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Podcast #125: The 2023 Games of the Year episode (guest: Grant Lyon)

Games of the year! Games of the year! We invite super gamer and standup comic Grant Lyon to compare our fave party, light, medium, and heavy games of 2023.

The end of 2023 means only thing: time to talk about the best board games of the year. And for this awards season, we invited board game content creator and standup comedian Grant Lyon to discuss our favorite party, light, medium, and heavy games that released over those 365 days. Do you agree with our picks? Did we miss any that would have changed our lives? TELL US.

Timeline:

The 2023 Games of the Year (see below for the full list of winners and runners up):

  • 2:51 - 2023 Party Games of the Year.
  • 14:03 - 2023 Light Games of the Year.
  • 34:00 - 2023 Medium Games of the Year.
  • 58:11 - 2023 Heavy Games of the Year.

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2023 Party Games of the Year

  • Blob Party (everyone!)
  • Runners up: That's Not a Hat, Trash Talk

2023 Light Games of the Year

  • Wandering Towers (Grant)
  • Sea Salt & Paper (Christina)
  • Sky Team (Shoe)

  • Runners up: Junk Drawer, Vaalbara, nana (Trio), Trailblazers

2023 Medium Games of the Year

  • Apiary (Grant)
  • The Search for Lost Species (Christina)
  • Forest Shuffle (Shoe)

  • Runners up: Wild Tiled West, Freelancers, Books of Time

2023 Heavy Games of the Year

  • The White Castle (Grant)
  • Nucleum (Christina)
  • Darwin's Journey (Shoe)

  • Runners up: Expeditions, Voidfall, Marrakesh