Forget all the naysayers saying nay...5.5
Joel Pettit
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OK. This is my first shot at creating a geeklist.

This is where you'll post a game that has an average rating below 5.5 which you still think is a gem and you're definitely holding on to!

Feel free to leave your explanation of why, but you don't have to.





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1. Board Game: Outdoor Survival [Average Rating:4.69 Overall Rank:16967]
Joel Pettit
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Gardner
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This game can actually be really fun, but you usually end up dying. It comes with a manual to survive in the wilderness! This is the game that got me to find BGG.
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2. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:16991]
Matthew Cordeiro
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Cumberland
Rhode Island
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Sorry, I don't have any gems with a rating below 5.5. The closest thing is Checkers, which I've rated a 7. It's a fun game, and I used to play a lot with my grandparents. I'm sure I'll teach my son how to play soon.

Two other games below 5.5 that I rated a 7:
Angry Birds: Knock on Wood
Battleship
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3. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:11232]
Susan F.
Canada
Lethbridge
Alberta
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Clearly not a deep game, but a thoroughly enjoyable dexterity game that doesn't deserve such a low rating.
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4. Board Game: Megastar [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:15176]
Ben Bateson
United Kingdom
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This is a pretty tidy, and certainly not unplayable game from Friedmann Friese, which uses the well-worn idea of moving 'your' colour up and down on the rankings.

Musical charts are surely ideal for this, right? It works for me.
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5. Board Game: Inferno [Average Rating:4.98 Overall Rank:15713]
John Jeneki
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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It's Battletech with giant monsters, so I enjoy it a lot.
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6. Board Game: Waterworks [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:15455]
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Washington
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Not a bad filler.
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7. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:17013]
David Debien
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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Almost universally reviled on BGG, I think we owe this game a lot. For its time, it was revolutionary, featuring trading and auctions. If played properly by the rules, it isn't as terrible as it is made out to be. Now with free parking jackpots and the absense of the auctions, it is certainly a much worse game, but why punish the game for porrly thought out house rules.

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8. Board Game: Battle of the Halji [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:14501]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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This game is one of the oddest I own. Creatures eat, vmoit, 'squelch' each other, go into passion frenzies, get pelted by acid rain, get eruptive skin diseases, blow up... Odd backstory, wild art. Magnificent.
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9. Board Game: Edison & Co. [Average Rating:4.49 Overall Rank:16916]
Tim Benjamin
United States
Los Alamos
New Mexico
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A quirky game that makes for light quirky fun. It is not an auto racing game and shouldn't be judged unfairly because someone can't read the box.
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10. Board Game: Warlords: China in Disarray, 1916-1950 [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:12882]
Tim Benjamin
United States
Los Alamos
New Mexico
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A real wargame with multiple scenarios that accommodate a range of players. Many difficult decisions that frequently seem to be lose-lose.
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11. Board Game: Spill and Spell [Average Rating:5.14 Overall Rank:15646]
Lisa EP
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Illinois
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This is a keeper. It's a good word game that has a nice combination of letters on the dice that work well together. You don't need to know a bunch of 2 letter words to do well.
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12. Board Game: Covert Action [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:16392]
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Brooklyn
New York
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The only ranked game rated under 5.5 that I rate 7 or higher, this all-bluffing, player driven gem predates the current rash of "Werewolf 2.0" titles, and does it well.
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13. Board Game: Architekton [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12015]
Greg Clensy
United States
Glenbrook
Nevada
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This one misses the 5.5 cut-off, but I think it follows the spirit of this geeklist because I truly do think this is a gem. I know I've played it around 30 times.

My wife and I love Carcassonne.

While not nearly as good as Carc, this game scratches that itch if we only feel like playing a 20-minute game (we play best of three).

The components are very nice and there are some real decisions to be made nearly every turn. Its perfect for those nights when it is just about bed time, but we want to play something.

I am sure that this one is so underrated because it gets lost in all of the games available and it is a second tier design from a big-name designer (it doesn't meet expectations).

Perfect for those nights when it is just about bed time, but we want to play something.
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14. Board Game: Thing-a-ma-Bots [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:12750]
Jeremiah Lee
United States
Milan
MI
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Purchased for $.50 at a thrift store by my buddy, this game has been played -a lot- in my house. I rate it a solid 9. It suffers from the "kid's game" label, but it's super fun for adults, too.
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15. Board Game: Cows Can't Dance (but they like to be asked) [Average Rating:4.91 Overall Rank:15178]
Kevin Salch
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Bristol
Connecticut
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This is a fun trick taking game. Pretty simple but has some good memories from my days before the Geek. Also my wife bought this!
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16. Board Game: Car Wars: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:15768] [Average Rating:5.46 Unranked]
Jason Monroe
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St Louis
Missouri
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Not sure why this gets so a low rating. Granted, with a lot of people the game can go on too long, but I still find it to be a fairly decent game.

Maybe I've just played it with the right crowds
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17. Board Game: Nichtlustig [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:16323]
Alain Baum
Luxembourg
Grevenmacher
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Okay, so this game is nothing new under the sun, but I still think it's pretty fun.

Only very slightly lower ranked is Badaboom, which I consider to be a broken piece of garbage. *puzzled*
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18. Board Game: Inka [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:16151]
Clare Cannon
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Picked up on a whim because it was cheap in the works but I really enjoy this thinky little brain burner..... although there is a lot of downtime between turns
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