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Welcome to the online version of The Game Bistro. We're a friendly crowd, usually willing to play the game you brought with you. But, what's that? Oh, well if you didn't bring game, perhaps you would enjoy a game from our shelves...

So cruise the shelves, and if you see a game we ought to play - make a comment. Visitors to game night are welcome, so if you're a traveling geek visiting Albuquerque, drop me a line and we'll have you over for game night.

I've tried listing the game a variety of ways over the years. I had theme shelves, four shelves devoted to the top 100, and various other approaches over the life of this geeklist. Nowadays I am simply listing them alphabetically.

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76. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
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This was the "Game Bistro Game of the Year" for 2003.

Puerto Rico entered the collection in 2002, and has seen regular play over the years. We have played it 30+ times. In 2012 I upgraded to the anniversary edition.

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77. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:94]
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Ra entered the collection in 2001, and has seen constant use ever since. We have played Ra 20+ times.
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78. Board Game Publisher: Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
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There is something distinctive about Ravensburger games. They have an open quality to them that invites casual play, paired with very nice production values. We don't tend to play these games frequently, but I enjoy having this wing of games on hand:

Ave Caesar
Elefantenparade
Die Erbraffer
Heimlich & Co.
Die Maulwurf Co. (a.k.a. Mole in the Hole)
Midnight Party
Scotland Yard
Tonga Bonga
Wildlife Adventure
 
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79. Board Game: Res Publica [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3243]
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I'm fond of this quirky set-collection game. Players try to build sets of 5 matching cards. But the trading rules are very precise. Cool game.

In the collection since 2004.

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80. Board Game: Rise and Fall [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:4226]
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Another long weekend wargame. Really long. Written game logs shows this games age. I still love it. Back in the day we would play this game for a month, (4 weekly sessions).
 
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81. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:154]
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"Game Bistro Game of the Year" for 2004 & 2005.

Saint Petersburg entered the collection in 2004. Players recruit workers, important personalities and build important buildings. All at a breakneck speed. We've played it 20+ times.
 
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82. Board Game Designer: Karl-Heinz Schmiel
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Karl-Heinz Schmiel commands my esteem for always coming up with quite different games. I've never noticed that he ever borrows from his previous games. The ones I have kept in my collection include:

Die Macher - Which is a rather long game, so it doesn't get played often. But when it does, we love it!

a la carte - Silly cooking fun.

Packen Wir's - A game about moving furniture that involves doll house furniture and various shaped sticks...

Extrablatt - Where you must lay out a newspaper and scoop the other editors

Tyranno Ex - Where you have a stable of dinosaurs and try to affect the environment to your advantage, and challenge the competing dinosaurs.

Suppenkaspar - Based on the German fairy tale.

Was Sticht? - Sort of a reverse-trick taking game with private objectives.
 
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83. Board Game: Schrille Stille [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1868]
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Funny game with a wooden "CD" player. You are a record compay executive bringing your stable of musicians to the top of the charts. The CD player is novel, and I personally enjoy doing a "Top 40" countdown commentary as we play.

Schrille Stille entered the collection back in 2002.
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84. Board Game: Die Siedler von Nürnberg [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1065]
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Neat stand alone member of my Settlers collection. Commissioned by the city of Nuernberg.
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85. Board Game: Siesta [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3254]
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Tremendous and very handsome game. Rather abstract in theme. Plays quickly, yet offers lots of interesting decisions.
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86. Board Game: Skittle-Bowl [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:7372]
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Hangs on the wall, and is still fun to play 40 years later...
 
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87. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:457]
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New addition to the club in 2009. You have a team of dogs and a sled. Let's race!


 
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88. Board Game: Spice Navigator [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Spice Navigator was added to the collection in March 2010. Clever idea, you identify spices by scent in the game.
 
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89. Board Game: Spiel [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4357]
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Game kits sound cool. This one really is cool. You have a mountain of dice - literally. A few games are included. Some are pretty good. The author encourages you to make your own game using the components included. Often these games seem best for 3 players.

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Entenrallye
Formula De
Formula De Mini
Grand Prix: A Sports Car Racing Game
Grand Prix: F1
Hill(y) Billy
Le Mans
Rallyman
Real Action Stockcar Championship
USAC Auto Racing
 
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6-Tage Rennen
Breaking Away
Um Reifenbreite
 
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Ave Caesar
Ben Hur
The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game
Totopoly
Turfmaster
 
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93. Board Game: Strand-Cup [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4158]
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Fun team-based game where you play volleyball. Best if played fast, and you allow mistakes to happen.
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94. Board Game: SuperGang [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2823]
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New to collection as of Spring 2011.
 
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95. Board Game: The Swarm [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2136]
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Looks interesting. But I have not read the book.
 
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96. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1066]
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I have enough sets for 30+ to play at the same time! Advanced Bingo. Great way to play a game with a large group.
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97. Board Game: Takt Voll [Average Rating:5.34 Unranked]
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A game I have been curious about for many years. It is about scoring music. I wonder who might want to give it a try?
 
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98. Board Game: Tal der Könige [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2508]
Kevin Whitmore
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Tal der Könige is technically part of my Franckh collection, but since it is such an exceptional game, I've decided to list it separately.
 
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99. Board Game: Tante Tarantel [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4999]
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You have a team of insects, and your goal is to escape "Tante Tarantel"(Aunt Tarantula)'s web. Thus this is a charming escape themed game. I am very pleased to have a first edition.

 
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100. Board Game: Tanz der Hornochsen! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1875]
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Tanz der Hornochsen is just chaotic crazy fun. While I have had some fun with 6 nimmt, I somehow have more fun with this boardgame version. This is a game you cannot take seriously, and with the right folks around the table you can have a blast avoiding and stepping in cow poop!

Although older, I added this game to the collection in 2009.
 
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