My major takeaway from my 2017 Challenge was not to include many games I had played extensively. For games such as Jamaica and Sheriff of Nottingham, they began to feel like chores since I had already determined my strategy; they lacked nuance from game to game. This year, I decided to focus on games with depth and replayability as major factors, while also minimizing my experience with them going into the challenge. For one game, which you should recognize, I am only counting factions that are new or underpowered.
Conquest of Speros
Area Control - Mistake or Opportunity? Choose your moves carefully in this tactical deployment game.
Drafting - Every move matters in this brain-burner. Cards are powerful until you choose to score them.
Deduction - Combine several sets of cards to create your own deck in this Love Letter spiritual successor with more deduction.
Deck Building - Create your own cards by sleeving upgrades into your cards to make them more powerful.
Cooperative - The game evolves over time as you race to the save the world from viral outbreaks.
Drafting - Solve your individual puzzle by carefully placing dice according to color and number. It looks beautiful too!
Resource Management - Summon powerful cards to grant abilities from your limited pool of mana.
Tile Placement - Draft your heroes and place them carefully to flip over the tiles of your opponents. Over 50 heroes!
Programming - A real time game of programming actions to keep your ship from exploding. Hilarity ensues.