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The Best Board Games of 2022 …So Far

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So Many Games to Choose From

2022 is far from over, but there have been a plethora of board game releases in 2022. If one thing is clear, it’s that board game publishers are still going strong by releasing new board game titles. With so many to choose from WiscoDice wanted to drill into five of the best board games of 2022 (so far…).

We did put a few selection criteria in place to help create this list. For our selection we are only selecting complete board games, so no expansions. We gave preference to games we have actually had a chance to play. WiscoDice was not sponsored or received any review copies of the games in this list so any games that we have actually played it is because we played at friends or conventions, bought a copy ourselves, or were able to play them online.

That said, let’s take a look at the best board games of 2022!

Kickstart Monday: Nanolith and Fox Experiment

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!!! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects in the tabletop gaming industry. I scour over platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest me. People would ask me what I think is worth backing since I was providing these recommendations already. So why not share my thoughts with a weekly blog about projects that interest me?

Stay informed when new Kickstart Monday projects come out by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and following the #KickstartMonday hashtag.

In this week’s Kickstart Monday it wouldn’t do to not mention Elizabeth Hargrave’s latest game, The Fox Experiment. If you don’t know who Elizabeth Hargrave is, she is the designer behind the hit game Wingspan. In addition, we are going to take a look at the Cyberpunk game Nanolith. Cyberpunk is often a genre that doesn’t see too many releases in the board game world and this one has a lot of cool factors to it.

The Fox Experiment

The Fox Experiment from publisher Pandasaurus Games and designer Elizabeth Hargrave is a game about breeding domesticated foxes to have desirable traits. The game itself is based on a real experiment that attempted to determine how dogs were domesticated. While the original experiment may not have been the most humane to the animals, Pandasaurus ensures us that they do not support the kind of animal treatment that went into the historical experiments.

In the game itself, you will select the parents that have traits you want to pass on to the next generation. Then you will roll trait dice to create fox pups. Your goal is to create pups that match the studies that you have selected. This will all be done over a series of phases. After five rounds of gameplay final scores will be tallied and the player with the highest points wins. Overall this game is a combination of roll and write mechanics along with more traditional board game mechanisms to create a unique game experience.

If this game sounds interesting or you love games about breeding animals then you should definitely check out this project.

Nanolith

Nanolith, the Cyberpunk RPG Board Game, from publisher Woodpecker Games is a combination of board game and RPG game experience. Promising an immersive experience, players can experience the world of Neo-Eden. At the start of the game, this fantasy world is on the brink of collapse. Through the campaign element of the game, you will explore how the world got this way and overcome various challenges, enemies, and boss encounters. 

The game itself promises players roughly 50-60 hours of playtime to complete a campaign. During each game, there will always be four player-controlled characters. These characters will be allowed to gain new equipment and level up between save points to allow those characters to scale with the growing challenges. Game sessions aren’t necessarily missions, but rather the game uses the idea of save points. The game is designed from a narrative design of going from the beginning to the end of the game, but the designers do not expect players to be able to complete that in one session, so when players reach a save point, they can pack up the game, note where they are and then set up the game the next time where the save point left off. 

If you like the idea of RPG narrative board games with immersive game experiences then you should definitely check out this project. 

Did we miss your favorite project?

Thank you for checking out this week’s Kickstart Monday! If you find these interesting or want some attention on a Kickstarter or other crowdfunded projects that you would like to read more about please share your thoughts with us via our social media or email.

Board Game Brunch: Celebrating the Monarch’s Journey

Board Game Brunch this week we got ready for the upcoming Monarch migration. Monarch butterflies have been gracing our garden in Wisconsin and are simply stunning. We decided to pair Mariposas with some butterfly waffles to celebrate their appearance.

Episode 96: GenCon 2022 Wrap-up Show

It’s been a month since Consey and Suzanne went to GenCon. In Episode 96, they talk about their GenCon2022 adventures with Justin. They also chat with Keith Matejka from Thunderworks Games and learn about his current Kickstarter, Dawn of Ulos.

Download the Episode Here!

Episode Show Notes

  • Games We Have Been Playing ….. 01:02
  • Interview with Thunderworks Games ….. 16:06
  • GenCon 2022 Recap …. 41:01

Dawn of Ulos: Thunderworks Games Links

Read on for links to the games discussed and pictures from GenCon 2022 Adventures.

Kickstart Monday: Dawn of Ulos and Legacy of Yu

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!!! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects in the tabletop gaming industry. I scour over platforms like KickstarterGamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest me. People would ask me what I think is worth backing since I was providing these recommendations already. So why not share my thoughts with a weekly blog about projects that interest me?

Stay informed when new Kickstart Monday projects come out by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and following the #KickstartMonday hashtag.

This week I am diving into more board game content as to new projects are just hitting the scene. These two projects are from two of my favorite publishers so let’s dive into the projects and see what has me so excited!

Dawn of Ulos – A Roll Player Tale

Dawn of Ulos – A Roll Player Tale from ThunderWorks Games is the next game in the line of games set in the Roll Player universe. This game for 1-5 players will introduce new mechanics to this family of games.

While it will retain the similar art and look of previous games in the Roll Player Universe, this game will leverage tile laying and an economic engine that you will need to balance to be successful. Featuring 10 factions in the game (5 in each game), you will take part as the creator of civilization with table stakes in factions in areas you control. This in turn will gain you points towards winning the game.

If you love the idea of being the influencing creator of a world while competing against other powers for the influence of the world in a game then this project may well be for you!

Legacy of Yu

Legacy of Yu from Garphill Games takes a dive into the truly solitaire playing experience. That’s right, this game is for just a single-player campaign game. The campaign features self-balancing elements so that you should have a good experience even if you are struggling to get those wins in the game. The campaign game runs for 7 full plays of the game, at which point it’s easily reset so that you can try to do better the next time. As you progress, new elements will come into the game presenting new and exciting things to explore.

During the game, you will play Yu the Great during the Xia Dynasty in China. You will need to build canals and defend your village. During the game, you will need to balance worker placement, deck management, and resource management together to string actions together to have increasingly more efficient turns.

If you needed a great solo play game to add to your collection or think the theme of this game sounds intriguing make sure you check this project out.

Did we miss your favorite project?

Thank you for checking out this week’s Kickstart Monday! If you find these interesting or want some attention on a Kickstarter or other crowdfunded projects that you would like to read more about please share your thoughts with us via our social media or email.

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