#11: 2015 Year in Review

Draft Mechanic Episode 11: 2015, A Year in Review

Happy new year! As is tradition, starting off a new year requires an introspective look back at the year that was. We have eight superlative categories to discuss, and then each of us has assembled a ‘mixer-sixer’ of six great new beers from 2015 as well as a mixer of top games of 2015! Yes, you heard that right - that’s FORTY overall selections! What a deal! 2015 was definitely a big year and there’s a lot to talk about, let’s get to it!

Best art, design, or components:
Jake: Mysterium. Asmodee. Oleksandr Nevskiy & Oleg Sidorenko.
Danielle: The Bloody Inn. Pearl Games/ REBEL.pl. Nicholas Robert.

Most innovative game:
Jake & Danielle: 504. 2F-Spiele / Stronghold Games. Friedmann Friese.

Best party game:
Jake: Two Rooms and a Boom. Tuesday Knight Games. Alan Gerdin & Sean McCoy.
Danielle: Codenames. Czech Games Edition. Vlaada Chvatil.

Biggest game disappointment:
Jake: World of SMOG: On Her Majesty's Service. Cool Mini or Not. Yohann Lemonier.
Danielle: Penny Press. Asmadi Games. Robert Dulkes & Matt Golec.

Game I wish I'd gotten to play:
Jake: Elysium. Space Cowboys/Asmodee. Matthew Dunstan & Brett J Gilbert.
Danielle: 7 Wonders: Duel. Repos Productions. Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala.

Game I wish I'd played more of in 2015:
Jake: La Granja. Spielworxx/Stronghold Games. Michael Keller & Andreas Odendahl.
Danielle: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn. Plaid Hat Games. Isaac Vega.

Bonus Categories:
Best Gaming Environment: Empire Board Game Library in Albuquerque, NM
Best "Fast Food" Game: Dead Man's Draw. Mayday Games/Stardock Entertainment. Derek Paxton, Leo Li, & Chris Bray.
Best Beer Visual Presentation: Burial Beer Co. Moon Series. Asheville, NC.

Favorite Beers of 2015: Mix-a-Sixpack



Favorite Games of 2015: Mix-a-Sixpack

Jake: Specter Ops. Plaid Hat Games/Nazca games. Emerson Matsuuchi.
Danielle: Mottainai. Asmadi Games. Carl Chudyk. 

Jake: New Dawn. Artipia Games/ Stronghold Games. Konstantinos Kokkinis & Sotirios Tsantilas.
Danielle: Discoveries. Ludonaute. Cédrick Chaboussit.

Jake: Roll for the Galaxy. Rio Grande Games. Wei-Hwa Huang & Thomas Lehmann.
Danielle: Among the Stars: Revival. Artipia Games/Stronghold Games. Vangelis Bagiartakis & Panagiotis Zinoviadis.

Mysterium. Asmodee. Oleksandr Nevskiy & Oleg Sidorenko.

Codenames. Czech Games Edition. Vlaada Chvatil.

T.I.M.E. Stories. Space Cowboys/Asmodee. Manuel Rozoy.

01:28 A year in review for Draft Mechanic, and plans for 2016
04:45 2015 Superlative categories
06:26 Top news stories of 2015
10:50 Best Art Design & Components
14:01 Most Innovative Game Design
16:36 Best Party Game
20:34 Biggest Game Disappointment
23:48 Game I wish I’d played in 2015
25:38 Games we wish we’d played more
30:10 Our own personal superlatives
35:53 Mixer-sixer: Favorite Beers of 2015
56:50 Mixer-sixer: Favorite Games of 2015
86:35 Transmission Interrupted

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