I spent last week in a cabin in the woods playing board games (and Mafia) with some friends. It was very enjoyable and I got to try lots of new games. I also played a couple of games I'd played before, including my favourites in BSG and Legendary, but it was a great time had by all.
My favourite new game I tried was Sushi Go - which is a drafting game with cute sushi pictures and points to be scored - very simple, quite tactical, and very quick, which puts it high up on any list. Played it three times, spectacularly lost on each one.
Second on the list is Pandemic: Contagion - it's based off of Pandemic, which I hate, but is competitive. The best comparison I could give was that it's similar to Ticket To Ride- in that you use colours to do things, but it's also quite difficult.
Third up is a worker placement game called Keyflower - tiles are available depending upon the season, you have a finite number of workers, and you are trying to build a village. Was really good, even if we were crushed into playing for second place.
Fourth up is probably Codenames: Pictures - like normal Codenames but with pictures.
Then I also played Carson City - another worker placement game with a Western Theme, which was fine, and then my least favourite was Fuse. Fuse is a cooperative dice rolling game, with a 10 minute limit, where you are arguing about which dice you can take. Not for me.
I also finally got to play the RPG Goblin Quest, which I have owned for two-three years but never got round to playing. With five of us valiantly attempting to throw a cider-fuelled party, all five of my goblins sadly perished in hilarious ways.
Elsewhere, we beat Loki in Legendary, and I suffered two crushing defeats at BSG - in Game 1 both Cylons revealed pre-sleeper plus the Cylon Leader was aligned with them, and in Game 2 things were going well right up until the entire Cylon fleet jumped into empty space, killing six civilian ships and tanking our population. Still a lot of fun!
I am quite tempted to pick up Sushi Go.