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IMHO, some games are good because others say they are good. And so get more play; "all these people are playing this game, let's play it". While other good games sit around with little notice because they aren't being talked about. So, a couple months I decided to start looking at those games that are getting played a lot that AREN'T part of the top 200. You may ask why top 200 and not 100? Or for that matter 300? 'Because'. IMO, if a lot of different people are playing a game, it must have some value to somewhere.

I did change it last month. The first month I did it by the total number of games played. I decided it really doesn't matter if one person is playing it 20 times, it's more important if 20 people are playing it.

Obviously, expansions skew this. It's just going by how they were logged.

Comments are limited, because I like many of you; I may not have these games, yet. Besides, I'm sure you'd want to make your own assement.

So, here's some 'good' press for games that may not be showing up on 'top lists'.

I'm allowing additions, but let's keep it to those games that are good (to your group), get play, but aren't ranked in the Top 200.

Games that aren't on this months list that were on last months. Geschenkt, Mykerinos, and Elasund are no longer eligible because they are going up in rank and are now in the Top 200. You too could have been playing them before they became popular.

Poison and Um Krone Kragen dropped a bit and would have been 17 and 16 respectively.
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1. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:789]
Mike Jones
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I saw this game while moderating images the other day and thought. This looks 'NEAT' and my wife I could 'get' to paly this game with me AND here classics degree might even feel less useless to her.

Now I see it here. Hmmm? Might have to order it.

116 players played it 163 times.

(looks like a lot of one time plays, could that make this just a lot of people trying a new game and not liking it that much)
 
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2. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:695]
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I arranged a trade for this after seeing this while doing this list. It's been a staple with my kids AND the gamers.

Great fun.

101 players played it 283 times.

(I'm in there! And looks like getting replayed by some of those players)
 
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3. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:633]
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Well I've been looking for this to come in stock with one of my regular on-line retails since I started this list. Each month the itch gets greater and greater.

97 players played it 266 times.

(even more replays, just fewer people have it [including me])
 
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4. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:865]
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Ok, well I own a lof of FFGs. And since this came out, I've been thinking about getting it. BUT, wasn't this in the top 100 last month? Does that bode well for it?

77 players played it 220 times
 
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5. Board Game: Masons [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1545]
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Ok, this is a new game. Low rank, but could go up in ranking quickly. Don't know much about this one. Haven't even run accross it yet. But the burning questions, if you play this game can you really talk about it or will there be a knock on your front door by men in suits some night?

77 players played it 332 times?????

Now that's replay. Playing time not listed, but it must be a short game.
 
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6. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1020]
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If this keeps showing up on the list, I'm going to have to play my copy of it to get some fresh pictures.

72 players, 450 plays.

(classic game in my family)
 
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7. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:778]
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Ok, so this was on last months list and I made a comment about it looks like a typical card game. That of course drew comments. While it was not intended as a slam on the game, the comments did reinforce the CCG MTG nature that is appeared to me. While this list is just trying to show some games that are getting played that aren't in the top 200, I don't edit out for my tastes. It just doesn't look to suit my tastes. But, it is included here, besause I'm sure it will suit a lot of your tasts out there. Especially since I got slammed last much by a few people by calling it 'typical'. So, it's got some fans out there. Must not be all that bad. cry

Up from 10 last week to 7

72 players played it 203 times
 
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8. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1132]
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Ok, this was on last months and I put an order in for it. Looks like can be fun. On nights when I'm looking for a light game.

Want to see this waterfall.

62 players played 271 times.
 
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9. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:441]
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I own this one. I quite enjoy it. I put it on once as my honerabel mention, 'cause I wanted to. But, The rules need the FAQ, which I lot of people don't like. I also play with quite a few people that don't want to argue about rules and can settle rules quickly. I would NOT want to play this game with known rules lawyers.

61 players, 316 times.
 
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10. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1089]
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Knizia. What's a list without him? It's on my want list because it keeps showing up here. But, I keep saying "I have enough Knizia games". But, then everytime I get a lot of games, I say "hey I got another Knizia, I swore I wasn't going to". I'm sure it will show up.

61 players, 419 times.

 
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11. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:921]
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This months Honorable mention.

I through this out there, because it was number 11. The past three months, it's been just out of this top 10.

Rail Games, how many rails games does one need? Well my answer would be 4, but my friend Ed's answer would be "you need 4 games that AREN'T Rail Games"
 
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12. Board Game: Monsters Menace America [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3331]
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Several of the games on your list have lower weight. I think most players prefer middle- or heavyweight games, so lower-weight games get lower ratings, but they might be a lot of fun to people who appreciate low-weight games.

MMA is not a mental challenge, but it's a lot of wacky fun. Mutations and lucky dice rolls swing the balance of the game and make it a roller-coaster ride of triumph and defeat. And when you cheer your triumph, you can do it in character with the monster's battle cry.

This game has been played frequently at my board game group and is asked for when it's not there.

208 players played it 348 times.
 
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13. Board Game: Tahuantinsuyu [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:2356]
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Explore, expand, exploit, without the exterminate. Your road network will be as much a part of your path to victory (if not more) as what you yourself build. Great for three or four players.
 
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14. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1301]
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208 players have played it 448 times.

I bought this game last month and have played it once. It was a big hit with my (casual/non-gamer) group and we're planning to break it out again soon.
 
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