My (Current) Favourite Thirty Games
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Being something of a geek (well, duh!) I have a catalogue of my games on index cards. Every now-and-again I rank them by preference. Not by "quality", "elegance" or "kick-bottom theme" but by the even more vague and subjective quality of "out-this-group-of-games-which-one-do-want-to-play-the-mostness". Basically I take three index cards and put the favourite of the three to one side and replace the card with a fourth. Repeat as many times as necessary.

The top half dozen or so games never change, the bottom handful of The Thirty get replaced periodically, and those mid-table just shuffle around from time-to-time.

Why not a top ten? Well, three of the top four are Martin Wallace economic/industrial/historical games, a few Reiner Knizia games mid-table, and a lot of “whoever has the most counters in an area gets the most victory points” type games. I need some variety to add spice, and those Adlung-Spiele games give a lot of bang for your buck.

List order based on personal rankings. All purely subjective of course, as is right and proper !

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1. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:35]
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Currently all-time favest game, and unlikely to be displaced from the top spot for a long, long time.
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2. Board Game: Buccaneer [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:6231]
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Gave this a 10, more because of happy childhood memories than modern playings. Having said that Buccaneer has a lot going for it: Strong theme, player interaction (boarding ships and acts of piracy, obviously), trading, enough of an element of luck to stop the game becoming predictable. And no dice, remarkable for a Waddington's "flat pack".
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3. Board Game: Last Train to Wensleydale [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1333]
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Railways and near where I live. And a very good game! (Signed and numbered.)
 
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4. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:469]
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Mrs Meeple's current all-time favourite. Works quite well as two player game.
 
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5. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:526]
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You know what? I am amazed that this game, the original theme that is, does not have a higher rating on BGG. Yeah, 200 and something is good going, but, and of course this is just me, it should be in the top hundred.
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6. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:31]
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New acquisition! I know, disgraceful. Mrs Meeple's current buzz.
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7. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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Must admit it has been a few years since this last saw the light of day, and other games on BGG are now higher rated. Never-the-less I still love this 'un. Played (and won) Agricola (meh, not impressed) a few times, but still prefer PR.
 
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8. Board Game: Rheinländer [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1700]
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Look at the bits on that! (Why is there a stack of "Bastions" on Area 18?)
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9. Board Game: Medieval Merchant [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1692]
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Dense, almost impenetrable early English translation of the German rules. A dry, but in a good way, route building game, with a superficial semblance to Power Grid.
 
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10. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:827]
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Has that Adlung-Spiele board-game-but-it's-really-a-card-game feel. With pirates! arrrh
 
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11. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:416]
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Don't let people tell you it's Puerto Rico lite. It's a damn' fine game it its own right. The board's too sodding big for the table, 'though.
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12. Board Game: Tantrix [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2206]
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Plain, simple rules. And not many of them.
 
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13. Board Game: Turbo Taxi [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:3475]
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I have rated Turbo Taxi as an 8 'cos of its simple and re-playable game, er, play. However it is a game that pops in an out of this top thirty on a regular basis.
 
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14. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:433]
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Mmmmm, camel-shaped Palma Violets and Refreshers. caravan
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15. Board Game: Escape from Atlantis [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1878]
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House rule: You are NOT allowed to "suicide" your last remaining Atlantean still at sea. RRRROOOOOAAAAARRRRR!!!!
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16. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:204]
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Now with added mosquitoes. Mrs Meeple is too good at this.
 
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17. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:313]
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Um, not a lot to say except "I like it".
 
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18. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:408]
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Slight smell of singed brain.
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19. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:580]
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Is it just me, or do the amphora look like carrots?
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20. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:525]
 
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Ooooh! Pretty!
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21. Board Game: Die Fugger [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2810]
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{insert obvious pun here}
 
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22. Board Game: Oasis [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1276]
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Mrs Meeple has a thing about camels. There is a whole shoal of brass camels marching along the living room's window sills.
 
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23. Board Game: Zauberschwert & Drachenei [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:4837]
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Surprisingly good.
 
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24. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:175]
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Good? Yes. Brilliant? Hmmm.
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25. Board Game: Serenissima (first edition) [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1118]
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Good start, weak end. And the perishing boats keep capsizing.
 
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