Top 100 I have NOT played
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So I was browsing through the games list as I spent a little time updating my wishlist today - clearing out the cruft and things I've tried or changed interest in. I realized that there are a fair number of games in the top 100 (and 200 and 300) that I know next to nothing about or just haven't tried.

So here's my list. Tell me what I'm missing and why its ok I haven't played a game or why I need to get with the program and drink the koolaid. I'll try and say why I haven't played something and give a hint into the things I enjoy and don't enjoy.
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1. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:24]
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Well, I've played everything in the top 10 except for this one. I really don't know much about it except:
* It is long.
* I know a guy that only has two games he rates a 10 and his other one is Combat Commander, which I love.

Tell me why this rates the top ten and why I might like this.
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2. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:22]
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Checking in at #11 is Brass. I'm (generally speaking) a fan of Martin Wallace games. In fact, I really like Age of Industry which is the "reworking" of Brass. The thing is - I already like Age of Industry. I think its clean and well done. In fact, I've found I prefer Wallace's games that he's cleaned up some like AoI and Steam. I don't feel like I need AoI on steroids. I also like that AoS has expansion maps so its not the same experience each time we want to play it.

So why Brass?

 
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:48]
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King of the worker placement games?

Ok, just to clear the air. Worker placement games always sound like something I should love. The reality is always less than that. I'm ok with them, but I guess I don't really love the ones where its just a mathematical exercise in efficiency nor when the obvious route is gaining more workers early so that you can take more actions, blah blah blah.

I've wanted to try this. I bought it on the iPad to try it, but didn't even get past starting the tutorial for whatever reason.
 
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4. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:65]
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I'm not a huge co-op kind of guy. The theme is ok, though I wasn't a die-hard fan of the show (I stopped about halfway through the second season).

My impression? Shadows Over Camelot with the BSG theme.
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5. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.42 Overall Rank:12]
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Note, I have no clue if the second and first editions are really the same thing or not, but I'm lumping them together here.

Like the guy from Rage of Thrones says - "The books were... probably better". I saw the movies. I couldn't get past Tom Bombadil or whatever his name was in the books. So for me, the theme is actually trivial here. If I was truly a fan, I'd have played this already, right?

So whats the deal? I see its 2-4 players, but I've heard its really just a two player. That makes it pretty low (as I'd rather play Combat Commander or Twilight Struggle if I'm going to play a LONG two player game).
 
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6. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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Ok, sad fact: I have not played this game. I own a bunch of stuff, but just haven't broken it out. I SWEAR I'm going to play it by the end of the year. Really!
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7. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:182] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Nothing. That is what I know about this game. I didn't even bother checking to see how many players, mechanics, nada.
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8. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:53]
 
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What I think I know:
* 4x
* Best with 6
* LONG

I have Eclipse and enjoy it, so what do I gain by playing this? That's why I haven't ever played it - I can find no reason to justify expending the effort.
 
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9. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:115]
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Long two-player CDG about WWI?

The theme doesn't grab me (though it doesn't push me away either). Again, for the amount of effort and time, I'd rather play TS, CC:E, maybe even Hannibal.

I've thus far assumed this doesn't do anything special that the others aren't doing.
 
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10. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
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This is a Feld? The Feld with the mancala mechanic? Assuming that's true, that's really all I know about this one.
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11. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:126]
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I never got this played because the local group played it to death before I joined. I suspect that nowdays there isn't anything special about this and that other games I've played are probably similar or better.
 
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12. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:41]
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Another co-op. I have Pandemic (ok). I have Forbidden Island (ok, family). I have Ravenloft (ok, thematic). I'm just not a crazy co-op guy.

Most (co-op games) of them fall into the trap of great theme! What? Game? One guy will tell you what to do and you check [randomized thing] to make you feel involved.
 
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13. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:175]
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Something set in FF's Runebound world. The theme is fine (I like Runebound and Descent), but if that's all this has going for it, I don't care.
 
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14. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:195]
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I've been eying this for years. The rules and length are the only things holding me back. I might try and weasel into a game at the next Geekway. I even traded for a copy of my very own.
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15. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:198]
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I loved the computer game, but Civ boardgames seem to fall into the same trap for me: long and bash the LOSER syndrome. Plenty fun if you are in the lead, no fun if you are not. I'd rather just play a computer game if that's the deal.
 
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16. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:121]
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Its a Euro! (really, that and its not the sequel to the original Hansa is all I know).
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17. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:333]
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Now, I have a passing interest in this as something my son and I might play, but...

We have Claustrophobia, Dungeon Command, Heroscape, Doom, Descent, etc. Other than the theme, is there something overwhelmingly cool that requires this as well?
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18. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:234]
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Coming in at #63 is Blood Bowl. I could have been interested in this, but I the main reason I jumped at Dreadball was immediate accessibility (I'm in a league this fall).

It might be fun to paint a team, but the cost and hassle of trying to find a league probably mean that I won't get to erase this from the list of games in the top 100 that I will play anytime soon.
 
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19. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:46]
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I'd be interested to try this one. I keep catching passing comments about it being a decent Euro. Otherwise I know nothing about it.
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20. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:248] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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Honestly, the thing that makes this attractive is the minis and the story might draw in my kids. Otherwise, its another co-op so...
 
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21. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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I can understand the appeal, but deck building co-op with a theme I don't care about isn't exciting.
 
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22. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:166]
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Will I enjoy this as much as Twilight Struggle? That's the only reason I'd try this.
 
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23. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:118]
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I haven't played this mostly due to not enjoying negotiation games a ton and not having a load of folks around me that are interested.
 
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24. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:205]
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Another long-ish worker placement game? I haven't heard anything to draw me into this.
 
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25. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:245] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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ASL doesn't really sound like my cup of tea. Combat Commander borders on being too much for me sometimes.
 
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