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These games are the first of their kind. This means they are probably not the best of their kind. I may be wrong about some of the things I say here so please correct me if you can.
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1. Board Game: Mancala [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:3061]
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As far as I can tell, this is, in fact, the first known game requiring game equipment that can be identified.
 
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2. Board Game: Senet [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:4477] [Average Rating:5.91 Unranked]
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Ancient precursor of 'roll the dice and move' games, Backgammon, Parcheesi, Sorry, Chutes and Ladders
 
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3. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:70]
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First surrounding territory game - Cathedral, Through the Desert, Lowenhertz
 
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4. Board Game: Nine Men's Morris [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:10847]
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First 'three/four/five-in-a-row' type game
 
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5. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:11145]
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First piece-capture game on an 8x8 board
 
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6. Board Game: Tarot [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2174]
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First playing-card game. Many people do not realize that the first standard decks of cards were TAROT decks and that TAROT was a game similar to bridge/whist BEFORE they were used for fortune telling.
 
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7. Board Game: Dominoes [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:10663]
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First tile-laying game
 
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8. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:676]
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Straight poker may have originated around the time of the standard 52 card deck, mid 16th century. I have never seen a definitive history.
 
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9. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.05 Overall Rank:11176]
Mike Barton
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This is the first game I am aware of that involves play money. Richest player wins.
 
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10. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11172]
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First game involving trade.
 
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11. Board Game: Bingo [Average Rating:2.63 Overall Rank:11180]
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First STANDARDIZED lottery game.
 
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12. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:6628]
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First standardized information collection game.
 
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13. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1132]
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First standardized word game with tiles.
 
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14. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9744]
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First multi-player abstract world conquest game. First game where dice are used to resolve 'combat'. Direct ancestor of Axis and Allies and the genre.
 
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15. Board Game: Chinese Checkers [Average Rating:5.12 Overall Rank:11101]
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First multi-player (more accurately, more than 4) strategy game. In a way, I think this is a great grandfather of the German game genre. Despite it's name I read somewhere that it is, in fact, of German origin.
 
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16. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:360]
Mike Barton
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Spring Valley
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First negotiation-only (i.e. no luck) political/war game. Orders are written for each piece and revealed simultaneously, then the overall situation adjudicated.
 
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17. Board Game: Tactics II [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:10870]
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First war simulation game. Pieces represent actual units and 'combat' is resolved by rolling dice. Pieces are maneuvered on a grid and their ability to move is relative to historical data.
 
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18. Board Game: Bismarck [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2956]
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First Naval hex and chit search and combat game. Note that there were rules for miniatures available, but not rules for search. Each player has a board and calls out search zones somewhat reminiscent of 'Battleship' but this is an actual war simulation - not really abstract. Pieces move and fight based on historical abilities.
 
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19. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1591]
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This is the first TACTICAL hex and chit war game. The pieces can attack each other over range. Cover and elevation are factors. This is not the first tactical game, but it was the first tactical game played with cardboard counters and a hexagonal mapboard. Napoleonic miniatures were popular at the time. Uncorked the tactical WWII game genre.
 
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20. Board Game: Luftwaffe [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:9903]
Mike Barton
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Spring Valley
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First hex and chit game focussing entirely on air war. This is a strategic, not a tactical air war game. It is somewhat abstract.
 
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21. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1041]
Mike Barton
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First booklet format game. Each player has a booklet and calls out a maneuver that translates to a page number in the other player's booklet. Reminiscent of the 'Choose your own adventure' format.
 
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22. Board Game: 1829 [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2725]
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First of the 18XX games, combining track-laying and portfolio management.
 
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23. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:149]
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First portfolio management game
 
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24. Board Game: L'Attaque [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8514]
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This game predates both Stratego (direct reference) and the Dawn Patrol type games. It was released in 1909, before World War I!
 
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25. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:122]
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Greenville
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This was the first collectible card game. It created a whole industry with magazines, tournaments, world championships, and aftermarket stuff.
 
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