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Ward Batty
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It seems hard to believe, but there's many gems that Rio Grande Games or some other crafty publisher hasn't made available in English. I'm sure there are good business reasons that these aren't available except as import items, but if I could wave a magic wand these are the games I'd be offering fans in game stores across North America (& the UK, don't want to miss out on those imaginary sales in my imaginary game company!)
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1. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:679]
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I sure wish the English-speaking market was of more interest to Ravensburger. They are the Cadillac of game companies and we're stuck with mostly older models. Now I know how Cubans must feel! Of the many wonderful games they publish but don't make available here, I think this is the best and most accessable.
 
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2. Board Game: Ta Yü [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1268]
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I've been doing very well importing this and it is such an expensive game to produce that we'll probably never see it reprinted with these great tiles. Financially, the way to go would be to bring it back with cheaper bits, plastic or even *choke* cardboard tiles. The $60 price point keeps a lot of folks from buying it, but those who do are rewarded with the best game and most pleasing tactile game experience this side of Quandary.
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3. Board Game: Relationship Tightrope [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2966]
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Even though this game is somewhat slight, there's a cleverness to it I appreciate. A good family/filler game.
 
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4. Board Game: Edel, Stein & Reich [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1220]
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I prefer this to Bazari and could sell an English edition very well.
 
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5. Board Game: Trendy [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3866]
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Not sure if it is still in print. I've been importing it but it seems to be getting harder to find. Very accessable game that could have a lot of appeal.
 
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6. Board Game: Moderne Zeiten [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:3803]
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A beautifully-produced game that plays like a bigger game than it is, clocking in around 30 minutes.
 
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7. Board Game: Tonga Bonga [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:3305]
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Not sure if this is still in print. But at any rate while not a personal favorite of mine it is very popular with the customers and I bow, as always, to the marketplace.
 
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8. Board Game: Expedition [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1588]
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Very good game for kids and adults. Has the trappings of being "educational" but it is more fun than that.
 
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9. Board Game: Villa Paletti [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1391]
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Last year's SDJ. One of the best dexterity games around. Would be nice to see it more available.
 
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10. Board Game: Atlantic Star [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1152]
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Or Show Manager. Either way this game would find fans over here, I'm sure.
 
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11. Board Game: Vom Kap bis Kairo [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2812]
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Train games are popular here and this is a very clever train auction game.
 
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12. Board Game: Crazy Race [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:9699]
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Another clever train auction game.
 
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13. Board Game: Richelieu [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1960]
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Another Ravensburger game I'd love to see in English.
 
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14. Board Game: Mogul [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2998]
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It's kinda like For Sale and with For Sale unavailable it's the best game of its kind available.
 
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15. Board Game: Die Magier von Pangea [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3468]
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Great game that scales well from 2 to 4 players. The rules are fairly short and not that involved but there is a lot to think about in this game. The often sited 'problem' of the game building slowly and then ending quickly just as things get interesting is not as big of a game flaw as people make it out to be. Also, the morphing board is a very neat mechanism that can lead to lots of surprises and screw-your-neighbor potential.
 
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16. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:363]
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I've not played it... yet seems to have its supporters.

I am very curious why rio grande bothered to put the numbers on the side of its boxes if it was going to leave the obvious holes of 2 and 4. Maybe they'll get around to it some day.

Maybe this game isn't good enough to make the cut?
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17. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
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This list should begin, and end, with Trau. Heck, make it a Teen Beat version for all I care. Who knows, maybe someone like FFG will obtain and update it (given their history with Knizia); I could see Bruce Campbell showin' up as a 3-star actor...
 
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18. Board Game: Volldampf [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:2204]
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I believe this is still an import only game. I recently purchased through Funagain and pasted up English versions of the cards using full-sheet Avery labels. I enjoy playing Volldampf even more than Age of Steam. It plays quickly and it was easy to teach my two young sons.
 
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19. Board Game: An den Ufern des Nils [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5119]
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A real gem! A very nice game from 1994 (A Hippodice amateur game design winner, if I'm not mistaken) that always reminds me why TGOO capture my attention way back when. Would LOVE to own a copy of this.
 
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20. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Die Macher is also a worth addition to this list. I wonder if they will ever make an english version?
 
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21. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1230]
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This game is a great negotiation game and I've even played it with a large group of 50+ year olds. Fun all around as they finally got the idea was to backstab people and get them off the boat.
 
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