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Podcast #101: The 2022 Games of the Year episode (guest: Our Family Plays Games)

It's that time...Games of the Year time! We invite Mik and Starla from Our Family Plays Games to compare our fave party, light, medium, and heavy games of 2022! (Only a little yelling was involved.)

We're a podcast! Therefore, we're contractually obligated to tell you our Games of the Year. But who wants to hear just Christina and Shoe squabble about their faves of 2022? Everyone would rather hear us and Mik and Starla from Our Family Plays Games squabble, so far be it for us to withhold this top-notch content from our listeners! So get ready for lots of discussions (and lots of yelling at Christina for cheating on her picks) in this episode!


Intro (before we get into the awards):

  • 2:32 - Starla's game pick: Wonderland's War.
  • 4:40 - Mik's game pick: Heat: Pedal to the Metal.
  • 5:55 - Shoe's game pick: Keystone: North America.
  • 8:37 - Christina's game pick: Blackout: Hong Kong.

The 2022 Games of the Year (see below for the full list of winners and runners up):

  • 10:35 - 2022 Party Games of the Year.
  • 23:32 - 2022 Light Games of the Year.
  • 35:44 - 2022 Medium Games of the Year.
  • 50:22 - 2022 Heavy Games of the Year.

*Note: Our Family Plays Games is still working on their own Games of 2022, so their picks for this show are "as of today" but not necessarily final. Also, some games appear in different categories due to everyone's subjective opinions on weight.

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2022 Party Games of the Year

  • Phantom Ink (Shoe)
  • Phantom Ink (Christina)
  • Left Right Dilemma (Mik)
  • Decorum (Starla)

  • Runners up: Fun Facts, Hive Mind (second edition), Challengers

2022 Light Games of the Year

  • Foundations of Rome (Shoe)
  • Scout (Christina)
  • Marvel: Remix (Mik)
  • Yak (Starla)

  • Runners up: Wildstyle, Cat in the Box, Akropolis, Foundations of Rome

2022 Medium Games of the Year

  • The Guild of Merchant Explorers (Shoe)
  • The Guild of Merchant Explorers, Wonderland's War (tie, Christina)
  • Akropolis (Mik)
  • Cat in the Box (Starla)

  • Runners up: Heat: Pedal to the Metal, Turing Machine, Wonderland's War

2022 Heavy Games of the Year

  • Dead Reckoning (Shoe)
  • Wayfarers of the South Tigris (Christina)
  • Lacrimosa (Mik)
  • Endless Winter: Paleoamericans (Starla)

  • Runners up: Tiletum, Wayfarers of the South Tigris, Lacrimosa