Efka's favourite board game, and mine

Spoiler alert:

Efka’s number one is Sidereal Confluence.

Sidereal Confluence is one my 4 favourite games of all time. No, not that it’s #1, 2, 3, or 4, they’re all #1, and if you forced me to answer which is the real #1 it’d be whichever one I played most recently.

Even still, Sidereal Confluence is unquestionably the most unique and best of these 4 games, for the same reason Efka stated. It’s so good. By that I mean, there is goodness in this design and the idea of this game.

When someone asks me what Sidereal is, I say “it’s the friendly trading game”, and by trading, I really mean negotiation.

I really love negotiation games. One of my other 4 favourites is New Angeles, which is the not very friendly negotiation game, but still great. I dislike the game Chinatown, it’s the antithesis of Sidereal.

But Sidereal is just amazing, and I strongly recommend you get it and try very hard to get a group of 8 together sitting at a big round banquet table (like you find in Chinese restaurants) to play it.

Trust me, or more importantly trust Efka, because it’s an experience that’ll fill you and your friends with fond memories of time well spent together.

For the sake of completeness, my other two favourite games:

Turns out both of them have a hint of negotiation in them. I swear, I don’t only like negotiation games but they seem to be my favourites.

The games I’ve spent the most time playing in my life are Gloomhaven/Frosthaven, and Arkham Horror: The Card Game. But my collection and tastes are varied!

Written on April 9, 2024