The Best Board Games of 2019



I played 165 board games released in 2019. These are my Top 10.
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10. Sushi Roll –
9. Age of Dirt –
8. Second Chance –
7. PARKS –
6. Deep Blue –
5. Rush MD –
4. On Tour –
3. Clank Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated –
2. Let’s Make A Bus Route –
1. The King’s Dilemma –

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48 Comments

  • Far too few shots of the actual board. Shouldn't spend 50% of the video watching someone talk. Spending half of the video pausing

    Levi Joraanstad
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • I beg your pardon, “let’s do the time warp again,” is a very exciting proposition

    Joshua Winchester
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Thanks for recommending Second Chance. I bought this last week. I prefer it to Patchwork – it's so relaxed and the rules so simple Works brilliantly on Zoom too.

    Bruce Knight
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great vid, love your cheeky humour! BTW, this the first vid of yours I've watched, and it made me subscribe! Also going to check out King's Dilemma if I can get my hands on it…

    Matthew
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • very entertaining, ever thought about reviewing some GMT games?

    Legendary Games
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • nice shoutout to sherlock holmes consulting detective.. love that game, everybody should play it.

    Greg Mattson
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • This is easily one of the best board game channels on YouTube. Thank you for your amazing content. Your summaries capture the entirety of the game without being lengthy. Your board game list videos are the only ones I don’t find myself skipping through just to see the picks. Thank you.

    Timothy Chang
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • BTW, loved The Distancing Social with you and Serena. Thanks for doing that!

    theluggage
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • I’m fully sold on all these games except for Parks because I already played it, but especially The King’s Dilemma. Other games Actualol’s sold me on that I’ve purchased are below – some are (only) covered in his ‘My Collection’ series from two years ago.

    1. Celestia

    2. High Society

    3. Skull King

    4. Pictomania

    5. Qwinto

    6. New York Slice

    7. ARGH

    8. Cyrano

    9. Loony Quest

    10. Kokoro: Avenue of the Kodama

    11. 6Nmmt

    12. The Networks

    13. Igloo Pop

    14. Nuns on the Run

    15. Watson & Holmes

    16. Hide & Speak (forgot to add this to the party game list)

    17. Beyond Baker Street

    18. Second Chance

    This list would be a lot longer except that some games are just very hard to find.

    And it’s not just me who’s bought these games. After playing my copy, I’ve had friends who’ve gotten their own:

    • two got their own copies of Celestia (and both expansions) after just one play

    • two got Blurble

    • I’ve lost track of how many have gotten Skull King, maybe a dozen.

    • one got Unusual Suspects

    • two got Duplik/Identik

    • two got Happy Salmon

    You’re impact is probably reaching further than you realize, Jon.

    Keep pumping out the videos.

    Daniel Nabben
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great list!!! I was surprised to not see either Res Arcana or Pax Pamir 2e! But still. I’m most excited for The Kings Dilemma which I have in the mail rn!!!

    Being Friends
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Fantastic video and writing Jon. I laughed multiple times!

    Umuser2
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Lets make a bus route is 2018

    Arek Krolak
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Wooow, Secret Hitler came off the shelf.

    Your description of the games makes me want to play them now. I've been eyeing some of them for a while now.

    Do you use a teleprompter?

    aliplaysalot
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great video

    Lee Logan
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • 😫😫 trying so hard to get kings dilemma to the table!! And I’m the one that had the baby 😂😂 it’s so hard to organise legacy groups

    Ashlee Pradella
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • This is a great list. Cycle of Prophecy will soon be in your next top 10 list. My scoop for the day. Cheers.

    Gabé Logan
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Bravo puns this time!

    Matt Morley
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • No Wingspan? How?

    SmoothGummi
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Thanks for the list!

    GoodDays Games
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Since it's sold out everywhere online right now I don't think we have to worry about The King's Dilemma being too risky anymore…

    Alex Poole
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Is the King's Dilemma a one off game or can be played multiple times?

    Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Agreed about Let's Make a Bus Route. I love it so much, I paid top-dollar for dented copy from the BGG store a couple years ago.

    Daniel Solis
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Re: Age of Dirt, is this the first game since Wallenstein/Shogun to use a meeple tower like that?

    Daniel Berger
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great list and video, Jon.

