Belfort makes Garrett’s Games and Geekiness Best of 2011 List

Garrett’s Games and Geekiness posts a weekly audio podcast on board games and has posted 296 episodes so far. The 296th podcast is a review of their favourite games of 2011. They broke things down into 5 categories: Feld, Heavies, Medium Weights, Card Games, Fillers.

Feld refers to Stefan Feld who had a 1-2 punch this year with Trajan and Castles of Burgundy (I’ve yet to play either as I haven’t been able to find them locally yet).

Heavies consists of 4 games: De Vulguria Eloquentia, Vinhos, Florenza and … Belfort!

He was torn about where to slot Belfort since it’s not as heavy as those other three, but he wanted people to know that the cartoony art might make some think that it’s not a deep game – but it is deep. So that’s really cool!

To finish off his list, his favourite medium weight games are Asara, Crows, Principato, Casa Grande, Firenze, Sun, Sea and Land, Ticket to Ride: Asia. His favourite card games are Biblios, 23, Stich-meister. His favourite Fillers are Kingdom Builder, Paris Connection, Burdigala, Arriala, Cambria, Color Stox, Mondriaan 2020 and Super Rhino!

Great list Garrett! Looks like there’s a few on there that I’ll have to check out.

-Jay Cormier

Belfort named Game of the Year!

That’s right, Belfort was named Game of the year by popular board game review site, Dice Hate Me. Sen and I are flabbergasted!

“For me, Belfort is a rarity – a box full of magic that scratches multiple gaming itches in one intensely-satisfying sitting.”

Thanks for playing and for naming it your game of the year!

-Jay Cormier

Good Gift Game Guide for 2011, now with more Train of Thought!

Train of Thought makes the Christmas Wish List over at The Morning News’ Good Gift Game Guide (G4) for 2011. Huzzah1

The full list includes:

Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
King of Tokyo
Summoner Wars
Jab: Realtime Boxing
Airlines Europe
7 Wonders
Ascending Empires
Skull & Roses
Train of Thought
Thundestone: Dragonspire
Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War

So if you’ve got a gamer on your list, pick up a copy of Train of Thought – it comes highly recommended! If they’ve already got it, check out some of the other great titles on this well-thought out list.

~ Sen-Foong Lim