My Top Ten Hand Management Games

These lists are addictive. I don’t think my stats program helps. I might just need an intervention.

But following on from yesterdays list that I generated I can now do my Top 10 games based on the mechanics listed in that list!

So here are My Top Ten Hand Management Games…

  1. (Top 100 position – 3) Star Wars: Destiny
  2. (Top 100 position – 5) Viticulture Essential Edition
  3. (Top 100 position – 6) Kemet 
  4. (Top 100 position – 10) Neuroshima Hex!
  5. (Top 100 position – 13) Android: Netrunner 
  6. (Top 100 position – 16) Memoir ’44
  7. (Top 100 position – 18) Imperial Settlers 
  8. (Top 100 position – 20) Zombicide 
  9. (Top 100 position – 23) A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) 
  10. (Top 100 position – 25) Cry Havoc 

I love the hand management in Star Wars: Destiny. It starts when you deal your starting hand of five cards. Do you mulligan to try and get the card you really need for that opening round? If so how many cards do you keep? If any? Then during the round you are having to decide whether to play a card (if you can afford to pay the cost to use it) or discard it to re-roll dice in your dice pool. At the end of the round you then have to decide from the cards you have left in your hand if you want to discard any before drawing back up to five. Tie in having to read the current “board state” as well to influence your decisions about which card to play, and when. There is some real tough decisions to make at times. You want to re-roll but then all the cards you have in hand are good, and can’t afford to through one away. That’s a really hard decision to make. But then this is what helps make Star Wars:Destiny so much fun. Much, if not all of this also applies to Android: Netrunner. Another game I also love.

Neuroshima Hex! is probably one you are thinking what? Hand management? It uses tiles. And I thought that. But then you are managing those. Draw three, chose one to discard, play or keep the remaining two. If you keep any from the previous turn you draw back up to three. And repeat. So you are managing a small hand of tiles.

Looking at the list. Yeah I do like games with hand management in them. Not one of the list is outside of the Top 25. That’s impressive.

I’ll try and stay off the list posts for a while but I can’t promise anything. They are addictive.

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