top 50

Since 2015, Popular Mechanics has published a running article on the best new boardgames that they periodically update. The list has grown from 15 to 35 to 50 games (archived articles here). Every iteration of the list has been written by William Herkewitz, so the list captures his evolving exploration of new entries in the hobby. Popular Mechanics recently published the latest update to Herkewitz’s list of best new boardgames. New is a relative term in the parlance of boardgames, and in this case it means published in the last six years, as the oldest game on the list is Quantum. The list is not ranked, so it is a collection not an order. Each entry has a well-written two-to-three paragraph description of the game and why it merits inclusion.

So, what changed since the list was last updated in December 2018? Games added to the list: Architects of the West Kingdom, Azul, Betrayal Legacy, Brass: Birmingham, Claustrophobia 1643, Decrypto, Monolith Arena, Nemesis, Planet, Vindication, Western Legends, and Wingspan. These twelve new additions bumped the following titles off the list: Camel Up, Century: Golem Edition, Clank!, Dead of Winter, Dice Forge, Five Tribes, Mombasa, Nemo’s War: 2nd Edition, Now Boarding, Super Motherload, The Voyages of Marco Polo, and Whistle Stop

Here you can check out the full list and see the thirty-eight titles that kept their spot.