I’ve decided to set an ambitious goal for myself: I’m going to review the entire BoardGameGeek Top 100. Let me explain why I’m setting this goal.
I’m going to review the entire BoardGameGeek Top 100.
First of all, those who know me well know that board games and checklists are two of my favorite things. I developed a love of board games from a young age, helping my mom with her hobby of amateur board game design. None of them ever got published, but many of the prototypes are still sitting around her house in their repurposed boxes. You’re welcome, World, for all the copies of Monopoly and Candy Land that we took out of circulation.
Secondly, even for someone who has loved board games for most of his 30 years of life, there’s still so much to explore. Tabletop gaming has come a long way over the years, and it’s been exciting to watch the hobby enter a golden age, ushered in by games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride. Those games were only the beginning, as evidenced by the fact that none of those three titans currently sits in the BoardGameGeek (“BGG”) Top 100. As of the posting of this article, over half of the games in the BGG Top 100 were published in the last five years. I have dozens of games in my collection and have played hundreds of titles in my life, but I’ve only played 21 of the games rated among the Top 100. And I’ve written zero reviews.
Over half of the games in the BGG Top 100 were published in the last five years.
Lastly, I’ve always enjoyed writing. I’m an accountant by trade (because why not go into accounting if you love writing??), so I’ve attempted over the years to find other outlets where I can do some creative writing. Over the course of these 100 reviews, I hope to find my ‘voice’ as a board game reviewer. As a reviewer, I want to:
- Cover all types of games, not just the genres I prefer or the most prevalent titles (most widely available does not equal highest rated).
- Write reviews that are fun, first and foremost — getting more people excited about the hobby of tabletop gaming.
- Develop a consistent and informative style, so that readers can determine whether they would enjoy a game from my review, even if their likes and dislikes do not align with mine.
- Learn to make blog posts that are visually appealing, picking up various tips and tricks along the way. Like block quotes.
You’re welcome, World.
So that’s why I’m setting a goal to review the BGG Top 100. In future posts, I’ll explain the BGG Top 100 and discuss the obstacles I’ll need to overcome to complete this goal.