I have some big decisions ahead of me—Nov. 4 is the due date for this year's submissions to the People's Choice Top 100 solo games list! Kevin Erskine remains a hero among men for putting all of this together, and has started his annual submissions thread in the 1 Player Guild on BGG.
Here's how it works: Everyone who wants to participate needs to send their top 20 list (you can send a shorter list if you want). Kevin Erskine then works some magic, which I am pretty sure means that he puts all the games into a spreadsheet, assigns points, and sorts out the Top 100 solo games of the year.
I will have a rough time with this. I am a game reviewer and I rate games all the time, but my top games list is constantly in flux. I can name some of my all-time favorite games in no particular order, but when it comes to hammering out an organized list of 20 games...? Yikes. Also, I haven't gotten to play all of the solo games I think might be in my Top 20 if I could get some quality time with them.
But this is all in good fun, and everyone can submit a different list every year, etc., so there's no harm in giving it a shot. I don't have a ranked list of 20 yet, but here, in no particular order, are a few solo games you'd have to pry from my cold, dead hands.
The Lord of the RIngs LCG
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Hoplomachus: The Lost Cities
Baseball Highlights 2045
Street Masters: Rise of the Kingdom
The Cards of Cthulhu
Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
There are still so many solo games I need to spend more time with, including Scythe, Too Many Bones, A Feast for Odin, Anachrony, and more. How will I ever play them all? More importantly, how will I ever play them all enough? And war games are still in my future—I've started really eyeing stuff like Comancheria and Liberty or Death. In a few more years, my list could have a totally different flavor to it! But for now, I'll be spending the month of October trying to get some more plays in so that I can come up with a snapshot of my ever-evolving Top 20 list, just in time for November 4.
Who else is submitting votes for People's Choice this year? What are some of the games on your short list?