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Derk's Decree - Cutting Your Collection to 26 Games
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And so, at the start of the second year of the return of the mighty Derk from the wilderness, he sent out a decree through all of BoardGameGeek: to counteract the unholy influence of the Cult of the New, each BoardGameGeek user will reduce his or her collection of games to six and a score. One shall be chosen from among the top ten in the rankings, one from the second ten in the rankings, and so on until five and a score have been gathered. For the final game, each user shall have the opportunity to choose a single game from outside of the top 250.

Fortunately, this is just a theoretical exercise. But if it weren't - which would you keep? For the first 25, please answer the polls below. For the 26th, just add it to the list. Kvetching about having to leave a favorite behind - or about an unimpressive set of ten - can be added through comments.

(Please note that polls don't always work well in geeklists; if one acts as if you have already answered, when you haven't, just click on "Questions" and make your selection - it should be registered properly.)
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51. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:569]
Charles A. Davis
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Greeneville
TN
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Ranked at 258 but my personal favorite, it is my obvious choice.
BTW, when did we start listening to Derk?
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52. Board Game: Battlestations [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:911]
Monte Lewis
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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There's no way I could deal without this one. Without it I would shrivel and die.
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53. Board Game: Search for the Emperor's Treasure [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3196]
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United States
Los Osos
California
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It's silly I know, but Search for the Emperor's Treasure is just "that game" for me. The Art, The inside jokes, the history with my friends. Sometimes games can transcend what they are and become what we want them to be. SET did that for us, and it can for you too.

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54. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:641]
Kevin Guilfoyle
United States
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Georgia
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This would be my choice for the final game. Many friends and family members who would not play any of the other Euro gateway games will sit and play this one.
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55. Board Game: Silent Death: The Next Millennium Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:2428]
Todd Warnken
United States
Harrison
Ohio
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The final game has to be this one. My favorite space combat game.
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56. Board Game: Wealth of Nations [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:747]
Ian Madsen
United States
Bountiful
Utah
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This one just can't be left behind.
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57. Board Game: Around the World in 80 Days [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:992]
Stephen Sanders
United States
Henderson
Texas
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DNA results: 50% West Europe; 19% Great Britain; 16% Ireland; 8% Scandinavian; 4% Iberian Peninsula; 2% Italy/Greece; 1% West Asia; -1% Middle East
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Number 26. Love to travel.
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58. Board Game: Test Match [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:7691]
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spent more hours playing this expect for maybe civ and diplomacy.
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59. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:262]
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Let's see...what am I left with?

Tigris & Euphrates
Die Macher (blind choice)
Goa

Catan
Ticket to Ride: Europe
San Juan

Mr. Jack
DVONN (blind choice)
Through the Desert

Citadels
Thurn and Taxis
For Sale

Santiago
Bohnanza
Nexus Ops

Manoeuvre
Taluva
Löwenherz (blind choice)

Liberté
Zendo
Ingenious: Travel Edition

Java (blind choice)
BANG! The Bullet! (blind choice)
Escape from Atlantis
and Blokus Trigon

My highest-rated game not in the BGG Top 250 is
Quoridor, at #433. It's the only game I've ever rated a 10. But given the list I have, I think the niche is fairly well covered by Ingenious: Travel Edition, Blokus Trigon and DVONN.

Another candidate is Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot, but it doesn't really shine without the Red Booster expansion and the loopy-party dynamic is already covered on the list by Escape from Atlantis and Bohnanza. Which leaves me pretty free to choose the best game in my collection ranked lower than #250, and that's Biblios.

Great concept: lots of agonising choices. Wait a moment: this gl felt a little like a game!
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60. Board Game: Giro Galoppo [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1767]
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United States
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California
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Currently ranked in the 1100s, it's my favorite race game. And I can play it with my older daughter, wife, friends, family... pretty much anyone.
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61. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:613]
Dan Owsen
United States
Redmond
Washington
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With this, ASL and Arkham Horror I don't need any other games. (Of course that wouldn't stop me from wanting more games.)
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62. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415]
Nico Solitander
Finland
Helsinki
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My 26th game, but I also stuffed Sticheln into the box.
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63. Board Game: Traditional Card Games [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1951]
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64. Board Game: Neuland [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1349]
Greg Jackson
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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This would be my choice for my 26th game.
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65. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:168]
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Maastricht
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Had to pick between Fury of Dracula and Indonesia... In the end I went for FoD, as I already had many heavy tactical games on my list and no Ameritrash yet. But it was painful, as Indonesia is my favorite Splotter game. I am glad I get this chance to pack it too.
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66. Board Game: Tahuantinsuyu [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1407]
Nate Cockerilll
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Chicago
Illinois
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A great game that needs to be played by more people so I would make it my 26th.
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67. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:750]
Thomas Tholén
Sweden
Norsborg
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Gotta go with the tribe.
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68. Board Game: Duel of Ages: Masters Addendum [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
Tommy Malmodin
Sweden
Eskilstuna
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Most definitely DoA!!!
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69. Board Game: Sitting Ducks Gallery [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2247]
Christopher
Belgium
De Panne
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This would definitely be my 26th.
As I don't have games out of every ranking-decade, could I choose more from the same decade, or more games from out the top 250? ninja
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70. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:826]
Eric Boivin
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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Outside of top 250, I would hesitate between Witch's Brew and Mall of Horror for the game I own, but seeing that I already took Citadels, I'll go with some backstabbing fun!
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71. Board Game: Perpetual Commotion [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4785]
Neil Mason
England
Horsham
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Crazy party game (it was this or Diamant) to close out my choices
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72. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1149]
I can show you anything, on my belly belly belly screen. Skyscrapers! Taxicabs! Traffic Lights!
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That's Life! for my 26th pick. Why? Very, very approachable game with only a few rules, but difficult choices to make. And it plays fast too.
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73. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:701]
Michael Clark
United Kingdom
Bucks
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Is it cheating to choose a game that's only out of the top 250 because it's new?
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74. Board Game: Man O' War [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1145]
Petras Ražanskas
Lithuania
Kaunas
Kauno apskritis
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I. Love. That. Game. From the very first sight
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75. Board Game: The Big Idea [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2033]
Steve Barker
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This would be my 26th, I love the way it prompts all sorts of off-the-wall creativity from people
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