Games I Played in 2019: The Complete and Comprehensive List

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

The year 2019 has been a wild year for me personally, I moved from the United States to Japan, leaving behind all my friends and family. I left my job and put all my energies into freelance board game design. Oh and I've been battling the worst bout of depression of my entire life.


Despite, all that, I still managed to play a whole lot of games in 2019.


119 Unique games to be exact.


I've ranked every single one of these games, based off my personal enjoyment, but rest assured, every minute I spent gaming this past year was joyful, as much as it could be anyways, and I can honestly say, there is not a bad game on this list. In fact, many of these games would be contenders for my all-time top 100 list, if I had the constitution to make such a thing.


It is truly amazing that we live in an era where we have access to this many unique and interesting games, and if you only takeaway one thing from this post, I hope THAT will be it.


Anyways, I think this meat is tenderized enough, let's get cooking.


119. 1775: Rebellion

Why it's on the List?


I played it once before and had a bad experience, I thought it deserved another shot.


Why this spot?


We played the 2v2 version of the game and some early bad luck put us in an impossible position. I think the game has very good mechanics, but its now 2 for 2 with bad experiences.



118. Liberation

Why it's on the List?


I like button shy games, a lot. I was enticed by the idea of an epic 2 player galactic struggle that fit neatly into their 18 card wallet series.


Why this spot?


It just fell a little flat for me. There is a wheel-spinning nature to it, where actions often get undone by your opponent's action. Not to say it's a bad game, just didn't quite work for me and left me feeling a bit dissatisfied.



117. Pocket Baseball

Why it's on the List?


My wife is a huge baseball fan, so I snagged this Mad Pack game as a stocking-stuffer for her.


Why this spot?


It is a fine game, in fact, it is a good game for what it is. A small scale baseball simulation. I would just prefer something more like Bottom of the 9th to get my archaic Blernsball fix.




116. Pataruta

Why it's on the List?


It was an instinct purchase from the Tokyo Game Market and it turned out to be easy to translate the rules and get it played.


Why this spot?


The game is fine, it uses a neat pattern recognition mechanic that I enjoyed. However, it incorporates a speed element which I am not a huge fan of and there were some graphic design issues with the Venn Diagram "universe" that made cards confusing.



115. Libertalia

Why it's on the List?


It seemed like a perfect game for my group and this is many's people's favorite Paolo Mori design, a designer I enjoy.


Why this spot?


I gave this game many chances, every time I played, I had a bad experience. I thought, maybe a different player count? maybe a different group? It's a mystery I will never solve, but it failed repeatedly.



114. World of Yo-Ho

Why it's on the List?


Really clever concept to bridge digital and analog gaming here.


Why this spot?


Video games let you grind through side-quests to get an awesome item or to level-up for the main story. Well, that is World of Yo-Ho, except, there is no main story.



113. Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire

Why it's on the List?


My wife bought this on a whim back in 2017 and we FINALLY got a chance to play it once we realized we actually kind of enjoy roll & write games.


Why this spot?


The game is decent, but I was expecting a quick and frantic space race with some tense decision making, but found most decisions were obvious and lacked intrigue.



112. The Wizard Always Wins

Why it's on the List?


It was available for like $7 at Target, as if my collection wasn't big enough already.


Why this spot?


The game is not bad, but it is a bit repetitive and while it has a similar base mechanic to Quacks of Quedlinburg, it lacks that constant turn-to-turn satisfaction.




111. Korrigans