My Top 25 Games (2013)
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Thought it would be fun to put together my own top games list. Since I have not played "a lot" of designer games yet compared to most people on the Geek, figured I would start with the top 25. Going to 50 gets a few mass market games on the list.
I hope to do one of these lists every year just to see how games move on my list from one year to another. Maybe even do a top 50 list after having played more games.
So these are my top games as of right now.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:53]
 
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This game has everything. Just wish it wasn't so damn long, so I could play it more. Love it!
 
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2. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:174]
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TI3 in a fantasy setting. Love it!
 
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3. Board Game: Core Worlds: Galactic Orders [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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My favorite deck building game by far. The base game is good but this expansion really makes it shine.
 
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4. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I count this entry as Settlers + all expansions. Cities and Knights just happens to be my favorite one. I normally play the base game with this and Seafarers.
Also loved the support cards from the Star Trek version. If you want to add them into your Settlers game without the Star Trek theme here is a PDF someone posted: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/92958/settlers-of-catan-su...
 
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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My Wife's favorite game. This gets lots of plays. Who doesn't love connecting those little cities, roads, and farms together. Especially when you find a way to do it and steal another person's points.
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6. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:104]
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Loved the early Sim Cities, before they got complicated. This simulates those games pretty well.
 
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7. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:82]
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I love the idea of role playing and dungeon delves. But I can't really commit to a long term game like that anymore. Descent to the rescue! Takes my favorite part of role playing and makes it fit into my gaming availability.
 
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8. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:311] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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There are other super hero games that came out recently. None of those make me feel like I am playing a super hero. This does. Only problem is it can get complicated keeping track of all the abilities going off every round.
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9. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:51]
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A lot of gamers like to hate on this one. I love it. I think it makes worker placement fun. It is simplified worker placement but sometimes simple is better.
 
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10. Board Game: Pixel Tactics [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:947] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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A fantastic little game. So much strategy in such a little package.
 
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11. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
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I love the puzzle like aspect of this game. The randomness of the dice but being able to modify the rolls gives it a good random feel. But not so much that you feel like you lost or won the game because of that randomness.
 
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12. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
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Misery Farm the game (Tony Topper) . A very tough game but it can be very rewarding as well. A great challenge.
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13. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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A fantastic large group game. The drafting mechanic should really be used in more games. Simple, fun, with some depth.
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14. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:894] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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This one I have only played online.
A great Street Fighter style fighting game. Using cards! Who would have thought the simplicity of the rock, paper, scissors mechanic could offer so much strategy. Now drop the price so I can buy it!
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15. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Great area control game. A faster Risk with variable powers... Sign me up!
 
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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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A wonderful family game, so simple everyone can get into it. Yet still a lot of fun
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17. Board Game: Risk: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3878]
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This is the version I own... It's so beautiful. But it doesn't get played. No one wants to tackle a game of Risk anymore. Luckily There are digital versions! I can get a game of this classic area control game in in about an hour. It probably wouldn't be this high on my list without the digital version.
 
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18. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Curse you you leech! Oh, the money I dumped into this game. Still what a fantastic game. A great design that still holds up so well. It has dropped on my list quite a bit since I had to cut myself off. But still good enough to be in the top 20.
 
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19. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:3713] [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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I know, everybody hates Munchkin... yes the end game can drag out a bit. But I have always had a good time playing this one.
 
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20. Board Game: Rummy [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6793]
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Rummy is a special game to me. My grandparents and I would play game after game of this and just shoot the $#!+. We played some variation of 500. Duces were wild and you could only take the top card of the discard pile. still miss those days.
 
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21. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:241]
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Anyone can learn to play this charming little game. It's so simple to understand and quick to play. Yet offers a lot of replayability.
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22. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:636]
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Any game I can play with my daughter that offers more than Candy Land scores big points from me. I love the artwork on this one. The tiles are cool, the treasures are cool, the tin is cool. And its a pretty darn good game.
 
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23. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:869]
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I love tower defense games and this one is co-op. I have not tried the Wizards Tower expansion for this one yet but from what I hear it really adds to the experience. It's on my to do list.
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24. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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Another really good co-op game. Really makes you plan out your moves if you hope to win. And it's just fun giving the infections names. Like the black is the undead virus, red bird flu, blue swine flu, yellow the hot craps. feel free to use those in your game.
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25. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:714] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Another one people really love or really hate. Yes it is silly that you need to punch a kick or that Batman can use heat vision. But I guess I don't think of it that way, I guess I abstract it out a little more than that in my head. Like I said in the SOTM comment I don't really feel like I am playing these particular characters in this game. To me it's more like a deck builder with a goal that is better than just buying victory points. And I love the individual powers each player has. It gives you a focus to build your deck around. Great game in my opinion.
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