Elnutty's Top 25 Games - Criticism and Suggestions Requested
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I love reading various peoples' list of their top games! It gives me the opportunity to criticize and argue in good fun, as well as, get ideas for new purchases.

I have only been in the hobby for a short time so my top games list will be very fluid over time I'm sure. I would love some suggestions for new games!
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1. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:36]
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I love the auctions in PG. Great strategy and always a hit when I'm introducing to non-gamer friends. The end game always seems close and tense!
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2. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:78]
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First game that caught my eye when I stumbled across bgg. Immediately built my own board and got everyone around me hooked. Great game!
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3. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
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My first introduction to Feld, and what an amazing ride! The mancala mechanism IMHO is genius and provides great strategic decisions. It's just a really fun game.
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4. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:48]
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The more I play Caylus the more I like it! Great depth of strategy and the Provost adds a great way to mess up the plans of others.
 
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5. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Small World is an absolute blast to play. The special power/race combos are fun and always keep the game exciting. I think it scales excellent, I enjoy it with any number of players. This was my first introduction to Days of Wonder production quality... Wow!!
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Dominion was my first deck builder (I know it was the first in its genre but there were several on the market when I first played it). I went in thinking I wouldn't like it since I had an unfair and unfounded dislike for CCG's like MtG at the time. I was very wrong, I loved how fast it played and the never ending strategies to try. I got crushed my first game but knew I had to play again.
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7. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:40]
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This is the first game I learned on the IOS. Once my buddy got a copy of the game It brought it to the next level for me. I enjoy having to adapt your strategies turn by turn based off your opponents decisions, yet having long term goals always in mind.
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8. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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Yep, you guessed it, my first cooperative game. I was very skeptical about the concept of working with the other players in a game (wow... That makes me sound like a jerk). Growing up with three older brother made me a very competitive person. I had started a board game club at the high school I taught at and one of my principles happened to be a long time gamer. He brought pandemic in and it was a huge hit with the kids as well as myself! I was blown away as a new gamer having never seen such a concept. I have since played several co-ops but nothing has topped Pandemic in my book.

Can't wait to try "In The Lab" any good?
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9. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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I received this game from a friend on Dec 21, 2012 from a non-gaming family member that heard me talking about it. He also had no idea the Mayan Calendar ended on that day. I had read that some thought it was just another worker placement game, but since I had very little experience with worker placement games that didn't mean much to me. This was Awesome! It wasn't just a gimmick gear, the whole game play revolved around that gear (pun intended). I love the varying starting resources, I love the decision of balancing quick, small payouts with delayed, big payouts. I thought the theme was great, a game dealing with a calendar where timing is everything, brilliant!
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10. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:94]
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This is the game I think of when I think Epic. A beautiful board, awesome components, and all of the lying and back stabbing one could ever want! This might be ranked higher if I could get it to the table more often.
 
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11. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:559]
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I bought wits and wagers before I was a hobby board gamer. I used to play a lot of party games with my family and church. This is my favorite party game and one I will always love. I enjoy trivia and playing my odds, but the best part about this game is making fun of each other's answers. Mt. Everest is not 300,000 ft tall I don't care what show you watched!
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12. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:39]
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Euro style strategy and decision making, with upgradable ships and combat... Sign me up! I've never played another game where every time at the end of the game everyone was standing up around the table watching the tense and exciting final battles! A great way to feel when your done with a game.
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13. Board Game: Beyond Balderdash [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1171]
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Plain and simple, I have never laughed harder in my life then when playing this game!
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14. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:20]
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After playing Settlers of Catan for a good year and not knowing there was any other designer games in existence, my buddy called and said he had a game that was amazing. My first response was, "why would I need another game when I have Settlers, it's perfect." Puerto Rico became my gateway, gateway game, it blew my mind! That's when I began searching for what else was out there, and bgg changed my life forever. (That was a bit dramatic.)
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15. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:458]
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10 minutes of pure fun. Everyone I play this with falls in love with it (Except a few, to cool for school hardcore gamer friends). My first time playing a real time game. Every game is intense!
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16. Board Game: Time's Up! Title Recall! [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:321]
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Confession, I've never actually played this game, but made my own. I found a list of the top 1000 movies of all time and a list of the top 1000 songs of all time and made my own cards with those. So incredibly fun! Not sure if I've ever won a game but I'll play it every time I get a chance. The third round is priceless.
 
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17. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:23]
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My first ever Martin Wallace game. I am now a believer and any suggestions for great Wallace games would be appreciated. I have a long way to go before I'll be good at this one, but I was so enthralled with the gameplay I just can't wait to play it again. Cool mechanics and brilliant design.
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18. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
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Another great Feld design that is much more approachable then Trajan. It is easy to introduce to new players and offers so many great decision making opportunities. Allows you to try new strategies and make the same great chain moves that get you excited.
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19. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
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This game makes me mad... And I like it! Not sure why never begin able to accomplish what I want is so fun, but I enjoy the challenge. I also like having a cow living in my bedroom.
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20. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:313]
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Such a simple idea, yet so much fun and challenge. Which is harder for you, scoring in the 20's or not making facial expressions as your teammate starts to grab a 5 to discard? My next experiment with hanabi is setting up a competitive, two games at two tables, team against team challenge. Not sure that last sentence made any sense.
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21. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:984]
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You point guns at people. Fantastic!!!
 
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22. Board Game: Article 27: The UN Security Council Game [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2634]
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The first game I played was horrible and I was kicking myself for buying it. I then tried it again with a different group and it was fantastic! Every game since then has been great. You just have to play with people that are good at, and enjoy arguing. Pure and simple negotiation. Amazing components!!!
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23. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:792]
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Cool and unique game as far as I know. I love the player interaction in this game. I don't know what it is really, I just really enjoy every play. I just moved away from my friend who owned it. Wish I could get my hands on it for a decent price.
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24. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:489]
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I really enjoy the gaming experience in K2! Varying weather conditions, acclimatization, and options of seasons and mountain faces. It's enjoyable and intense. A new experience with every play.
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25. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:654]
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Not a very talked about Feld design but one I really really enjoy since purchasing it recently. Simple and quick to play and provides some fun decisions and player interaction with its supply and demand mechanism.
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