Building games: Were there any great ones this year? This is my favorite genre, too. I feel like they’re all in Early Access. (I wonder if that dampens their impact when they actually release. Like, if Timberborn is out next year and is great… will everyone overlook it because it made its splash in 2021?) I played Endzone a bit, but personally I don’t see that being up there among the best of the year. Townscaper is a beautiful toy, but would be hard to make the case for it, either.
Strategy games: Board games and card games have kind of swarmed this space. Loop Hero is a good one that has made it on some lists! I haven’t played most of the big 4Xes like Humankind and Old World, so maybe they should be more recognized, but I assume the barrier to entry is higher than most other games.
RPGs: Wildermyth is a strong contender, and I feel like it’s gotten a lot of due attention. I’ve seen Crimson Nexus on a number of lists, and Monster Hunter Rise. What else came out this year? I feel like the western RPG genre is in a post-Disco Elysium stupor…
I guess it wasn’t the strongest year for these segments of gaming, but if I’m wrong, I look forward to learning about some overlooked games in the Quarterlies!