BGG Hotness2

This post is dedicated to 21 special games that will begin BoardGameGeek.con as

The Hot Games.

BGG Knows Hotness

Of course, BGG and its site is no stranger to “Hotness” as a rank, and so it’s fitting that at this con in Grapevine Texas, a month or so after all the Essen releases, some gamers specifically come to explore the latest and greatest games with buzz. What makes it truly special is how BGG handles these games.

If you’ve seen the BGG booth at other conventions during the year, they maintain a ranked system whereby users can log in and vote for games they like, and a projection screen shows you a countdown to #1, as it fluctuates throughout the con. At BGG.con, it’s even more special, as the top 25 games or so get special treatment and are fully laid out, ready to play on tabletops, with volunteers that know the games and can help as many people as possible experience them. The projection screen is still there in the hotel hallway, and it’s a fun way to see the hotness over time.

The neatest part to me, is that as games are played – they either hold up or they don’t, and the number of tables they occupy can grow or shrink, and new titles can sometimes even break into the hotness during the con. It’s truly fascinating to watch. For example, a couple years ago, Machi Koro started with one table, but I noticed that by the end, it was on several tables, truly reaching a high heat in interest.

League Hotness

Before I announce the 21 games that will begin the hot games section at BGG.CON 2016, I want to give a special shout out to a few League members who are associated with 2 of these. It’s fantastic to see these games in there – congrats Luke Laurie and Tom Jolly for Manhattan Project: Energy Empire in the hotness. Also, cheers to Seth Jaffee and TMG, for their part in bringing Oracle of Delphi to the US, also in the hotness. Congrats to all the publishers, designers of any of this hotness!

The Starting List

Here are the first 21 games. In the comments, tell us – how many have you played? How many do you want to try? And if you’re at BGG, chime in later with how many you tried at the con! Which one will be on top at the end??

Happy hotness gaming!

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Peter Vaughan

Game Developer at Breaking Games

Peter eats games for breakfast! Founder of First Play LA, Squirmy Beast and League of Gamemakers, and Director of Development for Breaking Games. First published designs include What the Food?! and Nightmare Cove, and development credits include Letter Tycoon, Boomtown Bandits, Sparkle*Kitty and Rise of Tribes.

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  1. Rebecca Jensen on November 16, 2016

    I own Captain Sonar and I LOVE IT. Definitely one of those “need the right crowd” sort of games, but I think my friends are just the right crowd, so this works for me.

    I also own Fabled Fruit. It’s a neat idea, though I think I’ll auction it off after we’ve played through the deck once. My wife and I are too close to a tie way too often, which leaves me with the feeling that my choices don’t really matter.

    I played Fields of Green… I like the macro concept of the game flow, but all of us (3 players) felt like we were squeaking by. This was not fun in contrast to Concordia, which I recently bought, which is a game of abundance and more fun.

    I bought Cottage Garden as a Christmas gift to my Patchwork-loving wife! (I love Patchwork too.)

    I’d like to try Cry Havoc, but not buy it because I’ve heard that it’s really best with 4 and shows weaknesses with fewer players.

    I’d like to try Mechs vs. Minions, but not buy it, because I’m wondering if the gameplay will feel too thin compared to the production value.

    I’d like to try Feast for Odin, but not buy it, because it’d be my first Uwe game (WHAT?!) and I’m not sure if “famine-style” gaming is my thing. (Is that Uwe’s style?)

    I love Concordia! Give me all the stuffs! Give everybody the stuffs!

  2. Brandon Raasch on November 16, 2016

    I hope Teale and the League post some pics of their games winning the Hotness!

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