Fluff Daddy's Top 100 Games (the 2012 Edition)
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I'm blogging my way through my Top 100 Games... and you're invited to join the conversation over on my blog, http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com.

Or, as would be typical, you can chat it up here on the Geek.

I'll be listing the games by their BGG rank - which will not be the same as my personal rank. It should/could prove interesting to note the difference.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:26]
Board Game: Puerto Rico
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I love this game... unless I'm playing with one of those "this is your ONLY right move" people.
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:29]
Board Game: Agricola
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I believe that one of the marks of a truly great game is that you can explain most (if not all) of the game in terms of theme... and Agricola delivers on that beautifully while creating an intricate series of decisions for the players.
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3. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:50]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
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#21

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Card drafting meets civilization building... and it's playable with 3-7 players in a pretty consistent 45 minutes. No "wonder" it got all those awards...
 
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:51]
Board Game: Race for the Galaxy
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Very possibly my most played game - ever.
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5. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:89]
Board Game: Pandemic
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http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2012/10/25-pandemic.html

The Pandemic: On the Brink expansion is a must-buy... it takes a great game and makes it greater!
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6. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:133] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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#1

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This is the perfect collision of all the eras of my gaming life: it's got enough warfare & tactics for the chit-pusher in me, the gorgeous plastic bits remind me of the day we cracked open Axis & Allies for the first time, and the speedy gameplay fits my current lifestyle.
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7. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:167]
Board Game: The Princes of Florence
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"...it's the perfect balance between game length (70 minutes) and an unforgiving system. Any longer, and it would be soul-deadening to play out the final rounds when you know you've lost all hope of winning. Any shorter, and there wouldn't be enough time to make meaningful decisions in this game's Spartan structure."
 
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8. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Board Game: Small World
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The different boards for different numbers of players is a brilliant production/design idea... wish more games would do this.
 
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9. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:276]
Board Game: Claustrophobia
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http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2012/04/63-claustrophobia-m...

Imagine taking the asymmetrical structure of the classic game Space Hulk (hordes of bad guys vs. a small band of heroes) and cross-pollinating it with some very clever dice mechanics (one even borrowed from the much-loved Euro game, Kingsburg)... and then packing the box as full of high-quality components as possible. And there you have it.
 
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10. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:292]
Board Game: For Sale
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http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2012/03/90-for-sale-marks-1...

I really, really prefer the original Ravensburger edition - I know that it limits the game to five players... but I detest the new card mix.
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11. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:307] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Board Game: Fresco
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http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2012/06/43-fresco-marks-100...

Not usually a fan of worker placement games... but this one is (a) gorgeous & (b) tied beautifully to it's theme.
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12. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:326]
Board Game: Risk Legacy
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We played the full 15 game arc... and then we've played twice since w/the "do not open ever" twist.
 
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13. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:320]
Board Game: Innovation
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http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2012/06/46-innovation-marks...

The splay mechanic alone is a great idea - and it's used in a game that continually surprises me with new card combos.
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14. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:333] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
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The perfect example of how to use the manufacturing power of a huge corporation to create a splendidly playable masterpiece of a game system... possibly the most carefully packed part of my game collection when we moved earlier this year.
 
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15. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:379] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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It’s become “cool” in gamer circles to crack on Settlers… and the constant barrage of Settlers product (most recently: Star Trek Catan) makes that kind of behavior more likely. But behind all the popularity & product is a really resilient & enjoyable game system – a design that revolutionized board games & is still wonderfully playable today.
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16. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:414]
Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights
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http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2012/03/77-tales-of-arabian...

Best. Experience. Game. Ever. (But don't play it with more than 4 players.)
 
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17. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:435]
Board Game: Nexus Ops
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A great "dudes on a map" game with a unique way of discouraging turtling through the victory point cards.
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18. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:444]
Board Game: Bohnanza
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http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2012/04/69-bohnanza-marks-1...

My favorite way to play is with the High Bohn expansion... but the vanilla game is awesome in it's own right.
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19. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:474]
Board Game: Tobago
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http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2012/03/85-tobago-marks-100...

I love the search/treasure hunt mechanic... you just have to accept that it's married to a push-your-luck mechanic (how treasure is distributed) and play accordingly.
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20. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:479]
Board Game: Thebes
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A perfect marriage of theme & mechanic - in a game with multiple paths to victory.
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21. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:488] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
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I've played this 20+ times a year face-to-face since 2011... not to mention 100+ games on the iPad app. It's just a flat-out brilliant bit of game design & production.
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22. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:480]
Board Game: Jamaica
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#91

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There's a good family game underneath the stunningly gorgeous art & production.
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23. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:522]
Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii
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#65

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The admittedly morbid subject matter doesn't seem to hamper my (or most other folks) enjoyment of this "dump lava on your neighbor" game of escape.
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24. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:527]
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#45

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Winner: best use of the climbing auction mechanic!
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25. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:523]
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#66

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One of the purest (and best) auction games...
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