Your All Time Favorite Board Game Ever!
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Growing up I never really picked favorites: favorite food, favorite band, favorite movie; I just liked them all.

But somewhere in college that changed; maybe I learned about commitment, maybe my tastes refined, maybe it's just part of getting older.

Whatever it was, I learned to pick favorites. Food: Spaghetti. Band: White Stripes. Movie: Labyrinth.

If something's my favorite it doesn't mean that I think it's the best ever, or that I always want it, it just means that I love it and I chose it as my favorite because, for some reason, it's special to me.

So I've created this list for everyone to share their all time favorite board game.

Maybe it's the first game that really got you hooked on the hobby; maybe it's the one you've played the most or that you have the most fun playing; or maybe you just have fond memories playing the game with loved ones.

Whatever it may be, please add your favorite board game to this list and share why you love it the most.

Thank You!
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26. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:563]
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A question almost impossible for me to answer, i change my mind far to often to pin down a best game ever. But Heroquest was the game that got me into board gaming as a child and whilst i wouldnt rate it all that highly now, it did eat up a lot of my childhood and at the time was the best thing since thundercats.
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27. Board Game: Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:1329]
United States
San Clemente
California
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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My first wargames were tactical, World War II eastern front games like Panzerblitz and Panzer (Yaquinto). I played 100+ games of the latter with my high school friends, and I began to read further on the battles, the men and their equipment. I played other tactical eastern front games (Panzer Grenadier, Combat Commander: Europe, ATS, ASL, et al), but I felt they were either too complex and / or were missing something.

I saw Fighting Formations being playtested at Consimworld Expo in 2009, and I was intrigued, but also (for reasons I cannot yet explain) intimidated, so I didn't look further. (Also, by this time, I had mostly moved away from wargames, and I had become more interested in economic games, 18XX, etc.)

So my friend, Chris Ness (USNA '72) convinced me to learn and play FF, he spoke highly of it and said it was not too difficult to learn. Upon setting up our first game (Introductory Scenario), was immediately drawn in by the various decisions that I could see that the designer had made, and I was impressed by its elegance and clean design and presentation.

I now want to play this game every chance I can; it has joined Napoleon's Triumph, The Guns of Gettysburg, and High Frontier, and Container as my top 5 games. Thank you, Chad & Kai for this superb game!
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28. Board Game: Khronos [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2214]
Kevin Garnica
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West Covina
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Maybe this makes more sense if I say that the movie Inception is one of my top movies...

This game stimulates my brain in all of the ways that I have come to understand about myself over the years and what makes me tick.

It is a game about building buildings through three different eras. But it's really a game about how time travel affects those buildings. Hence, if you build it in the second age, it would "appear" in the third age - but not the first. Players can also destroy buildings, which would mean they didn't exist in the past as well.

You can see what kind of possibilities are possible with a game based on this premise and these sorts of mechanics. I've had this game in my collection for a good length of time (not the longest, mind you), and I have always been hesitant of selling it off. However, I just don't play it enough, and I have never really found a couple more players whose minds enjoy similar gaming gymnastics.

I don't easily foresee another game supplanting or replacing this one, but for me - Khronos will always hold a special place in my heart as the game that tickled my fancy the most and left a sizable impression on my gaming journey.
 
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29. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:430] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
RJ Garrison
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I know, you thought I'd say 7 Wonders, which I truly love. But I think chess surpasses even 7 Wonders with both my most played/ favorite game.
I can always play again. And again. And again.
Words With Friends on the I-phone may be catching up with chess for amount played and enjoyment.

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30. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:108]
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My favorite game is always going to be Commands & Colors: Ancients. I've enjoyed many games in the Commands & Colors series. But Ancients has such a unique flow. There is such a subtle dance between the mechanics of advancing, evading, retreating, battling back, support. I also greatly enjoy how asymmetric the sides can be, and how well the game allows you to use Fabian Tactics or envelopment, as opposed to a merely offensive/defensive dichotomy.
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