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It's interesting to see how much the list has changed and just how much the current population would think these are the games you are talking about then you mention card and board games versus what is out now.
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1. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Originated from 1867 and still in the Top 40.
 
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2. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:210]
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Monopoly done right.
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3. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:412] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Never clicked for me as a game to play but Go might be the only other abstract classic on its level for popularity.
 
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4. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:503]
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This can be said of many of the classic card games, but I really do need to play some of these.
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5. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:512]
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Reach out and back stab someone.
 
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6. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:561]
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Seen played by adults as a kid countless times but never played myself.
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7. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:633]
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One of the first games installed on my Kindle Fire.
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8. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:876]
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Popular enough it has TV shows based on it.
 
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9. Board Game: Sleuth [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:957]
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Sid Jackson.
 
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10. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1033]
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Predates Chess and some say it is better.
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11. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1096]
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Regardless of who finished first, this has the endurance to stick around. Highest ranked game from 1973. Also the first winner of the Spiel des Jahres award. I wonder what its Kickstarter would have been like.
 
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12. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1084]
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Another old school abstract.
 
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13. Board Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:1141]
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First in the Strat-O-Matic series.
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14. Board Game: Subbuteo [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1315]
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Also first in a series of sports games.
 
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15. Board Game: Euchre [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1324]
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Some consider this the unofficial card game of Michigan. (plays the "The More You Know" animation)
 
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16. Board Game: Spades [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1345]
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Interesting to see the number of plain deck card games and abstracts in the list.
 
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17. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1372]
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One of the earliest, if not earliest economic based games.
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18. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1436]
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One side is the prisoners escaping and the other side is the guards trying to keep them from doing so.
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19. Board Game: Skat [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1536]
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Classic German card game.
 
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20. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1525]
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The original Words With Friends.
 
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21. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1553]
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Not to be confused with a candy bar or kid's cereal.
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22. Board Game: Hearts [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1572]
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Here comes another run on classic card games.
 
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23. Board Game: Speed Circuit [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1664]
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The first although not last racing game in the list.
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24. Board Game: Doppelkopf [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1786]
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Popular in Germany.
 
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25. Board Game: Mus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:1821]
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A classic Spanish card game.
 
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