    Kiristo
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • We getter u got married

    Pablo Alcazar
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great list! Currently playing both Clank Legacy and Kings Dilemma. Both superb. One thing that stands out for between these is that even though I’m only 2 games into Clank I know I will have an excellent game to keep playing at the end of it. I’d like to see the Dilemma system innovate further with a game that can be played at the end of a campaign. While it might not make sense in the games current context, who knows what future iterations might come up with? I just don’t feel comfortable throwing a game this big in the bin.

    kingofmoke
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • going to pick my sushi roll and ready to play with kids

    Hui Suen On
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • John you're getting better and better! Love to see it

    SnoopyThe4th
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Ok, picking up sushi dice, that looks effing great.
    Parks is brilliant, it's like Tokaido, but an actual game 🙂
    I love kitchen rush, so Rush MD looks a good one too.

    Neat list, and I love that its different. Keep being you 🙂

    3 Minute Board Games
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great list! Suprised and happy to see some love for Lets make a bus route! 😀
    Some games on your list ive been on the fence but I think il give them a try, keep it up!
    And one question I have Clank in space love the game, thinking of selling and starting with legacy, does that make any sence? 🙂

    Meatball Meeple
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • But… I like Star Wars games T.T

    Brandon Rankin
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great list! I'm gonna keep my eye out for both age of dirt and sushi roll! I love Spring Meadow but second chance looks good too. Do you prefer one over the other?

    Alex DeRosa
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Fantastic video! I'm thinking King's Dilemma must be the next addition to my collection. I LOVE your idea of making a PTA version. That sounds so fun!

    Thanks for these videos, Jon!

    Adam Vaughn
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • It's good nobody in my main group wants to have kids

    Daniel Tasayco
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • nuuuuu i just found a copy of kitchen rush in my city (its not a common game in canadaland) and to know theres an even better version …v.v sigh Also fantastic video as always!

    Angela B
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • So you like roll and writes, eh? Did you happen to try Bloom? Another Gamewright game from 2019. My wife loves it, so that makes me automatically love it too. One of the few games she’ll actually ask to play.

    I might have to consider checking out On Tour…

    JoeyjojoShabadoo WorstNameEver
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Thanks for the video Jon, really enjoyed that. As a fellow Tim Fowers fan, I’d be interested to know if you’ve played Sabotage and what you thought of it. It was my favourite game of 2019 because it is so unique and created some amazing stand up moments. It’s different to his other games though and definitely not for everyone.

    Jeremy Overton
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • The good thing about having kids is we have a built in game group for a legacy game. Got this one but haven’t played it yet. 3 hrs! Yikes. May have to wait til we get quarantined for 17 days…

    H M
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • I think you win for most laughs in a single review with this one. Bonus points for so many understated jokes I'm betting half your audience doesn't get. I'm ashamed to admit, given the wealth of clever jokes, I laughed longest at Potatoville.

    Sean OConnor
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Solid List Buddy! You brought Age of Dirt to my attention! Looks like the silly kind of fun I look for in a board game! 😀

    Tabletop Island
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Can that be the first time someone's strung together Uwe's oeuvre over? Well played, sir. Well played.

    Sean OConnor
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • What if one of your friends dies, or worse has kids? Lol as a board gamer with kids this was absolutely true and hilarious

    zmollon
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • “More than once, I’ve ignored my goals for the sake of the greater good.”

    The Greater Good!

    J.B. Lewis
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Thanks for the Sushi Roll love! And we've heeded your warning about the expansion!

    Gamewright
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • FANTASTIC list, even if it only overlapped one on mine (On Tour). But I don't disagree with any of these (other than the fact that several of them are less than ideal at 2p) 🙂

    Rahdo
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Nice top, added some games to wishlish! Thank you!

    Остап Породко
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • I am amazed just how many jokes you can fit in such a short time, all while being informative. I love your channel.

    Love Learning Everyday
    Posted July 14, 2020
  • Great list of games for 2019 (and great writing, as usual). I had a feeling that Clank! Legacy would be on there considering your review a few years back. I absolutely love Clank! (and the expansions) and can't wait to give Legacy a go! Parks is also a beautiful game where I wish every parks card was a print on my wall. Age of Dirt looks like a fun casual group game that definitely flew under the radar. I'll keep an eye on that. Still kicking myself for not getting King's Dilemma when I happened to see it on sale for $50 back in October…

    Matt Kutrik
    Posted July 14, 2020

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