Cult of the New or "Hey, Why Don't We Play These Cool Games Anymore?"
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Cult of the New
When new and veteran gamers go into a frenzy to acquire the latest shiny game and get the game group to play it... once or twice, then it's onto the newest shiny game. It's great to see refinements of older games, even better when we see something novel. For me, it's disappointing when it comes at the expense of never playing those proven gems of yore. It is also frustrating when the group is learning a new game virtually each game night. I'd rather see us playing something we know that we're replaying and learning to play well, rather than learning to play from scratch. I should mention that I live in a glass house, meaning I also succumb to Cult of the New from time to time.

Looking at the top 50 games, published 2006 or prior, there are several of these gems (yes, I know that term is subjective) that are still ranked, but don't get played anymore, at least in my gaming circles.

I've listed a handful of the games that don't get table time anymore that I miss playing. Do they get played in your group? Do you feel they're crap and don't even deserve to be ranked in the top 50? Are there other golden oldies that you feel don't get the respect they deserve?
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Puerto Rico is considered a masterpiece by many. I've played it numerous times, but can't remember the last time this hit the table. Occasionally, someone will pipe up and say "Hey, how about Puerto Rico??", but it's always responded with "Naaa", or "How about ____ from ____ instead?"
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:31]
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Power Grid is another proven game. Years ago, people in my gaming circles would suggest it frequently. These days, it doesn't get mentioned.
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:46]
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Caylus... ubiquitous for it's well thought out worker placement mechanic. Where are you now? Ah yes, you sit on the shelf and collect dust. Another that never gets calls for playing.
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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Several years ago Race for the Galaxy was all the rage in my game group. Some nights we'd play nothing but this. We used to have a saying that "You can't just play it once."
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5. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:124]
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In the not so recent past Princes of Florence was ranked in the top ten. Now it sits at #35. Pushed out by many newcomers. Princes used to get a lot of table time six-ish years ago. Now everybody looks down upon it like a worn out book with yellowed pages.
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6. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:57]
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El Grande saw a lot of play in the aughts, but hasn't hit the table much for my group in the last few years. I'd like to get it back into the rotation, and not just for the opportunity to revisit all the hoary old phallic-symbol lines that come out whenever the King piece is moved.
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7. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:112]
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I've been playing this one with my workplace buddies a lot lately, after afew years of it sitting on the shelf. Goa is miles better than most of the post-2010 gmes I've played.
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8. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:315]
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Taj Mahal, it is not in the top 50 (as of this moment it's ranked #123), but is another game that used to be an old favorite. This is one of Knizia's finest. In my current groups, no one ever asks for it and I know it wouldn't get voted for if I was to suggest it.
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9. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:135]
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Ra, another great by Knizia. The last time it saw table time was 2011 once, before that it had been three years. Where is Knizia these days anyway? He was on a rampage banging out great games, and then he started putting out Tiddlywinks-type games.
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10. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:343]
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Been a looooooong time since I've been able to get my favorite game to the table. cry
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11. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:288] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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I'd play this right now! Even just the "plain" version with no expansions.

Never having played this is the game-equivalent of never having seen any episodes of the original Star Trek series.
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12. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:111]
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One of my all time favorites. A game which I actually didn't like after the first game until I finally discovered the deep and elegant gameplay, the various strategies and counter-strateies it offers without ever becoming confusing.

Plus it has the ugliest man-with-a-hat ever found on the cover of a Eurogame.
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13. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:715]
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Still the best of the co-ops in my estimation, but the shiny new ones get all the plays.
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14. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:213]
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Ground breaking when it was first introduced, this remains a challenging, enjoyable play. Unfortunately, my group tends to groan when I suggest we give it a play (albeit rarely). I had hoped that the release of Tikal 2 in 2010 would rekindle interest in Tikal but this just didn't seem to happen!

Mexica and Java, it's sister games in the Mask Trilogy seem to have suffered the same fate, perhaps even to a greater degree!
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15. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:70]
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This one is starting to make a comeback with us. There is something timeless about this one.
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16. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:210]
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I just had to put this one in... In the late 80's a core group of 3-4 players would play this every Saturday night (literally, every Saturday) for a couple of years running.

Well, life intervenes... But on Christmas this year a few of us got in a 3p game...what a gem!

I would seldom turn down a game of Acquire.
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17. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:118]
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I think Age of steam / Steam is an elegant classic, a good game and a nice addition to this list.
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18. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:373]
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For a game about planting beans, this is way more fun than it has any right to be! I used to get this game on the table once per game night and everyone always had a good time playing it. These days I break it out but folks are more interested in some new deck-builder this-and-that, and they forget about good ole' Bohnanza. I would love to be playing this game some more.
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19. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:395]
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The base game was released in 2003 and I know it's had a few reincarnations as well as a great amount of expansions, refreshing it a bit, but it's a new one for me that I probably wouldn't have really known much about if it weren't for Wil Wheaton's "TableTop" series of game playthroughs.

I am very certain this game is a much played, much enjoyed classic for many of you, but to those of us who have gotten into higher-end board gaming later rather than earlier, this is definitely a cool "oldie" and an awesome addition to my growing collection.
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20. Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:611]
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An incredible game that deserves to hit the table more often. I have some scattered friends who enjoy this game. I need to get us together for an afternoon, so we can get a 6 player game going.
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21. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:134]
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I know this one isn't that old but it is no longer part of the cult either. I can see this one disappearing from publication at some point just because it has fallen off the radar. Sure it is chaotic and doesn't stand up to Caylus (boooring!) in terms of strategic depth but it is a lot of fun! I can't imagine a more fun way to spend an afternoon with some friends who dig the whole Clash of the Titans and civilization theme.
 
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