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After having been into board games and by extension, BGG for several years-I have seen, as we all have, list after list after list. I have come to the (unproven) conclusion that some 'best game' lists are driven by factors other than the actual game. Some people like 'war stuff', some people go gaga over miniatures, some people are rabid about certain designers, etc....the point being-that these 'unseen forces' skew the lists in ways that I cannot know.

What I have done here is list most of my favorite games. If, for whatever reason(s), these turn out to be your favorite games too-then I assume that we have the same basic criteria for what actually constitutes a 'good game'

SO-if you read this list and see that you too have virtually all of these games at or near your 'best games ever' list-then please go ahead and recommend more.

If this list doesn't match your best games list-then-you know? Chicken vs. beef? Jazz vs. Rock n Roll? Blue vs Red? Neither is inherently good or bad-but we just like different things-so please do NOT add anything to this list.

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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
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Best EVER
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2. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:23]
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:48]
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Phenominal game...in so many respects.
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4. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:49]
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Our group played this for about 18 months straight.....
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5. Board Game: Evo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:853]
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Deeply under-rated game. Too bad its OOP and Evo II is a sorry excuse for it...
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6. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:46]
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I am a LITTLE fearful of putting this on as it is 'newer' and my view of it might change over time-but its a very solid game.
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7. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:103]
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What an absolutely beautiful game!
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8. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:36]
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Classic!
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9. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:20]
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YAGG (Yet another Great Game) I am sort of running out of superlatives here.
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10. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:11]
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Yeah!
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11. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:224]
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Oh what FUN!!!!!!
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12. Board Game: Vanuatu [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:735]
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Like Keyflower I am a LITTLE hesitant to put this on the 'superstars' list because it is newer-and so like Keyflower this rating might change (downwards) but it is still a very solid game.
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13. Board Game: Asgard [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2147]
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Best game of 2012. That most of BGG doesn't know about.
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14. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:511]
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A couple balance issues and rough edges, but even those notwithstanding, a great take on worker placement / mission completion. Best with 4 players.
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15. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:719]
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Plays significantly faster than most of the games in this list, but has unsurpassed depth/length ratio. Again, best with exactly 4.
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16. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:556]
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One of the (somewhat) older games that really holds up. Again, completely unique.
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17. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:40]
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If Agricola is your #1, then this can't be too far behind. It's really not similar enough to be considered an overlap. And this is still the only other Rosenberg after Agricola that you need.
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18. Board Game: Lancaster [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:275]
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Almost like a 3d worker placement game where you don't just get more workers (knights), but they also have different levels, and you need knights of a certain level to go certain places, and knights of a higher level can boot out knights of a lower level. And for extra treachery, you can add squires to boost knights, which get thrown away, whether or not you ultimately win the spot. And then a nice additional dimension of placing your knights on the "normal" spots of getting "stuff" vs sending them off to war, which is a semi-coop affair. Best Queen game since Wallenstein (the original).
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19. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:168]
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No Felds in the list? Not sure if that's intentional. I'll throw this one out there. Fun take on action selection. It's admittedly a "vp salad" game. But then again, Agrocola kind of is too, so maybe that's ok.
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20. Board Game: Cavum [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1779]
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Last one from me to let someone else have a go. This one is a bit of a brain burner, more so than the other games in the list I think. But lots of drama and "interesting moves" possible.
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21. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:126]
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Curt already recommended 2 of the 3 I would have added with Le Havre and Reef Encounter. I will only say that this is my #1 recommendation for you. Prepare to be blown away!

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22. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:551]
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...and since you like Caylus, so much, I feel it necessary to point out this fantastic new game by Caylus Designer William Attia. It isn't all that similar to Caylus but it packs a massive punch of tough decisions in a small box with a great 1 hour play time. I have really enjoyed my several plays of this thus far and am considering it for my game of the year.
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23. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:447]
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If you love Puerto Rico and Caylus, there is a good chance you will like Cuba.
 
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24. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:197]
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You like many of the medium weight economic and worker placement games. I bet you might like some of the heavy Splotter games like Antiquity, Roads and Boats, Duck Dealer, or Great Zimbabwe.

Indonesia is not like anything you have but I bet that would float your boat too.
 
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25. Board Game: Mykerinos [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:876]
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OK, one time Randy Beaman had to take baths with his brother. So one time his little brother took a potty in the bathtub .....and now Randy Beaman gets to take showers alone. 'K, bye.
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This is a great tactical game that plays in under an hour.
 
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