Essential Games You Should Know About
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This is intended to be a helpful introduction to many of the essential games for people just starting to explore the hobby. I put this list together from the games featured on Tabletop, BGG's top lists, and the 2012 and 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice lists. THEY ARE NOT RANKED IN ANY ORDER, I've actually mixed them up a fair bit on purpose.

I like to know what a game looks like in play and without any upgraded/expanded components, so I've tried to add an informative image of each game in play.

Feel free to tell me what obvious choices I've overlooked. Also consider adding comments to the games along the line of, "If you enjoy this game you might also like.."
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1. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:183] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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Players 2 - 5 (Best 4)
80 Minutes
Featured on Tabletop
#8 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Players 2 -5 (Best 4)
45 Minutes
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#4 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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3. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Players 2 - 4 (Best 3)
30 Minutes
#3 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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4. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Players 2 - 4 (Best 4)
60 Minutes
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#1 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Players 3-4 (Best 4)
90 Minutes
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#12 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Players 2 - 5 (Best 2)
45 Minutes
#9 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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7. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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Players 2 - 7 (Best 4)
30 Minutes
#5 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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8. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:50]
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Players 2 - 4 (Best 3 or 4)
60 Minutes
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#6 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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9. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Players 1 - 5 (Best 3 or 4)
120 Minutes
#7 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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10. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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Kentucky
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Players 2 - 6 (Best 4 or 5)
30 Minutes
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#2 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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11. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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120 Minutes
#11 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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12. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:174]
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Players 5 - 10 (Best 7)
30 Minutes
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#13 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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13. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Players 3 - 5 (Best 4)
90 Minutes
#28 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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14. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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60 Minutes
#16 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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15. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:365] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Players 2 - 4 (Best 2)
30 Minutes
#15 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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16. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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Players 2
30 Minutes
#10 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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17. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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Players 1 -5 (Best 3)
150 Minutes
#39 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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18. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:193] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Kentucky
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Players 3 - 6 (Best 5 or 6)
30 Minutes
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#25 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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19. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:63]
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Players 3 - 6 (Best 5)
180 Minutes
#14 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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20. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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Players 2 - 4 (Best 4)
90 Minutes

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21. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:213]
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Players 2 - 4 (Best 4)
20 Minutes
#22 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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22. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:47]
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Players 3 - 6 (Best 6)
360 Minutes
#27 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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23. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Kentucky
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Players 1 - 8 (Best 4)
240 Minutes
#18 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List
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24. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Player 2 - 4 (Best 4)
60 Minutes
#35 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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25. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Players 2 - 5 (Best 4)
60 Minutes
#17 on 2013 Dice Tower People's Choice List

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