Top 50 Games of All Time (2019) - Joel Eddy Drive Thru Games

A run-down of Joel Eddy's favorite 50 games of all time as of 2019.

Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2020

1) Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars
The Realmgate Wars were fought over the magical portals that bound the Mortal Realms together, but another conflict has been brewing in the shadows for thousands of years. This is a battle not for resources, nor for pure conquest, but for the immortal souls of the living and dead; a cosmic rivalry between gods who have carried their hatred through the ages. The spread of the light of civilisation, spearheaded by the God-King Sigmar, faces a dire threat posed by the Lord of Undeath, Nagash. Sigmar’s Sacrosanct Chambers, created to fight daemons and wraiths, face the malevolent spirits known as ...

2) Caylus
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Dispatch workers across 13th century France to build a castle & tempt the provost. ...

3) Rangers of Shadow Deep
Rangers of Shadow Deep
Miniature skirmish game in which your ranger grows in power by surviving missions. ...

4) Frostgrave
Amidst the frozen ruins of an ancient city, wizards battle in the hopes of discovering the treasures of a fallen empire. In the fantasy skirmish wargame Frostgrave, each player takes on the role of a wizard from one of ten schools of magic, and builds his band of followers. The wizard's apprentice usually accompanies his master, and more than a dozen other henchman types are available for hire, from lowly thugs to heavily armored knights and stealthy thieves. Wizards can expand their magical knowledge by unlocking ancient secrets and may learn up to 80 different spells. While individual games of Frostgrave ...

5) Forbidden Stars
Forbidden Stars
Choose one of four Warhammer 40K factions and wage war across the Herakon Cluster. ...

6) San Juan (Second Edition)
San Juan (Second Edition)
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As you build up San Juan, carefully choose how to use the multi-use cards you have. ...

7) Clash of Cultures
Clash of Cultures
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Lead your civilization from a single settlement to a mighty empire. ...

8) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
Co-op dungeon crawl the monster-ridden Old West mines and frozen Targa otherworld. ...

9) Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre
Play as one of four factions vying for control of Cuba in card-driven COIN Vol:2. ...

10) Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress
Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress
Scavenge, loot and survive the Fortress, FOR THE EMPEROR... or just yourself. ...

11) Brass: Birmingham
Brass: Birmingham
Build networks, grow industries, and navigate the world of the Industrial Revolution. ...

12) Great Western Trail
Great Western Trail
Use strategic outposts and navigate danger as you herd your cattle to Kansas City. ...

13) The Gallerist
The Gallerist
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Amass a fortune, and stake your reputation by operating a lucrative art gallery. ...

14) Urban Sprawl
Urban Sprawl
From the publisher's website]: Game Overview: Urban Sprawl is a game for 2–4 players. Urban Sprawl abstractly models the growth of a town into a teeming metropolis. Players assume the roles of entrepreneur, tycoon, and politician—each helping in the development of a hypothetical "Anywhere, USA." Wealth and Prestige will be earned and spent throughout the game. Buildings will rise only to later be demolished for better and larger fare. Throughout the game players will gather valuable Permits. These will result in either a wealthy Investment or the foundation of a new building Contract. Players will strive to become dominant in one or more building ...

15) A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)
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Game description from the publisher: King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle. In the second edition of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, three to six players take on the roles of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, as they vie for control of the Iron Throne through the use of diplomacy and warfare. Based on the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones is an epic board game in which it will take more than military might to win. ...

RUMBLESLAM was designed to be a quick and fun game that you can play within an hour and has evolved into so much more. It is fast paced and all players are always active so no one gets bored waiting for their next go. Battle one on one or team up with a friend to play against a pair of opponents. The more fighters in the ring the more action! Your team of wrestlers must try to eject the opponents team from the ring, something that gets much easier after a successful knockout! RUMBLESLAM sees players tactically moving miniatures around a 1ft ...

