What Hidden Gems are in My Collection that I don't Know About?
Jason Monroe
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I have over 650 games in my collection, around 480 when you take away expansions/promo cards. Not the largest by any means, but probably too many for the time I currently have for gaming.

While I enjoy playing the popular games (Keyflower, Tzolkin, Stone Age, etc), I love finding those hidden gems that seem to have fallen under the radar or just don't get the love on here that I feel they should. And that's where I am turning to my fellow BGG'ers.

I'm looking for hidden gems in my collection that I should try.
They could be rated/ranked poorly or even unranked but you still find it to be very enjoyable.
They could be older games or more recent

The only criteria:
1) The game has to already be in my collection (I tried to set up a link to just games that I own, excluding expansions, that aren't ranked - but it doesn't keep the filters) so this link is just to my owned list
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/belial1134?own=...

2) I can not have already rated it (obviously, they wouldn't be hidden gems any longer) nor can it have any plays recorded for it (I only rate games that my wife and I play together, but I record plays from my game group)

3) Plays well with 2 players. While I get a little time to play with more, I generally only play with my wife.

4)Not so much a criteria, but I don't think I would consider games in the top 1500 or so to be 'hidden gems'. You might feel they should be rated/ranked higher, but in my mind they really wouldn't be in the hidden gem category.

I'll start by adding a few that I consider hidden gems that I have played & rated.

Please feel free to add any games to this geeklist that I have in my collection based on the above criteria. I'm hoping to get some time the next few weeks to give them a try.

Thanks in advance

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1. Board Game: Zombiegeddon [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:10198]
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I'll be the first to agree the color scheme wasn't the best choice and Jäger und Sammler is the preferred game of the two, but I still find this one to be an enjoyable filler.
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2. Board Game: The Penguin Ultimatum [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:5777]
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I was really impressed with this game. It's actually quite a brain burner. Silly theme, but very solid game
 
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3. Board Game: Escalation! [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6922]
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One of the fastest games that I own. Very simple but over the years I've used this game in my group as filler while waiting for another game to wrap up. At least 3 of the folks I taught went on to purchase a copy
 
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4. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1079]
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This.

Okay, it is in the "top 500", but honestly, not too much of a hype for this, with 2 forum threads in 2012 and none in 2013.

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5. Board Game: The Gnomes of Zavandor [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:3723]
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This is not a top tier game, but it is very interesting. The combination of stocks-and-shares with an engine-building game, and lovely graphics makes it well worth a few plays. I like it (and the closely related The Mines of Zavandor) very much.
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6. Board Game: Pecking Order [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2869]
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Light and sweet 2-player hand management and bluffing goodness. You need to give this Richard Garfield game (that falls *just* outside the top 1500) a play.

The other games that leap out at me that you need to give a try are the Reiner Knizia pair of Scarab Lords (ranked 1845) and Minotaur Lords (ranked 2851). I enjoy these much more than his similar yet more popular Blue Moon series, but it is possible that this is a case of falling for the one you encounter first . . .
 
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7. Board Game: Java [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:815]
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Java and Torres are both excellent brain-burning action point games. Java especially is very beautiful as the board builds in three dimensions and hills form.
 
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