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Top 10 Hidden Gem Board games

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My list of top 10 hidden gems games

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62 Comments

  1. I almost backed Obsession & Assembly on Kickstarter. I guess I should have! In my collection with only 563 owners on BGG is Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge because of actual cocktail recipes in the game on each card and martini glasses as pieces.

  2. I love Khronos – a wonderful puzzle game take on Douglas Adams' Campaign For Real Time with the players building their settlements in 3 different time zones so they force their opponents settlements to alter or even cease to exist because their settlement is dominant or predates their opponents.

  3. If you can find it anywhere, I can recommend City of Chaos. Its like a cross between Arabian Nights & Gloomhaven. You have to investigate what is going on & there are 4 complex plots giving the answer. These all take place at the same time. Depending what is discovered defines which plot you will resolve.

  4. It blows my mind you can acquire such obscure games "on sale" in New Zealand. I tried to buy the original version of One Deck Dungeon in a specialist board game shop in a city in England i live near and was told it "wasn't available". Even online its difficult to find but you pick up these ultra obscure games "on sale" all the time? Where?

  5. Minos (out of print) 608 owned
    Time Barons (in print) 288 owned
    For What Remains (last days on kickstarter, hope it will make it)

  6. Thank you mate. My hidden gem is Serenissima. I already own Leaving Earth (thanks to Nettersplays) and Spheres of Influence ( thanks to you). I will definitely check Assembly, Dicetopia, Comancheria and Oaxaca 😊

  7. Sorry none of these look like my type of board games

  8. My hidden gems..
    Incorporated (228 owners)
    Coin Tribes' Revolt (115 owners)
    Draculas feast (995 owners)
    High treason: trial of Louis Riel (700 owners)

  9. I love how your top tens aren't over an hour long.

  10. Based on your recommendations, I purchased Oaxaca, Bethel Woods, and the last copy of Conquest of Paradise available at MM. Thumbs up for Oaxaca, so-so for Bethel Woods, and waiting for Conquest of Paradise. Thanks for your video and all your channel..

  11. Every doctor ever just gasped as their worlds collide.

  12. Years ago a friend had a game called Ubi I think it was. It was geography based. I can't find any info on it today.

  13. Bought Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture after the video, worth every penny! Thanks!

  14. In Andy Loony's Pyramid Arcade there is a game…a game of WONDERS! "Homeworlds" is the definitive space-chess. While many of the pyramid games are very light and share a common design philosophy, "Homeworlds" stands out. The limited pieces used to build your game provide a compelling resource management aspect as you decide whether each pyramid will be a star or spaceship. This is a fast-paced tactical game about optimizing your moves, predicting your opponents response, all while they are doing the same to you. Timing is everything. The back-and-forth shifts of the balance of power that occur in this game are amazing. All of it wrapped up in a clever theme make "Homeworlds" a unique experience. Truly, a diamond in the rough.

  15. 'Leaving Earth' my favorite game no one Ever talks about. Also, I own Paydirt but no one ever wants to play it with me

  16. I'd have to say the one game I own that is the most obscure yet awesome is Full Metal Planete, love the game!

  17. I’m thrilled to see Obsession on the list! (I backed it on Kickstarter.) My husband and I had a lot of fun with it, drinking tea and speaking with faux-posh dialects. I won our first game by going for broke on a huge fancy Christmas party. My husband, bless his heart, kept attracting the Wrong Sorts to his gatherings. Tsk tsk!

  18. My best Hidden Gem is The New Science (owned by 1,057 users on BGG). Amazing game about dueling historical scientists during the European Scientific Revolution. The game board is a giant technology tree and you use action selection mechanics to research, experiment and publish your findings. You also maintain influence with political and religious leaders who would otherwise block your scientific advances. Just can't say enough about this game.

    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/114667/new-science

  19. I'll nominate Battlestations (203 ratings), Duel of Ages (both editions are very similar) (1132 ratings), and Power Struggle (2156 ratings)

  20. Have you tried out Survive: Escape from Atlantis? its not obscure, but it is overlooked because it originally came out in 1983. Also for a two player gem that people DO talk about, but doesn't get a lot of love. Try Raptor. ( one of my favourites, just waiting for my son to get a touch older…)

  21. Kung Fu 2100 (1980) has got under 200 owners. Really enjoyed playing it as a kid, had a chit based combat system and a map to navigate that generated encounters. There was some strategy in it, and it played fairly well solo. Its puzzling how some good enough games don't seem to have a following.

