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The People’s Choice – Top 10 Board Games 2014

Yesterday we announced the people’s choice top 10 board game expansions as voted for by our readers and fans. Today we’re announcing the big one, the top 10 board games of 2014 as voted for by those very same people!

Once again, we had one very simple rule for the competition:

The publication date of the game, or expansion, had to be 2014 on BoardGameGeek. If you thought the publication date was 2014 but BGG had it as 2013 then it wasn’t eligible.

So, without further ado, in reverse order, here’s the top 10 board games of 2014 as voted for by the GamesQuest fans and readers!

10. Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

Legendary Encounters Alien Deck Building Card GameDesigned by: Ben Cichoski and Danny Mandel

Published by: Upper Deck Entertainment

Check out Tom’s review and video here.

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09. Marvel Dice Masters

Marvel Avengers vs. X-Men Dice Masters Starter Set

Designed by: Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang

Published by: WizKids Games and Devir

Check out Tom’s review post here.

BGG Link

08. Alchemists

Alchemists Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: Matúš Kotry

Published by: Czech Games Edition, Cranio Creations, Devir, Heidelberger Spieleverlag, IELLO, MINDOK and

Check out Tom’s review post here.

BGG Link

07. Castles of Mad King Ludwig

Castles Mad King Ludwig Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: Ted Alspach

Published by: Bezier Games, Inc. and

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06. King of New York

 King of New York Board GameDesigned by: Richard Garfield

Published by: IELLO, Devir, Heidelberger Spieleverlag and edizioni

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05. Shadows of Brimstone

Shadows of Brimstone Board GameDesigned by: Jason C. Hill

Published by: Flying Frog Productions and Heidelberger Spieleverlag

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04. Five Tribes

Five Tribes Board GameDesigned by: Bruno Cathala

Published by: Days of Wonder and

Check out Paul’s review post here.

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03. Splendor

Splendor Board GameDesigned by: Marc André

Published by: Space Cowboys, Asterion Press, Gém Klub Kft., GoKids 玩樂小子, Hobby Japan, Korea Boardgames co., Ltd., and

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02. Star Wars: Imperial Assault

Imperial Assault Board Miniatures GameDesigned by: Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka and Jonathan Ying

Published by: Fantasy Flight Games, Edge Entertainment, Galakta and Heidelberger Spieleverlag

Check out Tom’s unboxing video post here.

BGG Link

01. Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter Board GameDesigned by: Jonathan Gilmour and Isaac Vega

Published by: Plaid Hat Games, Cube Factory of Ideas, Edge Entertainment, Filosofia Édition, Heidelberger Spieleverlag and Raven Distribution

Check out Tom’s walkthrough post here.

BGG Link

The Results Are In!!! You Love Those Crossroads!!!

So there you have it, your top 10 board games, headed-up by your People’s Choice Game of the Year 2014!

As with expansions, it’s been another excellent year for board games! Loads of new and exciting titles came out on a near-weekly basis and I really wasn’t surprised by any of the games on the list. I even knew that the ones that I don’t personally enjoy would have a dramatic impact on many gamers. It’s totally understandable that they’re in your top 10, especially given their popularity and the demand last year!

To be honest, it’s one of the things I love most about reviewing games – not every game will appeal to me, not every game will appeal to you, but it’s todays massive variety that makes board gaming such a fantastic hobby. I take my hat off to any game that brings more people into the hobby and look forward to what 2015 will bring!

What Does the Future Have in Store??? More High Quality Games!!!

So, if you enjoyed the games of 2014, there’s already some very exciting games announced for 2015!

If you haven’t already signed up for the GamesQuest newsletter, then simply complete the subscription form on the right-hand side of our Home page to sign up now.

Throughout the year we’ll be sending out news-shots to let you know about the latest and greatest games and expansions as and when they launch. In particular, we’ll be very excited when the following new games arrive:

  • 7 Wonder: Duel
  • Magic the Gathering the Board Game
  • Pandemic Legacy
  • Spectre Ops
  • XenoShyft Onslaught

But for those of you who aren’t just looking for new and shiny titles, there’s some great re-releases and reprints coming this year including:

  • El Grande Big Box (Z-Man games to release the English edition.)
  • Empires Age of Discovery (Previously Age of Empires III.)
  • Mission Red Planet (Fantasy Flight Games to re-release.)

One final note, I just wanted to thank everyone who took part in the survey. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to create this fantastic list! There will, of course be more exciting news, reviews and competitions taking place over on our Facebook page in the coming months so stay tuned and please join in again next time! Also, check back again tomorrow for the final results of the People’s Choice Board Game of the Year 2014!!!

5 (100%) 2 votes
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Tom Randell

Driven Instructional Designer by day, board game fanatic by night! Tom has a long background in eLearning design and is a strong believer that story and narrative are crucial to creating excellent learning and gaming experiences. A passionate blogger, game reviewer and play tester, he enjoys spending his time playing games of all genres.