gets a game right the first time she plays it. She has a keen eye for good designs; in art, cafés and games; and an aversion to sub-standard food and drink

One Response to “7 Games to Buy in 2016”

  1. Interesting addition of Abyss. I’ve been less than impressed with other reviews I’ve read of it so far, and much more interested in a game like Blood Rage. Still, good to know at least some people want the game!

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