  22. Check out Disastles! German designer who made a game with high replayability, simple rules and imense difficulty scalability. It has a sci fi theme and is about mercenaries building castles to collect treasure and survive disasters.

  23. I am a big fan of Mr Cabbagehead's Garden with 330 ratings on BGG. I backed the 2018 Kickstarter for the 2nd edition. This is a lovely game of growing a veggie garden for a competition with interfering neighbors. It is a solo game but can be played as a 2 player as well. Thank you for another fantastic video and keep them coming!

  24. Mine is Clue: The Great Museum Caper. Yes, the detectives have roll-and-move, so that dismisses it for a lot of people. But, the board is pretty tight and you rarely can't get to where you want to based on your roll. I like that it's hidden movement, deduction, and very fast. I would call it the family version of Specter Ops. One key difference, however, is that you can play it to where everyone takes a turn being the thief, meaning there's a metagame push-your-luck element to it.

  25. Here's a blast from the past "Snits Revenge" from 1977

  26. Kachina, 452 people own it on BGG. Only 801 plays in 10 years! It’s a tile lying game with an American Indians theme. It’s not leaving my collection any time soon.
    And Battle Ravens, a Kickstarter game released in 2019, that nobody seems to be playing. It’s a beer & pretzel game about shield wall battles. Beautiful components.
    Thanks for this list. I will check out some of these games. Keep the good work!

  27. Spheres of Influence looks really good, but it also looks incredibly complicated. The board is so intimidating.

    With Risk the Board is nice and simple and so casuals are more likely to play it.

    I'd like a Sphere's of Influence type game that was more accesable? That would be interesting.

  28. Shadows of Brimstone if you want an RPG esque zombicide.

  29. Terrific list that actually includes a bunch of games that I never heard of. I would love to get another of these down the road.

  30. There’s a game you would probably love called Vegas to Reno. You are a trophy truck in the Baja 1000 and must prep your truck for the race and then actually race your truck but if you did not bring enough spare parts then you might break down, or if you did not put enough upgrades into your truck then you will might not win. It’s a very fun little racing game

  31. Omen reign of war
    sun tzu
    2 great 2p games that I never hear about or see.

  32. This content is great. You’re a diamond in the rough of board game videos. Thankyou.

  33. How big is your game shelf? Is it a warehouse?

  34. Obsession, spheres of influence and block by block! I will not rest until I track them down….
    I've been wanting to play them for a long time now, I know I can print block by block and it will probably be a project for me and my husband to put it together in an tactilely pleasing way.
    The other two games are just intensely interesting to me, but both are out of print and hard to find!

  35. I have an original version of Clinic i believe there are only 200 copies ever printed.

  36. dude, where do you manage to simply "pick up" these non-exsisting games? PLEASE SHARE THY WAYS!

  37. another boardgame gem: rival restaurants. Had so much fun playing it. it's a new game.

  38. Such an awesome countdown! I added several of these to my list to track down. How is Bloc-by-Bloc at 2-player?

  39. Good news, Bethel Woods is on sale at Garphill Games website for $14 plus $10 S&H in US and NZ! Stock is low and that's still a great deal.
    Thanks for bringing this game to my attention. Oh, and I reordered Circadians it should be here on Saturday. I think Garphill might be my favorite game company right now. Thanks for introducing me to their product line.🙂

  40. Defenders of soma just blew my mind as med student

  41. Thank you very much for this video!! Have you tried some old Splotter games like Greed Incorporated or Duck Dealer? I have never seen Splotter in your collection.. maybe they’re just not to your taste 🙂

  42. I love, love, love this kind of review. You are in a position to be exposed to far more games than I will ever see, and I've come to respect your reviews so much. To compile a list of great games that went unnoticed within the constant barrage of new releases is a hidden gem of a review video. Half of these game have now found their way to my wishlist. Thank you.

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