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1. Board Game: Galapagos [Average Rating:5.34 Overall Rank:14855]
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Game for kids probably.

Short around 30 min.
Rolling dice similar to monza.
Plan your move around the board.
Collect turtles of various colours.

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2. Board Game: Yunnan [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1347]
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90 min

no hidden info, all is known from the start.
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3. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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1-5 players. 120 min.
 
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4. Board Game: Prosperity [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1631]
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2-4 players
60 min
 
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5. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:552]
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6. Board Game: Pentos [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:8853]
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7. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:105]
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8. Board Game: Café Melange [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:4950]
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2-4 players
45 min

A lot of calculation, I would say by reading the rules.
The theme is very original though.
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9. Board Game: Tomorrow [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:4316]
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9 turns, each plays two cards each turn.
The actions are nuking, bio weapons, espionage, etc.
The author insists a lot on the negotiation part.

4 to 6 players. 90 min.
 
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10. Board Game: Steam Park [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:741]
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2-4 players
60 min

Dice rolling until you get what you want (for Reno).
Then buying.
Then income.

Art is done by Marie Cardouat (Dixit).
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11. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:492]
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12. Board Game: Relic Runners [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1587]
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The DoW game of the year.
Relatively short, but seems interesting.
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13. Board Game: Citrus [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1564]
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Relatively light game.

You buy plantations on the market and build them on the board.
When you do this you mark the control with a meeple.
Then you harvest one plantation by removing the meeple.
The more meeple you have at home, the more money you win. You see the choice: more meeple on the board, less money when you harvest and vice versa.

There are intermediate scorings around the farms (finca) depending on majority and a final scoring.


Must see this one.
 
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14. Board Game: Ortus [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:7966]
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15. Board Game: Sigismundus Augustus: Dei gratia rex Poloniae [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:4268]
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16. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:227]
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1-4 players
75 min
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The famous wheels of production from Ora & Labora.
There is a simultaneous role selection. Depending on what the other players have chosen, you get the full card (alone) or half of it (several players).
Remind me PocketImperium in Good Little Games.
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17. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
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1-7 players
120 min
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18. Board Game: The Phantom Society [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:5549]
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19. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:398]
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20. Board Game: Romolo o Remo? [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:3903]
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1-4 players
150 min

Too long ?

Building your (starting) empire.
A lot of planing, economic and military.
The twist is that the buildings are common to everybody (à la Roads & Boats).


Beware players can be eliminated.
 
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21. Board Game: World of Tanks: Rush [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:5659]
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30 min
 
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22. Board Game: Guardians' Chronicles [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6048] [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked]
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23. Board Game: Palmyra [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5761]
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24. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:842]
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25. Board Game: Bremerhaven [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3368]
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