17) Claustrophobia 1643
Claustrophobia 1643
Claustrophobia 1643 is a miniatures-based survival game set within the catacombs. The box contains miniatures which are placed on large tiles showing the dungeon spaces. Also included are character dashboards, counters and markers, and dice. One player controls a small group of determined humans, while the other plays an almost unending army of demonic creatures. The game is thematic and highly asymmetric: human characters are stronger, but the demon characters are more numerous. Gameplay is very straightforward with a minimum of rules, and each game plays in an hour or less. In essence dice are allocated after rolling to perform actions, while cards ...

18) Gaslands: Post-Apocalyptic Vehicular Combat
Gaslands: Post-Apocalyptic Vehicular Combat
Watch Earth’s deadliest death races in all new Gaslands: tonight at 9 on The Network! ...

19) Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team
Kill Team is the game of skirmish combat in the 41st Millennium. Set in the same universe and using the same miniatures ranges as Warhammer 40,000 but with a different rules set, it allows you to play a game of fast-paced tactical skirmish combat in games of 2-4 players, in less time and with a fraction of the models you’d need to play a full game of Warhammer 40,000. —description from the publisher ...

20) Cryptid
Be the first to locate the cryptid through pure deduction and subtle deception. ...

21) Court of the Medici
Court of the Medici
Court of the Medici is a casual card game of politics and intrigue at the Medici court. In Court of the Medici, you play the leader of one of the powerful factions in the city of Florence. Your faction’s power and prosperity in Florence are tied to your favor with the city’s ruling family, the Medici. Favor with the Grand Duke de Medici comes from having the nobles of your faction present at court. However, with nobles from all the other factions at court as well, your influence on the duke is limited. ...

22) Werewords Deluxe Edition
Werewords Deluxe Edition
20 questions with a twist: a time limit, and a sneaky werewolf who knows the answer. ...

23) Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Caverna: The Cave Farmers
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From a simple cave, expand your dwarven home through mining, agriculture, and more. ...

24) Lords of Hellas
Lords of Hellas
Become a Lord of Hellas and rise to prominence in futuristic mythical Greece. ...

25) BattleLore (Second Edition)
BattleLore (Second Edition)
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Fantasy Command & Colors spiced up with magic. ...

26) Defenders of the Realm
Defenders of the Realm
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Fantasy heroes join forces and cards to defeat the ever advancing enemy hordes. ...

27) Combat Commander: Europe
Combat Commander: Europe
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Recreate the European theater of World War II in this acclaimed card-driven wargame. ...

28) Nuklear Winter '68
Nuklear Winter '68
The former German territory, transformed into a wasteland by the nuclear holocaust that ended the Second World War in 1946, is the hostile setting of a new conflict between old enemies clenched in a struggle for the future of mankind. Surviving Nazi leaders and Wehrmacht forces resurface in 1968 from underground shelters to rebuild an empire from the ashes of the world. Oblivious of the climatic, technological and political changes inflicted by more than 20 years of nuclear winter, they are about to face the mysterious Black Hand - elusive, abhorrent masters of the wastes, and the combined might of the ...

29) London (Second Edition)
London (Second Edition)
Draft cards, avoid debt, and run your industrial engine to rebuild London. ...

30) Blood Rage
Blood Rage
Ragnarök has come! Secure your place in Valhalla in epic Viking battles. ...

31) Risk: Star Wars Edition
Risk: Star Wars Edition
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The Empire and the Rebellion go head to head in three theaters of war...not Risk! ...

32) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Star Wars: Imperial Assault
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Play as rebel or imperial forces to fulfil mission objectives. ...

33) Twilight Struggle
Twilight Struggle
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Relive the Cold War and rewrite history in an epic clash between the USA and USSR. ...

34) Thunderstone Quest
Thunderstone Quest
Recruit powerful heroes, arm your party and dungeon delve for Thunderstone Shards! ...

35) Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions Trading Card Game
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions Trading Card Game
Following the destruction of the original Warhammer world by the forces of Chaos, Sigmar floated aimlessly through space, clutching onto the metal core of the previous world of Warhammer. Long Sigma drifted through space until he was rescued by the great celestial dragon Dracothion, who led Sigmar to the "Mortal Realms". Surviving souls were drawn to these realms but the respite was short lived, as once again the forces of Chaos struck. Take command of one of four powerful factions and recruit an army of legendary Champions in Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions Trading Card Game. Deploy units and unleash deadly ...

