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New 2019 Additions to the Shelf of Greatness


We are excited to announce the newest inductees into our Board Game Quest Shelf of Greatness. We introduced the Shelf earlier this year as a way for us to highlight games we consider to be excellent titles that most all gamers can enjoy. It’s a hall of fame if you will.

For a game to be inducted into the Shelf of Greatness our rules are simple:

  • The game must have already been reviewed here on BGQ and been given an initial rating of 4.5 or 5 Stars.
  • Each staff member gets one nomination per voting cycle.
  • The game must then get at least 6 yes votes to be chosen for the Shelf of Greatness. Basically, at least half our team must agree it deserves to be in.

So, without further ado, here are the newest games to be added to our Shelf of Greatness:



Dominion Box ArtWhat makes a game historic? What makes a game last? What makes a game become more than a flash-in-the-pan and endure year after year? The answer is simple, strategic mechanisms that evolve with expansions that add choices without adding overwhelming complexity. Throw into the mix a core mechanism that creates a new dimension of action choices, deck building, with minimal fiddliness. All of this describes Dominion. It receives, nay, deserves a place on the Shelf of Greatness for these reasons. People don’t just buy one or two Dominion expansions; they curate a collection from amongst the major expansions (12) to fit their play style. The success of Dominion borders on what is described as “lifestyle games”. Oh, and it also started and codified deck-building for a huge number of games that followed it. Greatness indeed.

Date Released: 2008
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Designer: Donald X. Vaccarino
Artists: Various
Original Review Score: 4.5 Stars
Date Added to Shelf of Greatness: Fall 2019
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Imperial Settlers

Imperial Settlers

Imperial SettlersWhen it comes to engine building games, Imperial Settlers hits a lot of high marks. Each of the games civilizations not only feels unique but will approach the game in a somewhat different way. Over five rounds players will be building out their empire with both unique faction cards and shared common cards. The game options have also grown through both full civilization expansions and mini-expansions that add in a new mechanics. Take some multi-use cards, engine building, tableau building, and some great art and you have Imperial Setters, a fantastic game that we are always willing to play.

Date Released: 2014
Publisher: Portal Games
Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek
Artists: Mateusz Bielski, Tomasz Jedruszek, Jarosław Marcinek, Rafał Szyma
Original Review Score: 5 Stars
Date Added to Shelf of Greatness: Fall 2019
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Wingspan Review

WingspanWingspan, the smash hit by Elizabeth Hargrave, is the rare combination of an innovative theme, engaging gameplay, and beautiful design. While some engine-builders can get stale over time, Wingspan gives a novel experience with each play, due to the wide variety of bird species and associated powers. With both limited turns and limited resources, Wingspan can be quite the brain-burner when trying to develop an optimal strategy to grow your bird collection. While some games end up getting caught up in the hype machine and letting down the masses, Wingspan is worth the top billing and the high demand it has received.

Date Released: 2019
Publisher: Stonemaier Games
Designer: Elizabeth Hargrave
Artists: Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas, Beth Sobel
Original Review Score: 4.5 Stars
Date Added to Shelf of Greatness: Fall 2019
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While he will play just about anything, Tony loves games that let him completely immerse himself in the theme. He also is a bit of a component addict.

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