I think many of us visit BGG to learn about new games and a lot of attention (and contention) is placed on the rankings. There are numerous top 10 or top 100 lists but some of the games that I've enjoyed have come out left field and surprised me. What's surprised me even more is how low some games are in the rankings.
When I first started getting into board gaming I used rankings to guide me (probably too much) and I quickly learned that rankings need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Just as with other media such as film, the biggest and most popular don't always equate to the best.
So does a low ranking mean a bad game? It may be down to a small print run from a publisher that only markets in a single territory or it could be one of those games that fall into the "love it or hate it" category. Maybe it's out of print?
I've started off the list with some of my sub-500 choices. What gaming gems that you love fail to make the top 500 in the rankings?
EDIT: I've added links to videos and reviews among many of the games as some of these games may run under the radar for many of you.
And thanks to all the contributors. I'm discovering some new games I would have never glanced at otherwise.
EDIT 2: Another thing you might want to consider when browsing this list is the actual street price of some of these games. Quite a few that have caught my eye are very reasonably priced.
Eternity, said Frankie Lee with a voice as cold as ice; That's right, said Judas Priest, eternity, though you might call it paradise...
...coming in at #539.
We've been enjoying our plays of this using the v2 rules. It's a tense economic game feeling similar to that of Power Grid. The markets are beautiful to watch and there's enough playerinteraction to change the pace up from what we generally play. Harsh to mistakes but not to the point some other games are, the game leaves room for tactics in what is a pretty strategy heavy game.
I've yet to see a negative review on this but damn it... I can't get past the theme. Still, the reviews are so positive I might pick it up when it ends up in the bargain bin. I'm guessing the theme is what's holding this back from the top 500. Here's a sample of the gushing reviews from Robert Florence(half way down the page): http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/01/14/cardboard-childre...
Currently the #56 ranked wargame. Designed in part by Uwe Eickert of Conflict of Heroes fame. Yet, even if you ask wargamers for a list of good block wargames I'm guessing this is going to get passed for a number of other games. I'm sure I saw this in the Top 600, but I don't think it ever got into the Top 500.
Maybe it's just me, but this oldie has neat mechanism and deserves to be in all time TOP 500. Probably the low rating is made from those, who don't like counting and calculating all the different possiblities; sometimes I completely understand them, when working as detective. Beeing Mr.X is a delight.
Okay, this can be a slippery slope to collecting miniatures but if you can resist the urge, this box contains everything you need for a fun skirmish level war game using simple mechanics. It also plays quickly (around a half hour) and is easy to learn, explain and set up.
Or in English "Shadows in the Forest". This is definitely a great family game particularly for the holidays using its unique mechanic of light & shadow. Moving a candle about the board, the shadows change and elf players can only move within the shadows.
I'm not too surprised this isn't in the top 500 as it is very light (no pun intended) but nonetheless deserves to be in your collection for its ingenuity, novelty and fun.