My top 16 table-top games April 2013
Marshall LaFleur
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As I've stated in the past, every 3 months or whenever a big change has occurred I will post a new favorite games list. I've noticed a continuation in the trend that more epic, in-depth, Ameritrash style games tend to migrate to the top of the list. Euros, while fun, tend to get a bit old and drop off the list. Fantasy Flight Games not completely dominates my favorite games list, yet neither of the top two games are from FFG.
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1. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:145] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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Previously: 1st
The biggest game to hit the shelves in 2012. It has been climbing the top 100 list steadily and now has Organized Play as well. I'm just starting the league play at my store. Admittedly it is more because of my love of it than the local popularity of it. While Mage Wars is becoming huge everywhere else it takes longer for a state like Wyoming to catch on.
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2. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Previously: 2nd
Heroscape is still one of the most popular games in my store. It is the only game that consistently has a large turnout for events. Sales have died considerably from when it was my best seller, but the used market for Heroscape is huge. In fact it is the only game I will actually deal in singles. If it ever got continued it would probably jump back in first place. Either way the game never gets old and will probably never leave my top 5.

 
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3. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:78]
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Previously: 4th
The improvements of this version over 1st edition can not be understated. I haven't played enough games yet or with any new expansions. It is possible this could make it into 2nd place.
 
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4. Board Game: Battletech Introductory Box Set [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:1183]
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Previously: 5th
It isn't so much this game moving up as Middle-Earth Quest moving down a bit. Battletech is an amazing game that I've played since the 80's. You could say that it kicked off my gaming hobby.
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5. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:50]
 
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I am on a mission to some day actually play a 6 player game with all of the optional rules, and actually finish it. For now I'm happy to finish a 3 player game with just the basic rules.
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6. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:278]
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As long as I have had this game, I never really got into it until now. I've played just the first 2 scenarios. It is very rewarding and fun to get into. I don't know what took so long for me to actually learn it.
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7. Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:437]
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So this is how far Middle-Earth quest has dropped. It is still a very good game and I won't turn down a chance to player it. I'd like to be able to play as one of the heroes some day again though. Since very few people really know this game around here and I've only ever sold one copy, I tend to be stuck as Sauron all too often. I am pretty sure that is about the only reason it has dropped. I think this is as low as it will get but we won't ever see it in the top 5 again.
 
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8. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:271]
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Previously kicked from list because of 2nd edition
I don't think it is fair to discredit how much fun Descent 1st edition is just because 2nd edition is even better. The game is still a great game. I will admit though that a large part of my ranking is the Road to Legend expansion.
 
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9. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:153]
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Previously 6th
I still haven't played this since the last list. It has been almost a year now since my last play of it.
 
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10. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1179]
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This one I haven't played in almost 2 years. It has been out of print for quite awhile. It was one of the store favorites back when the store was new. I wish one of the two owners of this game that I know would bring it on a Sunday.
 
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11. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:189]
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Previously 8th
It seems like I lose more often than I win at this. I'm anxious to try out the newer Dungeon Petz game. This has been getting played quite a bit lately so I no longer feel the need to suggest it.
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12. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Previously 10th
Around here this is usually played as Ponies vs Changelings. It works quite well rethemed. Not quite sure what the ponies are doing in space though.
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13. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:345]
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I was pretty sure this one was going to be on my list somewhere. I could tell from previews that it was just my style of game and easier to get people to play than the ones higher on my list. I wasn't disappointed in the game though I don't much care for most of the optional rules. I'm also already craving an expansion after just 2 games.
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14. Board Game: Ad Astra [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:916]
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Previously 13th
This is my favorite version of Catan. I haven't had this game for quite awhile because it was quite popular at the store before it went out of print. I ended up selling my copy figuring that I'd get plenty of chances to play other peoples copies. It hasn't happened though and it has been nearly 2 years since I've been able to play it.
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15. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Previously 12th
The only card game on my list. The original deck builder. I still haven't played any of the Thunderstone games though. Dominion continues to be one of my best sellers.
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16. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Previously 15th
This game continues to hover near the bottom of my lists, destined to be loved just enough to not drop off while I add a new position to hold on to it.
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