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Justin Fry
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1998 is frequently cited as the best year in video games with 2007 coming in as a close second. Both saw the establishment of many classic franchises and advancements in technology. What years do you think we're some of the best in board gaming, and what games put them there for you?
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2012 is often cited i believe.
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2007

So many games that I rate highly and really enjoy playing...

Pandemic
Brass
Hamburgum
(underappreciated lightish, medium-weight Euro, IMO)
Notre Dame
Vikings
Chicago Express
(re-implementation of Wabash Cannonball)
Race for the Galaxy
Cuba



Plus, a lot of other people love these games that I find decent or not-so-good at all or I've just never played them...

Agricola
Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
Galaxy Trucker
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
1960: The Making of the President
In the Year of the Dragon
Kingsburg
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Geoffrey Burrell
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2010, I was on a win streak among games that I played with my family.
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Putting numbers on "Cult of the New" by scrutinizing the current ranking list
Tariff wrote:
2012 is often cited i believe.

Definitely 2012, 2007 is not even close.
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slatersteven wrote:
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if man is still alive...
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The year I found people to get together and play.
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1974 to present?

Pete (overestimates his contribution)
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slatersteven wrote:
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Great song by Zager and Evans
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1974 to present?

Pete (overestimates his contribution)


Great year 74 SPI, Avalon Hill, D&D and so many others. My first true wargame purchase Third Reich.

I don't think the inestimable Pete could ever overestimate his contributions cool
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Quality over quantity. When was your favorite game published? Then that's the best year of board gaming.

Or technically, what year did you first play your favorite game? That's the best (first) year of board gaming, as has been every year since that you've been able to continue enjoying your favorite game.
 
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gamerfry wrote:
1998 is frequently cited as the best year in video games


Well, Baldur's Gate was released late in 1998, but Fallout is from 1997, so how is this calculated?
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I feel a Poll coming on....
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2004:
Power Grid
Ticket to Ride
Memoir '44
Antiquity
Heroscape
San Juan
Ingenious
No Thanks

2008:
Battlestar Galactica
Ghost Stories
Pandemic
Dominion




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1995: Catan and El Grande
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zurishaddai wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
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if man is still alive...

Surely you mean "There are women with the will to survive." whistle
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CARL SKUTSCH
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Check out Clockwork Wars. It's a pretty darn good dudes on a hex map Euro'ish steampunk game. Quick and fun.
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Tariff wrote:
I feel a Poll coming on....

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Is Skutsch going to make a poll about this?
God I hope so!
Duh. That Yo Yo makes a poll about everything.
Maybe, or maybe he has standards. C'mon, it's possible.
I don't think so. It's too arbitrary. Pick a year. Don't pick bacon. Skutsch likes sexier polls.
Definitely not. He's too busy learning how to play City of Spies: Estoril 1942 so he can teach his friends tonight.
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Check out Clockwork Wars. It's a pretty darn good dudes on a hex map Euro'ish steampunk game. Quick and fun.
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And the answer is too obvious anyway: 2015

The Gallerist
Forbidden Stars
Food Chain Magnate
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Above and Below

2nd place, 2007

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For me personally:
1986 for board gaming
November 1991-November 1992 for video games



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The 1960's and 1970's by far were the best years of wargame boardgaming for me. MILTON BRADLEY, then AVALON HILL & SPI. Those were the great years. Those companies covered all aspects of wargaming, exciting, easy to learn and play - great.
I was especially fond of the large number of 'second hand' game shops that were around during those years. You could find almost any wargame for the ridiculous price of 2 or 3 dollars. Some games had crushed boxes, mixed up units, but man sorting through the stuff and finding them complete was a gem.
Those were the days.
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LINCSANDWINKS wrote:
The 1960's and 1970's by far were the best years of wargame boardgaming for me. MILTON BRADLEY, then AVALON HILL & SPI. Those were the great years. Those companies covered all aspects of wargaming, exciting, easy to learn and play - great.
I was especially fond of the large number of 'second hand' game shops that were around during those years. You could find almost any wargame for the ridiculous price of 2 or 3 dollars. Some games had crushed boxes, mixed up units, but man sorting through the stuff and finding them complete was a gem.
Those were the days.


Yes, I'm sad I missed getting to play all the wargames coming out in the 70's and early 80's, a time when you feasibly could buy and play every good one coming out. I'd probably be a huge wargamer if I was 15-20 years older. Fight in the Skies is one from the 60's I've always wanted to try.
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Kaffedrake wrote:
gamerfry wrote:
1998 is frequently cited as the best year in video games

Well, Baldur's Gate was released late in 1998, but Fallout is from 1997, so how is this calculated?

1998
Half-Life
StarCraft
Ocarina of Time
Metal Gear Solid
Grim Fandango
Baldur's Gate
Pokemon
Gran Turismo (US/UK)
Unreal

1997
Fallout
Final Fantasy VII
GoldenEye 007
Grand Theft Auto (while not a great game, it established the franchise)
Ultima Online
Star Wars Jedi Knight
Gran Turismo (JP)
Age of Empires
Myth
Total Annihilation
Dungeon Keeper.

IMO, both years are far superior to 2007.
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The years between when I started gaming, an when I die.
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Ryan Keane wrote:
LINCSANDWINKS wrote:
The 1960's and 1970's by far were the best years of wargame boardgaming for me. MILTON BRADLEY, then AVALON HILL & SPI. Those were the great years. Those companies covered all aspects of wargaming, exciting, easy to learn and play - great.
I was especially fond of the large number of 'second hand' game shops that were around during those years. You could find almost any wargame for the ridiculous price of 2 or 3 dollars. Some games had crushed boxes, mixed up units, but man sorting through the stuff and finding them complete was a gem.
Those were the days.


Yes, I'm sad I missed getting to play all the wargames coming out in the 70's and early 80's, a time when you feasibly could buy and play every good one coming out. I'd probably be a huge wargamer if I was 15-20 years older. Fight in the Skies is one from the 60's I've always wanted to try.


Wargaming in the early 60's wasn't a novelty to the original 'real' strategists that practiced the tactics and problems on the floors of military centres in most countries prior to the First World War. Wargames as we know them were borne of these very exercises. Avalon Hill took the concept of wargames to a higher level and made them available to guys like us.
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