Six Picks for 2012 – preamble

It’s getting towards the end of the year and my thoughts are turning to my annual six picks for the best games of 2012. It will be interesting to see how this year’s choices compare with previous years as I sense my most enjoyable games have been even more at the lighter end of the scale than usual (accepting that I have always had a preference for tight rules and elegant mechanisms). However, there are one or two more substantial games that have impressed me – can you work out what they are?

Hopefully, some of the Shrewsbury Boardgames Club will also give me their six picks for 2012 so we should get an interesting comparison going: Mark G’s choices of anything involving conflict; Nige’s selections of anything that’s “not fun”; Guy’s quickest games of the year and Andrew’s picks of games in which he manages not to throw away an insurmountable lead, to name just a few.

Any of our players who wants to give me their picks can do so either by email or handing me a scrappy bit of paper next Friday (21st). If you want to give me some narrative backing up your choices, all the better – otherwise I might just pour scorn on your inappropriate choices. I’ll then publish any submissions I get over the festive period.