Heavyweight card games
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Light in physical weight & extra meaty in play.

There is an good thread on medium weight card games at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/84146

This list is for those deeper than the ones listed on that thread. Please try to avoid including public domain games (Bridge), collectible games (Magic), or wargames (narrowly defined). E&T the card game is fine. For deep public domain games, see this excellent preexisting geeklist http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

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1. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:808]
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Hard to figure out and a long play time have kept this from being played more.
 
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2. Board Game: Four Dragons [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3159]
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And its follow up, Four Dragons. The primary downside is that to see its quality, it requires exactly four.
 
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3. Board Game: Richelieu [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1960]
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2-player game based on the Web of Power card game.
 
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4. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:736]
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Certainly is longer than most card games. It seems deeper than those listed on the middleweight card game list mentioned above.
 
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5. Board Game: Was sticht? [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2010]
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Another of the more abstract heavy card games. The goals you get can be pretty hard to reach, but the game is brilliant.
 
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6. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Well regarded for four, it is a heavier version of Gang of Four, Dalmuti, etc. Very enjoyable for four and only four.
 
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7. Board Game: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2894]
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I've never played, but have heard good thing about it. The twist is you can be asked to play for your opponents.
 
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8. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1087]
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Others may have an easier time at this then me, but I have a hard time wrapping my noodle around this one and whenever I play it I always feel tense.
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9. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:824]
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Just adding this game to the list makes my brain melt a little.
 
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10. Board Game: Verräter [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1339]
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This one and... wait for it...
 
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11. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
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It's younger brother.
 
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12. Board Game: DruidenWalzer [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4462]
 
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Druidenwalzer (Average Game Play Weight: 2.82)

This would appear to qualify. After eleven ratings this game purportedly weighs in at just under middle weight status; but its current average game play weight ranks higher than the other games that have been added so far. I'm unfamiliar with the game, so I can't really comment further.
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13. Board Game: Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3233]
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I have not played this yet, but all reports suggest it is faithful to the boardgame, a clear sign that it belongs on this list. If you have played it and think it is middleweight, please let us know.
 
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14. Board Game: Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2701]
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I'm not sure if you'll take this one. This game does have a board and reference cards, along with a few stand up counters, but this game is almost entirely a card game. I think that you could ditch the board, if you wanted to. There are 440 cards.

Great game, to boot.
 
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15. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
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This game belongs on the list, as it has multifunction cards and more complexity than San Juan, but also slightly rougher edges.
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16. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:877]
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Seems to fit.
 
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17. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:877]
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Seems to fit.
 
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