Tell your fellow geeks about you favorite "Hidden Gem"
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I like board games as does every one on this site. But of all the things I like about board games and there are many, the one thing I like the most is finding the Hidden Gem. A game that is not talked about much or is not ranked very high or even at all but is a ton of fun to play. A game that has a mechanic that is so unique that you say man thats neat the first time you played it. A game that has such a crazy theme that you cant imagine what the designer was thinking but once you play brings a smile to your face.

I will add one or two of mine. Please add your own. The more of these that I can find out about the better.
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126. Board Game: Raj [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1449]
TOKYO Heartbroken
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Available under a wide variety of names:

Au diable le vautour
Beat the Buzzard
Catch Up!
Drommels, nog aan toe!
Hol's der Geier
Il Gioco dei Gatti
Korppikotka
Mini Hazard
Pas op voor de gier
Stupide Vautour

Amazingly simple card game, you could make this at home, but please buy a copy somewhere. Very easy to play, one of those games where I must think you think something is worth. Great with friends or family, easy to introduce to anybody.
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127. Board Game: Stadium Checkers [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:8395]
Brandon Bernard
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Philadelphia
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A nice simple game that is just fun. Nothing too strategic, but still a blast.
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128. Board Game: Shuuro [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:3699]
alberto giusti
Italy
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Shuuro is a game for two players, which merges the precision and rigour of chess with the creativity and variety of war-gaming.

It does so by attaching a points value to each traditional chess piece and allowing the players to spend a predetermined amount of these points (say, a total of 800 points) to select the chess ‘army’ that they think makes the best use of the points. This creates a feeling of ‘ownership’ towards the particular combination the player thinks is the most effective.

The ‘battle’ will then take place on a large chess board of twelve by twelve squares. This board, however, also introduces a new and unique element to the game. Each of the four six-by-six quadrants of the board contains two plinths that block the movement of the pieces. These plinths are placed randomly at the beginning of every game with the help of a dice, ensuring that every game will be different and present unique challenges. The plinths also help in balancing the game, restricting the movement of Queens, Bishops and Rooks, while at the same time allowing Knights to land onto them and using them as defensive positions (as only an enemy Knight can take them while they’re there).

It is worth noting that game box also includes a normal chessboard and full rules for traditional chess, making it good to learn chess and allowing players to engage in this great classic as well as the innovative Shuuro.
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129. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1231]
Calvin Daniels
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The piece names and game terminolgy are a barrier because of the difficult pronounciations, but the multiple win conditions, variable piece options, cool looks and being perfect info abstract make it an under appreciated gem.
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130. Board Game: Terrace [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2648]
Calvin Daniels
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This is a great game, looks awesome (Black & white version). Under-appreciated
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131. Board Game: Kámen – Zbraně – Papír [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:6697]
Christine Biancheria
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Pittsburgh
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This obscure Vlaada Chvatil game is a ton of fun. It's a light Euro in which players vie to get the stone needed to build a castle first. Resources are collected as income and via engine building developments as well as through skirmishes with neighboring players using an upgraded rock-paper-scissors battle mechanism that makes the game quite comical and fun.
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132. Board Game: Pocket Rockets [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2089]
Todd
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Warren
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This is a fun little game, its simple and has a very unique mechanic, its all based on moving around a board made of cards and the goal is to build and launch rockets.
The game is small cheap and easy to carry, dispite its name I find alot of ladies like this game.
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133. Board Game: Spinergy [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:7264]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Party and word games don't get much love on the geek, but this is a very clever game with really weird components. It's my favorite party game.
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134. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:1666]
Paul Boos
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Falls Church
Virginia
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This game is also a classic. Nice bits, plays quickly and is a nice light weuro.
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135. Board Game: Axiom [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2595]
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And brain burner is always a hit for us abstract fans.
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136. Board Game: Tyros [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1577]
Paul Boos
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If you like Martin Wallace's designs, you should try this one out.
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137. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:311]
Paul Boos
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My 2nd favorite design with Kramer involved, only El Grande is above this one for me. This feels like it has more depth though.
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138. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:320]
Paul Boos
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My wife loves Carcassonne, but my favorite Wrede design is this one. I love the feeling of the 3 distinct phases.
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139. Board Game: Wettstreit der Baumeister [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3518]
Paul Boos
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And for a beautiful game, thanks to the great art, and a really approachable auction game, this would be my choice.
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140. Board Game: Bazaar [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1363]
Paul Boos
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Here's great game by Sid Sackson. While Twixt is a bit more interesting to me than this; I really enjoy this one when I have more people.
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141. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:590]
Paul Boos
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And I'll finish up what I consider my gems with this Leo Colovini design. This is the perfect 3-player game in my book.
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142. Board Game: Entrapment [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:3410]
Quinn Swanger
United States
Holly Springs
North Carolina
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I had never heard of this game before until I found out Boardspace.net had implemented it. I tried it there and loved it. I, of course, have heard of, played, and really liked Quoridor (which this on the surface seems to be similar to), but Entrapment seems to be a bit meatier.
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143. Board Game: Portobello Market [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1234]
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Had to add this; basically luckless strategy that is quick and fun works well with 2, 3 or 4 players, nice artwork and wooden bits, easy to teach gateway. Believe the positive reviews and comments.
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144. Board Game: Genesis [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2270]
Paulo Santoro
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São Paulo
São Paulo
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Extremely underrated Knizia game. I think this is better than Ingenious.

I can't say if this is because of the small publisher and little buzz... but I'm sure that the theme is awful and bad developed. If this game had been released as an abstract (like Ingenious), it probably would have had more attention.

Don't let the dice keep you away. You always can do good moves. This game is not luck dependant.

It plays in up to 40 minutes, even with 4 players. Very quick set up and set down. Rules are a little easier than those of Ingenious.

You need to know and try Genesis if you:
- like Knizia's games, like Samurai or Ingenious; or
- like abstracts; or
- like quick and clever games like Hey, that's my fish, Billabong, Uptown.
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145. Board Game: Supernova [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3312]
Kevin Eastwood
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Dracut
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Supernova is definitely underrated - probably because of the poor rule set that came with the game (designer clarified rules on BGG and make it much easier to play), and the insert that would have fit all the pieces well if not for the thicker cardboard (but then again, I can't complain about having thicker pieces to play with).

I've had an epic game of this, and one of the major crux that happens is if you store enough gems to use for bidding on the use of the Supernova (which may or may not activate as you flip the piece after bidding is complete) or use them to improve your abilities. Fighting in the game is card driven and requires some luck of the draw, but good hand management throughout a battle (rounds)is necessary to come out on top.

You can find this on the cheap these days through BGG auctions (mine was only $5), and for a meaty game like this it's worth your time to try!
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