This forum has been around a long time, and one of its fundamental precepts has been that it is run by a guy with eclectic tastes constantly being told he is wrong by a bunch of people with different eclectic tastes. This year, the unthinkable has happened and the two are in harmony. The only one who could have done such a thing is Civ4 designer @SorenJohnson, who has brought the polarized sides together with a unifying work of explorminating excellence.
But man, you wouldn’t have thought so from the comments. I have been trying to quote all the #1 votes for the winning game each year while doing these writeups, but last year there were so few comments from #1 voters that I just did everybody. This year, it was like the voters who liked Old World just posted “Old World. 'Nuff said.” In fact, after a while, every time I saw a #1 vote for the game, I mentally appended “'Nuff said” to it. So here are all the comments I could find about Old World from people who voted for it in any place from 1-5.
If Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous or especially Wildermyth had won, we we would have had two pages of paragraph-long comments. Just look at them. I guess that’s the difference between people who play an RPG or “a warm hug of a game,*” and people who want you to please go away because they are optimizing their city layout.
Speaking of those two games, those were the #2 and #3 games this year. For a while there, it looked like it was gonna be Wildermyth all the way, but Old World just kept getting votes and votes, and last Tuesday it was:
Then on Wednesday, just two days before voting closed, it was:
But then more votes happened, and here we are. Next year, you will be able to vote for Old World AGAIN as it will be coming out for a new platform this Q2.
Last year’s flight sim showing seems to have been an aberration, and there are no wargames in the top 5, either.
As mentioned in the voting thread, @Razgon is the summation of the Qt3 hivemind, choosing four of the top five games in his list.
Below is the breakdown in votes for the top ten, and below that is a linky to clicky to take you to the full voting tally spreadsheet. Again, thanks to @arrendek for making my job so ridiculously easy.
Here is the original voting thread, for reference.
I think I may be the most out of step with the forum overall, having only shared a vote with a single other person (Tim James and I dug Vampire Survivors) and actually having the number 2 title as my least favorite game 😅
I’m basically the anti-@Razgon, a dark mirror of his impeccable taste.
I mean, I can only speak for myself, but if I actually find time to play it and enjoy it I’m definitely treating it as a 2022 release since, for my purposes, it is. Doesn’t mean anyone else will, though it looks like I may not be alone…
I feel that way about a lot of the definitive editions that get voted for. In the end, though, it doesn’t really matter because you need a critical mass of voters to have an impact and it’s very clear that Old World is “past peak” on this forum even if I suspect it may find a broader audience when it gets a winder release in the larger gaming community.