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London on Board's top games: 2011 edition
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2011 was quite a year for LoB. We started the year with one mid-week evening each week, and two Sundays a month. We finished it with three mid-week evenings and one Sunday every week! Our membership increased from 700 to over 1000. We had our first two away weekends, in Eastbourne. We've appeared in Ideal Home magazine and on BBC Radio Scotland. Oh, and I took over as organiser

Before Christmas, Dan asked for submissions to his 2nd annual LoB game of the year poll. In his own words:

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The year is nearly up and it's time to once again turn our minds to our favourite games of the last twelve months. Last year Dominant Species was errr... dominant, pipping 7 Wonders, BSG and Agricola to the top spot. Will it continue to be the king of the beasts? Or will a perennial favourite or new upstart rule the roost in 2011? So why not join our annual poll and submit your Top 10 games of 2011 (in order). There is no set criteria for including a game in your Top 10, it's entirely personal, the game can be fresh off the press, an old classic, or have perfectly scratched an itch. There is only one rule for including a game in your Top 10, you should have played it at London on Board in 2011 (or at least planned to!).

From all the votes we will produce a LOB Top 40 games of the Year. Points will be awarded for where a game is placed in each persons Top 10, with 10 points being award for being place first, down to 1 point for being placed tenth.


Around 50 LoBsters took up the challenge. Without further ado, here is this year's top 40 - a great representation of the games we play and love. And finally, thanks to all our members and hosts for making LoB the wonderful, friendly place it is. I couldn't be happier to be running it.
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
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Total score: 98
Voters: 15
Last year's position: 2

An impressive upward move from the consensus game. It's shining virtue is that it plays pretty well with up to 7 players, and few people seem to hate it.
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2. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:115]
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Total score: 94
Voters: 20
Last year's position: new

In with a bullet at no. 2 is the new filler of choice, rarely if ever absent from an LoB meetup. I wasn't that impressed the first time I played but have learned to love it.
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3. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:165]
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Total score: 81
Voters: 12
Last year's position: new

Another impressive new entry, which I haven't played.
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4. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
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Total score: 75
Voters: 13
Last year's position: 36

Not sure what sparked the climb for this old chestnut, it's never really been out of favour at the club.
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
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Total score: 75
Voters: 12
Last year's position: 4

A very minor drop for the venerable Gric. Not everyone loves it, but those that do, *really* do.
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Total score: 74
Voters: 10
Last year's position: 10

Up a few places, though I'd bet it was played less this year than last at the club, partly due to 7 Wonders' ascendance.
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7. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
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Total score: 73
Voters: 11
Last year's position: 3

Another game with a hardcore following. I dread to think how many plays Barry has racked up by now. Can't see this dropping out of the top 10 any time soon.
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8. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:10]
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Total score: 71
Voters: 10
Last year's position: new

It might have only come out late in the year but it's obviously made quite an impression. Will it be a flash in the pan, or could we see it rise further next year?
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9. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:59]
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Total score: 71
Voters: 8
Last year's position: didn't place

An impressively high average rating from those who rated it at all sees this one jump from nowhere last year in to the top 10.
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10. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:464]
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Total score: 61
Voters: 10
Last year's position: 16

What would an LoB list be without 6 Nimmt? The closer of choice for years now. Some upstarts try to usurp it, but that will be over my dead body!
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11. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:48]
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Total score: 58
Voters: 9
Last year's position: 39

Upward movement for the dicey Euro. I still haven't played but saw one poor newbie come out the other side looking harrowed.
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12. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:25]
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Total score: 50
Voters: 8
Last year's position: 1

How the dominant have fallen.
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13. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:149]
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Total score: 45
Voters: 6
Last year's position: new
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14. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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Total score: 44
Voters: 6
Last year's position: didn't place

Re-entry prompted by the Anniversary Edition, perchance?
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15. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
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Total score: 43
Voters: 5
Last year's position: didn't place
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16. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:110]
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Total score: 40
Voters: 4
Last year's position: didn't place

Block voting from the hardcore 18xx gang. Occasionally newbies try to join them. Rarely do they try a second time
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17. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:632]
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Total score: 36
Voters: 7
Last year's position: 7

Bit of a slip down the table, but still the loudest game in the room when it comes out.
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18. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:85]
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Total score: 36
Voters: 5
Last year's position: 15

Another solid second-tier showing for the traitors game that isn't BSG.
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19. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:640]
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Total score: 35
Voters: 9
Last year's position: new

Its average rating suggests it's liked by many, but not loved.
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20. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:199]
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Total score: 34
Voters: 6
Last year's position: didn't place

What Barry plays when BSG is in for repairs.
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21. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:404]
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Total score: 33
Voters: 4
Last year's position: didn't place

Damn I need to play this more. The session with an American, an Englishman, a German, an Irishman and an Italian was a personal highlight of the year.
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22. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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Total score: 32
Voters: 5
Last year's position: 6

Bit of a tumble, on the back of Dan's decision to restrict the voting to games played at LoB this year, rather than LoB members' favourites played anywhere.
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23. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:94]
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Total score: 31
Voters: 5
Last year's position: 12

And another one slipping down the rankings, will it hang on in there in 2012?
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24. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:33]
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Total score: 29
Voters: 3
Last year's position: didn't place

Quite a polarising game, this one, but its followers adore it.
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25. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:49]
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Total score: 28
Voters: 5
Last year's position: didn't place
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