Tabletop 101

Top 5 Board Games Released in 2020

by Serban, Quartermaster @ The Guild Hall

December 17, 2020

2020 was a bad year. Nobody can argue with that. But here we are, a pandemic, an election, and some wildfires later – you don’t even remember those anymore, do you? – and we can say that we have survived. However, when our grandchildren ask us if 2020 was complete garbage or not, we at The Guild Hall will say that it wasn’t. Why? Because some AMAZING games graced our tables. And here they are, the top 5 Board Game releases of 2020 (in my humble opinion).

5. Small World of Warcraft

I want to preface this by saying I am incredibly biased. As it stands, I am in love with World of Warcraft and have way too many characters at high levels. That being said, Small World of Warcraft impressed the hell out of me! At its core, it holds onto the fantastic game that is Small World, which is then improved both thematically and mechanically by some WoW twists. If you’re looking into some light strategy game for game night with your family or casual board gamers, this game took up the crown in 2020.

Small World of Warcraft

4. Calico


3. The Search for Planet X

The Search for Planet X

2. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars almost makes this year worth it. This is because the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective series is easily my favorite board game ever. The original, released in 1982, still holds up to this day. Its concept is so simple yet unique, adding an immersive narrative experience to board gaming unlike anything else on the market. Whether you’re a group of friends, a couple, a family, or whatever, this game is perfect for everyone. It will make you feel stupid in the best of ways and it will challenge you to become more attentive than ever before. I could not say enough good things about it. The only issue with it is that… well, although this is a stand-alone game, it is not new, per se. In the interest of that, I chose a brand new game to top off our list.

Sherlock Holmes: Baker Street Irregulars

1. Fort


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