Top 10 Favorite Games Ranked 500-1000
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Having been on BGG a little while, it is always interesting to notice the buzz around certain games in the top 100 or so. I think many of these do get played a lot, but the staying power for games seems to be in the sweet spot of 400-700 from what I've been able to see. These are the games that seem to stay fairly constant over time. Though some new ones do show up.

Not terribly scientific, but looking at our own collection, here are our current favorite games ranking today in the 500-1000 range.
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1. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:921]
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When new folks come over and have never played Ticket to Ride, we pull out this quick and fun little game. It feels like 2-3 games in one night are enough but it is still great fun.
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2. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:604]
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The newest game in this list that could move up into the top 500 over time as it becomes more widely available.

This is a rather deeper little card game that we both enjoy quite a bit. It rotates with Jaipur and Master's Gallery as our go-to 2-player card game.
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3. Board Game: Beyond Balderdash [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1081]
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I love this in the right crowd. The movie titles and plots are probably my favorite category in this version.
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4. Board Game: Phoenicia [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1626]
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This game deserves a bit more attention. It is a bugger at first to decipher because the scoring track feels more complicated than it really turns out to be in practice. Once you get that down and the auctioning begins to move, it is a lot of fun.
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5. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1021]
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Pretty much always taken with us on trips. The art work always causes some raised eyebrows and giggles once the many text pieces become more familiar.
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6. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1563]
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Still one of the best games to play, if you know people with a vocabulary and who are not masters of the 2-letter word!
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7. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:1573] [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked]
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A quick game that makes it into our travel bag for the airport just in case there are delays. Easy to introduce and fairly simple.
 
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8. Board Game: Medici vs Strozzi [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1832]
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This is a great little 2-player auction/bidding game. The strategy involved evolves with each new opponent and with every game there is always some new possibility of victory discovered. That said, my wife creams me in this game no matter how much or how little I charge for tiles.
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne: Wheel of Fortune [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1488] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Though I don't like the larger central piece, I do like the fate-chance aspects that are part of this Carc game. We have used this with some of the other expansions as well. I like that you can make this a real Medieval game with the addition of the princess and dragon expansion.
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10. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1441]
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One of my favorite abstracts. This one comes out around the holidays when people are waiting for the next "thing" to eat or do.
 
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