Personal Games in Dice Tower 2012 top 100
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Having done this for the 2011 list (http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/147496/personal-games-in-d...), I compiled this one for personal comparison. It still seems odd that the list comes out in October but this must be the Essen-to-Essen based "year."

I sort of "found" the Dice Tower like many folks who come back to, or are new to the hobby. The site is a nice touchstone and also helps to compare to the wealth of info here on BGG too.

I'm not sure how others felt about the choices across all three categories but there were some interesting entries. It is not surprising that many fantasy-based games show up on the list.

From the many games spread across the 3 categories, we have 17 of them. Six more than when the 2011 list appeared

7 games chosen here show up in my "wishlists."

That makes 14 games left that I might consider, though most just don't strike me as interesting.

That leaves a lot more that I can maybe play some time but don't feel the need to rush out and buy. Call it "tempered" geek fever.

The key will be to reflect on this more in January when I start my annual "favorites of the previous year" lists.

This list goes with the lowest ranked games appearing first. Some games appeared wildly in different places so the highest seeding was used here.

I was sort of surprised to see that we have half of the games in the Top 10 People's Choice with only "Agricola" being something I might consider someday.
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1. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:433]
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Easily one of my favorite Knizia games so far.
 
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:518]
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I like this Carc version a lot but with 4 people it seemed to bog down a bit.
 
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3. Board Game: Livingstone [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2096]
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A fun little easy to learn game.
 
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4. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3264] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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Not one I'd pull out unless people want to play something "easy." The problem I have with this one is that I am mostly done with it after one full game.
 
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5. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:259]
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One of our new-found favorites for a fast multi-player little filler.
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6. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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After having no selections from the 51-60 selections (and really not much in any of those 30 games that are remotely interesting except for El Grande) it was good to see this one show up in the top 50. It certainly is one of our favorite Feld games next to NOTRE DAME.
 
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7. Board Game: Beyond Balderdash [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1064]
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I agree too that this is a fun party game. Having recently played the "revised" version of "Balderdash" it appears that the two have been re-imagined into a single game to avoid confusion or competing with itself.

I can't believe though that it shows up in the top 40 and seems to be moving up since 2006.
 
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8. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:254]
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One of our favorites that rotates often with Pandemic.
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9. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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This one is pretty high on the People's Choice list (#22) considering that so many have been fantasy-based games. One of my wife's favorite games that tends to alternate with Carcassonne.
 
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10. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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This is one of our favorite games as well and though we rarely play just the base game (which is the one listed) it is good to see it in the top 20.
 
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11. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14924]
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I had to smile when I saw this show up in Melody V.'s list. I'm not sure how old she is, but she looks like she is in that age when many of us discovered this game and played it a lot. And why not? It's still a great little game of world domination and though I seem to play it only when our teenage nephew is here, it still feels fun--though placed rather high I think.
 
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12. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:31]
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A great game that plays well with more players and actually is a lot more fun that way.
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13. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Our "gateway" into the hobby, though it took a while to "take." We recently played just a straight up game of this and I remember now how much fun it can be.
 
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Another personal favorite that gets a lot of play in our house and with friends.
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15. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1327]
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This is still new to us as I received it as a gift in August. We've managed a couple plays and hope to introduce it to a larger group as it feels like it would work much better as a multi-player game.
 
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16. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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One of our favorites.
 
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17. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Not terribly surprising to see this end up at the "top" of the list. One of our favorites as well and a good "gateway" for non-gamers. It has returned quite a bit the past few weeks in our house.
 
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