by Johnni Medina
2018 has been a long year and we at Twenty Sided Store have played a lot of games. After an arduous process of elimination, we’ve come up with our favorite games we’ve played this year, old and new! You can check them out more fully in our Staff Pick Collection on our online store.
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is quick to learn, has little downtime, lots of strategy, and easy replayability with over 20 other standalone games, expansions, and maps! These let you travel to Europe or Asia, add ships to your games in Rails & Sails, or further explore the USA by going back in time to 1910!
5 Minute Dungeon
For when you’re craving a good ol’ fashioned dungeon crawl but you’re low on time, 5 Minute Dungeon is a cooperative real-time card game with no turns and no downtime. You'd better be quick - you only have 5 minutes to escape!
In Rising Sun, you and your friends vie for territory in legendary feudal Japan through battles, godly intervention, negotiations with opponents, and resource management. With meticulously detailed miniatures, gorgeous artwork, and no clear path to victory but your own choices, Rising Sun is a perfect game to do a deep dive into.
A great way to curb that compulsion to adopt every cat in sight, Cat Lady is an easy to learn, strategic card game that lets you compete with your friends to collect cats, spoil them with treats, and dress them up in costumes. Great for duos and date nights!
Kids on Bikes
Kids on Bikes is a new tabletop RPG that lets you live out fantastic plots you’d usually find in shows like Stranger Things or movies like E.T. Featuring a robust character-creation and world building process, your characters will balance their suspicions about the town and the conflicts of burgeoning teen angst with strange happenings that range from the paranormal to sci-fi to mystery.
Mansions of Madness
Play Mansions of Madness solo or with up to four of your friends, and step into the role of investigators unravelling a Lovecraftian mystery, complete with terrifying monsters. A free app guides you through the game with narration and sound effects, giving you a new cooperative adventure every time!