Why Do You Keep Playing It, Then?
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First - credit for this list goes to Matthew Gray. I'd considered something like it, but his work on pulling interesting data from the BGG database convinced me to finally pull it together.

The rule for making this list is simple - a game has to rate at least 1000 places higher on the times played list (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/playstats.php3?action=viewmonth...=) than on the game rating list (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/rankbrowse.php3?ranking=1348&pa...). Since I don't have direct access to the database, please feel free to add any I've missed. Games with less than 30 ratings are excluded from the list, since they aren't ranked.

(To date, I've gone through the 350 games most often played, plus the list Matthew provided and one random game I noticed in the course of that. I'd really welcome help in finding the other three Matthew refers to...)
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1. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1551]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #239.
Rank in ratings: #1568.

A Spiel des Jahres winner; I only felt the need to play it once, myself.
 
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2. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2486]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #311
Rank in ratings: #1689

A classic dexterity game, if not big and complex enough to draw in Carabande-like ratings...
 
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3. Board Game: Tally Ho! [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2479]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #228.
Rank in ratings: #1588.

One of the favorite games for each of my sons; I like it quite a bit as well, and am surprised to see it ranked so low.
 
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4. Board Game: Rage [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2674]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #146.
Rank in ratings: #1390.

Historically a top seller, it's nice to see that this has indeed resulted in lots of play.
 
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5. Board Game: Coda [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:2880]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #86.
Rank in ratings: #1189.

A short play time can make a big difference.
 
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6. Board Game: Space Beans [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3022]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #349
Rank in ratings: #1744

You know, among the German games on this list there seem to be a lot that I'm really fond of.
 
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7. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3312] [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #104.
Rank in ratings: #1428.

This one surprised me a bit at being ranked so low; it seemed to attract quite a following when it came out. I guess they're playing it, but not rating it highly...
 
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8. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3343] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #138.
Rank in ratings: #1523.

Oddly, no one has claimed to have played it more than 14 times, making it's rank in the times played list all the more impressive.
 
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9. Board Game: Africa [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3416]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #288
Rank in ratings: #1650

Another of my favorite Knizias. Since I _don't_ enter my games played, maybe I'm subtely influencing things by making people play them, only to discover they don't like them - resulting in a low rating.
 
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10. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4196]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #93.
Rank in ratings: #1764.

Not a surprise, as while it may not sport the best average it does have its supporters.
 
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11. Board Game: Res Publica [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4194]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #470
Rank in ratings: #1537

Hey, a real German Game or Designer Game or whatever you wish to call them! Res Publica has been a favorite of mine for a long time; it's nice to see that it's getting the respect in the number of times it's played that it doesn't in the ratings...
 
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12. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4468] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Rank in times played: #223.
Rank in ratings: #1871.

One of those games that seems to hit it off with some played well enough to garner it lots of play.
 
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13. Board Game: Scream Machine [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4494]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #340
Rank in ratings: #1348

That's what you get when you have hundreds on friends and acquaintances on BGG...
 
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14. Board Game: Cosmic Wimpout [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4504]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #304
Rank in ratings: #1476

Of the silly dice games on this list, this (which I've never played) would certainly be my choice...
 
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15. Board Game: Vampire [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:5138]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #256
Rank in ratings: #1515

Perhaps Knizia games get played regardless of what people think of them?
 
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16. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6614] [Average Rating:5.69 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #46.
Rank in ratings: #2352.

I'm not at all surprised to see this game on the list, but was surprised to see just _how_ much it's played.
 
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17. Board Game: MLB Showdown [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:6895]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #297
Rank in ratings: #1640

An interesting looking but apparently rather pedestrian sport simulation.
 
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18. Board Game: Clocktowers [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:7220]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #334
Rank in ratings: #1506

A very good little filler.
 
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19. Board Game: Dragon Dice [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:8078]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #486
Rank in ratings: #2575

I suppose this fits in most with Munchkin & Zombies...
 
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20. Board Game: Lunch Money [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:9990] [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #317
Rank in ratings: #1944

One of the games I've had the most opportunity and least desire to play.
 
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21. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11147]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #511
Rank in ratings: #2538

I can easily see this one - it's a readily available game, and plays quite quickly.
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22. Board Game: Ice Cream [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:12502]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #876
Rank in ratings: #2203

See Scream Machine - and a family game to boot...
 
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23. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:14282]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #273
Rank in ratings: #2546

IMHO, a severely underrated game; while it's not a favorite by any stretch, I'd be hard pressed to find 1000 games I'd rather play, not to mention 2500...
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24. Board Game: Pirateer [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:14409]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #498
Rank in ratings: #2520

Somewhere, Scott Peterson is laughing...
 
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25. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14501]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Rank in times played: #133.
Rank in ratings: #2259.

Being familiar and easily available definitely helps.
 
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