Top 35 (2013 Edition)
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So every year I look forward to The Dice Tower's annual Top 100 lists. I find it is a great way to often fine tune my own wishlists while sometimes discovering a game that might be worth checking out down the road.

This year, the lists were expanded to allow the site's reviewers to share their own "best" lists while also doing the People's Choice voting choices as well.

I find if I were to pick just 100 games from the around 200 I own it would be really hard, but I thought it might be interesting to see how my collection might stack up against some of these picks.

What I did was to organize these games based on their highest appearance across the lists. Then I ordered them based on my own preferences. This helped personalize the list a bit more. There are a number of "new" to us games from this year but they seem to sit well here anyway.

When all was said and done I had 35 games in these combined lists. I had 17 within the couple from 2012. There are some in that 2012 list that I would easily lay claim to being favorites.

Again, mostly this is mostly just a personal tabulation and not my own top 100---I can't imagine getting to that just yet...
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1. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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Hands down our favorite coop game. My wife loves this game and it gets a lot more play than many of our other games.
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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One of the games that got us back into gaming again and it remains a favorite. of course, there are so many expansions that I don't think we ever play just the straight up general game. With many of the variants in our collection, we sort of rotate Carc games tehse days to shake things up a bit.
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3. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
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Before I even knew who Stefan Feld was, I saw a few reviews of this game. This quickly became one of our favorite new games and launched our love affair with Feld games overall.
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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We came to TtR through the MARKLIN edition which proved to be a bit confusing. However, we love this game too and it has tended to come to the table more often in the past few months. As we play with 2, we have tended to use the Swiss map set more often.
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5. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
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Still new to us so the final word is still out on how this will shape up in our personal Feld pantheon.
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6. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:36]
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No surprise that this is at the top of any list. While the rules were a bit frustrating the first time we played, which was very early in my return to boardgaming, it has since become a game we have come to enjoy a lot.
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7. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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One of those still "new-to-us" games but one that is really fun to play with tons of decisions.
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8. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:322] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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It would be hard to not include this on any top 100 list I think. We enjoy playing it and enough family members have done it to make it easier to bring out now. Though sometimes I find it less fun, I will play when it is offered. I tend to prefer some of the Catan: Traders & Barbarians variants.
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9. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:46]
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Still a new game for us and one that I certainly enjoyed playing. Love the interesting bidding here with the meeples.
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10. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:168]
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New to us and hopefully hitting the table soon!
 
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11. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:455]
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One of the newer games in our collection as I just picked it up in November.
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12. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:241]
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A tiny little game, but it is so much fun and makes for a great filler. Portability is also a big plus for this one.
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13. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:274]
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This game had been on DT lists for a long time. But since we usually play with 2 I sort of passed it over. But a year ago a LGS had a 2-for-1 game sale and I managed to pick this up with 2 other Gryphon games in this series. It is a go-to party game now for us.
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14. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:958]
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One of our "intro" games for friends and family whose eyes glaze over when they see so many unknown titles in our game closet. I can certainly find time to play a game once in a while, but tend to prefer TtR overall.
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15. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1438]
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Certainly a lot of fun with hide and seek and Capture the Flag type qualities. Hard to get to the table though...
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16. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:84] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Another of my wife's favorites that sees common play here. I love the many options and the more we play it, the more I can see a variety of different ways to win, all dice based. I find my hunters tend to do best if they spread out and are not placed together on the board though...
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17. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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We both really enjoy playing Alhambra and the Big Box allows us to tailor just the right experience that we are looking for in that moment.
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18. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:281]
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After PANDEMIC, I find this another great game that is somewhat exciting to play. We have the 2nd and 3rd expansions and find that we tend to return to the base game more often.
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19. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:239]
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This may have been our second Feld game. Certainly it is one of our favorite Feld's. I love the unique board and the relatively fast game play and set-up. ND was one of our go-to Feld games when we wanted something strategic and fun that we could play in under an hour.
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20. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:304]
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Though we only started playing this in July of this year, it has quickly become a favorite game for us to play when we have an hour and don't feel like a board game per se. The better we get, the further along the ages we move thus shifting the game into further surprises.
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21. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:70]
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A game that takes some playing to really begin uncovering the unique ways all the mechanics come together, TROYES was one of our newer games last winter that saw us trying a variety of ways towards final scoring. The verdict is still out on this one as it seems like it requires a bit more intense thought sometimes.
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22. Board Game: Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1791]
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Still a bit new in our collection, but we both enjoyed the challenges of this tile-laying game. It is one of those games that comes out on a rainy or snowy day since it has a sort of puzzle feel.
 
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23. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:253]
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A great family game that is a lot of fun to play.
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24. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:338]
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One of my go-to solitaire games with plenty to keep you trying to over come the pirates at the end. I have come close to beating the pirates so know there is a way to do it--and yes, the thought of peaking at possible strategies has crossed my mind.
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25. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:217]
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A recent arrival in our collection that we've had a chance to try. The theme is unimportant but the overall play is a lot of fun with plenty of strategy to keep you thinking and whammys to beware.
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