36) New Frontiers
New Frontiers
Select an action for all that gives you the edge in building the best space empire. ...

37) Modern Art
Modern Art
Four types of auctions challenge players in this classic game of art speculation. ...

38) Tigris & Euphrates
Tigris & Euphrates
Regarded by many as Reiner Knizia's masterpiece, Tigris & Euphrates is set in the ancient fertile crescent with players building civilizations through tile placement. Players are given four different leaders: farming, trading, religion, and government. The leaders are used to collect victory points in these same categories. However, your score at the end of the game is the number of points in your weakest category, which encourages players not to get overly specialized. Conflict arises when civilizations connect on the board, i.e., external conflicts, with only one leader of each type surviving such a conflict. Leaders can also be replaced ...

39) Samurai
Dispute the favor of three different castes in order to unite Japan under your rule. ...

40) Star Wars: Rebellion
Star Wars: Rebellion
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Strike from your hidden base as the Rebels - or find and destroy it as the Empire! ...

41) Eldritch Horror
Eldritch Horror
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Game description from the publisher: Across the globe, ancient evil is stirring. Now, you and your trusted circle of colleagues must travel around the world, working against all odds to hold back the approaching horror. Foul monsters, brutal encounters, and obscure mysteries will take you to your limit and beyond. All the while, you and your fellow investigators must unravel the otherworldy mysteries scattered around the globe in order to push back the gathering mayhem that threatens to overwhelm humanity. The end draws near! Do you have the courage to prevent global destruction? Eldritch Horror is a cooperative game of terror and ...

42) Airlines Europe
Airlines Europe
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Expand airlines across Europe to make your investments pay off. ...

43) Steam
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In Steam you build railroads and deliver goods along an ever changing network of tracks and stations. You build the tracks, upgrade towns, improve your train, and grab the right goods to make the longest, most profitable deliveries. Score your deliveries and add to your income or victory points, balancing your need to invest against your quest to win the game. Steam contains a beautiful, double-sided game board. The map on each side depicts terrain, towns, and cities at the start of the railway age. The map of the northeastern USA and neighboring Canada is ideal for 3 or 4 players. ...

44) Unlock!: Heroic Adventures
Unlock!: Heroic Adventures
Unlock! Heroic Adventures features three "escape room" scenarios that you can play on your tabletop. Unlock! is a cooperative card game inspired by escape rooms that uses a simple system which allows you to search scenes, combine objects, and solve riddles. Play Unlock! to embark on great adventures, while seated at a table using only cards and a companion app that can provide clues, check codes, monitor time remaining, etc. The three scenarios are... "Sherlock Holmes" — The master detective faces a most bizarre affair and could use your assistance as he pursues his investigation. ...

45) Chronicles of Crime
Chronicles of Crime
Lay out the case, interrogate suspects, and investigate crime scenes with your phone. ...

46) Trajan
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Set in ancient Rome, Trajan is a development game in which players try to increase their influence and power in various areas of Roman life such as political influence, trading, military dominion and other important parts of Roman culture. The central mechanism of the game uses a system similar to that in Mancala or pit-and-pebbles games. In Trajan, a player has six possible actions: building, trading, taking tiles from the forum, using the military, influencing the Senate, and placing Trajan tiles on his tableau. At the start of the game, each player has two differently colored pieces in each of the six ...

47) The Mind
The Mind
Play your cards in ascending order without communicating. Timing is key! ...

48) Just One
Just One
Give one-word clues so someone can guess one word, but duplicate clues are discarded. ...

49) Lords of Vegas
Lords of Vegas
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Build, expand, and take over casinos to get big profits and big points. ...

50) Stone Age
Stone Age
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Travel to the time of hunters and gatherers in this classic game of tools and tribes. ...